I've been working on a design for a fall themed wall hanging, possibly because it has felt like fall for weeks here..... Today was sunny and upper 60's, it finally felt like summer again :-) The new quilt will probably be reminiscent of this set of cards I made a few years ago, can't go wrong with Starr Fabrics!
Here is another version of the chickadee, I have yet to make too many of those! The dragonfly quilt kits are on their way to the pattern testers, now the race is on to finish my quilt for the fair, which has to be in tomorrow...it doesn't have too much left.
Tomorrow is also the last day of the Quilt Alaska quilt show at the Bear Gallery, for local people!
I decided my sewing machine needed some bling :-) It probably also needs a name.... It's tempting to call it Bernie, but that's not very creative, any suggestions?
(and, by the way, those sticky rhinestone thingys are nasty to work with, I'm pretty sure they didn't end up in their intended configuration...:-) )
My poor blog has been sadly neglected lately, I'm determined to do a little better...I have a few too many irons in the fire right now! The Dragonfly quilt kit is getting very close, and I have delivered almost 100 cards and lots of kits to a few quilt shops in the last week or so. My brain is spinning with new ideas, but I have plenty to do without that :-) Plus, my body is a bit unpredictable these days, I never quite know which one I'm going to get when I wake up, :-) This week has been good so far though! Here is a new card, using fabric from Starr Designs. I will be using quite a few of their fabrics in the Dragonfly kit also, the fabric is so nice, I feel like I'm cheating :-)
Thanks to a holiday yesterday, I almost forgot to do my drawing for a free wild rose card! I finally did do it, and the winner is Claudette W, congratulations! I will send you an e-mail also, but if you see this first, please send your address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to everyone who participated!
After lots of rain, we finally have had a nice sunny holiday weekend, so not much sewing happening. I did make a rare batch of non-Alaskan cards this week, partly for a change of pace for me :-)
Local people, the Quilt Alaska Quilt Show opened last night at the Bear Gallery at Pioneer Park. It goes until July 26, from noon until 8 pm every day, be sure to check it out. I have a small quilt in it again. I will be working there at the gift shop on Wednesday evening from 4-8 pm, stop by and say hi!
Woohoo, I reached 500 likes on my Facebook page, thanks to some friends putting me over the top :-) In honor of this momentous occasion, I am going to do a drawing for this finished quilted card. To enter, comment on this post (either on my blog or on Facebook) before midnight on Thursday, July 3rd, and tell me which of my patterns you like the best. (click here to see them) This will also serve as an informal poll for me :-) If you share the post on Facebook, I will enter your name again.
I've been kind of quiet on here again lately, but not because nothing is happening! Still busy with cards and kits, and there are a couple of fun new things in the works! Here is a scrapbook cover I made recently for a wedding gift, those are always fun. You can use my quilted book cover tutorial to do this, it's just on a bigger scale.
The teal fabric is from the bridesmaid dresses, which I did some alterations on.
Fun mail day at my house, my Spoonflower color map, so I can design and have my own fabrics printed, AND my first installment of Starr Designs fabric of the month club :-) They have lots of options, I did 8 fat quarters.
I recently got an app on my iPad (mini) for sketching/drawing. After playing with it for a bit, I discovered it was a great way to practice free motion quilting designs! I am always telling my students that a pencil and paper is a good way to practice designs and filling a space, with no risk or cost. This app, which is a free app called Brushes3, does the same thing. A stylus is nice, I prefer the foam tipped type which I got for $3 at my quilt shop (for touch screen sewing machines), but you can use your finger just as well. Just choose a plainer brush, and use the bar at the bottom to make it the thickness you'd like, the default was really thick, I think. Then remember not to pick up your finger/stylus to move to a new spot. This app has lots of other fun uses also, but I thought I would put this tip on here!
Otherwise, we're still busy cranking out cards, kits and patterns, hopefully we can come up for air sometime!
I'm having a little trouble keeping up on my blog, doing a little TOO much sewing! I just finished altering three bridesmaid dresses for a wedding Saturday. We also finally got all of our kit orders out, and we're already getting re-orders. I have a few people helping me now, but one of them (my oldest daughter) just went to camp for the summer. For a homeschooling family who has always done pretty much everything together, this is a bit of an adjustment for Mom..... :-) (and Dad and siblings too!)
We also took an order down to Denali Park this weekend, one of the definite perks of this business! We found some very cooperative caribou, including one with a radio collar, who let me take lots of pictures. And I took part of my payment in fun new fabric, perk #2! We had a nice family day together before our daughter left. Now we need to get back to stuffing kits and making cards...