Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Blog Hop Party with Giveaways prize winner is...

Thanks to all who left a comment during the Blog Hop Party with Giveaways! It was nice reading all of the ways people are supporting small businesses. The winner (chosen randomly by comment #) of the Murphy Bag Kindle Case is  
Emily H.

This is her comment - I'm a craft fair junkie when it comes to Christmas gifts. I've been known to go to the same craft fair 3 times in 2 days! I love handmade gifts from local shops and crafters. This year I bought a birdhouse, melted wine bottles made into a cheese board, spoon rest, and coin bowl, etched glass glasses, and 4 pieces of stained glass! My husband is tolerant enough to come along with me and be my packmule for all this stuff too :-) I also make my own gifts, and am working on finishing up a King size quilt as a Christmas/wedding present, as well as a lap quilt for a close friend who's daughter just passed from cancer. 

She and her husband are Army Veterans! Thanks to both of you for your service and bravery.

I'm including an extra treat with it, a copy of the book The Devil's Puzzle by Claire O'Donohue. I was asked to review the book and give away a copy. The book is part of a quilting series about a young quilter in a small town in upstate NY. I loved her references to New England and the Red Sox. The story is engaging and a quick read. I hope she enjoys it!

My bags are for sale in a shop in Easthampton MA called The Wandering Peacock Arts Center and Studio. You can find them on here on facebook. I bought these ADORABLE handmade stuffed animals there. They are Christmas presents for some little kids I love. 

I made this mini Murphy Bag for a client as a Christmas gift to herself, I love this idea! She came to my studio with her husband, they are newlyweds, and picked out the fabrics. I love her choices. It's a mini because it measures 10" wide x 7" tall x 4" wide.

Thanks again to everyone that left a comment, I hope you have a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Murphy Bag giveaway for supporters of small businesses

 I've been making some Murphy Bag IPad/Kindle/Nook cases....and sold them all over the weekend at a Christmas Fair. Except for one....I'm giving it away :) at the end of this blog post.

I got an Ipad for my birthday/Christmas (one of the benefits of having a December birthday). It is the coolest thing! It is amazing to be able to do everything with your fingers....

I made this one for myself.

 I also made this large tote bag with an adjustable strap and a medium cosmetic bag.

 The Wandering Peacock Arts Center and Studio in Easthampton, MA will be carrying Murphy Bags! The owner is a friend from college and she has an amazing place full of handcrafted art! I'm trying to make, shop in small local business or online shops like etsy for my holiday gifts. I hope you are too!

Here is my Blog Hop Party Giveaway! Visit the Quilting Gallery Blog for all the blogs with giveaways this week!

A little Murphy Bag 10" x 9" it will fit a Kindle Fire or it could just be a cosmetic bag.
 The fabric is from The Wizard of OZ collection. I machine quilted it and added lots of red Swarovski Crystals
To win this little Murphy Bag leave me a comment about a gift you made or bought from a small business. If it's from an online shop, link it in your comment. I'll pick a random winner at the end of the week!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Winging It part II

I made some more blocks for my butterfly quilt Winging It. I made 7 total and have 5 left to make. I love choosing the fabrics. Each one is a different batik with 4 of my hand dyed fabrics and some purchased hand dyed. I used a coloring book to get the outside shape and then designed the inside however I wanted to.

I was going to use black thread for all of the stitching but changed and used an accrue to match the background fabric. I used Mistyfuse - this project wouldn't be possible with out it! I am making such tiny cuts. Also I have had to move them around and with mistyfuse I can pull it apart (I do it when it's cool to the touch) and reposition. To applique them down I'm doing a tiny zig-zag stitch free motion so I don't have to stabilize! I don't like to stabilize. I did stabilize this pink block but not the blue one below. There is a bit more puckering but I can live with it - I'll quilt it out ;)

I'm trying to decide about the middle. You can see in the first photo I have some orange slices cut from a great batik. The problem is they can't all be the same size because of the different butterfly wings. I'll take a photo and show you, I would love some feed back.

I'll be vending at the United Parish Holiday Family Bazaar on December 3 2011 10 - 3 at the United Parish, Route 140, Upton, MA. It's the first time doing this event and it's my 46 birthday! I've been making these little cosmetic Murphy Bags  ($15 - $35) and some ipad/tablet cases.

I love this pink one, the fabric is for Breast Cancer Awareness. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Structured Landscape

This is my Fiberactions challenge quilt made using the word Structure -Structured Landscape 20" x 16"
It can be hung from any side, it changes with each turn. 
I used a piece of hand dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh for the pool and batiks for everything else.
I did all the quilting free motion and I made life easier by only using Black Aurifil thread 50W. It looked more graphic, like one of the sketches in my sketchbook.
I used mistyfuse for the applique and for the facing. I'm putting together a tutorial for how to do facing with mistyfuse, I'll share it soon.

