Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bookmarks and Sketchbook

This morning before my grandson Mikia had to go home, we made some bookmarks. He misplaced the last one I made for him, so this time we stitched some of my fiber layered art left over from previous projects to patterned scrapbooking card stock. They are awesome. And Mikia went home with 2 bookmarks that he stitched on the machine by himself. Great job for a 9 yr old.
I also filled in 5 pages in my new sketchbook. Now it's marred and I don't have to be afraid of filling it.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Last Fiber Journals before the New Year

Christmas is finished for this year, and here a couple of pictures of the last 2 journals I put together. The lovely orange one was given to a great friend that is a non-quilter/crafter. She immigrated to the US from Germany when she was in her early 20's. She is a great friend and so deserving of this.

The fab purple is a sketchbook....FOR ME!
I'm planning on defacing the inside starting today with some of my scribbles
and other notes that are in other odd journal books.

Doesn't it feel sinful to mar the pristine pages? I have the pristine phobia, and today I'm going to try and break through it, once and for all!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Had a great day with a couple of friends that came over for a couple hours. One was quilting on my longarm and the other made a journal cover. Of course if I make some fiber art, it's like eating chips....I can't eat just one. So here are four that I made today along with the orange journal I made a couple of days ago.
Tomorrow, I have to finish a customer quilt that is 2/3rds quilted.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Journal Covers

Last week I had 3 friends over for a little fun time. We made layered fabric for journal covers. They were made using batiks, snippets, and solvy.

Here are instructions for the journal covers.

1. 5 x 6 piece of orange batik
2. put on a few snippets of contrasting fabric
3. couple of thin strips of organza, fun fur yarn, and fish tail mylar
4. add a little angelina
5. place a piece of solvy on top and pin
6. stitch circles all over in a complimentary thread
7. Dissolve solvy in a tub of water, blot, and iron dry between wash cloths
8. Hand embellish with beads, and jewejry findings
9. Place face down on table and trace the cover of a small journal
10. Trim and apply tacky fabric glue to the journal, place collage on journal
11. press collage to journal and work it till it stays in place.

This was a very fun project and I'm going to take time to make more for Christmas presents.

I'm going to Duluth MN tomorrow (90 mls), and will be going to the Michaels store. Of course there will be some Christmas shopping taking place.

Quilting with Grand Kids

This past weekend I was fortunate to have my grandson Mikia over for the whole weekend. This doesn't happen very often and the last time was mid summer. Mikia is 9 and in 4th grade. He asked to make a small quilt for his little brother who is about 1 yr old. I cut 5 inch blocks for him and pinned while he sewed blocks and borders. After he was finished, and had more than enough
sewing time, I machine quilted the top as he played video games. The prints were fun and funky and the pattern was easy enough to go quickly so he wasn't bored to quickly. I'm proud of him for sticking with this until it was finished.
This was his first quilt. Good job guy!