Monday, March 29, 2010

One Block Wonder in Blue

I found this fabric on clearance.  I thought the colors were great, but the funky blue roses, yuck!  So taking the advice of one blogging quilter......
There's no such thing as ugly fabric.
If the fabric is still ugly, you haven't cut it in small enough pieces yet.

I wacked this fabric up into little triangles following the One Block Wonder instructions and created my first OBW quilt. 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

My first Temari

I have a fascination with all things Asian and love the unique so trying this Japanese craft is perfect.  After a little web searching and book purchasing here is my first Temari.  If you see pulled strings it's because my cat decided it was a great toy, ARG!  (my fault, not the cat's - I know better, she doesn't). 

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!
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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fabric Flowers

Trying something new, my favorite thing.  I love origami and fabric and putting them both together to make these flowers was a fun experiment.  Now, what do I decorate with them? I think I need to make more.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Zhu Zhu wedding

And how about a Zhu Zhu wedding.

The little outfits are fun to make I only wish I was there to play, too. 

Easter Zhu Zhu pets

They're Here!!!!  One of the granddaughters has been asking for this since last August.  There are 3 children and 3 critters.  Of course they needed clothes and sleeping bags (that have straps so they double as carrying cases).  the 2 girls were pretty easy, but what does a boy want for his hamster? 

I decided some denim, the logo for his favorite baseball team (Go Cubs), and a red super hero cape,might work with Hot Wheels fabric and flames for the bed/carrier.