Monday, December 6, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
In 2006 my brother volunteered me to make a quilt for The 2007 Great Art Auction at the Red Ribbon Dinner fundraiser for The Aids Project Quad Cities (now known simply as the Project or TPQC /APQC). I have been creating and donating items to the auction each year since. It seemed like the natural choice for my Craft for a Cause entry to be the art quilt planned for the 2011 auction. AIDS Project Quad Cities is a non-profit Service Organization providing support to persons living with HIV/AIDS as well as their families and friends in Iowa and Illinois. Their mission, to enhance the quality of life and reduce health disparities by providing a full spectrum of services including: advocacy, care, testing, education, counseling, referrals and other health care services for individuals who are living with, affected by, or at risk of contracting HIV/STI/AIDS is honorable. It is a huge undertaking for a small local grassroots program to financially support this undertaking. I am honored to be able to use my talents to help raise funds. Government and private grants do not begin to cover the needs of this organization. This year’s project incorporates a scientific image related to research into the development of an AIDS vaccine that intrigued me. It is printed on fabric and embellished with stitching and traditional quilt squares. The image, an atomic-level picture of a key portion of an HIV protein as it looks when bound to an infection-fighting antibody published in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease’s (NIAID) newsletter, stems from research into an AIDS vaccine. (image credit NIAID)
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
I made this reusable shopping bag patterned after the brown paper bag and added handles. (next time I'm adding some padding to the handles) It can even have a brown paper bag for a liner. Using a paper liner means you don't have to launder the cloth bag as often. A recent segment on a morning news program discussed the cleanliness issues of using reusable shopping bags, laundering and lining them are a couple of solutions. We usually have some of these brown paper bags because when we forget our reusable bags we always ask for paper (where available) because I recycle them in the garden (more on that in a minute). Now they can be reused as liners first and then off to the garden .
Paper bags in the garden: I put them down as a weed barrier and scatter some mulch on top to hide them. They decompose nicely after they do their job and we use less mulch this way.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
The photography is not very good but I hope you can see that the ears and tongue hang free on this paper pieced doggy. I was trying to make one that looks like Sara (and it does a little). Next, to make one that looks like Bubbles. finding a black and white fabric for Bubbles' face might be the biggest challenge. These were fabrics in my stash. I was anxious to try this new pattern. The brown is leftover from the back of a quilt and the background was a FQ gifty from my SIL. I think I'll look at some other options for the tongue while I'm shopping too. The pattern is by Christine Thresh at http://www.winnowing.com/. It is called "My Dog Your Dog" or maybe it's "Your Dog My Dog".
Friday, May 14, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
This is my 2nd Convergence Quilt. I followed Ricky Tims directions on this one. One square is an owl border fabric and the 2nd square is wonky pieced square with the stars on top and the "trees" on the bottom.
I made this wall quilt as a gift for a friend. It reminds us of our first outing with the local birding club to see and hear owls. We had a great time even though we never had even a glimpse of an owl. We ended the evening at Dairy Queen with sundaes and had a good laugh about Owling.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I took a shortcut and started with a styrofoam ball. I padded it with strips of quilt batting (don't you love when you can use scraps that you would otherwise throw away), wrapped it with yarn, then thread (a bright yellow that was old and probably never going to get used again) and then started the embroidery using floss and a gold thread (the gold was really hard to work with and not a great idea for a first project, but don't yo love the little bit of glitz it added?) If they are supposed to be bright and colorful, I think I succeeded.
Temari てまり (meaning 'hand ball' in Japanese) is a folk craft born in ancient Japan from the desire to amuse and entertain children with an embroidered toy thread ball. The art of temari began as a simple needlework craft, making a mari ball for play. Today the lovely thread-wrapped, Japanese embroidered temari balls are given as tokens of good luck. A stitched temari ball on a stand would be displayed and enjoyed as a striking example of Japanese embroidery. Temari ball craft is unique needlework, an Oriental folk art which is spreading all over the world!
More information and help go here: http://www.japanesetemari.com/index.html
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Check out my latest wall quilt with applique and some elements of Ricky Tims convergence quilts. I really enjoyed trying some different designs in free motion quilting on this little quilt. I couldn't get out to get more fabrics so I used some black moleskin for the applique and really like the way it turned out.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The idea of Leader Ender projects intrigued me so I tried it. I was too impatient to wait for a whole quilt and have been wanting to try out this bag idea so this is what I made fom the patches I sewed while working on the Monkey quilt. More about Leaders/Enders projects here leaders/enders