After making the
little wristlet with the dots appliquéd on top I decided to make a pillow
inspired by it.
First I took pieces
of silk charmeuse scrap that I had dyed awhile ago and put a fusible adhesive
backing on them.For pillows and things
I want more pliable I like to use Heat n' Bond Lite.Then I cut circles ranging in different sizes
and placed them strategically on my base fabric.
After I figured out
where I wanted them I ironed the circles down to the fabric so they would stay
Since this was a
pillow I stabilized it with some cotton muslin so I wouldn't have to tear it
off like interfacing afterward.Then I
began free motion embroidering swirls and stars on each circle.
the front I made it into a fully finished pillow with a purple back that closed
with a zipper.It's for sale in my shop
now, so please check it out to see other views.
I wanted to learn some new techniques on putting zippers on
things.I had done the traditional zip
pouch but after learning a neat trick for pillows and I wanted to try it but
for a clutch.I was also inspired to
figure out how to do a zip in the middle of the clutch while having everything
finished on the inside.After digging
through my many books and online I figured it out.I also wanted an excuse to do some small
thread sketching pieces.Here are
pictures of my test projects.
This one is made of raw silk with silk charmeuse that I dyed
fused onto it.The purple is naturally
dyed with logwood and the yellow is MX Procion dyed. Then I free motioned
embroidered on top of the circles.The
embellishment was a test for pillow I want to make similarly.The zipper is hidden down a bit instead of up
and noticed like a normal zip pouch.
Here is the back.I
just did some fun stitching to hold all the layers together.There is some heavy interfacing sandwiched
inside to add more stability to it.
The inside has the same logwood dyed silk charmeuse.
Now, I love., just love this clutch so much I don't think I'm
going to give it up.I've already put my
personal stuff inside it.I took it out
shopping and got a ton of compliments on it.It's a great opportunity to pass my business cards on.It's based off my Bird of Paradise Pillow,
which my step mom now owns.
It's made entirely of scrap fabric!Silk,
cotton, polyester, and unknowns.I have
this huge habit of never throwing any scrap or small piece of fabric away.I pieced the bottom portion.Some of the fabrics have been hand dyed.Then I appliquéd the bird and free motioned a
tree on the front.
Here is the awesome back.I free motioned this tree too to coordinate with the front.
The inside is made of cotton dyed in logwood.There is a little pocket big enough to hold
Here is a continuation of some of the other things I worked
on in my 36 hour crafting spree.
This is a pillow I worked on by doing some free motion
embroidery.It was inspired by those
Jacobean print fabrics that I can't get enough of.
Here it is, Cream Jacobean, finished all pretty for sale.I made the other two in this photo as well
during this time.I also have a fourth
that is black and white for sale in my shop.
My step mom asked me to make a purse for her inspired by one
she found online.Here is a pattern I
figured out for it.The fabric had to be
ordered so I can't finish it at this point.I will make sure to add pics when I start working on the actual bag.
I had a bunch of little scraps left from the quilt I made
for Richard's grandparents so I made this cute little set of napkins.I pieced the scrap together and sewed it on
some unbleached cotton for a cute detail.I love reusable napkins.We have
a set and reusable "paper" towels.Richard and I use them for everything and love that they are eco
friendly.We haven't bought paper towels
or napkins in months.
I hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I enjoyed making
Last week I went through a major insomniac faze.I just started working on some projects and
couldn't stop.I was so in the creative
zone that when I got into bed the first night I couldn't get my brain to stop
thinking.So I got up and worked through
the night and continued to do so for another 36 hours!I have no idea what came over me.I just had this need to make things.I still have this need but luckily my body is
seeing the need to make me sleep now.Here
are some pictures of the first project I completed in this marathon of no
sleep.It's a quilt I made for my
husband's grandparents.It was their 60th
anniversary this past weekend so they had a family reunion.We couldn't make it, so I made this for them
and sent it in our place.I hope they
This is a log cabin layout ready to work on sewing.
Here are a few of the completed squares.
On a few squares throughout the quilt I free motioned embroidered
leaves on them.
Here is the completed and washed quilt.I love how quilts look after they've been
washed.They pucker up all cute.
Close-up of one of the puckery squares.
The back is made up of that fabulous Jacobean print I wrote
I draped it on the lazy boy just for some fun pictures.
