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Another finish!

Well, I’ll tell you what finished, my camera batteries did yesterday when I wanted to take pictures of my new quilt. I promptly went out and bought new ones, but lo and behold, they are nowhere to be found today. Funny things do happen! So I got these pics by slowly taking one or two and then waiting for the battery to give it a little bit more for one more shot! It’s one way to spend a morning.

Anyway, I finally finished my June doodle:

I was worried about sewing circles. I did not need to worry as the beads cover my shortcomings very well,lol!

I certainly was not stingy with the beads on this one and the painting was lots of fun. As usual, once I start, it just takes on a life of its own. It’s stopping that’s hard!

I also found a way to display some of my inchies. a nice wooden frame from the 2$ store (Yes, we have that here!) and a piece of canvas.

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This looks presentable sitting on my shelf like that! 🙂 I am very happy with it and plan to add or exchange the inchies every month or so. Actually I am working toward 100 natural colored inchies, which I hope to frame under glass.

Something like this. this is not my work, sadly, it’s from the book Inchies by Peggy Donda-Kobert. They just really look good in collections.

You see what I mean? This is from the same book. I am keeping my eyes open for interesting bits of nature to stick onto my 100 collection. I think I will raid the kitchen for some coffee beans and anise stars and the like. That’s nature too, right?

Aaaaand I finished my log cabin quilt.

From this to….

this in three days. By the way, I do not recommend anyone to sew 36 circle wreaths in three days. My shoulders are not thanking me, but i AM HAPPY NEVERTHELESS!

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Monday I dyed a batch of fabric, as I wanted the back of the quilt to match. It was a major flop and I now have five meters of assorted pink and peach fabric! I did get a piece for the back of this quilt, but not really the color I had in mind. I will try harder to follow the Thai instructions on the dyes next time,loll! Or the English ones underneath, once I scratch off the Thai with  steel wool.

 

I quilted it with feather wreaths. I felt very brave doing that to be honest. It’s my first time to not just do an overall design. I marked the spine and went for it. I used four different thread colors to go with the fabric.

 

It was really fun and I want to do more wreaths like this. they just come together so nicely. I was about two thirds done when I decided to make the wreaths in any direction without turning the whole thing around every time. It worked too! 🙂

 

And it has been approved as a lay mat. This is not truly it’s original goal, it will most likely travel home with a friend to cooler climates. I absolutely love the terracotta red and the browns in this. I will try again to dye some more fabric in these shades. My first hand dyed quilt and my first log cabin. It’s 60 inches square.

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

I know I will, I am invited to a nice dinner with a friend in a beautiful hotel restaurant along the river in Bangkok tomorrow.

I hope to be back here soon with new batteries to tell you about my adventures in book binding.

See  you soon,

Cathy

 

 

 

 

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It’s been a good week, maybe two weeks? I never manage to keep track. I’ve got lots to show you!

First, my inchie obsession continued. this time I made the base from torn wool, which I fused to cotton backing.

 

I don’t know what it’s called, the stuff you put into man’s shirts’ collars. Cotton with a sticky iron on side, very stiff when done. This worked great to give these tiny babies some shape.  I also laid some embroidery thread on top and then sewed it all down on the machine.

I decided to edge them by hand this time, to see the difference. It’s a good thing to do while watching a movie! I didn’t do that, but I did convince my son to drive me to town to get small needles, strong glue and more cotton backing! I needed the small needles to sew the beads and the glue for some of the bigger pieces.

 

And here is my new little set, called the blues. My favorites are the two flowers left top and the big pearl in the middle. It just makes me happy to look at them!

here is my latest way to display inchies. What do you think?

I also want to learn felting now, dry and wet. I always wanted to, but this could come in handy for inchie bases!

And then I remembered that there is a real world and other things I should be doing too!.  🙂

I have a new finish!! This has been in the works for half a year, due to the hand sewing and stitching. It’s from Lynette Anderson’s book Country Cottage Quilting. I enlarged the pattern,  not thinking that of course this would mean a lot more stitching!!

 

Make some cute hexie flowers.

