Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Oh no, not another one

I thought that I was done making scarves but another one just demanded to be made. I made somewhere between 40 and 50 scarves this winter and gave most of them away. I kept a couple as my own. Anyway, here it is nearly completed. It still needs some braid. It's folded so you can see the bottom fringe and trim that lays on the shoulder.

The last day of 2008

Well here we are wrapping up 2008 and welcoming 2009. Posting some twinchies that I did this month. These are little 2 inch by 2 inch miniature quilts that will be used on a doll to be auctioned at the spring doll conference (Creations in Fiber) in May. Of course you all know about my obsession with scarves in December but everybody loved them and we had the perfect weather to use them. So wishing each of you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!!!!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Linda's last small quilt

The December meeting is the end of secret sisters for 2008 so here is the last small quilt for Linda. I have made one for her each month and an extra because it was just fun. This is a photo of some of us on our way to a holiday luncheon. I'm in the middle holding the doll which is part of a traveling RR.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Almost finished

My current obsession is almost finished. Here are the rest of the scarves. These are all made of fleece and the ones for the girls are embellished with Saworski crystals. They don't show in the photos.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

new scarves

Well, you'd think that was enough already but no, here are some more scarves and I'm also making the fleece scarves. Would you guess that everyone is getting a scarf for Christmas??

Sunday, November 23, 2008

last details

So here is the final sample scarf. It is quite simple with only decorative top stitching and fringe at the bottom for the sophisticated look.

And the final beading on the art quilt and finished gift box.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

this year's scarves

Just so you don't think that I've been sitting around twiddling my thumbs. Here are samples of the scarves that I'll be teaching as the end of the year project for our quilt club.

ribbon cup cake pin cushions

Here they are. Ribbon cupcakes. They are made completely from ribbons with a very intricate ribbon flower rose on the top and then embellished with a beaded hat pin. We have a person who has a very wonderful ribbon store along with antiques and other goodies. A 6 bay garage full of wonderful stuff. She pleats the ribbon to look like cupcake papers and teaches her cupcake making. They are BEAUTIFUL. Here is my interpretations from her classes.

Monday, November 17, 2008

needle felted gnome

Maurine Adrezen taught us how to needle felt a figure this week. We had a 2 day class making our gnomes. It was soooo fun and relaxing. Maurine is a good hostess, too. She not only taught the class in her wonderful studio but served us lunch both days. We are very lucky to have her among us. So here is my first needle felted figure. I love him and have to make another.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Newest bag

Here is my newest bag completed today. It will be in a charity event later this month. It is one of a kind made from Laurel Burch Christmas fabric and embellished with beaded fringe, Swarovski crystals, a hand made gold ribbon flower and a bead encrusted button.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

A good day

Any day that I finish a project or two is a good day. Today I completed a miniature quilt and another small quilt for my secret sister. And I still have time to work on another project. YAHOO!!! Here are the 2 quilts for today.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

finished, I think

Cher Chu taught another miniature quilt class at our quilt room yesterday. This is a little quilt that she miniaturized from a full size pattern. I think that I finished it by today. I do believe that's a first. It is also embellished with Swarovski crystals.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Craft fair

The craft fair was good. There were lots of vendors and many very nice things. The only problem was that there were many vendors with the same types of items, such as glass works, bags, kit and crocheted things. I was happy with my sales and didn't go crazy with purchases so that was good. ;-))

Friday, October 03, 2008

Our E-Belles project

Before our summer break the Embellishment leader challenged us to do petals for every member of the group using what we know about each other to design the petals and she gathered all of them all (fifteen from each person) and put them together into flower pillows for each of us. It was so fun to get them back and to see all of each other's work on our pillows. Here is my pillow.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

still more new bags

I think that I will quit making bags for awhile. My dolls are beckoning. Here are my latest.

Art Quilt class

Valerie and I took an art quilt class with Janett Rice at Mary Ashcraft's studio. Here is my small challenge quilt. We each chose an 8"x8" square of fabric and had 45 minutes to gather "stuff" and put together an art quilt. I got mine all assembled and glue basted. Everything still needs to be stitched on , it needs to be hand quilted and edges finished but I'm happy with what I accomplished in 45 minutes. Then we worked on our own art quilts. I got mine all laid out using an old pieced background that I made when practicing inserting circles. It, too, still needs to be finished. So little time!!!

