Thursday, December 13, 2012

Well, we've moved into our new offices at the school. I'm loving it. I've hung one of my Christmas wall hangings up over my desk. Not very well as you can see by the silly pin on one end. :(
Anyway, I love the way it looks in there. I have a couple other quilted pieces in the office. I'll take more photos tomorrow.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Finding Inspiration Everywhere

Inspiration for quilts and, in this case, quilting, is everywhere, you just need to keep your eyes and mind open for anything. Two of my sisters, and I were at lunch last week when I noticed that our bench seat had a very neat design on it. It reminded me of stitches on a quilt. Like soft flames maybe. I think I'm going to try this. It looks very cool.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Free Motion Quilting practice

I made four small Christmas wall hangings so that I could practice my free motion quilting.

Ready to Quilt


Pointy Paisley 

Soft Flame

Echo Shell

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ball Jar Pin Cushions

I saw this great idea on Pinterest. pin cushion jars

So I decided to go and get some jars and give it a try. WELL, I found the best jars. They are a little larger, but not really. I love them. They are squashed Ball Jars. They are the perfect size. I found scraps in my scrap basket to make them. I think I'm going to get more. They are so fun and easy to make. Click on the photo above for directions.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Take Five

As if I didn't have enough projects piling up in my studio, I started a new one this evening. Let me give you a bit of background on this one. My husband Bob is a huge jazz fan. He's been wanting to get album covers to frame and use for artwork in our middle room upstairs, his music room. Last year I bought him the Time Out Album by Dave Brubeck so that he could frame it. He jokingly said that I should quilt the artwork.

Guess What? I've decided to do just that.

OK, well. I wasn't exactly sure how I was to go about this. I talked it over with other quilters and have decided to start by tracing the piece of art onto piece of muslin. 

Now that I have that traced I will start looking through my stash to find the solids that I will need to applique the shapes onto the muslin. The challenge will be the quilting. I want to try to re-create the brushwork by free motion quilting.