I almost didn't want to give this quilt away.When I finished it I was so in love with
it.Richard had to remind me to send it
on.Well, I just hope they love it as
much as I do.
I'll post pictures of the other projects in my Insomniac
So I finally made it to JoAnn's fabric after a long dry
spell, mainly to keep my spending down.I was on the hunt for two projects I'm currently working on, a quilt for
the grandparent-in-laws, and a purse for the best step mom in the world.Of course I always get sidetracked with cute
fabrics.I found these and couldn't
resist them.I even had to have them in
all their colorways!The fabulous thing
is they are 108" and cotton.I love a
great Jacobean print.The brown main, is
going into the quilt I'm working on.But
enjoy these irresistible beauties...
Finally after sorting through about 800 pictures I can post
on my recent trip to NYC.My trip was primarily
around good food, museums, and good friends.Bobby Bear, my little traveling stuffed bear enjoyed his trip hanging
out of my bag sightseeing and getting funny photos.My friends have said he needs a blog since he's
a world traveling bear.
The first day consisted of finding, my friend Annie at the
airport, catching a cab, dropping our stuff at our friends Brandon's, then catching the subway to
lunch.We had sweet desserts from Serendipity
3 that probably made us diabetic but so worth it.Walked around getting lost in FAO Schwartz, Times Square, and goofing off at the Toys R Us Ferris
wheel.We managed to find the ever wonderful
fabric store featured on Project Runway, Moods.I could have died there.Then her,
our friend Brandon, and I had dinner at WD 50, a restaurant Annie had seen on
Iron Chef.We asked and got to meet the
pastry chef who sent us extra desserts that were fantastic.
The next day we wandered the Cloisters and then the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, which was fantastic.It
goes up there with my top museums.I
have no interest in being a sculptor but I always find myself mesmerized around
them.It was also nice to see those
works of art in person I studied in college.We changed in the bathrooms to get ready for dinner and then to see Chicago.I got us second row seats.After the play we had Chandra Wilson from
Grey's Anatomy sign our playbills and get a picture with us.I also ran into someone I knew from
elementary school while waiting for the actors to come out.Small world.We attempted the EmpireStateBuilding
but it was closed for observation.
The following day started off with Doughnuts, yum, from a
place I had seen all over food and travel networks, the Doughnut Plant.They were everything they hyped about.On our way to finding the nearest subway
station we came across Zarin Fabrics which is known from the Real Housewives of
New York City.I of course had to go inside
to find pretty textiles.We spent the
afternoon in MOMA.I really loved the modern
furniture and textiles.We left to
wander downtown Brooklyn to find the best
place, Etsy Inc, where they gave us a private tour around their cute and quirky
offices.I'll write more about that in
another post.That evening we went to
Ninja New York, where Ninjas performer, set things on fire, and tried to kill
you during dinner.My neighbor for life,
Julia, met up with us that evening where we three girls towered the EmpireStateBuilding for a night time
view of the city.
The next day we went back and got more Doughnuts and wandered
happily lost through ChinaTown and Little
Italy.New York Pizza is pretty
awesome.Annie later left us to go back
to Georgia.That evening Julia and I partied with Brandon and his roommates
NYC style.I don't remember how I got
home.But it was a good night.
We pulled our hung over selves out of bed the next day to lunch
and more museums.On our way a shoe
designer bought my $20 ballet flats off of my feet for 50 bucks to test in
research to make next seasons better.He
gave me some brand new flip flops too to get around the rest of the day.It was funny.We got the Guggenheim where they are
celebrating their 50th anniversary with a gleaming white newly
renovated museum and exhibit dedicated to Frank Lloyd Wright.I loved his architectural sketches.Afterward I had to drop my Julia off at Grand
Central Station to return home to Connecticut.I wandered the city alone for a few
hours.I found myself at the WorldTradeCenter.It was blocked off by covered fences.I managed to find some holes in the fence to
get a glimpse.While at the memorial to
the fire fighters I noticed how quiet it was there in the city.There were tourists all around me but no one
dared speak a word.I found my way to
the BrooklynBridge and ended up walking the whole
thing because it was a beautiful day out.That evening I chilled at Brandon's
and got an early rest to get up again at 4am for my flight home.I didn't want to return I loved NYC so