Monday, March 31, 2014

Boston Skyline #5 Rowes Wharf

I've been making more Boston skyline quilts 

Rowes Wharf 
8"x11" 

Love that dirty water :) actually Boston harbor is much cleaner -always beautiful.

The pieces are tiny! 

Mistyfuse and the new big and fat Goddess sheet make it possible and easy. I lay down my Goddess Sheet, cut my Mistyfuse slightly smaller then the GS, lay my fabrics on top of the Mistyfuse right side up - slightly overlapping, put second GS and press, I cut them apart with scissors or my rotary cutter.  So easy. 


These are the fabrics I make the buildings out of. Each quilt had approximately 25 different fabrics.


It's for sale in my Etsy Shop.  I think would make a great graduation or birthday gift - everybody loves Boston!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Slice House Quilt made for a friend

A group of us made another slice house quilt for a dear, dear friend who moved away. Our friend Susan was the best and we were so sad to see her go. 
 Made by Joyce Gilmore, Sue Pelland Suzanne Thibeault, Kathy Sperino, Sharon Morris and myself


We surprised her with the quilt at our Guild Getaway! She is the kindest and it felt good to do something special for her. 

Her friend Suzanne added the weeping cherry tree that had been special to Susan - a gift planted to honor her Mom. 

There are terrific 3D elements on the quilt; french knots, fussy cut leaves and threadplay shrubs are a few examples. 

We added a fun border that tied the quilt together. 

Awesome details added by everyone, check out the shadows and windows. 

Kathy Sperino did an amazing job on the quilting, it added great texture and helped blend the blocks. 

This is the photo we used for inspiration. She had beautiful gardens all over the property, we tried to add a bit of that to the quilt.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Creating for Christmas


I love what I do, every minute of it. It's especially wonderful when I get asked to create something custom.

I was commissioned to make this quilt as a Christmas gift. I so enjoy building the border. I used batiks and machine quilting to add texture.



If you would like one of these for yourself or as a gift click here Your Home in Fabric

These two Murphy Bag iPad cases were also commissioned as Christmas gifts. They are middle schoolers here in town and our schools use iPads 
exclusively. Very cool. It has a pocket with 5 sections including a couple for pens and a stylus. If you want one of these the 


We had a very a wonderful Christmas - so great to have everyone home. Happy New Year from me and mine to yours!



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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Murphy Bag Needle Case

I'm taking a knitting class at The Franklin Mill Store on Friday mornings. I've begun collecting needles and other supplies and so I needed something to keep all the lot in. I made this using images I found online.



It's quilted and has Swarovski crystals (of course)






The zippered pouch has all the little stuff in it.


I wanted to make sure I could fit my circular needles as well as my traditional ones.



My first project were these mittens. The one on the left was made first. I got tennis elbow for the first time from knitting so my instructor showed me how to loosen up my knitting and hence, the second mitten (on the right) is bigger than the first! I was totally bummed. I'll make a third, using smaller needles to replicate the first and better fitting mitten.



This is my second and current project, a scarf. The yarn is delicious! I'm loving the circular needles.


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Friday, November 08, 2013

Nature at my house fall 2013

This lovely little friend revealed herself daily in different spots around my deck during September and October. 

In the door jam.


In the plant.

On the sliding glass door.

On the siding.


On the railing.

On the table.


On the bench.

Such an amazing bug!


Can you see this big frog? Nature's so cool.

This tree behind my house was full of sparrows, reminded me of the Steven King book The Dark Half. They fly by my yard everyday, there must be hundreds!

I couldn't post without recognizing the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series!!!!!!!! When I hung this up on the fridge I had little hope they would go on to win the whole thing??? From worst to first :)


Go sox!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tutorial Embellishing your Favorite Tshirts with Lace and other Stuff

 


My friend Kathy came over last month and we worked on altering old T-shirts. We had lots of ideas and I was inspired. Below are three tops I made using old pieces of hand dyed crocheted doilies and leftovers from another quilt project. 

1 I cut away the background, saving it for a future project, and used only the main center motif. (see photo below)

2 I trimmed as close to the leaves and stem as possible. If there is a little left its OK you'll catch it when you zig zag it down. 

3 I laid the motif out centered on the T-shirt slightly above the middle. I used a chalk pencil to mark where it should generally be in all directions. 

4 I applied some basting glue to the exterior leaves so I wouldn't have to use pins.

5 I affixed a square of ultra thin fusible stabilizer to the wrong side of the shirt, making sure my stabilizer covers the entire motif. Follow directions for fusing. 

6 Turn shirt right side out and be careful to expose only the front of the shirt when you begin tacking, making sure you're not catching the back of the shirt. I used a cotton thread on top and in the bobbin. I used a medium width and length zig zag stitch to tack in down. You can play with the stitch length and width. I was careful to stitch down all of the outside areas. It didn't take long at all.  

supplies you'll need

I cut away the background from an old table cloth I hand dyed.

         
                           after appliquing it down 
                                

These are some left over pieces from a quilt. I used a blanket stitch to hold them down. They already had Mistyfuse on them so I used that to tack them down. I didn't need to stabelized. 



I added several pieces to this top, it took a while to find a pleasing grouping. The good news is, it covers a stain!

  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Murphy Bags for Fall 2013


 I've been busy making Murphy Bags!

I made this bag for a special friend, she was a dear friend of my Aunt Aggie's. We have a special bond. I'm so lucky to have her as a friend. 

The fabric is from The City Quilter in NYC, isn't it fabulous?!




New Large Tote Murphy Bag - this bag is perfect for a school bag, diaper bag, travel bag, dance bag, etc. There are 6 pockets in the interior, it's lightweight and machine washable. 




If you want this bag click on the the buy now button!


 

Bridesmaids gifts! The bride chose the fabric and zippers, they were really a great idea! This is another great New York City fabric, wonderful text. 





This is a commissioned backpack for a lovely middle-schooler.
She chose all of the fabrics and I added in pieces of vintage hand dyed stuff.  





My one of a kind Murphy Bags, iPad cases and key rings are for sale at A Little Common Sense in Upton, MA http://www.uptoncommon.com/



I'm working on some quilts too, they'll be in my next blog post.