Monday, August 17, 2015

Pets On Quilts 2015

    Welcome to my blog....Today I am linking up with Pets on Parade with Lily Pad Quilting
This is where we as quilters do our best to get our wiggly pets to hold still long enough to get a photo of them on a quilt...that we usually shoo them off of. (which I am sure has the wee ones confused :0)
So, here are my babies on the only quilt that I'm working on at the moment.
... I have joined in on the Tumbler QAL with Bonnie Hunter. Before my surgery I cut out over 1000 tumbler blocks...and have slowly been piecing it together.
As I am stuck on my couch...the photo shoot happened right here on my lap...hehe :0)

First up..... my little Daisy
Second up.... Zoey....(she is Daisy's Mom...you can see Daisy photo bombing her Momma :0)
And lastly my BIG girl... Bella.

As for me...I am still on the couch...It has been 5 weeks since my surgery. I am doing well. But I am still in the "No Walking Zone". I can't start walking again for another 7 weeks. My sewing machine is right here next to me...and I try and sew for a bit every day. My art journals are laying next to me as well. 
Can't keep an artist from making art...or snuggling with her poodles :0)

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Art Journal Peeks

Hello all...I am still recuperating here on my couch. Doing pretty good....except there are days I think I will go nuts. I have only left the house twice. Looking forward to the days when I can get up and go when ever I feel like it.
All the following pages have been done while sitting on my couch these last 4 weeks.
Enjoy :0)
 








I really love playing in my art journals. This journal is almost full. Time to make another:):)
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

English Paper Piecing Tutorial

 Hello...today I thought I would share a quick tutorial on how I do English Paper Piecing. I had a few requests for this tutorial after my last post on the PLUS project I have started... I found the template that I am using over on ... Mollie's blog...Wild Olive
I decided to use my highly cherished Liberty of London fabric stash.
I downloaded this template from Mollie on her blog HERE.

Here is my little tin that I use to hold all my pieces in one place.

Let's get started...This is how I go about EPP. 
Step 1.... Cut out your fabric large enough to go all the way around your template.

Step 2... Thread a needle and knot the end. I sew the fabric to the template. 
  Get all four shapes made.

Step 3... Take 2 pieces and RST (right sides together) ... Make tiny whip stitches down the side...connecting the 2 pieces.

 
Make your stitches small enough and you can't see them. 

TIP... Occasionally you will need to change color threads...light thread for light fabric...and dark thread for dark fabrics. 

You should now have 2 sections that look like this.

Step 4... Put both sections together (RST) ...and whip stitch again.

When you are done...you should have a cross.

TIP... at this time you will leave all the papers in place. You can't remove the papers until all the sides have been whipped stitched, or the fabric will lose it's shape. To remove the paper just clip the basting stitches that you see in the above photo.
In this photo you can see how they are going to interlock together. You have to be careful of color value or your cross shape will NOT appear.

I have made 25 so far...and plan on waiting until I have made 100 before I start to put them together. To make sure I can separate the crosses that look a lot alike. 
YUMMINESS!!!!!

Hope this helps those out who asked for this tutorial.

This is a couch project that I am working on while I am in "Couch Prison"...hehe :0)

If you are on Instagram the hash-tag  for this pattern is #EPP and #EPPPLUS

On a healing Note...
I'm doing well....quilting....doodling....poodle snuggling....movie and Netflix watching as well.

Thanks for stopping by....


Monday, July 27, 2015

New English Paper Piecing Project

I have been scratching my head for a project that I could do easily from my
" camp out " on my couch for the next 3 months... and decided to make an English paper Piecing project. Most of these kind of quilts are Hexagons (hexies). But I wanted to do something different. And I came across this plus pattern...YES!!! I like that!!! Now what fabric to use??? I have been collecting Liberty of London fabric for awhile...and because it is so expensive...I have been just hoarding it. But I thought this would be a great project for this fabric. (and no more guilt for hoarding) 

Four done....yeah!!!

I found this little tin box awhile ago. Loved it..had to have it. But I had no idea what to do with it. When I remembered it...I pulled it out to see if it would be a good little box to hold this project in...Yes!!! It sits on the couch with me where I am camped out.
Just finished 6 more blocks!!! Yeah!! Totally loving these little blocks. I will make 100 to see if that will big enough to make a quilt. If not...then I will make more. This is one of those slow and steady kinda projects...No end goal date in mind at all. (daisy is watching the process...lol!!! it's so slow it puts her to sleep)

Thanks for stopping by....

