August 2009 Archives


Yesterday my Coral Reef Pillow Cover was featured on a blog, the Ardent Sparrow.  Go check it out.  It's also a pretty great blog.  This morning at midnight my papernstitch exhibit went up.  Papernstitch is "a community of buyers and seller showcasing the best in art, handmade, and vintage."  Got a call this afternoon from my Mom saying she needed some info on a dye class I'm teaching next month in her gallery because the newspaper in town and radio wanted to announce it.  So yay!  I'm excited!




Busy Bees


I know I haven't posted in awhile.  I've been very busy with all kinds of craziness.  Like I mentioned in my previous posts I will be moving by mid November latest, which we have yet to decide, Denver or Portland.  Because of this I started working on Christmas presents since I won't have time after the move.  All of the Christmas gifts are made completely of scarp pieces of fabric that would have otherwise been thrown away.  I've also had a few custom jobs and some wedding gifts.  I've also been trying to make up some things for my papernstitch exhibit going up Wednesday.  September is going to be crazy.  My husband might be going to Denver at the beginning for work and I will go to see if I like the area.  We will then drive to our friends wedding reception in Cincinnati.  They just got married in Jamaica.  Followed by a short drive by visit to my mother's bakery in Horse Cave, Kentucky to teach a few dyeing classes, screen print some shirts, and possibly have some custom work with a local bed and breakfast.  Oh yeah, I just purchased a screen printing machine, I can't wait for it to get in!   Then I've been helping with my local Etsy team for our very busy next few months.  I will be participating with two other Etsy locals in the USHwy36 Treasure Hunt in September.  It's a 400 mile long flea market, fair thing.  Then we are doing another Craft in Public night, Parking lot sale beginning of October followed by a local parade.  Sometime in this mess my husband and I will be flying out the Portland so we can come home and fight over which city we want.  I want Portland he wants Denver.  Well, then we have to find an apartment, pack, and move.  Whew, busy busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  I love being a busy bee.  I'll try to at least post some quick updates and pictures soon and during. 




Fancy Floral Headbands

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I have been in love with the headband trend since it became popular to wear them again.  They are also more comfortable than I remember when I was a kid.  My friend Julia inspired me to make some.  She seems to always wear fantastic colors and have big flowers in her hair.  She's so stylish.  I went into her facebook profile and grabbed some pictures of her that inspired them, hehehe.  Then I created a few last night. 


I used some sample swatch fabric that was going to be thrown away to make the bands.  The fabric is a very expensive velvet swatch.  I sewed a piece of elastic on the underside.  The flowers were from some poly organza I had bought for my wedding to put on the tables.  My mom salvaged and saved me the fabric to reuse.  I cut just over 20 circles of the organza fabric going down in size a little every couple circles.  Then I took a lighter and burnt around the edges of each circle.  I sewed the flower down to the bands and added a final touch of glass beads to the center. 


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I made three, plum, red, and blue. 


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I made the plum one with the intention of giving it away but it matched my clutch so well I decided to keep it.  Doesn't it look fab on me?  I'll just make another one for my friend.




Spinach Artichoke Pasta Dinner


My husband is a wonderful cook (and a wonderful man).  He's actually a software developer but he's an amazing cook as well.  He bakes all of our breads, makes fresh pasta, roasts his own coffee beans, has an aquaponics herb garden, and just started brewing his own beer.  I love it because I'm happy to eat whatever he sets in front of me.  I mean really, how can you complain with a man that tends to the kitchen, including all clean up?  Anyways one of my favorite dishes he made up is his spinach pasta with artichoke hearts in a lemon butter sauce.  He makes the pasta fresh but you can easily substitute store bought.  It's really easy to make too.


This recipe serves 2



10oz spinach pasta

6tbs of butter

2 jars of marinated artichoke hearts

1 lemon


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Drain artichokes and set aside.  Cook pasta as directed.  While the pasta is cooking melt the butter in a sauté pan.  Then sauté the artichokes in the melted butter.  Zest the lemon over artichokes and butter and stir. 


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When the pasta is done drain it and throw it in the sauté pan.  Mix all the ingredients well.  Serve in two bowls. 


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Doesn't it look yummy?!  Serve with some bread to eat up anything left behind.



Mod Block Paisley Quilt

I know I have been quiet this past week.  I have managed to get a custom project, working on stuff for my upcoming paper n' stitch exhibit at the end of the month, and creating gifts for the family.  Since my husband and I have decided move by the end of October I know I won't have time to move, unpack, and make gifts for the holidays.  So I've decided to work on those fall birthdays and Christmas gifts now.  I think it's a good plan. 


First up is a quilt for my mommy.  Yes, I still love to refer to her as my mommy.  She's been crying for one of my quilts for years and she's pretty much the only one who doesn't have one.  She even bought me fabric when I was in high school to make into what I thought was a cool design, now I find pretty awful quilt.  I had even started but just didn't have the heart to make it.  It was comprised of a leaf green, sky blue, dusty purple, white with paisley, and a purple paisley calico.  I ditched the green and blue to make an entirely purple and white quilt.  My mom loves purple.  I love modern quilting and find Denyse Schmidt my big inspiration.  I like the deliberate crookedness and slightly askew of the squares and the simplistic design of the quilt work but using color to give it dimension.  For my mother's quilt I used the contrast of the solid purple fabric with the stark white paisley as a bold statement.  The backing is the purple paisley calico.  I referenced it to make the free motion drawings in the middle of the squares on the front.  The thread alternates with the squares. 


Now I do realize I'm sharing this on the world wide web, but she's so busy she rarely checks my blog and so what, she'll flip she's got one on the way over the surprise. 


Here are some progress pictures. 


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Laying out the squares to figure out where I want them.


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The free motion embroidery sketch lines.  I love quilters chalk especially when you have a lot of drawing to do because I find the washable markers run out fast.   I have a pen that can change the chalk color.  It's great. 


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I stabilized the back of the squares with Super Solvy water soluble stabilizer.  Then I put it in an embroidery hoop to stitch on the machine.


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I had some help pinning the layers together.  The orange is Tabitha and the calico is Matilda.  I generally don't let them on my projects but since it's for my mom I know she will love that they helped.  Pinning is so much faster than basting.  Those are special quilter's safety pins that have a small kink in the center to make them pop back up through the layers easier than a straight one.


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Here's the back flipped up to see.


I'm still working on machine quilting the layers down.  I'll make sure to post pictures when I get it done.



I was recently commissioned to make a super fabulous little purse for my step mom.  In the process of making it I had some problems getting the tree design to look right.  After a few takes I was able to complete it for her.  I really love the end result.  Here are the work in progress photos.


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So I had planned on stitching the tree like on my clutch shown in a previous post.  Since the fabric was a woven tweed like material the stitching fell down into the fabric and looked just plain messy.


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I then took a scrap of the fabric and tried felting on it.  I hand carded the color wool I wanted then felted it down with my Bernina Needle Punch foot.  It looked messy again.


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Then I resorted to cutting the tree out of fabric.  But I didn't want to sit and roll the edges under and appliqué a bunch of tree branches, because well that's just insane.  I remembered I had some gorgeous expensive wool fabric samples that my former job gave me.  I found the color I wanted cut the tree out then free motioned embroidered it down with the same color thread.  I love the out come.


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Here's the finished bag.  It's super cute.  Even though it has been sold and mailed to my step mom please check out the listing to see other views and the inside of the purse.