January 29, 2012

Tumbler 2

This gadget has my mind reeling with possibilities! I put another group of fabrics through the die cutter already. Gosh, do I really have to go to work tomorrow??

You might wonder about the waste fabric, so here is what I ended up with. There may be better ways to layout fabric, so don't take my word for it. If you have useful advice from your Accuquilt Go! machine experiences, please leave a comment here. Thanks!

Tumblers Quilt Top

I bought a new toy and took it out of the box today, an Accuquilt Go! fabric die cutter. Every year I give up quilting, only to pick it up once again and, with this, new ideas are filling my head. The die cutter comes with a die and cutting mat, but I also wanted the 6.5" tumbler die which was an extra cost.

After reading the (simple) instructions, I began cutting at 1:30p and, by 6:30, the quilt top was done. It's small, 34" x 36", but the speed with which I cranked out the tumblers was extraordinary! A few thoughts: Fabric gets wasted, although not a lot; I didn't iron out folds before cutting; two or three layers is my favorite amount to cut; the cutting mat gets pretty chewed up; the cut pieces are exactly the same size and piece together beautifully. This project is also the first top I've made on the Featherweight.

I am coveting the apple core, although it will be hard to decide which one to buy. Tumblers and apple cores will make great backgrounds for art stitching I envision on the surface.

January 24, 2012

Art by Diane

Call me a lucky girl! For my upcoming birthday, my pal Diane made this collage for me. I LOVE IT!! I (highly) recommended the book Taking Flight "to give [Diane's] creative spirit wings," and this was one of the projects. It's polymer clay and acrylic paint on pine board. I'm tickled to death she made this for me. It hangs on my wall near my computer, keeping company with other handmade items. I look at this and see the affection that Diane and I have for each other.

5.5" x 7"

January 13, 2012

Cross-body Kindle Pouch

My nephew Ryan was given a Kindle Touch for Christmas and I thought he needed a proper pouch to carry it to/from his grandparents's house. At the fabric store, he chose this elephant batik and had only one request, "I don't want it to look like a purse" -- an appropriate comment from a boy!

With fusible batting in between two layers of batik, I outline-quilted the elephant on the flap, then stitched diagonally across the rest. French side seams encased the raw edges with a finished look. The pouch is meant to be worn across Ryan's body, so I sewed in nylon webbing with a buckle and made it adjustable for a growing boy. The pouch stays closed over a wooden button with a black hair band because I was too lazy to go to the fabric store for a tiny piece of elastic.

Inside, there is a flat pocket for the USB cable. This elephant was also outline-quilted, but without batting.

The pouch folds closed over the extended top of the main pocket to secure his device. Sure, I could make these to sell, but I won't (long hours, custom fit for various devices, fabric choices won't suit everyone).

January 8, 2012

Christmas on the Brain

These bottle decorations were made by special request for a favored customer and likely in early preparation for her next Christmas. After the holidays, appropriate yarns in proper and classic reds and greens were not as plentiful, however, I found the perfect red. The hats were knitted on circular needles and the icord scarves were knitted on double pointed needles. Usually, I crank out the scarves on a hand knitting mill, but this yarn was too thick for the gadget.

Thanks to this hat and scarf project, I'm on a roll. Now all I want to do is knit more hats. I'm feeling Christmas-y in January!

January 5, 2012

Happy 2012 to You

Happy new year to each and every reader! Thank you for continuing to follow my world. Here's wishing you a year filled with love, creativity and serenity.

For me, it will be another year of working with fabric, my favorite medium. I recently acquired some remnants of hand-dyed silk. These will be used for dolls and lavender-filled pillows. I'm salivating at the thought of playing with these rich colors and textures, slurp!