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New Giveaway, with a catch

My friend Kat proposed a Pay It Forward challenge and I’m going to play along. Here’s what the deal is…

Pay It Forward 2014

I will send a small artwork, sometime in 2014, to the first 10 people who comment on this, saying they are in. In return you must post this on your FB page or blog, and send an artwork to 10 people. You don’t send to me, unless I comment on your post as you have done on mine.
It may be something quite small, like a postcard or trading card size. Or you may send a piece as large as you like. The only rules are, you must post a Pay it Forward on your own page, you must send an artwork during this year, to the first 10 people who say they are in. And you must send me a link to your post.
Remember, you must tell me you are in! Any other comment doesn’t count. I will need your address, so send by message, so it’s private.

Are you in????

I think I’ve seen a couple of other people I know through the internet working on this type of challenge also. It just sounds like fun to me and I’m really happy to think about giving away some of my art. Fun!

Linking to Off the Wall Friday.

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Snowy Sunday

It’s a wonderful snowy Sunday…only because I don’t have to leave the house until Tuesday morning! I can look out the window at the deepening snow, watch the cars going by at a slower and slower pace and just keep sewing! Love it.

Finished the bag for the pattern test and I’m so proud of myself. There were two swivel hooks and a buckle and I actually sewed them all on correctly! Usually that’s my downfall but I DID it!!! And now all we have to do is get together with the pattern maker and critique the pattern. That’s going to be fun, seeing how different the same pattern looks in all the different fabrics. Can’t wait…and then I can promote the heck out of this.

Purse test final

I am, however, very ready to move on with some projects that have looming deadlines. Maybe not “looming,” but I have things I want done, done, done.

Two quilts for my own bed come first. Hubby and I have split bedding for our king size bed because we love to wrap the blankets around ourselves. He actually called the raggedy scraps we currently have on the bed ‘disgraceful’ in a quilter’s house! And I agree 100%. Just like the shoemaker’s children go barefoot, the quilter’s beds sometimes are bare. That will be remedied before bedtime tonight! (I’ll add pics before I post this.)

Bed quilt 1

Bed quilt 2

Then I have 2 projects for an online group to which I belong. They are both all planned out in my head. I’ve just needed the time to get them sewn and THAT deadline is screaming towards me!!! Snowed in tomorrow will give me a great hunk of time to get started.

I’m going to try some more screen printing and some stenciling, some bobbin work and some couching and maybe just a bead or two here and there! I’m excited about these two pieces, but first………….get the binding on those bed quilts NOW!

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Working on that bag!

Yes, there definitely is a reason I don’t make lots of bags. The first wrong thing I discovered was that I had carelessly cut one piece too short. And I didn’t have a big enough piece of the screen printed fabric to cut another one, ’cause I went ahead and cut everything out before I started sewing.

What to do…what to do…piece an extra inch on to the small piece? Add a third fabric to the mix? After a frantic search through my fabric stash, I found what I was hoping for…an oddball piece of the black and white print that was big enough for what I wanted. Hooray! I’m so confident of the screen printing now that it took me only minutes to print that fabric and cut a new piece. The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry! I worked on O rings and cord guides and the pocket while waiting.

And, of course, as soon as I cut out the new part, I remembered that I had cut the inside pockets out of that same fabric and could have used that piece. Duh! Oh, well…it increased my self-confidence that I could so easily create more unique fabric!

I made good progress and I have the pieced parts of the bag body ready to go.

Here's the bag pieced and ready for assembly.

Here’s the bag pieced and ready for assembly.

Whew! My brain is so tired after following all those instructions that I need a break! I think I’ll need a nap before I can get to the actual construction of the bag components!

I’ll get back to you with what I think will be the hardest part of this project!

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Getting postcards!

I’ve received my first postcards from the postcard swap. This was so much fun to do and now it’s even more fun being on the receiving end!

Most of the cards came in envelopes…a couple came as actual postcards…one had no identification of the maker…and each is so different from the other!

Postcard swap 4

It’s interesting to try and figure out how each was made.

Postcard swap 3

I’m hoping the last 3 come in the today’s mail.

I’ll play again!

