Tuesday, December 28, 2010

QuiltingArts: Use scraps for postcards

Today's email provided the directions from the Quilting Arts Blog for using all those left-over scraps by making them into postcards. A few clicks later, I've found the online version to share with my genea-quilters friends. See:  Zap Your Scraps with this Easy Collage Postcard Technique.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Casserole Kimono for Carrie

You can make this project in about 60-90 minutes -- from cutting to machine quilting. I fell in love with the Casserole Kimono pattern from www.MakingALegacy.com while we were snow-bound in Laramie, Wyoming just after Thanksgiving. Mr. Myrt is so good about going to quilt shops with me!  ;)

When I saw this fabric, I just knew this would be for my youngest daughter Carrie. Active in her church work, and busy as a mom and PTA president, Carrie can keep something warm or cold as the case may be. I had to shop around for a 9x13" pan with a clear plastic lid (most are red or blue, that would clash with my fabric choices.) The pattern says this also fits an 8x8" pan, so I guess you'd just fold things in a bit?

The pattern called for batting, but I used Insul-Bright which is needle punched and has "a reflective metalized poly film" just perfect for making pot holders and such. I got mine at my local WalMart, one of the few I've shopped lately that hasn't closed down the fabric department.

Isn't the wooden spoon a great touch?

Wall Hanging for Stacey

This is the wall hanging I outlined stitched with my good Pfaff Quilt Expressions 4.0. I haven't had much experience stippling, so this panel was a perfect study for me.

Gordon made the quilt hanger -- it took us forever to find the right knobs. I painted it black to match some of the furniture in my daughter Stacey's home, and then finished it with a gloss sealant.

The parts I added:

  • The dark brown borders. (I thought black would be too dark)
  • Coordinating rust/cream stripped fabric from the inner border for the backing.
The BEST part was giving my middle daughter something both Gordon and I had made. We had a ball working together on this project.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Stashbooks: Insulated bags

I've been quietly quilting presents for Christmas -- and since my three daughters internet savvy, (one even blogs!) I cannot say much about what's been cooking in my sewing room. But this blog entry I simply must bring to your attention:

Lunch Bags Are Not Just For Lunches Anymore blog post by Carolyn Aune