Monday, May 25, 2009

poppy pods print

Aaahhh, happy Memorial Day! Took a break from fabric today and carved a poppy print based on my poppy mini quilt. I've gone the other direction - from lino print design to embroidery design (see my skulls and ships) - but never from quilt design to lino print... fun, fun! I'm not sure if I'll have time to do it before the Big Crafty show in July, but I've been having a strong desire to carve some roller skates...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

hello, black bird

Yes, I think I'm officially in the icey grips of another crafting obsession: this time, it's black birds. I have at least two more black bird designs in mind... those will be on their way soon. Maybe I'll combine all the little elements I've used in the past few months: kelpies, tombstones/Us, and blackbirds... Ooo la la. Thank goodness for loooonnnngggg weekends!

And maybe one day I'll share a photo of the ones on my legs. Using my tattoos as a design element has got me all excited: I feel like I'm carrying an applique design with me wherever I go... you know, in case of emergencies. It's kind of given my work a new life as well as my tattoos. I like it, but now I'm thinking about more appliques/tattoos I might need to add to my collection. Well, I do have a birthday around the bend...

Monday, May 18, 2009

mini quilt monday/mania

Just...can't...stop...making...minis... seriously, this condition probably has a name. The trees were because, well, I'm just really in love with green right now. And I had some crafty energy to exorcise after our trip to Delaware last weekend.

And the birdy...well... that was for Mini Quilt Monday. And these birds WILL be around for a while. This design is based on a pair of birdy tattoos on the back of my legs: my husband's Christmas present to me about four years ago. I've got two others planned, and they'll probably happen sooner rather than later, with the Big Crafty just around the corner.

Monday, May 4, 2009

poppy pods

I knew it wouldn't be long before I'd have to make a mini based on the poppy pods in my yard... and I was right. Malka over at a stitch in dye has this great Mini Quilt Monday, and, well, I just couldn't help myself. I made it fast, too: in about an hour and a half. It was nice, just moving forward without second guessing myself. And I didn't even have my "design star" hubby to consult; he was busy napping. Here's to more Monday stitched adventures!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

on to the next!

I finished my wedding tree mini quilt based on my friend's wedding logo... and it's a good thing, too, since the wedding is next weekend. I love the way it turned out, but all that cutting and crazy curve sewing was a lot of work.

And then it rained, a light spring sprinkle. And the poppies in my yard looked so inviting... especially those little pods that happen after the petals drop off. I think that's my favorite part.... after the flower. Anyway, these little guys are bound for mini quilt stardom: on to the next!

Friday, May 1, 2009


May means my mom's birthday is near. Time to whip out something in her favorite color scheme: magenta and green. I actually worked on this apron (from A is for Apron) in our beginning sewing workshop at Lark. I did fight the urge to add flamingo paraphernalia (just barely). And I couldn't resist posing in front of our impossibly-pink azalia: I just love spring!

I'm also finishing up a mini quilt for my friend's wedding gift. I turned their wedding invitation insignia into an applique design. Here I'm just about 1/3 of the way through... but none of this would have been possible without fusible web. That stuff changed my life.

After all this follow-the-lines sewing, I'm in the mood for something a little more freeform... Pods anyone?