Friday, December 26, 2008

more show and tell

Now that the holidays are over, I can share some of the holiday things I made for gifts, mostly for family. I made several felt ornaments, following the directions of Judy Coates Perez in the most recent Quilting Arts Gifts issue. They were really fun - roving, panty hose, felt, beads - wow! Here's a photo of the felted balls in progress. I made a bunch with felt leaves and beads. I didn't have any green felt, so I dyed some white wool felt scraps that I had. I had the roving around, too - I thought it was pretty but hadn't done anything with it yet - so I didn't have to buy a single supply for this project.

After a while I got tired of doing the fanciful fruit ornaments, so I made a couple with buttons and beads.
I also made cloth shopping bags for gifts, using an existing bag as a pattern. It was easy and fun. I used corduroy that had been given to me, so it was "free."

Here's the amaryllis from Trader Joe's, that bloomed just in time for Christmas day!

I also wanted to share the "Cats on My Quilts" notecards I made, featuring my quilts and my two calico cats, Matilda and Olive. I gave some out as Christmas cards (using red card stock) and I also sold some when I was at the Bowers Museum last November.

Last of all, I wanted to say that my "A Dance to Spring" quilt is ready to mail off to jo so that can be part of the "Spring Forward" special exhibit. This exhibit will debut at Road to California in January. It may be a bit premature to show it all now, but I'm hoping a detail photo will do for now. It's inspired by a tiny photo of my mom, who was dressed this way for May Day in the mid-nineteen-twenties.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

eclectic show and tell

I have been so busy that I haven't had time to post everything I've made in the past months. So now I'm playing catch-up, going through my camera and getting caught up. It's crazy - here it is 4 days before Christmas, and I'm updating my blog. I should be in a frenzy baking gingerbread men.
This is going back a few months, but I made a Halloween doll, a gypsy girl doll to be more specific, inspired by the mixed media pages I did for Annie.

I also made a Christmas doll for this ornament exchange that I'm in. It's pretty similar to the gypsy girl in the basic body. Yes, these are two different dolls! The dresses are both removable - they can wear other clothing, and they have little snaps to close up the neck and waist lines.

I made an Obama mini quilt that I donated to the local Democratic Party Headquarters by UCI. I told them they could raffle it off or whatever they wanted to do.

And I donated a "Little Pink House" to the Flying Geese Auction. I hear it did pretty well.
So that's enough for tonight. More eclectic updates soon....

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

9 hearts

I'm thrilled that at least a couple people have been bidding on my "9 Hearts" mini quilt in Ami Simm's auction to raise money for a cure for Alzheimer's. The amount is currently at $100, for a 9x12! The auction closes this evening at 10 eastern time. It's for a great cause....

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

"9 Hearts" is up for Auction already!

Wow, last week my quilt was in the SAQA Auction. This week I have a quilt in the AAQI Auction, to raise money for a cure for Alzheimer's. Go to the link below to see all the quilts. My quilt's number is #3393, and it's called "Nine Hearts." It's made from leftover scraps from another heart project, and I was very happy with how it came out. The minimum bid is only $40.