Tuesday, August 30, 2011

samples and barters

I made this as a sample for the Franklin Mill Store...they have a huge selection of Kaffe Fasset and Phillip Jacobs fabrics, they are all fabulous! One of the owners, Mary Verdin, does an amazing job buying fabric. She has a great eye and good sense about what fiber artists want!
I used 10 different prints...their fabrics blend beautifully....almost too well. When I finished it I thought it looked like one piece of fabric...but it's full of surprises and fun to look at.

fuchsia  36" x 36"

Here's a close up....

If you read my blog you know that I barter with my hair stylist Linda. She has several of my Murphy Bags but was in need of some window treatments for her salon, Attitudes, in Uxbridge.

I got the fabric and trim at Sewfisticated in Framingham, they are are the discount fabric store that bought Fabric Place. I bought 5 yards of fabric, lining, and 10 yards of the trim for under $100 dollars! 

Friday, August 19, 2011

family and friends...

I made this commissioned Murphy Bag for a friend for her 40th birthday. She came over and picked all the fabrics and the style she wanted. If you have read the book "I Feel Bad About My Neck" by Nora Ephron than you know about the search to find the perfect bag. I was just like her, buying expensive logos trying to find a bag that met all my needs. They never did and I was sick to death of seeing everyone with my bag. I love carrying a bag that is perfect for me and one of a kind.

My friend Regina is a newly certified genealogist so I asked her to do our genealogy. I am totally amazed at the research she did! The book is incredibly well organized and easy to follow. Some of Kevin's family goes back to the early 1600's here in MA. Someday, when funds allow, we will have her delve deeper and research back to Europe, etc.

I made this ice/heat therapy Murphy Bag for a online friend when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She sent me a wonderful note of appreciation and I ended up making her another one:) She is doing better and on her way to being cancer free!
Kathy Sperino volunteered to quilt our guilds Massachusetts Historical Landmarks raffle quilts ~ check them out here...If you want to buy a ticket, send me a message or leave me a comment.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Lowell Quilt Festival Images 2011

 I was going to write about the Lowell Quilt Festival in this blog post but I got some good news via email last night that will make it more interesting. I won second place in the Art/Innovative Category for my quilt, Blue Willow! 
Blue Willow 57" x 30" made to put under the glass on my dining room table. machine applique, machine quilted, embellished with swarovski crystals. photos taken by Sue Bleiweiss
 Images was one of the first quilt shows I attended and the first big show I entered a quilt in back in 1994. I love the show, the venders and all the fiber art happenings going on in the city of Lowell, MA. Here is a link to the schedule of events Lowell Quilt Festival

Some of you may remember the quilt below, I made for my inchie collection I acquired while participating in an inchie swap last year. I participated in a second swap and luckily they all found a new home on this quilt. It was tricky because some were really difficult to place...

Hidden Treasures 9" x 36"

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Petite Murphy Bags

I've been making these petite Murphy Bags 6" x 5" - just big enough to hold your phone, cash, plastic and lip gloss. I have had fun designing each one using only scraps (waste not, want not). It's feels good to use up all of these luscious fabrics. 

 The strap is 57" long so you can wear it messenger style, over the shoulder or like a necklace.

My 19 year old daughter asked me to make her an ice/heat therapy Murphy Bag to take back to school with her. They are petite too, like her.

I made her two so she'll can always have a cold one ready....

Did you know they can be used as a wrist rest for your laptop or mouse, too...even better, warm it up and then use it :) 

I have been able to spend more time in the studio during the summer than ever before. I started quilting in 1993 and have been raising 4 kids for the last 19 years. This summer the kids are finally old enough to keep themselves busy...I'm not wishing them away but I'm am thankful for some more time to create.