More craft fair items

Yep, there are still more items that I'll have on my table at the craft fair. They have been fun to make but I really have to let things go. No more room!!! So I have everything priced quite reasonably to move them. Art is good but have to charge what the traffic will bear.

More things in the craft fair

Still loading photos of my items in the craft fair.

getting ready for the craft fair

I've been very busy this lately getting ready for the craft fair in which I'm participating this year. It has bee lots of fun but I'll be glad when it's over because I have MANY things to get at next.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Another custom ordered bag.

I finished another bag that was custom ordered. I think that it turned out good. I just hope that she likes it.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Fun Autumn bags

I am having soooo much fun!! I've been making these bags from place mats. They all have pockets and are so fun to do!!! They will be on my sales table at our craft fair next month.

Monday, September 08, 2008

That's Why the Lady is a Tramp

My latest RR doll got home today. She is sooo fun!! These dolls were to be based on lyrics from a song and guess what my song was. The other ladies did a fantastic job in making me a boudoir doll based on that theme. I love her. One photo shows some of her detail and one shows all of her. Enjoy!!!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

RR doll goes home

Our latest RR is nearly over. This doll is ready to go home this week and I should also get my doll home. It is always so exciting to get that box in the mail!!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

to be auctioned off

This project was really great!! Some of us were invited to dress a donated discarded mannequin using all recycled stuff. Each one will be auctioned off at a fund raiser honoring our former mayor, Jan Jones.Jan has been active in various projects supporting teachers in Clark Co. (Las Vegas).

This is Audree. Her costume started out with an old discarded man's dress shirt. The skirt, vest and bag are made from an old drop cloth. I left the paint spots because I thought that it added interest. The hat is from a discarded floral shop plant basket with the edge turned up and then decorated to match the outfit. Her shoes are a pair that I dug out of my charity bag and decorated with some left over quilt binding and some old earrings from my mother's junk jewelry box. The leaves were from a discarded vine, She wears an old broken pearl necklace from the junk jewelry box. The trim on her outfit is from leftover fabric from another project, leftover binding from a quilt, an old celluloid button, a scrap of ribbon and small bits from an upholstery sample. The large flower on her bag is from last year's window display.Audree is almost completely dressed using recycled stuff. She stands about 5 ft. tall. I really enjoyed doing her up. I hope that she brings lots of money for teacher's supplies.

I'm a retired teacher and know how much of their own money teachers spend to supplement lessons and class materials each year.


When I needed a mini-project for my turn at the doll club I designed these dolls from wool felt, stitched them and we embellished and finished them at the meeting. They are intended to be used as greeting cards. Each will carry a small bag into which a small message can be placed. They were so fun to make and everyone had a good time!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Round robin doll moves on

This happy little guy left my house for S. California. At first he was a difficult one to start but once he started talking we went to town!!! I added arms and hands, a jacket and scarf.


Well the secret's out. My secret sister confronted me after showing this one to some other quilt club members. I have made her a miniquilt each month and she just couldn't hold it in any longer so here is the August piece.

Monday, August 11, 2008

fun flat doll

It was my turn to lead the club in a mini-class on Saturday and I wanted to do something original and that could be started in our short class time. After stewing over it I drew up a flat doll pattern and constructed a couple of samples out of some yummy wool felt. I cut and sewed up 25 flat dolls and shoes so I'd have enough for everyone. I still have some that I'll make up as gifts in the future. Here is one of my samples. Everyone had a good time getting started so I can't wait to se their finished flat dolls at our next meeting.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The last doll goes away

Here is the last doll to be sold and traveling to one of Alice's daughters. I hear that she's into antiques so hope that she likes this reproduction made from Tanya Greb's pattern

Monday, August 04, 2008


We just had a wonderful 3 day class from Mimi Winer. The entire 3 days was spent on making a pretty face. However the techniques learned could apply to any type of face. We did the presewing at home and brought heads ready to stuff to class. After we stuffed it we needle sculpted the head learning some great new techniques. Then we put on a cotton stretch fabric overlay And more stuffing under the overlay to make it look like you choose using the loose batting and doing more needle sculpting. We ended the 3rd day with coloring the face and learning 3 techniques for wigging the head. It was a full 3days and we each only completed one head but everyone was happy with the results. If you get a chance go for the class!!!!