These pictures are way over due, but there is no way that I can't post them. You have to see the pretty quilt that Chickenfoot sent me in the last doll quilt swap I participated in. I LOVE this sweet quilt. She did an amazing job on it. I was so proud of the fact that I handstitched the binding on my doll quilt swap quilt....until I got this quilt. You can't see any of the stitches in the binding. If I lived near her, I would be over her house asking her to teach me how to do it.
Also, she hand quilted this!!! And it is amazing.
I like this pic because you can see Zorba in her little cottage in the background.
Then I realized that I had it hanging the wrong way, so I had to redo do the pic.
Aren't the colors lovely? I love looking at the fabrics she chose for those little strips.
Pretty, right? So, so sweet.
I love what she did with the back. It was a great surprise and added a wonderful touch. I feel very lucky to have been matched up with the very talented Miss Chickenfoot. Thank you!!!!!!
My friend Iphone was stolen last week. I'm not going to bore you with the story, because it still smarts too much for me to even talk about it. Soooo, my husband was sweet enough to get me another friend Iphone since I can't live without one now. The protective case I had on my stolen friend Iphone was great, but I thought I'd try a new kind with this new phone. Only this new case sucks. The protective case I bought for it sucks and I haven't had time to find the kind of case my stolen friend Iphone had on it, so to save my friend Iphone from getting scratched up in my purse, I made this little case for it this morning.
I put a snap in so my friend Iphone won't escape from it's pouch.
I used scrap fabric to make this, so I think I'm going to make one out of one of my fave fabrics.
It is made out of vintage fabric and lined with brand spankin' new fabric. Between the vintage and the new is flannel to give the bag some weight. And I made a flat flower pin to dress it up. Oh, yeah, and the button on the pin is vintage too!
Tonight, since Zorba is not here, Ray and I are getting crazy and staying home! Yep. We have already played several games of Mortal Kombat on the Wii and we hope to watch a movie later.
Here is a bag I made for myself.
I made it the day before Christmas.
It is lined with the same fabric appliqued on the bag.
Ahhh, 2007. You were a good year, but it is time for you to make room for 2008. 2008, I hope that you are the best year yet. I have many resolutions. Many. Probably too many to share. Imagine what the stereotypical resolutions are and you'll know what several of mine are. We'll see if I stick with any of them.
I hope that 2008 is your best year ever. Happy new year!
My girl went back to her grandparents' house with them! I can't believe it, she actually wanted to leave me to go to her grandparents'. And she is having a great time. When I call her she barely has time to talk to me. Sniff, sniff. And it is so weird to be here without her. It is weird to be the alone version of me. Very weird. I don't know what to do with myself! Actually, I do. I'm seeing movies, getting a pedicure, sleeping late, and taking naps. I'll be joining her in a few days.
Anyway, Christmas was great, but I'm glad it is over with. I was pretty sick for a bit. Horrible ear infection and that nasty cold that seems to be plagueing people from here to there. But all is well again.
I'm going to leave you with two presents I sent out this year.
Not the best image, but you get the idea. This was made from vintage cowboy feedsack scraps. I bought a little baggie full of scraps and I had just enough to do this doll quilt. I made this special for a little girl who loves horses. The binding was made using one of my favorite feedsacks. And the fabric for the back is new and is one of my current favorite fabrics. I'm in love with polkadots right now.
And this is a shot right before I put the lid on the box and mailed it out.
I made one for her sister too. This was made from a quilt that I found at Canton a few months back. I knew that I would make doll quilts out of it when I bought it. This one is the second quilt I've made from it. The first was made back in October. I have enough fabric for at least two ( maybe 4) more doll quilts. Maybe. Her mom was with me when I found this quilt, so it seemed right that her doll quilt be made from this.
I finished my sewing project last night. It turned out better than I thought, but it shouldn't have taken me as long as it did. Jeez, it took me an entire day. I realize now that I was too picky and anxious about cutting the three layers of fabric needed for this. But, that is okay, I figured everything out and I think I can now do this project in much less time. In fact, I've already started making another one and it is bigger!
Like my last project, this one is from Amy Karol's Bend-the-Rules Sewing book. It is my favorite sewing book right now. And that says a lot, because I have A LOT of craft/sewing books. All of Amy Karol's patterns are so cute and they appear doable. To say that I'm a fan of this book is the truth. I love this book!
I made the Scalloped Baby Blanket.
I quilted the blanket a bit more than she does in the book and I like it. I bought this fabric a few months ago and I meant to do a quilt with it, but I'm burned out on quilts right now, so this blanket was a fun project. It was quick (started in the morning and finished before I went to bed) and instant gratification is what I was looking for.
I ran into problems when it came to finishing the blanket. I didn't do a very good job doing edge stitching the blanket, so I zigzagged on the outside and that helped make it look neater.
It is a small blanket, 30"X34". I brought a blanket about this size with us to China and I used it to cover up Zorba during naps. But, I wish I had made this blanket a bit bigger. So I am making a larger Scalloped Blanket out of the same fabric. It is on my table waiting for me to finish pinning it.
PICTURE REMOVED (I realized that the person who is getting this knows I'm their quilt partner and I should never have posted this until after she gets her box. I want her to be surprised, so hopefully she hasn't seen this.)
You can see the lil' crop circles here.
I actually have embroidered labels, but I can't find them, so I had to make a label. My name is on the other side of this tag.
All wrapped up!
Once I got going, I had a good time making this quilt. I had forgotten how much fun it is to make something like this.
Ahhh, I'm moments away from finishing my doll quilt and it feels good! I feel much better about binding after this quilt. I need some more practice that is for sure, but I'm better than I used to be. I just need to learn how to finish a quilt using the slip stitch. Next time. The good news is that I think it turned out better than I thought. I actually like my lil' quilt. I really, really hope, my quilt buddy feels the same way!
I'll post a picture of it later. No time right now!