Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Doggo 2

My first finish of the year: another heavy duty car blanket for a big dog.  This project started as the backing of Doggo 1, but I discovered that I only had enough to cover 2/3 of the back. 

The Stash provided about 10 yards of a heavy duty denim that helped fill the gaps as well as serve as a backing. This was sewn around the outside (right sides together) then flipped right side out and top-stiched 1/2" from the edge.  I added about 6 rows of stitching to  secure the front and back (about every 6-8").
 In addition to the leftover strips from old jeans, there are 2 upcycled wool jackets.  I bought these at a second hand store for a different project for $1 each.  At first I aimed to cut straight strips avoiding seams to get normal strips.  I learned on a previous upcycle project that I quite like some of the original details left in.  So often I'd sew down plackets or pocket flaps and include them.

While this is no masterpiece, it is a heavy-duty functional item as well as a dandy stash-burner for some other well intentioned old projects.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Sum of the parts

I finished most of the details on the 4 subsections of applique and starting laying them out on the rainy grey background.

I basted the pieces down to make it easier to handle the large project. I was feeling particularly clever when I came up with a circle of wide tape to collect the threads.

Spent most of the weekend making and applying 1/2” bias around the wings. Pulling out every technique I know to make it work.

And now back to stitching.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Blanky for Doggo

Like a good Grandma, I made a quilt for my grand-dogger.

 I bought a Huskey panel when I was in Alaska.  But then was stumped as to what to do with it.  My solution was a heavy duty car blanket that my daughter could use to protect her upholstery.  Or use as a picnic blanket.  Step 1 was to FMQ the panels to make them heavier dutier.

Then on to cutting up old jeans. 
Maybe they'll still smell like Treat Guy and That Lady That Comes With Him.
It was so sad to cut up my favorite jeans.  But it was time to let go.   

 I had some other clothes that I had purchased to make some upcycled bags before I lost interest in that project.  Used the black twill for the front, and sliced up some suit jackets for a pieced back.

Since there wouldn't be any batting, I used 1/2 inch seams and top stitched the seams as I went.
After hours of slicing and piecing, I realized that I wasn't going to have enough for a back.  I went to the garage stash of fabric and found a bin that had about 10 yards of heavy duty denim I had purchased decades ago for a slip cover project and pillows.  (I did cover 1 chair but then found pre-made denim pillows that seemed a simpler solution.).  The solid denim was just the right size for the back.   And now this strip pieced section will become a second Doggo gift for my favorite Huskeys. 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Back to Applique

 I took Thanksgiving week off, then we decided not to travel.   So I've been binge watching cooking shows on Netflicks and working on the totem pole quilt.   I have finished the Blue Jays and Kingfishesr, having decided to quilt in some of the details that were on my original design.
Yesterday I started working on the Hawk that will be in the center. 
It took me several hours of pondering before I remembered my master plan for how this all goes together.  I'll finish the applique on the wings and body, sew the 2 pieces together to finish the hawk's face and beak, then cut that out all of that and put it on the background. The original plan also has yards of bias to outline the wings.  I'll do the head,  then the fish & bear each on it's own on the "wood" background then add them to the background. I am hoping it will go faster with less detail on the remaining section and no duplication like there was on the wings.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Totem Pole Quilt Design

Returned from a vacation to Alaska with plans for a commemorative quilt.  I focused on incorporating what we saw in Ketchican including eagle, hawk, kingfisher, blue jay, salmon and bears. I still have some adjustments to make to the salmon's head, and some details to add.   Looking forward to making this my football season project.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Still Here

My, how time flies.  In the time that I haven't been blogging, I've ridden my motorcycle several thousand miles, had play dates with the granddaughter, celebrated my mom's 90th birthday, and hung out with friends.   Some of those friends have decided to do a Craft Bazaar in November to sell some of their crafty goods.  After much consideration, I came up with some things that I thought would be profitable enough to spend my time on.

 So I've been mastering a recipe for bath bombs. 
Am figuring out lip balms.
 And have started making some cute purses.
 Meanwhile, I' volunteered to put together a swag bag for a motorcycle club regional meeting.  Here's a prototype of the 6"x8" "ditty bag" I designed, that will hold all the other goodies.  The duck cloth will be embroidered with the logo, and we'll use a team of crafty volunteers to sew these up. 
And while I have all that slave labor lined up,  there's plans to make the neck wraps to include, along with a custom flavored lip balm. 

Next post should be showing off some of the bags I have planned to make this weekend.  Should be a learning curve as I have a mix of materials I'm trying including some quilting fabrics from the stash and some upcycled clothing.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Orange Finish

I finished this baby quilt. 
A friend had gifted me with a bag of batik leftovers that included 19 finished blocks in orange/blue.  I made a few more and finished it with some of the orange strips. 
Simple quilting with the walking foot in the center and some feathers around the edges. 
My machine has been having tension issues, which on the feathers caused enough trouble for to break needles. 
The back has all kinds of random loops that I didn't discover until I was nearly done. 
Both of those problems are just going to become part of the story of the quilt. 
And the reason I have a new machine!