Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Work in Progress...Sewing Kit

Venice lace added, left. Beads added to chevron stitch, right.
 I am taking part in Work in Progress Wednesday at Sharon B's Pintangle This is my project I'm reporting on. It is a sewing kit and will be available in my Etsy shop, Sharon has a lot of great ideas. It's fun to see other peoples' projects and progress.
I really like the Venice lace piece I bought in Etsy; Cathyscrazybydesign.

Beads added to the hand embroidery on the pocket.

Small beads added to the french knots.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Crazy quilt, art quilt, vintage sewing notions...

I'm working on a crazy quilt to showcase vintage sewing notions.

I got this vintage half doll and card with hook and eyes from one of my favorite Etsy shops The half doll was made to be used as a decorative element on a pin cushion or what have you.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Silk Yo-Yo's

I whipped up a lot of Yo-Yo's last night,silk, tulle,cotton.
Interviewing...deciding on where they should go.
This I like, beads and vintage buttons will be added too.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Napa Valley for Inspiration,

Road trip to Napa Valley yesterday..
Castello di Amorosa, we took the tour

 Our road trip to Napa was refreshing and exciting, from agriculture to architecture, magnificent. We toured the Castello di Amorosa, a reproduction of a medieval castle surrounded by 30 acres of vineyards. It is located in Calistoga, Ca, north of St. Helena and Napa.I highly recommend the tour,

Beautiful vineyards in spring

Monday, April 21, 2014

New Sewing Kit progress..

Hand embroidery added, beading next...

 I have beads to add and silk Yo-Yos, vintage mother of pearl buttons maybe some tulle....I have a vintage jewelery finding I'm considering... interviewing, this is the fun part.
Grape vine; stem stitch, french knots & lazy daisys
I'm also working on this sewing kit as part of a "mini challenge" in Sharon's Pintangle Work-in-Progress Wednesday ; .I post my progress on Wednesday's and discuss ideas or issues, always fun.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Modern Style Quilt, hand and machine quilted 2014

I used batiks from my collection
 I saw these blocks in a quilt but much smaller. I worked out the bigger size I wanted and cut them out and pieced them together. There is no border. I machine quilted and hand quilted it for the effect. Ripple, sparkle, textured.
Two blocks make up this quilt

I used two different shades of white for the effect

I call it Garnet Beach

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Elderberry Wine" sewing clutch, published 2013...

"Elderberry Wine" sewing kit or clutch

 I still can't decide whether to call this a sewing clutch or kit. I made this crazy quilt style. It is quilted and embellished with YO-YO's, hand embroidery, laces, velvet ribbon, sewing notions and a vintage
silver and garnet jewelery piece. It was published in Art Quilting Studio winter 2013,
roomy pocket, needle felted pin keep
opened all the way out

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Art Quilt in Progress..border choice

Love those tropical colors.
This is one of my new art quilts in progress. I'm going to add one more border, interviewing colors now. What do you think?
I am liking the lime a lot.
This is a fun technique; make strip fabric by sewing together varying widths of scraps or yardage. Cut into blocks, square or rectangle, add sashing if you want and various borders. The best results come with lots of contrast in color and print. Layer top with batting and backing and machine quilt it to death. Embellish with hand embroidery.
There are some Kaffe Facet fabrics in this.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fun with Spring Reflections....

I took this on Friday, the spring weather was delightful.

I had to catch the mirror effect.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CQ style embellished sewing clutch progress

I have sewn on binding and ties so far..

       Felted wool needle keeps are sewn in and the pocket is finished. Now the fun part, adding more embellishment.