Monday, October 26, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival Mini Rainbow Storm At Sea

I've never done the Bloggers Quilt Fedtival before and now that I can write a bit and I have a quilt I'm going to jump in!

I made it for IG: Mumziepooh and the IG Mini Swap. I was in #kaysgroup. This quilt finishes at about 12 inches by 12 inches which was the smallest dimension allowed by the IG Mini Swap. I didn't set out to make one so small it was just serendipitous, ha! I fully stalked my partner and saw a few Storm At Sea quilts on her Pinterest with comments about making one some day. She also liked stars and I saw some rainbow ones. I found a great free Storm At Sea free paper piece pattern at and then proceeded to reduce the size at least 50 percent. I don't know exactly how much as I just kept reducing it until I could fit 4 blocks onto an 8.5 x11 paper. I printed out their helpful coloring pages to figure out how I wanted my rainbow to go and then pulled fabrics.

I pieced and then frixion penned (that's a word) the quilting guide lines and then quilted the crap out of it. Some subtle stripe black binding, rainbow hearts backing, label and it was sent off! I was so pleased with how it turned out. It seemed like a little jewel sitting out on my counter. And I'm happy to report that Mumziepooh loved it :)
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Four In Art: Literature or Deep Space Intrigue

I'm in an art quilt group called the Four In Art. There is a theme we build our quilts around and this go around it is literature. There are quite a few deep concerns and ideas that others are tackling. But my immediate thought was highlighting my love of with Science Fiction. Sometimes I think because it a "fun" genre it doesn't get quite as much, mmm... Respect or credit. There are so many incredible authors and worlds to discover.

This quilt came to be by re-reading The League Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. There was a while when I couldn't read sci-fi and diving back into the Ichidian Universe was a balm for my mind. There is interplanetary intrigue, there are spies, assassins, Emporers and the fight between good and evil. Or the fight between good and mostly good or sort of bad.

It is set in the future at some point and traveling through space is a given. So I eventually came around to a hybrid tactical and space suit. For both fighting purposes and spaceship/planetary movement. I kept focusing in my mind on just one section to show the texture of the suit. What you see is a chest portion with the lower left curve being the part that covers the sternum and the right wrapping around the ribs.

The space between the protective plates is silver and black and there is Kona Cotton and Shot Cotton as well as quilt prints. Aurifil 40 weight was used for the quilting and attaching the different pieces. And, as last time, it's backed in a Lotta Jansdotter white and grey mid-century spacey feel print.

The other Four In Art-ers are revealing today as well:

Betty at a Flickr site:
Catherine at Knotted Cotton
Elizabeth at
Nancy at Patchwork Breeze
Rachel at The Life of Riley
Simone at Quiltalicious
Susan at PatchworknPlay

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Stash Spain

I'm off galavanting in Spain right now. I thought this was as close to a fabric store as I was going to get

Across the street in Lisboa, Portugal. We did pass another tiny shop that had beautiful woolen plaids that we could see through the window. But as the price was 85 Euros plus a meter so we didn't even go in. We got back to Spain and heard there was a flea market each Monday in town so we headed off to see it. The sun was super bright and every person in every stall was yelling at the top of their voice. Crowds were talking and pushing and it was totally overwhelming. Good think I saw the fabric at the beginning because at the end I just wanted out of there. I bought an overpriced panel because I liked it and there were no more left :)

The bottom part of the panel is cut off, which isn't awesome. If I weren't leaving the country before I could go back to the market I'd have waited to buy a whole one. One always need a giant map of Spain on fabric don't you think? I've been mainly in the small purple blob in the middle, otherwise known as Castilla, but i've been up to Castilla y Leon and a bit south to La Mancha. The places I didn't make it to were Galicia and Valencia. If only I'd had another week and a different brain :)

Linking up to Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash Number 100

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Embroidery: I love little stitches!

I seem to always have a hand stitched embroidery project going on. I can embroider at night on those occasions when the sewing machine might be too loud. Like when there are guests and they aren't used to the mad scramblings of 2 AM sewing burst.

I can also occasionally do some at get togethers or other random places. I usually fold it up with a bit of padding and cart it around in a bag, tote or zip close bag. I think a travel work station case would be great. I've thought of how I'd like it to be and even looked at a few that others have made online. I haven't seen any that I love yet. Do you have any suggestions or ones you've made or seen?

This is a little bit I'm working on for the top half of a project. And the green stitching is for a swap I'm in, also In progress.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Traveling Stash Winner!

Random Number Generator came up with lucky number 5. Woot! I've notified the winner by email and thanks for throwing in your hat in everyone!

Monday, June 30, 2014

June Finish

This is a tote just as it seems :) I can't tell you more about it as its a secret gift. As soon as its received I'll tell you all about it.

There's also a Traveling Stash Box up for grabs on my previous post.

Traveling Stash Box, yay!

Fabric Stash Box Giveaway Closed!

I have wanted to join in on the Traveling Stash box fun ever since I first heard of them. There are a number of boxes literally traveling around the U.S. full of fabric and goods. I won the box from Deb at A Simple Life Quilts. So exciting! Here's a picture of the most of the fabric, notions and patterns that arrived including: Salt Air charm pack, partial charm pack, elastic chord, fat quarters, yardage, sparkle beaded decoration, ruler, twin needle, seam ripper, sewing kit, thread conditioner, needle threaders, a big zip lock full of tons of quilting patterns, a great embroidery booklet, buttons and Aurifil. There may be a few other things I've forgotten but there's a bunch of stuff. 

