Sunday, August 29, 2010

the sketchbook project part 1

I am participating in the sketchbook project. I chose facing forward as my theme. I decided to start with my scraps from my hand dyed fabrics - here's what I have been using...I can supplement with the stash on the right if needed.

when it's time to put the pages back together. 

I enjoy playing with color so these fiber sketches are testing my color theories, technical skills, quilting skills and sequencing. 

The two fiber sketches below I was methodical about my cutting and piecing but not too worried about where the colors ended up...
I was practicing some of my quilting on these two

this little fiber sketch is a Courthouse Steps block

I'm trying to create plaid quilts! I have been thinking about this for a long time, it's nice to try to work it out with fabric instead of just on paper.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

a wedding gift for a special aunt

I made this quilt for my Aunt Aggie as a wedding gift. She is very special to me and I wanted to make her something cool:) Her new husband, Steve, is the sports photographer for Syracuse University so I thought he would get a kick out of this.

Here they are cutting the cake! I love her dress it was perfect!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Commissioned Murphy Diaper Bag

I made this Diaper bag for a friend for her sister. I used a cotton embroidered table doily that I had hand dyed as the feature for this bag. I love the color. I mixed it with two contemporary fabrics by Kaffee Fassett.
Zipper closure has openings on each end a key fob on for easy access.
I did some free motion quilting and added some Swarovski crystals I bought for Cheri's Crystals.

It has 10 pockets inside. 5 are 8" deep and 5 are 6" deep.
I made a changing pad side is a wipe-able vinyl.
the other side is a pre-quilted fabric.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

diaper bag for a favorite cousin

I made a Murphy Bag Diaper Bag for my cousin Sarah. She is having her first baby this fall and we are all so excited for her. She is going to be a wonderful mother! I had this cute striped fabric that was perfect for the zipper and pipping. I put a 6" pocket on the outside for keys, pacifiers and cell phone... I bought this Lucite buckle at The Franklin Mill Store - they have the best stuff!!! It has an adjustable strap so it can be worn as a messenger bag or a shoulder bag. I used a cute boot fabric for one of the inside pockets. I made 5 pockets that are 8" (perfect for bottles) and 5 pockets that are 6".
I added a key fob to help keep it organized.
I free motion quilted the bag - always adds a nice texture.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Making Neck Coolers for the Troops

My quilt guild Thimble Pleasures holds a comfort sew a few times a year. The Comfort Committee's purpose is to make items that will bring comfort to people who are ill, experiencing a loss or serving our country.
Below is my friend Susan making Neck Coolers for troops. What is extra nice about this is she was making 44 of them for her husbands troops now serving in Afghanistan. He was deployed in June and will be gone for about a year.
The coolest thing is they are filled with these little crystals florists use to keep plants wet. We filled four chambers with an 1/8th of a teaspoon.
Once they are soaked they expand and retain the water for a number of days. When the dry they go right back to their crystal form. The can be soaked again whenever needed. AMAZING!
The fabric we used was donated by The Charlton Sewing Center in Charlton, MA. The owner Cathy Racine is so generous! We made about 90 neck coolers that day and hopefully they will help keep our soldiers cool.
We also made these little Christmas tree decorations for the troops.

This is the prep for the trees, like a well oiled machine, the group worked together to make several of these.
Here is an example of one of the comfort quilts we distribute to people in need of a little comfort.

The comfort committee puts kits together for guild members to take home and finish. We keep a supply of quilts on hand. I have requested several quilts over the years for friends and neighbors, it's a way to feel like I have really helped them.

I brought my serger and we made some pillow cases for the troops as well. There is a terrific effort happening here if you would like to help out!

There are loads of ways to help our men and woman serving our country, have you found a way to help?