Archive for October, 2008

More Fabric Flowers

October 31, 2008

Yesterday was the Ogden Art Group meeting and we focused on fabric flowers.  I brought the little Clover yo-yo maker and it was a big hit.  I think my local JoAnns, Etc will be selling a few more of them. 

We also made some folded flowers – from the book Flower Origami by Kumiko Sudo.  Our library has some copies and I placed one on hold.  I do so love libraries.  It’s a wonderful way to look at a book at your leisure, then decide if you want to purchase it for your own book collection.

Here is a picture of the first flower I made, and if you click on the photo, it will enlarge for you so you see the buttons better:

I can’t decide which button I’d like to place in the middle, and thought it might be fun if you all voted one which one you like best.  Just leave a comment for me on the blog, and I’ll attach the button that gets the most votes.  You’ve got a week to vote and then I’ll announce the winning button.



Clover Yo-Yo Flower

October 25, 2008

Crazy quilting has been on my mind the last few days and while I was shopping at JoAnn’s, Etc yesterday, I found a Clover Flower shaped yo-yo maker.  This was a hot topic of conversation a few months ago on the crazyquiltinternational yahoo group, and I was thrilled to finally locate one of these.  It was the perfect small project to start and finish while I was “watching” The Ghost Whisperer last night, and here is the completed flower:

Isn’t it just so darn cute?  And it was so easy to make.  This is the small version and has a 1 1/4″ diameter.  It was made from a tulip print quilting cotton.  Next, I’m going to try using some of my hand dyed silk, and silk blend fabric, and some lace fabric.  I’d also like to embellish some with Shiva Paintsticks/fabric paint to highlight the center, add some beads, embossing powder, embroidery, etc… 

It’s amazing how making something so simple, can make me so happy.  I most likely think it’s the act of making something – anything – that created the happiness.  Now I can’t wait to start another art quilt, finish up a couple of crazy quilt blocks and maybe, just maybe, make an article of clothing for myself. 


Crazy Quilt Breast Cancer Block Completed

October 22, 2008

Health issues have made making blog entries difficult for the past couple of months, but I’m optimistic that all will be resolved shortly. 

My breast cancer crazy quilt block was completed in September and mailed to Leslie.  She will be assembling the quilt and it will be donated to  She is a very gracious and caring person to take on this project, and we members of the crazyquiltinternational yahoo group wanted to help as much as possible.  Hopefully, the organization makes a lot of money from the quilt.

Here is a picture of my completed block:

Earlier blog entries gave the details about the tucking and pearls for the fan shape.  New additions are the Venetian lace heart motif hand sewn into place and then embellished with silver bugle beads around the interior border.   The ribbon arcing around the fan base has tiny French knots made with a pale pink metallic thread from DMC’s Pearlescent Effects line. 

And a close up:

It’s hard to tell but the embroidered curved shaped along the side edges were sewn with stem stitch using the same pale pink metallic thread as the French knots.  Then I whip stitched around the stem stitch base with a silver DMC perle metallic thread.  The silver filigree hearts were a Blue Moon bead that fit the heart theme of the quilt.