Sunday, August 31, 2008

Some new cards

House swap from Mel

House swap from Kathy N

Purple Weave (unfinished)

Summer Fun

Thursday, August 28, 2008


This postcard was created using "Quilt Wizard" software, & is paper pieced. The tree on the left was added after the quilting was done using gel pens, & was heat set with an iron.

Postcards 2008 Spring Swap

I'm catching up on my fabric postcard swaps finally. I call this one "4-patch Butterflies"

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Focus Fabrics

Making Fabric0012
Originally uploaded by redthreads
Today I pulled out some focus fabric blocks that I love, but didn't know what to do with. It just so happens that the fabric I've been "making" with my scraps go really well with these blocks.....
Here is a sample of the 1st 2 blocks I've cut & sewn back together today.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Making fabric

Making fabric
Originally uploaded by redthreads
More progress made today. The scrap pile is going way down! The stress is also going way down!!! This is so much fun. Now it's time to start reducing the number of seams, & piecing them together. Please enjoy the photo stream.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Making Fabric

I have been piecing together some small scraps to make my own fabric using the technique described in Pat Sloan's book, Crooked Cabin Quilts. Below are some recent pics of the random pieces I have made so far. It's a very small sample of what I've sewn together. I don't bother to trim them up until I'm adding to the side I'm working on, & I've been chain piecing many different sizes at the same time until I get a workable size to add bigger pieces or strips closer to the outside. All of the center pieces are pretty small to start, & I add bigger pieces & strips as I work my way to the outside. I do however press the seams before adding another round, so sewing in chains is the fastest way to go.

Figure 1: This piece is about 1 x 2.5

Figure 2: This block is about 2 x 3.5

Figure 3: This block is about 5 X 5.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Strippin' Along

Here is another new book in my collection. It uses jelly rolls, but I think you could also use up alot of like-color scrappy strings as well for a more contemporary look. Anyone else out there using this book as a guide for their projects? Alot of nice ideas here for placemats, & hot-pads...even art!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Crooked Cabin Quilts

Well I went to my local fabric store yesterday looking for some new inspiration. It was great luck to find out that all of their books/leaflets were 30% off! I have way too many scraps, & not enough time to spend making perfect cuts, & matching seams, & squaring everything this book is just perfect!!! I think I need to find more books by Pat Sloan
because this one just looks like too much fun. If you make crooked log cabin quilts, I would love to see some of your work, so please contact me.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fabric Postcards from Doni

Well yes...I'm a bit behind in my posts this year! This is my attempt at catching up......
This card was from the spring postcard swap.

This card is also from Doni for the Easter postcard swap.

This card from Doni was from the House swap.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Wow! Where did June & July go??? Summer is going by so fast. My kids will be going back to school soon, & it will be time for me to get back to work on my sewing machine.

Well, the re-cycled/up-cycled pooh postcard was a big hit!
I gave it my friend Gloria for her 49th Birthday....yes @ her age she is the "Biggest" Winnie the pooh fan! Last year she went to see the Musical/ & on stage....with a million screaming kids wearing her pooh house shoes....Yes she was the oldest member in the audience...not counting her date of course.

On another note- On a previous entry, I posted a pic of my newest postcard, "The jungle sings at night". Well I'm so excited to tell you that it was my 1st sale at my etsy store.
I can't wait to get some new stuff made!!!

Well everyone enjoy what is left of your summer, and watch out for some great deals on school supplies in your newspaper ads, weekly....that's what I do!