Archive for December, 2008

December Take It Further Challenge Completed

December 31, 2008

This is my December Take It Further piece.  As usual, I work with the color palette, and I combined the January Dye Hard painted bondaweb swap with the December Take It Further challenge by using the Christmas green paint. 

This is the first fabric postcard using the Wonder Under fusible, and while I like how the paint moved, I do not like that it stuck to the paper.  I had to soak the entire piece in water to get the paper off the fusible.  I also do not like that the Wonder Under is peeling off in areas –  visible all across the bottom edge.  This is Wonder Under I’ve had for a bit, so it might be part of that bad batch from a few years ago. 

This piece reminded me of stone, so I sewed a small zig-zag stitch using cream thread to make mortar for my fabric stonewall.  There is a layer of batting under the stitching and since the fusible was flaking off, I didn’t want the fusible along the edge.  A piece of muslin was used to create a pillowcase and the card stock was slipped inside then the edge sewn closed along the bottom with nylon thread.

A layer of netting or sheer fabric would probably be a good idea to keep the fusible in place. 

And now for a bit of a rant.  If you don’t want to read me blasting the US Congress, please stop reading now and enjoy your New Year’s Eve. 

This morning’s paper had a front page article entitled:  “Congress’ raise draws criticism”.  How out of touch can our representatives be?  We are in a recession, millions of people are losing their jobs, and Congress is receiving a 2.8% raise.   It’s bad enough they get a free ride on their health care costs, but to be so arrogant as to give themselves a raise now???   Puhleese!!! 

Wake up Americans.  If you don’t like this, write, call or email your Congressman to let them know.  Maybe if enough of us speak up, our elected officials will listen us.  

Signing off with not my usual hugs, as I’m not feeling the love for Congress…


Crazy Quilt Christmas Cracker Opened

December 26, 2008

Family, food, and fun – the last few days have been filled with an abundance of all that and more.  My niece and her husband arrived from Indiana, and it’s always a pleasure to see them.  She’s an accomplished, beautiful woman who brought her guitar and led the whole family in our yearly caroling.  I snapped this photo in the middle of her singing, so included the little inset picture of her and her husband so you can see their gorgeous smiles:

I brought some jingle bells and my niece let us use her guitar case as a drum while we sang The Little Drummer Boy – one of my favorite Christmas songs.   My sister Elaine and I sang and played our little hearts out.  We laughed so much, it was difficult to finish singing the song. 

And last but not least, I got to open the  Christmas cracker from the crazyquiltinternational swap.  Oh my, was that ever fun. Thank-you so very much Cindy.  You managed to pack lots of wonderful cq treasures  inside that little Christmas Cracker.  Here is a picture of all the goodies packed inside:

Blessings for peace and harmony to one and all.


November TIFC Completed

December 20, 2008

My November TIFC is completed.  Using the dark navy as a jumping off point,  I painted some Fine Fuse fusible web to use for a January 2009 Dye Hard swap.  After a foot of snow blanketed the area yesterday, this fabric postcard was created:

9 years ago, I purchased an entire bolt of white fabric with imprinted metallic silver stars and the year 2000.  It was intended to be the backing for a quilt made with 2,000 pieces, but it wasn’t right for the pieced quilt, and I’ve slowly been using the fabric for other projects.  It’s actually a good quality, wonderfully soft fabric on the wrong side, and I’m down to the last few yards.

The painted fusible web was torn so there would be ragged edges and fused in place to cover the numbers only, leaving all the pretty silver stars to shine.  Then I cut some strips from the painted fusible web, and twirled and draped them to form ribbon like trails across the surface. 

Usually, I like doing multiple steps to create a fabric postcard, but this looked just right to me, so no burning, quilting, embellishing was added.  I folded a 1/4″ seam around the edges, then folded that over again with some cardstock for a backing.  The fabric was kept it in place by using paper clips, and nylon thread was used in the bobbin case and needle for a nearly invisible sewing line. 

This was a very neat finish and having the cardstock on the back makes it much easier to write a message – if the recipient wants to use this as a fabric postcard.


Christmas Cracker Received

December 9, 2008

Cindy received my name and her wonderful Christmas Cracker arrived a couple of weeks ago:

It was a lot of fun making mine for the swap, and it is so nice to receive one in exchange.  No, I haven’t opened it up yet, but I’m sorely tempted.