Thursday, October 25, 2007

pepperminty basket revisited

Robyn has asked for more instructions on how to make the "pepperminty" basket out of plastic bags, seen in an earlier post. I didn't follow a pattern for the basket, I just winged it. I chained about 8 stitches, then made single crochets into each chain stitch to the end, then 2-3 stitches to go around the corner and single crochet down the other side. Then 2-3 stitches on the other end to round the corner. Then I went around and around to make a flat oval bottom, adding extra single crochets on the curves to help keep it flat. When I was happy with the size of the bottom, I started building up the sides. The way you do that is to stitch into the top part of each stitch in the outer row, then keep adding rows. I hope that makes sense - obviously, writing crochet instructions is not my area of expertise.

I think I saw someone make a little basket out of jute on "Uncommon Threads," to get the basic construction idea.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Soft Expressions exhibit

My quilts are up and hanging at Soft Expressions, in the upstairs gallery. The address is 1230 North Jefferson St., Suite M, Anaheim, CA 92807. They'll be up until the end of November. And a few of my quilts will continue to hang in the following exhibit, which celebrates the new Embellished Mini Quilts book.

So if you're in the area, come by and take a look!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

What I'm up to these days

I made a couple of painted fabric pumpkins, to give away. I saw the idea on Crafters Coast to Coast. It was fun! I get in a crafty mood this time of year. What do you think?

I'm headed to PIQF with Terry Waldron for a few days. It'll be so much fun! My "Garden of Earthly Delights" will be on view..... When I get back I'm hanging up several of my quilts at Soft Expressions, Anaheim, in their upstairs space. They'll be up from mid-October through the end of November, and some of them will continue to hang with Jamie's grouping, in honor of her new book, Embellished Mini Quilts.

I'm making ornaments and fiber art balls to sell at the Folk Tree in Pasadena's "Ornaments and Adornments" special showing, as well as at my friend Catherine's holiday boutique. More details on those events later. Here are some examples: