Saturday, April 30, 2011

Back to the Drawing Board

Between coughing and medical doses, I’ve been working on a doll design.  This is what I have so far:


OK – that is so NOT what I was trying to get!  [Sigh.]  Believe me, this picture only begins to show how awful it is!  There’s some potential in the head – for something.  Just not the project I need to get going now.  Perhaps a little nap is in order.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

We Interrupt This Program . . .

The Wednesday WOW originally scheduled for this slot has been canceled due to illness.  Nothing serious I assure you.  I’m just “out of order” for a few days!  We apologize for any inconvenience and invite you to enjoy these re-runs . . .






Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Little Catching Up

I’ve been busily working this week and thought you’d like to see how it’s coming.


I finished this month’s Block of the Month . . . although it’s more like Blocks!  This project is geared to be finished in just 6 months, so there is a lot to do each month.  Here’s the rest of it.


There will be some hand embroidery (that’s why they don’t have faces.  LOL!) but I think I will wait and do that all at once to keep a kind of continuity. 

The fabrics are so much fun in this project.  Plaids and polka dots, stripes and figures.  I’m loving it!

Now, to clean up that mess!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday WOW – April 20

I got busy earlier this week and cleaned up my worktable.  Two days ago it was completely clear!


Wow!  That didn’t last long, did it?  I cannot believe the mess this project has generated!  But, the results just might be worth it.


Still needs some embroidery and then assembled with pieced blocks.  I’m having a ball!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday WOW – April 13


For once I am not working on a quilt!  I’m in a swap with the theme of “Girly.”  I got these paper dolls from TenTwo Studios.  Exactly what I need to get started!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Stash Confessions

So I was looking through my stash recently, trying to choose fabrics for a new project.  Just looking at the overflowing piles got me to thinking.  How did I acquire such a mis-matched collection?  What did I think I was going to do with it all?


Oh, I know that I have a lot of projects on the back burner and a fair amount of this will get used – if I don’t acquire any more, that is!  Ha – what are the odds!


At one time, I was buying fabric mostly in fat quarters.


And it was useful to have a wide selection for doll costuming.  (These pics are only a fraction, by the way.)  Once I started quilting, I began to purchase one-yard pieces, only buying more when I had a specific project in mind.  Mostly.  OK, so just sometimes!!!


For instance, I bought enough of this pale blue to make curtains in my kitchen, dining nook, and front entry.  And then we decided to do blinds instead!  I don’t remember how much I bought, but I’ve been using it for five years and there are still about five yards left!


A lot of my larger pieces came from my Mom when she downsized.  This one is various shades of pink (darker than the photo shows) and quite pretty.  I have a few things in mind for using this one.


I have no idea why she had so much of this fabric, though.  Well, it’s blue (her favorite color) and cute.  But.  I’ll have to come up with something to use it for (sigh).


And then there’s this jewel.  It was given to me for a birthday or something.  I collect pig figurines and it must have seemed appropriate.  There is an awful lot of it, though.

And just to prove I am my mother’s daughter:


I do vaguely remember this piece.  I think I wanted to make some pillowcases.  But why, oh why, did I get 3+ yards?!?


This is the clincher, though.  I was looking for bee colors - black and yellow – and it certainly fits that requirement!  It was on a bargain table, all or nothing.  This is two yards.  And it was a bargain!!!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday WOW – April 6

It was a beautiful day, but being Kansas in the springtime, who knows what the weather will be like tomorrow??


For today, though, I spent some time on this quilt top.  Apparently I cannot count past 20, because I have come up short on the sashing – by one piece!  I’m pretty sure there is enough fabric to cut another one . . .  but of course the fabric was at home and I was not!!!  So, this one went back into the box . . .


. . . and this one came out for a little bit.  Just long enough to cut and sew a couple 9-patch blocks and some half-square triangles.  Yummy fabrics.  I can’t wait to get more of it done!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I Do Make Dolls Sometimes!

It says so in my description over there!  It just seems like an awfully long time since I've had a doll on my worktable.  I will have to think about changing that!

For starters, I went to a class last month.  Leta Benedict was in the area and contacted our doll club to see if we would be interested in a class.  Boy, were we!  It was a bit of a scramble to find a location and get everything together, but we can be a determined bunch!

So, meet Bastet:



This is Leta's sample doll.  We learned some pretty neat tricks from Leta about making faces and assembling the doll's pieces.  We always have fun when the group gets together - and Leta fit right in with us!




Here is my Bastet doll.  I chose to make her in browns and blues.  All of the fabric and most of the ribbon was from my stash.  How's that for stash busting?


Here is a picture of one of the other students' doll.  Joanne had some wonderful feathers and they do look great.  As of our club meeting this was the only other completed Bastet.  I can't wait to see how the others turned out!