Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I made a Murphy Bag using my new pattern!

I made a bag for myself using my new pattern Hot and Cold Flow using my Leaves Galore Template.

 I'm going to make another one in browns, blacks and grays to match my winter coats.
It has an adjustable strap which I use all the time!
It's been washed - I love the way it looks after it's been washed - machine wash/air dry.

The inside is super roomy and organized.

There are many options with the pattern; color, quilting and what you do with the finished piece! 

You can purchase the pattern below
$7.99 + shipping

or in PDF in my etsy shop here. You can get the Leaves Galore Template @ suepellanddesigns.com

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Christmas Row Robin - part 2

I finished quilting my Christmas Row Robin! I made the trees using a friend Go Cutter and the borders and my friends Susan, Sue Pelland, Sharon, June  and Pattie made the rest in that order. 

I quilted the whole thing in circles. My quilting improved about 1/2 way down from the top, mostly because I slowed down. My plans are to embellish with lots of fun buttons and of 
course Swarovski crystals
 I love the details my friend June did on her row, the Christmas tree skirts and packages.
I started with a new spool of Aurifil thread I won from Alex VeronelliAurifil. Look how much was left when I finished quilting! It's a beautiful variegated apple green. 
I am working on two memorial quilts and I'll post pictures as soon as they're complete. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fiberactions Challenge - using the color wheel

Our fiberactions challenge this month was to challenge ourselves using the color wheel. I chose to use the half I use the least. I am more comfortable with the blues and purples.

I searched the words "color wheel" by image - it's total eye candy!

I used 4 coordinating threads to quilt it.

I used my hand dyed fabrics and some coordinating batiks.

I did the stitch I'm most comfortable with. It's easy and enhances my design. 

Check our all the other fiberactions challenges here.

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Sketchbook Project 2012

 I finished my sketchbook! I'm participating in the sketchbook project 2012 again this year. I chose the them Stitches and Folds. These little quilts are quick sketches I did with fabric and a rotary cutter. I stitched them with lots of quilting and folded it. It sounds simpler than it was :)

 I made the outside of the book in two different sketchin sessions at Sue Bleiweiss's studio. One part was made using silk, shaving cream, dyes, stamps and inks. The front section with the feather was using silk, thermofax silkscreen prints with acrylic paints.

I ended up using a sturdy grograin ribbon to keep it closed. I stitched it to the center of the book. 

The book can be looked at multiple ways. I think it's fun. You can stretch it long or look at each page individually.

I used hand dyed fabrics and batiks, my palette of choice lately. I used Aurifil Black Wool #12 for the satin stitching along the edge. It was perfect and I think it will hold up well. 

I tried to use several different stitches and I changed threads a lot!

The finished book has to be less than 1" so I had to cut one landscape section off but I'll use it for something else. I think I made it!

You can see my friend Kathy's beautiful sketchbook here. I'll be sending it off to the Brooklyn Art Library where it will be on display and then tour around the country. Last year 28,000 people sent in a sketchbook, I wonder how many will be this year?

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Today is the beginning of 2012, I have lots to accomplish and I'm looking forward to it!
Last year I wanted to make a bag a day, I didn't succeed but I did make/sell more bags than ever!

Made-to-order Murphy Bag - she sent me the fabrics and I had fun mixing them together. 

It has 8 pockets and a key fob 

I free-motion quilted it and add Swarovski crystals.

An Ipad Murphy Bag 

 I made a lot of bags from this line of fabrics gifted to me, thank you again Sue! The large tote is still available here.

Look what I got for Christmas....a 5 pound chocolate bar!

Happy New Year!
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