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tumblers and Health Update

Hello...Hope all is well with everyone. I have had a wee bit of a hiccup in the road here. The day that the blog studio party kicked off...I went into surgery for an ankle fusion. I came out with flying colors. And now I am camped out on my couch for the next 3 months...sigh....
And this is my new best friend. It is how I am getting around. I used crutches once years ago and pulled a muscle in my arm pit so bad!!! That I decided I didn't want to do that again. Now a days they have these super cool scooters!!!! Yeah!!!

My hubby and son helped me the day before my surgery to bring half of my studios down stairs...so I could have plenty to do while I am camped out on my couch :0)

I found this cute little sewing machine...on Amazon. Thinking it would be light enough to hold on my lap and keep sewing. It is working out GREAT!!! It is just a simple straight machine and slow....But it is working great for me at this time :0)
The project I started was the Leaders and Enders Tumblers Challenge 2015 with Bonnie Hunter. Last week I cut out 1000 tumbler blocks. Now to start sewing them together.


200 sewn and together.



I also started working on my couch pillows for my guest bed. The first pillow I decided needed to be a Swoon block by Thimble Blossom.

Here is where it is so far. (see my Bella laying on her bed :)

I have gathered some of my journals and projects close to me on the couch. 
Went into my 10 day post-op check up...and all is well.  No infections!! Praise God!!! Got my BIG boot. Can't take it off for 3 months....(uggg!!!)

Well....the moral of this story is
YOU CAN'T KEEP AN ARTIST DOWN!!!!
She will always find a way to create :0)

thanks for stopping by.....

Friday, July 10, 2015

Where Blogger's Create 2015

      Welcome to my studio!!!! I am so happy that you decided to stop by. I am linking this post up with Karen Valentine's .... Where Blogger's Create 2015. This will be my 4th year participating :0)

       I love all kinds of art....mixed media, quilting, book binding, and art journaling. It is my hope that you will stay for a bit and have a look around. I am super blessed to have 2 different studio's in my home. A Mixed Media studio and a Quilting studio.

       As most of you know I moved back to Florida in August last year... (I can't believe it's almost been a year) ....and I would have to say my new home is nice and settled...and I LOVE it :0)

                                          Let's start this tour with my Mixed Media Studio.
                                                                                
On the left is the entry way into my Mixed Media studio...in the middle is the potty...and to the right is my Quilting studio.
My constant art companions Daisy and Zoey.
My main station...or the Captain's chair of this Star ship ...hehe!!!

Every piece of old furniture you are seeing...I bought second hand and used Annie Sloan chalk paint on it, and then distressed it with a power sander...in total 16 pieces in the studios and the house.

     My Rolodex holder is full ...I did the swapping on IG to fill it up. YEAH!!!
My other constant art companion...Bella
My paint station.


My collection of art journals.

More art journals...and my collection of old books at the top. (The collection grew way bigger than that top shelf...LOL!!!!)

Now we are back in the hallway....
The stair case in the hall  houses my treasured "Happy IG Heart Canvas" ....and more old books.

More art and one of my quilt ladders holding quilts I have made.
Art potty...and my button collection. And the entry to my Quilting studio. 


The back corner with the TV is the Captain's chair of the quilting room  :0)

Fabric!!! I have it every where!!! And my cutting/pressing station.
When I need a planning board I pull them out and place them here so I can work on different quilt projects. How I made these boards from the hardware store...is a free tutorial...click HERE and you can see how I made them. 


I'm a Bernina girl all the way..."Nothing sews like a Bernina!"  I call them Mama Nina and Baby Nina!!! I even hung my rulers up on the wall.

My vintage collection. Laces, doilies, and trims.  Again this cubby was a dark stained wood...and I attacked it with Annie Sloan chalk paint and my sander :0)

More fabric...and my planning boards tucked away. 

Behind the curtains...more stuff that I need but don't necessarily need to see it.

In this photo you can see my Mixed Media studio through the door on the left.
The reason why I loved this house was because these two rooms were nice and BIG...lots of room to spread out.

Well folks...You have just walked through my HAPPY SPACE.
I am here all day... everyday :0)

The only thing that could make me happier with my little world...is when friends come and join me here. Which I am happy to say happens often :0)

Thanks so much for stopping by... Click HERE to get back to Karen's blog and check out all the other studios.


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