With things like traveling stash boxes you never know what you're going to get, really. There are many different tastes and choices for fabrics and notions. That's how the fabric business is worth probably billions of dollars. All that being said, many of the fabrics in this box were not my style. On the other hand, there was some great stuff that my LQS's don't carry and it was great to be able so have some. I did find things that worked for me and almost kept the Salt Air but decided to let someone else keep it. 

Here's what I'm keeping and what I'm giving. Top row is what I'm taking, bottom row is what I'm giving. Middle row I'm taking the Indigo Crossing charm pack and giving the Wishes by Moda, taking the pink washi and giving the neutral washi.

Here's the other thing about traveling stash boxes, they go to peoples houses. Some of those houses have fur babies. I am allergic to those and had a really hard time. Usually this box has a week turn around. You get it, take what you want and send it on. I had to air out the box many times before I could do a final switch out. So from friendly advice would be, if you have allergies be aware that this can be an issue and if you have pets please try and keep the goods away from your fur babies. 

There was a final third yard that I couldn't decide what to switch out. So I'll leave it up to you! Would you like the modern graphic Collage from Carrie Bloomston, the Riley Blake Pretty pinwheels from Country Girls, or the classic blue and white Swirly Girls design from Michael Miller in homage to our Independence Day July 4th. 

The rules to receive this box are fairly simple. You must be an active blogger to receive this box.

  • The definition of a Stash is a secret store of valuables. For quilters it is a collection of usable quality products. The stash contains fabric, patterns and notions. ALL FABRIC IN THE BOX IS AND MUST CONTINUE ON AS QUILT SHOP QUALITY. THE FABRIC SHOULD BE NEW AND UNWASHED. 
  • PATTERNS/BOOKS should be new or in a gently used condition. (No free patterns from the Internet) Books take up a lot of space and the box is limited, so please include fabric instead of a big book.
  • Other items such as tools or notions should be packaged and in new or gently used condition. Nothing should be old or tattered.
The Giveaway for this box will remain open for one week. YOU MUST BE AN ACTIVE BLOGGER to receive The Two Sisters Travelling Stash. This box is limited to travel within the United States only. Please leave a comment and the giveaway will be closed on July 9, 2014. *Edited* And the winner will be announced July 10, 2015. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ballet Shoes Paper Pieced Quilt Block Style

I Love love these ballet shoes! I got to pattern test for Tartankiwi again and the pattern was perfect. There are a few pieces to this one so it took me a few hours. I like to precut my fabric the rough size of the piece I'll be using. It seems to take longer to cut but then piecing goes so quickly. The colors are two shades of Kona Cotton pink and an aqua colored Sketch.

The pale pink is supposed to look like the pink tights little ballerina's use. I can just see this as the front of a tote bag for my niece. To put her ballet things in for class of course! Perfect :)

Tartankiwi has the best paper pieces patterns. Although this has a few pieces, sewing it together is straightforward and simple. All the sections meet up perfectly. There are also a couple of pages you can print off that help with fabric and piece placement.

I find the design elegant. Here's me deciding on skin color or tights color. Have you paper pieced any blocks lately?

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Block for Aneela Hoey and A Lotta Glimma with Collage

I bought a quarter yard of fabric that was not on sale. Why? I'm preparing to make a block for Aneela Hoey. There was some sad news Aneela released on IG that she was diagnosed with cancer. Pins and Bobbins is asking us to make a block or two and will make them into a quilt for Aneela. Here's the link for info and block specifications.

Why would this feel important to me? I, like many of you I'm sure, know someone close to me that has been diagnosed. There is nothing like that initial shock, immediate worry and sense of feeling lost and helpless. There's nothing you can really do in that moment. But after that, you can be there, be loving, be supportive, be strong, cry with them, wait with them and possibly wrap them up in a quilt hug. A tangible reminder that you are thinking of them that they're important and Loved.

If you are so inclined and have some Aneela Hoey fabrics you'd be welcome to make a block or two. Do you have a favorite fabric or line from her?

Sherbet Pips was one of the first lines I remember to cause a virtual furor of love and "gotta have it"-ness. I remember wanting to see some in real life to see what all the fuss was about. It really was charming and the square dots are still one of my favorite blenders. A charm pack of Sherbet Pips also made up my first twin sized quilt top after coming back to quilting in years. I'm grateful to her and all the other designers that make beautiful fabrics that impact my life and make it more enjoyable.

That little fold of fabric isn't the only thing I came home with. The more joy the better. I knew the store was having a clearance sale and it was worth going.

Lotta Jansdotter Glimma fabric for $2.99 a yard. Yep, you read that correctly, fabulous quilt shop fabric at $2.99 a yard. What else was on sale? Thanks for asking

Collage fabric by Carrie Bloomston. It's a bright mustardy yellow green in a large scale that I think would be great for bags or backing. I got three yards of each of the above. I mean, three yards was nine dollars. Nine! Sorry, I'm still excited about it.

A yard and a half of this Dear Stella got paid for as well. I find 1.5 the perfect length for a nice gathered skirt. I've already washed, cut and started to hem it.

This is how it looks. It's a hand sewn blind hem, or pick stitch hem. I pulled the fabric up so you could see the stitches and how far apart they are. Normally it lays nice and flat while you stitch. You pick up one or two threads on the skirt side so it's nearly invisible from the "right side" of the garment.

Do you do your hems like this or by machine?

Linking up to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles

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