Sunday, June 29, 2014

Celebrate America!

 
This is a small wall hanging I made for my friend, Mrs. Drew. She is an awesome artist in many mediums. She used to teach art as well as create art. She is retired now and teaches her grandson the art of Japanese calligraphy as he learns all the Kanji symbols. We became friends when I worked in Juno Beach. She is Japanese American and her husband was an officer in the Coast Guard. She loves America so I made these traditional quilt star blocks with red, white, and blue fabric. The square in the center has images of Kokeshi Dolls, a traditional folk art in Japan. Mrs. Drew hangs this on her condo door...it is an honor. Close up of the block below:
 


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Eyeglass case made with metal purse frames


Well, this is one of the projects you can work on this weekend at "Florida Sews Together" in Cocoa Beach. This is a skinny eyeglass case (have to have something skinny) made of silk and batik and embellished with a faux Asian Jade donut.

We arrive Friday afternoon, meet & greet, and of course go to eat at Viera. Then Saturday morning we'll work on possibly this project or a project of your choice. We'll have had an enormous breakfast (maybe even some gravy...don't tell my Cardiologist) and then we have to break for a scrumptious lunch. Sew a little more...then snacks and beverages. Later in the day it will be 5 o'clock SOMEWHERE! A trunk show later in the evening after Din-din and it's still 5 o'clock elsewhere. Sunday morning breakfast with those waffles and then some Free Motion classes....urp. We'll pack up and sit some more to catch up on our lives and then bid adieu! See ya next year! Make your reservation now because it will probably be filled before we leave.

BTW, this is a sunglass case. This one is made of batiks, quilted, and embellished with a faux Asian coin dangling from a frame of fabric strips. A quickie and fun project.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I Love: ilovetwilla


I love this luscious bag full of different textures and range of earthy colors. This designer is Beth Ellen Cohen and her brand is TWILLA. She was a licensed psychotherapist in Florida (of course) and started making bags. That's how she went from "baggage" to "bags". Check out her price points....Twilla is worth every bit of it. So if you design and sew don't sell yourself cheap. This is one-of-a-kind and every therapist will tell you "you are worth it". Check out her story and Esty site!

I couldn't help it...here's my other favorite bag.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A great tracing paper in your neighborhood


My favorite tracing paper lives at Staples in the "Drafting Dept." It comes in white and yellow and available on rolls 12" wide or 18" wide.


This is the price of the 12" size and 50 yards will last quite a while. The paper is crisp and falls away after stitched. I use it to trace patterns, for quilting, and for appliques. It would be awesome for paper piecing. The best part is I can pick it up after getting groceries next door.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Creating a Successful Color Scheme



http://www.brandigirlblog.com/2012/11/why-do-some-color-schemes-work-and-others-dont.html

This is a fantastic blog by BrandiGirl! It's too difficult to just give you an excerpt. Her information is thorough and spot on. Hope you read as many articles as you can...it will open your eyes to your creative future.

Just a thought:  take photos of the projects you've already finished and the projects you create after reading her gems. Then show us what you've got.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Collage Pouch


Very cute Collage Pouch using Mixed Media. I love all the textures and colors used. I think I found it somewhere on Etsy and can kick myself because I always get the Designer's name to give them credit. It's the only way when using photos of someone else's work. If this is yours, send me the link. Enjoy.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Blending Textiles with Different Textures

I love using textiles with different textures together. It adds dimension and tactile interest to your project. First of all, I love using Batiks with everything. Some colors can over power the rest of the fabrics so use it in small quantities. This orange batik is wonderful because of its many shades that blend with the many shades of color of the Koi fish. That's just how nature works.
 
Here are some auditions of orange batik with my favorite Koi fabrics.

 
 
It showed up differently in this photo but in actuality the orange matches the lighter orange Koi.
 
 
 
It is the same in this case, the photo doesn't show that the orange batik enhances the scales of the Koi.
 
Anyway, it seems when the fabrics are sewn together they take on a transformation of beauty.
 
 
 
 
 
In the photo below I've added another textile to the mix. It's a brocade with a darker, deeper orange and gold threads running through it. The gold threads enhance the gold in the Koi fabric at the top.
 
 
 
This combination would be great for any Mixed Media projects.





Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stephanie Kimura's KIMONO VEST using Michael Miller Fabric...Koi and Lotus....Brite


This is a great, easy-to-make vest. Three pattern pieces:  front, back, and band collar. Can be made reversible just by using another great fabric as the lining. In fact, the two vests above are one reversible vest. The red/orange print is long gone but the Koi in turquoise (colorway: Brite) is still available here. Make this vest as long or short as you like....just adjust the amount of fabric that you buy. Consider using a luscious silk print....the Holidays they-are-a-coming! Make it now.nnn

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

JET: Michael Miller Fabric......Blackest Black all cotton


Have you ever needed a really good black fabric for your quilting or any kind of sewing? You should try Michael Miller's blackest black named JET. They over dye the cotton fabric many times and yet it has a nice soft hand. Easy to turn for hand quilting too. There is no shine. It reminds me of black velvet. Use it for your Halloween quilts and wall hangings. Great for binding quilts too.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Kimono Pillow....inspired by the Kimono garment of Japan


This is one of a series of beautiful pillows inspired by Asian garments. 18" square pillow. Consider using wonderful rayon or silk brocades. The pattern is available here.