 

Cut many fusible backed felt flowers. Fuse, blanket stitch and embellish. It should have been French knots, but I opted for seed beads instead.

 

Make a couple dozen yo yo flowers, sew on, embroider and enjoy. I love these, my first time really to make and use yo yos, but certainly not my last!

 

and you get something like this,

 

and this.

 

You get the idea, in the end you get…..

 

A quilt. who would have thought! I made a pillow too, and my friend took one look  and wants it for her new baby, which will pop out soon! Happy me!! So she is buying it off of me and I could not wish for a better home for my newest quilt!

 

Here is Bandit checking if my seams meet properly! The dog quilting police!

 

You paaass, but only of you put some more treats on this quit for me!

 

I FMQ’ed around all the birds, flowers, stems and spools, but quilted the rest in the ditch and diagonally to keep the quilt very soft. I am glad I did it that way as it is soo nice and cuddly now!

Aand I finished one more block of  Leanne’s house BOM. I have been busy, right?

 

A few flowers,

 

a few more,

 

lots of tulips,

 

and this block, which admittedly, I put together wrong! No matter, I like it anyway.

 

Tadahh, block 6 is finished! I am now working on 7, which has a lot of applique.

Just for good measure, I started another quilt, a kid’s one. This will travel to Sweden to my niece’s child.

 

I have always wanted to make a zigzag quilt, so I took the opportunity.

 

I did not name this child, but I did have fun fusing and blanket stitching her name. Now I have to go out and buy more white fabric and fluffy batting. This will be a ‘fat’ quilt, you know, it gets real cold in Sweden. I am still trying to decide how to make this bigger. Do I add one or two more zigzags, or a very wide border. Right now it is 40 inches wide and 60 inches long. Any input would be appreciated. I like the balance of the look right now, but it should be wider. Maybe I will add 10 inch white borders? Most zigzag quits I see have the design right to the edge though. Hmmmm.????

Alright, I have to stop here, but not before I show you a book I bought on Etsy.

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Isn’t it cute? I fell in love with it and it will help me learn about felting too. It should be somewhere up in the skies flying my way now!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend with some free time to sew!

See you next week!

Cathy

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Inchies, here we come!

Well, so I went and bought a cute book all about inchies. Here is a peek, not my work, obviously:

How pretty is that?  I think I will have to start looking for an old window frame!

Today going to work on a motorcycle with my son, a new traffic policeman came over to chat with us instead of directing his traffic. “Oh, yes, I just saw your daughter, she likes to walk. Is it for exercise? Your son here, is he half blood also?” ( I never heard it put quite like that before, but ok;). To my son:” Do you speak Thai. Yes, there is a lot of traffic today.  So you are half Filipino?” My son had the good sense to open his visor and answer the man politely. All the while chatting I was thinking; Nice of you to chat, but what about the traffic??

First day on the job at our intersection and he had my whole family mapped out!! Ahhh, Asia with all its unique faces!!

Back to the inchies, I just had to give it a try, I wanted to make them all in browns for today:

I have a long way to go to neaten the edges, but I love them so much!

I have to say, these babies are tiny!! I thought I knew what an inch was, but they are really, really small. It makes them cute though. I zig zagged them on 3mm, I will try to make that less. I also had thick batting, which is a pain, a good stabilizer might help them not to fray so much. I hand edged a few too and I like that. Net I want to work with a glue gun, some things cannot easily be sown on. ( I tried some shells tonight and small stones.

Work station, I like my new little boxes to keep the beads in, very handy.

So,  a year from now I will look back and smile at my feeble efforts, but right now I am happy that I jumped in and started them.

Here is the book I bought, well worth it with beauutiful pictures! It cost about $12.

They suggest to glue a label on the back with your name or the name of the swap. That would also hide the stitching on the back. I haven’t gotten that far yet, but I will try.

My head is buzzing with ideas, a set with shells, a set with stones, a set with stitching and one with cute buttons…… I hope I can sleep tonight!

I will be curious to hear how this is going for others, what batting is good. The book also suggests using artfoam and/or no batting for some of them.

We’ll see. I have to go to sleep now, but tomorrow is another day!

Inchies, here I come.

Sleep well,

Cathy

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