Sunday, May 31, 2009

Chair, Part Two

This is the glider that my dear Grammie bought me when I was expecting my first child. She did not live to see him. At that time I was very into soft floral and tapestry fabrics, sort of a country garden thing. The upholstery fit right into that. Well, I rocked both boys in this, but it really did not fit my current tastes. New cushions can be ordered, but they were pricey, and none of them really were much better, in any case.

I wasn't sure I was a technical enough sewist to make new cushions, as they attach to the chair with some very specific snaps and clips. I had decided to take the plunge, and had layed the back cushion down on the fabric to ponder, when I realized that I could use the hardware that is there. At first I thought of cutting it off, and sewing it onto the new fabric, but then I realized that if I just covered the old cushions, I could make a button hole opening anywhere that the hardware had to come through, and there you are. The fabric is upholstery weight from IKEA. Twelve bucks, total. I call it a success!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Another Chicken Quilt

Well, here they are. A lot of chickens, mostly out of Marimekko fabric. I scored a pile of it at a close out place. I am so in love with the background fabric. It looks like a crayon drawing.
Here's the finished top:I am pretty pleased. I like the chicken in the middle row that looks like she's walking really fast.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Spring bird

I was noticing that the finches that come to my feeder are yellow, now, and in winter and spring they are olive. I thought they were a different kind of finch, but when I looked in the bird book it says that that is what goldfinches do- change color season to season. Who knew?

The flowers are magnolia. The branches were done by cutting and then inserting the black strips. I bought this black fabric at a close out place, and after I got home I loved it so much that I went back and bought all they had. They didn't have much, though- only four yards. It looks like the fabric is colored with wax crayons, and I love it so much.

I was thinking of making these quilts in a series. It is supposed to be good for artists to work in a seres, so I will give it a go. Right now I am on an appliqued chicken kick, though, and I will take some photos after the sun comes up. I can't decide if I should piece all the chickens into one top, or make a seres of wall hangings. Hmm.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Mary's first independent quilts. They are about twelve by twelve. She pieced and free motion quilted them.
This was the gateway drug- er QUILT. I made what she told me to make. M made the color decisions in the small blocks and most of the decisions in the applique. She has to sew her own binding.

Yes, folks, i have ensnared another quilter. ( It's double bonus points, because I also got her addicted to knitting.) My best friend M was in town, and said she wanted to see me sew. I didn't really teach, I just talked as I did things and she took it and ran. I miss her very much. She is a much better person than I am- right now she is backpacking with a bunch of high school boys from the school her husband's biology class. Nerves of steel, that girl.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Now I Know...

Why the dog likes to lay with his nose under the couch. A joyful reunion with his toys resulted.I really should move the couch more often.