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Monday, June 27, 2011

Progress Report

Today I made a Yoyo to highlight the pin that was the inspiration for the whole piece. Actually, I made several Yoyos but this is the one I liked best. I also put piping around the apron-like part and lined it. It will be hanging loose on the finished work. I'm still experimenting with the tails.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


I went to Winnipeg on Friday and found a fabric that I like better for the shield inset on this piece. I have also made some tails that might work. I usually make a lot more that I end up using but they always find a place on a later work.
I also folded the burgundy strip at the top to see if it would look more like a shield and less like a dress.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Amazing Quilt

This amazing quilt is on display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery until Aug 26. I was blown away by it! You can learn more about it at Quilt of Belonging.
There is a video here. And a book about the project here. And here you can see each individual block. Nothing compares to seeing it in person though.

Friday, June 24, 2011

A New Shape

This pin was among Barbara's bling and it looked Medieval to Brenda and me so we thought we should make a Medieval themed art piece.

A shield shape seemed to be a Medieval motif to us so with some inspiration from Quilter's Playtime we came up with this start. There will be lots of tails hanging from it to avoid the dress/apron look. There's lots of room for creativity on this one!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Barbara, a blogging friend sent me this package of treasures and I just got it today. There are some gorgeous bits of bling here! It was just like opening a Christmas stocking but even better! I already have an idea how to use a couple of the pieces. Thanks a million, Barbara.

First Mystic Done

I went with the third option. It's actually much straighter on the sides than it looks in the photo. I have already started another one with these fabrics and one different one. This could be a large series...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011



Here are some optional finishes for this wall hanging. I could also leave it as it was without any extra strips. I'm leaning toward the third one so far. I don't care at all for the last one but parts of it will show up in the next Mystic one. And since I cut up the first one to make the last one I guess I won't be using it either. I'm thinking this is the first of a small series...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Good Day for Bling

These are the treasures I found at the thrift shop today. The silver and green bracelet has silver stars which is just what I wanted for the latest wall hanging. The top necklace also has stars but turquoise, also useful. The browns will come into play next time I do one in earth tones.

This is the latest look on the Mystic piece. I made the two tassels at the ends. I love the color but since I used embroidery thread they aren't as slick looking as the ones I buy. I may have to break down and buy some special thread or string to make more tassels. They are pretty easy and that way I can get the colour I want.
This piece is about 20x10 inches, quite a bit smaller than I usually make.
My only question is, does it look sort of unfinished on the sides or does it look all right just sort of fading away like that? The top will end up being finished with loops of fabric or silver hanging rings.

Monday, June 20, 2011


I started a new wall hanging this morning. Actually, I started it yesterday but realized that I wanted to dye something to go with the middle purple fabric. I'll need to decorate the outside strips, which are from yesterday's dyeing session. There is a long ways to go but so far I like the way the fabrics are playing together.


Crosses Quilted

I quilted the crosses yesterday. I was going to do something fancy but in the end just did my usual loops. I'm more interested in wall hangings these days and just wanted to get this one done and out of the way. I'm now trying to decide whether the binding should be the striped fabric or a mix of the cross fabrics or dark brown like the narrow inner border. I'm leaning toward the dark brown if I have enough of that fabric left.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fabric Therapy

Yesterday was my birthday so I indulged in a bit of fabric therapy to get myself through the idea of being yet another year older. I have no idea where the time has gone but I guess a lot of it has gone into fabric. Seems like a good use of time to me. The dot fabrics on the left go from green to blue, pink to purple and green to yellow. My favorite is the black flower one on the top right.
The purple might work for a mystical themed wall hanging that I'm planning.

I have changed the top and added some tails to this one. I think it's almost ready to sew together.

Monday, June 13, 2011

And No Birds Sang...

The birds have flown away to make a nest in another piece.
I made another strip of crisscross pieces and turned the whole thing on its side. It seems a bit more together now. The strips on the right side are only pinned and that's why they look a bit gathered. I'll probably trim them a bit narrower.
Now I can start to really play with the bling.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


I've done some more work on the blue wall hanging. I don't think I'll use the pom poms on the bottom. I'm thinking more of several tails of different lengths/colors and maybe some dangling strings of beads. At the moment I'm most puzzled about how to finish the top.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Designing Together

My friend, Brenda and I have been working together on the design of this wall hanging. Luckily, we have similar tastes and haven't come to blows. It is destined to hang in her home so she has final say should we come to a stalemate at any time.
It's now at the quilting stage and when that is done we'll start sewing down the bling. I'm really loving this one.

Thursday, June 09, 2011


I found these goodies at the thrift store today. I'll take off the crystals (plastic, unfortunately but fine for my wall hangings) and use them as bling on the piece I am working on right now . There are two necklaces and one has large shells that will find a home on an Australian piece.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Medium Values

I took Nina Marie's advice and added some medium value blues. I think it helps a lot. Nothing after the row of little flowers is sewn down yet and more will be added to the top. I might add some more little birds somewhere, maybe in the blue pieces on each side of the dark crisscross strip. What would I ever do without rick rack??? The bottom half needs some more verticals to tie it all together but now I'm quite happy with the colors.

Something New

I have started something new, using blues. So far it hasn't jelled. I think I'll have to remove the section with the birds and flowers near the top. The rest is too abstract for them. I don't have any fabric that will play nicely with that blue and gold (which I absolutely love) so they may just have to live in the parts drawer until I get the right fabric. Meanwhile, I quite like the direction the rest of it is taking. Who knows where it will lead me from here...

Monday, June 06, 2011


Here I have highlighted the center images by couching around them with blue/silver string I found in my stash. I also added some gold braid at the top and bottom.
I might add one more tail at the middle bottom.
It's getting closer to being done...

Sunday, June 05, 2011

More Bling

I bought several of these napkin rings (?) at the thrift store last year. They have been the most useful item I have for decorating. They are much more golden than they appear in the picture and the little stars have shown up in mony of my wall hangings. Now I'm going to use a couple of the rings as hanging rings. At least, I'm going to try them to see how they work.

I have added more decorations but haven't done anything with the blue rick rack. That will have to wait until my next trip to town.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

The Bling

I spent a lot of time today trying out different arrangements of the bling. I have two questions.
Does the blue rick rack fit? And what about the blue flower on the upper right and the yellow one on the lower left? Are they too bright?

Friday, June 03, 2011


Today I thought I'd share with you some of the steps I take in making one of my wall hangings. The images in this first step were taken from a fat quarter I bought when we were in Australia. I love the images but just couldn't leave them alone and use the fabric as I bought it. Today I surrounded them with dark brown. The same images have appeared on the last two wall hangings but with different fabric around them.

The next step is to add a few more fabrics. I auditioned several before I decided on the ones in this photo.

Here I am trying out some insert fabrics and some different colors of rick rack.

The only thing I might love more than rick rack is piping. I used red piping to set off the dark fabric. If you want to use piping I can't recommend highly enough getting a special piping foot for your machine. I have been told that a zipper foot works just as well. Not so.
I have also started trying out some of the ornaments I have on hand.
There will be many more changes before this one is finished. I think it needs another color, possibly blue or maybe the green from the previous picture. Or maybe only a little blue bling if I can find exactly the right piece. Thrift shops, here I come!

Thursday, June 02, 2011


In case anyone else fell in love with this fabric, here is the designer. She also has more wonderful fabrics that I now covet, especially this one in blue.
You can see more of Yuko's fabric here.