New Kitty Stockings–‘Tis the season

18 12 2015

Well, it’s happened again.  Hang on for the story of Cat Stockings Numbers Ten and Eleven.

In 2015 I welcomed two new members to my extended family and here they are:  the charming brothers, Joliet Jake and Elwood, who are fortunate enough to live with my brother Dave and his wife Wendy.  They have been best buddies with each other since day one.

JakeElwood

So, of course, they needed stockings for the Christmas holiday.  Luckily for them, I love to make these.

JakeStocking2015

Love Jake’s font, just perfect for him.

Jake Detail2

And a special stocking for Elwood, or Woody, as he is known in his territory:

WoodyStocking2015

Woody’s detail:

WoodyDetail

 

JakeWoodyStockings

Happy Christmas to all the humans and the wonderful animals they invite into their families!!

 





Fabric Postcards: more new ones

15 12 2015

My guild members of East Bay Heritage Quilters are again taking up the task of making fabric postcards for the show in March of next year, and some of the finished ones are already coming in.  I LOVE seeing what other fabric artists will do with this same 4″ x 6″ empty canvas.

I hope you are inspired by their work.

Here are six by Orna Pascal:

OrnaPostcards

 

And seven from Claire Sherman:

ClairePostcards

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And just a few of the ones I am playing with.  I have had barrels of fun using this pre-WonderUndered fabric donated by Marion Ongerth.  I think they were the leftovers from her projects, and I LOVE leftovers, even those from someone else.

SDThankYou

 

I can barely begin to describe how much I love this cat fabric!

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And sometimes the fabric speaks for itself.

SDGetWell

HOT TIP  for making the postcard process easier:

My new favorite sewing machine foot, called an Open Embroidery Foot, which makes applying decorative stitches to the body of the cards and the zigzag stitches to the edges of the cards SOOOOOO much easier.  You can actually see exactly where you are sewing.

The foot for my machine looks like this:

OpenButtonholeFoot

 

Have fun making these yourself.

See the Postcard Gallery tab at the top of my Homepage and/or click Here to view the postcard tutorial.





Get a Clue with Nancy Drew

11 12 2015

Any Nancy Drew mysteries fans out there?  My sister, my cousins and I would gobble these books up when we were young.

Now my daughter collects all the ones we threw away, and also the ones that were published before even I was born!

So when Moda produced a line of Get a Clue with Nancy Drew fabric a few years ago, I was intrigued.  How could all these brights work together in a quilt.

This quilt is made from the leftovers from making Maggie’s quilt.  Yes, another where the leftovers were finished before the major quilt.

Nancy Drew II, 2015 44.5" x 44.5"

  Nancy Drew II, 2015
  44.5″ x 44.5″

 

Simple quilting in each of the blocks in the center part of the quilt.

Nancy Drew II, Detail 1

Nancy Drew II, Detail 1

. . .  and a red diamond quilting pattern in the border.   I’m getting good enough to be able to do this one without marking the lines.

Nancy Drew II, Detail 3

Nancy Drew II, Detail 3

I still have plenty of this fabric left, so I will make a few more small ones like this, and they all will be available in the Marketplace of the Voices in Cloth 2016 show in March of next year.  Click here for more details about that show.