Birthday fun!!!

What do you do when you have four projects in progress and a good friend has a birthday… You start a new project for her.  My friend, Katie and I ALMOST share a birthday!!   Her’s is June 15th and mine is June 16th.  Now the fact that we are separated by about 25 years doesn’t come into play in this story!!

Last Saturday morning I decided that I wanted to make something to give Katie and I knew exactly what it would be.  She and I had discussed the fact that we have several of the same bird “statues” that we decorate with.   Years ago I had made two small bird quilts to use in my spring decorating so I decided to make another one of these for my dear friend. 

I grabbed a fabric that was already on my cutting table from another project to use for the background…..IMG_5434

Within 30 minutes I had it put together and ready to start quilting. I love the fact that it doesn’t look like much at this stage…..IMG_5435

…..but once you start adding the quilting lines it just comes to life……


It was a great start to my birthday!!

That afternoon we met our kids at a Korean BBQ restaurant in Atlanta and had a fun two hours cooking meat and eating, eating, eating!!IMG_5444

While we were out, we also stopped by Tandy Leather and I purchased two pieces that I can use to trying out the “Quilting on Leather” technique that I learned at the Houston show last November……IMG_5451

The day ended with a Dairy Queen Blizzard…..Blizzard_BOM_Salted-Caramel-Truffle_810x810


Fixing the Eiffel quilt


Back in 2005, we took a family vacation to Paris and took this photo of our daughter Jenny…..


I used this as the pattern and made this quilt……

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I had never been entirely happy with Jenny’s body and couldn’t figure out why.  I hung the quilt on our stairs back in January and after looking at it for a couple of weeks realized that the problem was that there was no shading on her legs or arms.

So, one quiet Sunday back in February I took the quilt off the wall and pulled out some fabric paints and decided to try fixing the shading.


It did NOT work!!!  Having said that, I was ok with the shading on her legs.  So I put it aside and decided to leave it for another day.

Since I have had some unexpected time on my hands, I made this my first project.

I couldn’t find the right shades of fabric so I ended up taking one fabric and painting it to make several different shades.  I then cut out the shapes and fused them into place, adding a bit of quilting to hold it together.



It is still not exactly what I was wanting, but I do think that it is a lot better than it used to be!!!

Now to find another project……

Making of A Covered Book


Today I had the opportunity to make another covered book….this time as a Birthday present for a friend who I was having lunch with.  As you can guess, I was in a bit of a hurry….

The first step was to pick a pattern.  For this, I went online and searched for  free Stained-glass patterns and was rewarded with a huge number of ideas.  These are great for simple applique designs.



So, I started with a pattern and a blank Composition Book.





Next step was to draw the pattern pieces onto the paper side of a sheet of “Wonder Under”.   I knew that the pattern would be reversed, but was actually happier with it that way.




I turned to my 2-1/2 strip drawer and picked out four yellow prints for the sunflower and ironed the Wonder-Under onto the back. 




Next step was to cut out the petals and remove the paper from the back.  This is easily done by taking a seam ripper and scoring the backing paper so that there is a tear in the paper ( but not in the fabric).  It is easy to peel off this way….much easier than trying to separate the fabric and paper at the edge of the piece.




I then put the pattern, right side  down onto a light  box and placed a Teflon pressing sheet over the pattern.  I proceeded to place the cut out flower petals over the pattern.





After all were in place, I carefully scooted the Teflon sheet off of the light box and onto the ironing  board, and gave the entire flower a good steam press.

This attaches the fabric to the pressing sheet, but it can easily be peeled off and the flower removed in one piece.



After selecting the front cover fabric, I placed all of the pieces on the background and pressed it in place.





Now for the fun part……  pulling out all of my threads, both normal and funky, and enjoy adding details, as well as securing the fabric edges to the base fabric.

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After I had  measured the size of the book, I added almost 3 inches to the vertical and 1-1/2 inches to the horizontal measurements.  I cut out a piece of wonder-under that was this size and applied it to the reverse side of my front piece. 




14 After trimming it a bit, I removed the paper and placed the fabric over the top of the book, leaving an overlap on the top, bottom and edge of the book.  The left side of the fabric was placed just outside of the book binding.


I ironed the fabric to the front of the book….carefully, with steam.





The corners were cut out….remember doing this when you covered books back in school!!

The top, bottom and sides were pressed to the inside of the book.






These last few steps were repeated with the back fabric.




The final step was to cut a piece of Wonder-Under 2-1/2 inches 17wide and fuse it to a selected 2-1/2 fabric strip from my scrap strips.  I used the rotary cutter to make a slightly curved edge on both sides of the strip.





This strip was cut to the proper length and then carefully fused to the binding and onto each side of the book cover.







Voila…..a fun finished project….and in less that 2 hours!!!!

A Wonderful Day

I have had SUCH a fantastic day today and I just have to write about it. It all really started last night….. Several people had asked whether or not I was going to make a quilt for the Quilt Show Challenge this year. The directions are that the quilt has to feature the Attic Window block and have something to do with the season (our show is called “Quilts for All Seasons”). I had told everyone “No” because I simply didn’t have any ideas about what to do.

Last night I was enjoying roaming on the internet while we were watching TV and somehow the thought popped into my head to deepen the attic window so that it became a shelf. Then the question was what to put on the shelf. I thought about sports equipment relating to the seasons and then, for some reason, thought about flip-flops (my favorite foot apparel).

I started searching the web for drawings of flip flops and came across a series of photos and drawings of shoes. I was able to use these basic designs and create fabric shoes that go with the seasons…..flip flops for Summer, running shoes for Fall, Boots for Winter and Pumps for Spring (my daughter suggested that they be yellow).

Anyway, here is the result of the day’s efforts. I still have one small border to add to the right of the quilt and then it will need to be quilted.

I am really excited with how it looks….I just hope that others can figure out how it relates to the seasons!!!!

Bye for now.