Saturday, December 22, 2012
This is a shot of the new quilt I made for my mom for Christmas. Simple, again. I used layer cake 10" squares of Hometown from Sweetwater. I used a slightly different quilting technique than I usually do, however. I usually use unwashed fabrics and an unwashed cotton batt. Quilt, then wash and dry for a crinkly look. I took a fabulous class, however, at Craftsy.com, from Weeks Ringle. She is half of the husband/wife team at Fun Quilts, now called Modern Quilt Studio. I absolutely loved the class. So much valuable information, and she is the kind of teacher that you want to invite to your home for coffee and become your new best friend. Their quilts are so beautiful and precise - the quilting is perfect, and the resulting quilts are made to be used and loved on a daily basis. Just my style. She said they always prewash (pre shrink) fabric, but not the cotton batt. After quilting, they wash and dry the quilts. What happens, is that the batt shrinks inside the quilted areas, but not the fabric, and the result is lots of great crinkly texture and a very soft hand to the quilt. So, with this latest mom quilt, I did that technique. I quilted the quilt with a circle pattern, and even though my quilting is pretty close together, the quilt feels pretty soft. Now the problem is, though, that all of my fabrics and scraps are not washed. So, it is going to be a bit of a challenge to make a scrap quilt using bits of this and that on the fly. I suppose I could make a month-long project out of washing fabric, but yikes. I will figure this out, because this new-to-me way of quilting is really cool. Jerilynn
Thursday, December 20, 2012
here. My sister, fresh in from Arizona (just in time for the snow!!) , Carl, and I whipped these together last night. So fun and easy. We printed the image on shiny photo paper, made the hats from Woolfelt, the scarves from plaid flannel, and tied on a little jingle bell for sparkle. Their destination is the nursing home where my mom is. She will have fun handing them out to people, and maybe eating a bar or two herself. I would like to make a few more for the family stockings, but we will see. My dad has had a couple of heart procedures this past week or so, and my production schedule was put on the back burner. He is doing okay, and I am back in the Studio, looking at The List and hitting the must-do things first. Nothing like a clean fresh coat of whiteness, though, to lift my spirits. Love this place and love this time of year. Nature at its most beautiful, quiet and restful. Thankful that we all are snug and warm, though separated by closed highways! Jerilynn P.S. The title sounds like there is a place in town where the snowman can get a hot toddy. Could be fatal.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
I was doing pretty good until I started reading all the emails. Hurry! Last Three Days! Final Free Shipping! 40% off Ends Today! Coupon Good Only Until Midnight Tonight! The caps and the exclamation points add to my sense of "Oh, my gosh. I better get into fast gear! Time is running out! I have so much to do!" So, I do what I always do, make lists. I thought that I had a pretty good handle on gifts for our 19+ family, but in black and white, not so pretty. The easy people have too many things, the hard people (read males) have too little. Somehow it always works out just fine. I will make some cookies, serve adult beverages, and bake cheesy potatoes en masse. Cleaning needs to be done, sewing projects finished (or, in some cases, started!) So....what did I do so far today? Spied some green buttons and decided they would make a cute tree to plop on the studio bathroom window ledge. But, I didn't want to glue these buttons - some are old and deserve to have an ever longer life. Ah. Wire. Bend, twist, thread, twist some more. Find tie, bell. Done. Now, I really must get serious. Time Is Running Out!!! Jerilynn