Monday, April 21, 2014

Sewing and Home Improvement

I completed the small wall quilt top that I was working on at Camp Kieve. I have not layered this top and quilted it yet. It is about 38x45 inches. 

Kathy B. gave led a workshop at Back Roads that I was not able to attend. She did hand out instructions and gave a quick overview of the process. So with all my blue strip scraps I've been making these....

So fun to do and quite addictive. I've made 48 sets so far. Wonder Under is applied to the back of the rectangular units. The melon shape cut out and then pressed to the background fabric. Invisible thread is used to zig zag the unit onto the background. I'm just making the melons for now and will decide on the background fabric later. Kathy used soft yellows with her blue melons which I really liked. I don't know how big I will make this quilt yet either. 

And the reason I have been so enjoying this "mindless" type of project is because I have been immersed in another project:

I decided to paint the kitchen before the weather gets too warm and I will want to be outside in the garden. So, three coats on the ceiling...

three coats on the walls...painting the trim and china cabinet...

green paint on the cabinets. Still working on the cabinets. Can you see why I am enjoying some mindless sewing? Just sewing those strips together is so enjoyable and doesn't require much thought other than Kathy's tip to keep a good contrast between the strips. Well, you are a quilter, I am sure you understand!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

We went to a fashion show

Last Saturday three of my friends and I drove to Saco to see the Saco Museum's exhibit 200 Years of Maine Fashions. The show will be on for another few weeks. I encourage you to go; the quality of the garments was excellent and the presentation was, too. Here is a slide show of some photos I took. The clothes dated from 1755-1955. We had a very fun day and stopped at Cottonweeds in Freeport and Calico Basket in Windham.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

When was the last time you made a dress?

Have you ever wondered how those beautiful reproduction fabrics were used when they were new? I certainly have. Thanks to Pinterest, I've found several examples of fabrics that look familiar to us in the quilt world. These three dresses are girl's dresses from the  mid-1800s. Imagine a whole dress made out of that lovely fat quarter you just purchased. Wouldn't you love to see a little girl wearing that?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Painted Apron {Inktense pencils on Fabric!}

I have Inktense pencils and they are fun to use. A little tricky to keep everything from bleeding and getting blurry. Maybe using stencils and canvas would help. I like this video and thought you would, too.