I have been working on a series of these landscape design quilts. Landscape #1 27" x 22" is the first in the series. If you would like to have a fiber landscape art quilt of your property you can go to my etsy shop and check out this listing....

Monday, November 07, 2011

IQF Houston 2011

I just got back from the International Quilt Festival. I went with my friend Sue. We had a lot of laughs and met lots of friends. We spent time in the Mistyfuse booth which was very cool. I also did a demo of my new pattern in Sue Pelland's booth using her Leaves Galore Template.  I got to enjoy dinner with a lot of wonderful woman in the quilting world. 

I went there with just  a few things on my list....there are hundreds of vendors so the shopping is prime. I needed more batiks and I found a wonderful hand-dyed green to continue my landscape series.

I also got some zippers for my bags, Aurifil thread, a Smooch ink spritzer, Swarovski crystals from Cheri's Cyrstals, Silver decolorant and a cool trim with many purposes from Artistic Artifacts.

The New England Quilt Museum had a bag auction to raise money for the museum. I made this bag for our guilds donation to the auction. It was filled with items donated from other guild members Sue Pelland Designs, Deb Wednt, Michelle Civetti, and Linda Ramrath.

When I went to the International Quilt Festival in 2009 my friend June bought some gorgeous hand dyed fabrics from Marcia Derse. Just before I left for IQF last week June asked me to pick  her up some more. I love to shop with other people's $$$ :) Marcia doesn't sell her hand dyed anymore because a manufacturer picked her up and is printing her whole line of fabrics. They are fantastic!

If you are a quilter, you have to go to IQF at least's crazy fun :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Memorial Quilts - made from his shirts part 2

 Here are the other three memorial quilts I made....

 I used flannel for the binding and the back of each one.

I made this one for the mom, it's a bit bigger than the other three.
I cut one of his pockets and incorporated into the quilt


What an awesome experience it has been to make these quilts.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Memorial quilts - made from his shirts

Back in the spring one of our wonderful 2nd grade teachers lost her husband to a brain tumor. They have three beautiful daughters. We were all heart broken for their family. I didn't know her very well but when I saw her walking in to school a few weeks later I asked if I could give her a hug, it felt good. A few days later I got an email asking if I would make quilts for her and her three daughters using his shirts.
I have made a handful of memorial quilts for people, it's an awesome experience. It's difficult but therapeutic. I'm aware of the loss with every stitch but I think about the comfort having these textures to touch will be to his family.

This is the first one I finished. His shirts are the gray and white plaids.
I found the perfect flannel for the back of each quilt, nice and cozy.
I stitched the binding down using a blanket stitch, it should be nice and sturdy and last a long time. It's been a true honor to make these quilts.

Here are three of them in different stages, I have finished them and will photograph and blog about later.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Departures of all kinds...

Karey Bresenhan, Queen of the Quilting World, owner of Quilts, Inc. and Director of the International Quilt Festival is opening the Texas Quilt Museum. She asked quilters to donate a small piece for their gift shop to help raise funds for the museum. I sent her my Fiberactions Challenge - Departure of the Sun. 

Departure of the Sun 16" x 20"
I'm heading to Houston in November to the International Quilt Festival in November with my friend Sue Bleiweiss. We'll be assisting Iris in the Mistyfuse booth and I'll be doing a demo in Sue Pelland Designs booth. I'm really looking forward to seeing lots of online quilting friends and the quilts of course!

This lovely spider built her web across the door to our deck. A few days into her living there we watched a sweet bird land on the rail look at the spider, fly to the window and eat it! It was crazy, she was gone just like that.....

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I published a pattern!

 I designed a new pattern using my Leaves Galore Template. It's called Hot and Cold Flow. You can purchase the PDF pattern here in my etsy shop.

Hot and Cold Flow 19" x 29"
The pattern will show you how to use your stash of batiks to create your own flow! 
Here are the templates...three sizes and multiple uses! You can see all the cool things you can do with the tool here at Sue Pelland Designs. Sue lives in the next town over and we have been quilting friends for 12 years. She is a talented quilter and a genius when it comes to designing tools quilters need. 

There are lots of photos with clear instructions to help you create your own flow quilt. 

Below are a few samples of quilts I've made using the Leaves Galore Applique Template.

I've been having fun playing with color!

I love the negative space!!!

2010 International Quilt Festival/Houston Silent Auction donation.

 2011 International Quilt Festival/Houston Silent Auction donation.

To purchase the Hot and Cold Flow PDF pattern click here.