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Okay–screen printing!

Partly because I am NOT good at making bags from a pattern, I volunteered to pattern test for a friend. One of the hardest parts is choosing fabric. I needed a 3/4 yard piece and a 1/2 yard piece with a yard for the lining. I wanted to shop in my stash and thought it would be super easy.

Not so much.

Lots of fabric that I’m still in love with…not too many pieces large enough because I have been buying fat quarters almost exclusively for years. Of the yard-size pieces that I have, and mostly love, love, love, I really didn’t have much that coordinates. My usual habit is to start with that piece I love and buy coordinates/solids as I go along.

After searching through every shelf, I did find some fabrics and narrowed my decision down.

Purse choice 2 Purse choice 1Purse choice 3

Notice that I could not just stick with the two fabrics required! Surely there will be a spot in the pattern where I can add another color!

I decided on the turquoise circle print, but I really wanted something other than that plain taupe. I didn’t want to use plain black and white either, there’s only a fat quarter of the greenish stripe and the other print is for the lining. I have a lot of black and white prints, but didn’t really find one I loved.

Complaining on Facebook actually garnered me a great suggestion! Lynn Krawczyk from Smudged Textiles Studio is an awesome surface design expert and she said that I should just make my own fabric. I’m not very experienced, but I’m also not afraid to experiment.

I figured out that I basically wanted a stripe, with some of the turquoise color. Hmmm…not quite ready to start from a blank piece of fabric, I picked out this as a base.

Printing B:W

and I have a screen from Lynn that is very like this same design.

Printing screen

Then I took a look at my paints and the colors on the print fabric and found that I wasn’t going to have enough of the color I thought was perfect. So what does Kathy always do? I used multiple colors!

Printing purse 2

Printing purse 1

I think it came out pretty nice, though if I were a perfectionist I’d probably be slightly unhappy. But I’m not, and this is what I’m going to use! Great suggestion–thanks, Lynn!

Printing purse 3

The taupe will probably end up as the lining rather than that other print. I’m anxious to get started now! Happy fabric choices always make a project more fun!

Linking up to Off the Wall Friday. Check out the blogs you can find here!

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Postcard Swap

This is a new one for me. I’ve mentioned this swap before, but it’s time to send out the finished products. I thought I would show them to you before they are gone…and I promise to show you the ones I get in return, too!

This is rather different for me, because we are using handmade paper for the base. I’m a fabric person and am not too familiar with making things from paper. My objective was to have stitching on every one, and all but two had fabric added.

I am pretty sure that mine will not be as elaborate as some of the experienced paper artists, but I am also confident in my own style. This was fun but I still prefer fabric! And I think I see some more of these leaf motifs in my future!

Here’s a link to ArtPapers Online so that you can check out all the goodness!

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Collaborative Creations

The Knot Even Quilters met today for a fun little exercise. Our project for ourselves was to use fused bright colors, cut in geometric shapes, on a black background. We always try to get by with as few rules as possible and this works quite well for us.

We had the largest group today that we have had in a while and that made it so much fun. I think everyone just liked the idea of this project.

Step one was to lay out our background fabric, which was a half-yard of plain black cotton. Then we gathered around the table and each of us started adding our pieces. No one hesitated very much either…just jumped right in! Rotate–add more–rotate–assess–add/subtract–rotate–assess–fuse!!!!

KEQ fusion 1

KEQ fusion 2

It took very little time and since there were so many of us we decided to do another one. You gotta know that we are quilters, so no one was really short of fabric! Same procedure but we had learned from the first piece that it’s a whole lot easier to add some large pieces first, NOT after a bunch of little pieces are on and need to be moved!

The pieces are very similar, yet completely different.

We divided the large pieces up into chunks so that everyone took one home. If you look closely you can see where each of the smaller chunks came from. We could have cut in a different manner, or into smaller pieces and each taken two, but we decided that large chunks would give us more finishing options…and we DO want to have everyone finish these by our January meeting. Can’t wait!

KEQ fusion 3

We liked it so much that we are going to do it again…with some variations, of course. Hope that turns out as well as this one!

Linking to Off the Wall Friday.

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