June 30, 2010 1 comments

WIP Wednesday

Was in the sewing room earlier casting about for something for WIP Wednesday*, and came across this:
I remember what I was supposed to do with it; but I have a better idea now.  :)  And with five days off...who knows what will come out of my sewing room at the end of it all?

*Forgive me for not posting earlier - I was quite sick yesterday and am not just catching up.
June 28, 2010 3 comments

Re-visiting the Crazy Drunk Tote

I don't have anything exciting to post today - I had a lazy day yesterday and played golf today, so though I pinned and basted Midas Touch, when we got back, I haven't actually started quilting it. 

So I thought I'd show you another version of my "Crazy Drunk" tote that I made a while back - this one was for me - and it shows - I wasn't as careful with its construction as I have been with my others, and it's uneven at the bottom! 

It doesn't matter though, I've been using it frequently, been getting tonnes of compliments on it and, since it's a bigger version than my prior crazy drunk tote - it's my Mary Poppins bag  - shoes, umbrella, daytimer, cardi (in case it get's cold), book and/or magazine, lunch, it all fits comfortably in there - sadly though, my umbrella doesn't give me the ability to fly. 

On the other, hand, I've solved the issue of purses getting smaller again - use a bigger tote!  :)

I also made another one, using scraps - this one for other people:

I really like this one - and think I'll be making more of them! 

Perhaps in a slightly smaller size - not everyone likes a Mary Poppins bag!

Hope you have a great Monday.  See you Wednesday! 
June 23, 2010 2 comments

WIP Wednesday - Midas Touch

Thought I'd pull out this one from last year  - my old machine couldn't quilt her - all those metallic fabrics fused and then sewn to a base fabric, plus batting, plus an ultra-suede backing - she just couldn't take it.

Now that the old quilting has been painstaking ripped out and the repairs have been made, I'm going to see if Pinky can quilt it.   BTW, I have introduced you to Pinky yet?

Please meet Pinky:

Ah Pinky - my own sweet love.  :)
June 21, 2010 12 comments

A Sparrow in the Rain

It's finally done - my favourite quilt that I've ever made, "A Sparrow in the Rain". 
June 18, 2010 0 comments

Friday Flickr Faves - June 18 10

Any one of these, or all taken together, could make a wonderfully textural piece of textile art or a lap quilt.

Andy Warhol's painting (top left corner) on it's own is wonderful inspiration for a modern quilt; the bamboo installation at Moma translated quite literally into strips of fabric; the beautiful tree bark - first a piece or pieces of painted fabric and then stitched over top to give depth and texture; or a blurred vision of just the colours and textures of Hollie's paper collage...together or separately, the possiblities are endless!
June 16, 2010 0 comments

WIP Wednesday - Double Helix on the Downbeat

What I'm working on right now...

(Note to self:  Learn how to photograph shiny fabrics in fluorescent light.)
Stay tuned...
June 13, 2010 13 comments

Un Poco Loco

You may remember I gave you a sneak peek of this last Monday on my "WIP Wednesday" (I know, I know, but we're back on schedule now!);  so here's the finished product on Monday like it's supposed to be.  *heh

The inspriration for this quilt was believe it or not, this:
June 9, 2010 6 comments

Last Fall in Spring

*hee*  To follow up my WIP post on my  Finished Piece Monday, I thought I'd share a finished piece on WIP Wednesday.  *s*

This is a quilt some of you may remember I started back in 2009 - and when I was done making the top, I was sooooooo upset because I felt it was such a waste of a fabulous vintage fabric.

Although it didn't turn out as I had imagined it would, I do like it very much now.  (Time heals all wounds, as they say).  I quilted it last night in about an hour flat, because we desperately needed a "summer weight" quilt for our bedroom (which is situated on the surface of the sun, y'see. Or perhaps that's my menopausal symptoms talking.  No matter!) 

June 7, 2010 1 comments

WIP Wednesday - on a Monday.

So, I know I usually do WIP Wednesdays on, well, Wednesday, but Pinky Tuscadaro and I are not quite up to speed yet.  (Okay, she's up to speed, and I'm not quite there yet. *w*.) Eventually, I got my issues worked out, but then I ran out of thread.  (Apparently, Pinky only enjoys the highest quality.  Fan-CEE!) 

So, I only have a work-in-progress to show you instead of a finished product.

She's gonna be a beaut!  :)
June 1, 2010 5 comments

Hello tiny people in my computer!

Pinky (my new machine whose name is Pinky after Pinky Tuscadaro) and I were busy this weekend.
First there was the courtship phase during which I read her manual and gazed at her admiringly; then there was the getting to know you phase where I talked to her began to take her for short walks, and then I gave her a small job to do, to see if she and I would work well together. 


We made a quiled tote bag together.

There's been a lot of blog talk lately about how most of post finished products and don't post the process.  Often, I don't post the process because I want to keep it to myself (giggles); but sometimes I do post the process, so I thought I would with this one.

So, read on...!

I began with some absolutely luscious scraps.                                                           These are some silk scraps - this was silk chiffon, so though I would normally stablize it with a backing fabric, this time I fused it directly to the piece I was using it in.   I'm not sure I would do this particular method again.  The results were uneven, and I found the silk looked a little too delicate in contrast to the rest of the fabrics.  Speaking of which, here are some of the other fabrics I used:   some random scraps of silk and satin and even a bit of cotton  - here they are is in the "sorting" stage

When you see that, it's kind of hard to believe that anything with any semblance of order actually comes out of that, isn't it? *heh*  Anyway - from that, I made two crazy quilt inspired "patches".

I used scraps of an unbelievably soft superfine wool - glossy and silky to the touch  - pieced together to make the panels for the front, back and sides

(If you want to look at the fabric in more detail, you can always click on the pics)

And when those bits of piecing were done, I was left with a panel like this (here it is from the front)

and the back

After that I added the "binding" on the tops of all four pieces , followed by a double inner pocket on the "back" piece, a long pocket on the "front" piece and the handles (which I made extra long so you can wear it over your shoulder).  Then I sewed the first three pieces together.

After which, I added the last piece, and the bottom.  Here's what it looks like inside:

(please excuse the threads all over the floor, I hadn't cleaned up yet!)  Here she is from the side:

Oh, and here's a picture of Pinky herself:

She's so PRETTY!!! 

And so our first project together is done.  We had some rough moments as we got used to each other and we'll continue to figure out each other's ways - but I love her - she runs smoothly and well and is delightfully strong, and I can tell, she's going to improve my quilting by about 20%.

Oh, and here's that finished bag again, from the back this time:

For a bag that's made completely of scraps (even her inner panels are scraps of leftover black fabrics), I'm really pleased.  This one is a thank you gift for someone, and I'm going to make another, simliar one for a friend for her birthday; but I love this one so much, that I think I may just have to make a version for myself in white, for summer*. 

Next up, I'm going to try my meander/stipple thing on a full sized quilt and see how that goes.   In the meantime, happy sewing - and I'm glad to "see" you again.


(With a black or taupe interior, of course! I imagined how quickly a white interior would get dirty and shuddered.)