Friday, June 24, 2011

Making Stuff for Dylan

In between gardening and cleaning my studio I have made several items for Dylan. He'll be visiting shortly and it is colder here than AZ. We Skype every night and who could resist this smile?
I purchased from a member of one of my Yahoo groups some small pieces of fabric. This was probably over a year ago and since they were basically "I Spy" squares and I had no small children I shoved them into a corner where they languished until I cleaned and found them. And NOW I have someone to use them for! I just pieced them together and used some of the longer pieces for sashing andd binding. The back is cotton muslin and the batting is 100% cotton as well. It's all hand quilted and ready for the visit.
Here is a close-up of some of the random squares, I just used what I had:
And then I crocheted a monkey thinking that the orange might be too weird, but it's bright enough for Dylan to see when we Skype. His name is Earl according to Darrin.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Exciting news!

A couple months back while at April's I participated in the Cloth Paper Scissors fabric swatch exchange. I had brought some hand-dyed muslin in bright green and dark indigo to make my swatches. I sandwiched cotton batting between the fabrics and free motion quilted some swirls all over the piece. I cut it into the required size pieces, paid the fee, and shipped them off. A couple of weeks ago I received pieces in exchange from as far away as Australia! Some really cool stuff, can't wait to use them.
Here is the large piece before it was cut to size:

Yesterday I received the July/August issue of CPS in the mail. On the top corner of the cover was a blurb about the exchange. Needless to say I squealed when I opened to the article and found that they had chosen my piece as one of the 38 to showcase in the issue! Yowza! I never expected that! There were close to 200 participants and they chose less than 40 for the article. I am very flattered and sooo was not expecting that! My fabric is on pg 81. I really love the other pieces they chose....... good stuff!
April looked in Borders for a copy, but it doesn't seem to be on stands yet. Here's the cover:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

De-Stashing Big Time & Etsy Update

Anyone who knows me well knows that I have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF in my studio. It's time to get rid of some of my "extras." Do I REALLY need 100 yards of cord in one color? Several gross of brads in all colors? No, didn't think so....... I've been cleaning out and packaging some of my primo supplies and am in the process of listing them on Etsy. So far I have several packages of brads (the larger ones contain WAY more than a gross!) sorted by color. Here's a sneak peak:

Stay tuned as I haul stuff out and check out the bargains on my Etsy over there
... and if you need something to tote your goodies around in check out my purses!