Thursday, March 24, 2011

decisions made and stuff getting done...

It's an exciting time here at our house, Jillian is graduating in just a few months. She made her decision as to where she will go to college. She chose Suffolk University in Boston. I'm thrilled that she will be close to home, but in a fabulous city. It's also convenient that she will be near Morgan at Northeastern.
I made the last of a series of small wall quilts called Fall On Your Wall for my friend, Julie, for her 50th birthday. She and I met during a crazy time while living in Uxbridge. She ended up running and winning a spot of the Board of Selectmen for three consecutive terms. She brought intelligence and calm to the BOS. The inspiration for the quilt series came from a photo my husband took of the Mumford River in Uxbridge and I thought it would be a nice reminder for Julie.

I've been busy making ice/heat therapy bags. Hopefully I'll get them in my etsy shop soon.

I've also been getting lots of bags done, still trying to finish one bag a day. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

First Impression revealed

I am part of an online art quilt challenge group Fiberactions. The theme word this month is Impression. This was my first quilt for the challenge and I wanted to make a good first impression.
I used the word to interpret a view I see every day, my backyard. I challenged myself to piece every bit of it. About an hour into piecing the trees I said "I could have used Mistyfuse and been done by now!" but I wanted to see if I could do the math and make it work.

I used a combination of my hand dyed fabrics for the sky, batiks for the trees and a funky commercial fabric for the binding.

Below is a photo I took after the quilt was done to show you what I was trying to capture.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Inchie Swap again....

I'm participating in an Inchie Swap again...I made them using a funky fabric, fusible thread, foil, variegated thread, and crystals. I used a postcard-sized piece of fast 2 fuse to make 16 Inchies.
My guild just had it's semi-annual Get-A-Way weekend. We went to the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA. I was able to get several Murphy Bag fronts done. They are fused on to fusible batting and are now on my frame ready to be quilted.
During the GAW I pieced the rest of a quilt Jillan (17) started a few years ago. She chose all the fabrics, she has a good eye. I plan to give it to her at her graduation party.  She hasn't decided which college to go to yet. Either UMass Amherst or UMaine Oreno in their Environmental Science Programs.
I love this combination of Westminster fabrics and batiks. 
I bought a new iron recently, so far so good. I have spent a lot of money on irons over the past 20 years and they all have their flaws. This one get nice and hot but some of the control buttons are on the handle. I have shut it off, or changed the settings while ironing, something I will have to get used to. 
It has a nice sole plate. I don't put water in my irons anymore. I use a spray bottle instead. Too many times my work would be dirtied when using the steam feature. The spray bottle works great for me.
You can see the quilts from the previous Inchie Swap here

Monday, March 07, 2011

Commissioned Laptop Murphy Bag

This is a commissioned Murphy Bag made to hold an Mac Pro Air, Ipad and blackberry specifically. It will fit lots of other stuff too.
The center pocket with the key fabric is for the Mac Pro Air ~ it's a sling style pocket. It hangs in the bag so the precious contents don't touch the bottom of the bag. I used double padding for this pocket.
The pocket on the top of the photo is 3D so-to-speak and therefor allows for cords and other bulky things.
The pocket on the left is for the Ipad and then there are two pockets on the right. The checkered fabric is for the blackberry.
It can be worn as a shoulder bag or messenger style.

My bags are available at a cool shop in Wrentham, MA called Bambi's Vive Le Chic! Bambi is a visionary who wants to make art available to everyone. The store is full of one-of-a-kind gifts made by over 100 artists from New England.