Saturday, June 28, 2008

More Vintage CQ Photos

The last several weeks have been busy ones and I've been concentrating on getting my articles written for CQMagOnline. I've continued my Ideas and Inspiration challenge with favorite seam treatments and motif designs. I think you will get some great ideas so be sure and check the upcoming issue posted at the end of July.

I would love to continue the challenge through the end of 2008 and even into next year. In order to do that I need submissions from our readers. I welcome any ideas and input.

Currently I am working on finishing five pair of flip flops I designed for Artemis/Hanah Silks. Normally I don't enjoy repeating a project but sometimes it's necessary when there are so many color choices available. I love working with this beautiful velvet and silk and always enjoy experimenting with new combinations. I'll share pictures of the designs at a later date.

I promised more pictures of Diana's beautiful vintage crazy quilt so I've included a number in this post. It is fascinating to look at the old quilts and imagine the hours that went into creating them.

I hope you have enjoyed browsing through the pictures of this beautiful quilt.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Fun Day at Crazy Quilt Bee

As I've mentioned many times, Tuesday is a day I really look forward to each week. Our CQ Bee meets every week from 10 am until 4 pm and this week we were so pleased to have friends from our recent Tomball retreat join us.

Show and Tell is a necessary part of any get together and I took lots of pictures to share. Jan, created this wonderful needle case tuffet. This is a beautiful creation of Victoria Adams Brown and can be purchased on her website: Ribbonsmyth.

After seeing Jan's up close and in person I'm going to definitely order one to make. These would make beautiful gifts as well. I've included four pictures so you can see inside and out.

With the lid open you can see the pin cushion and the sheets for your needles.

The edges are beautifully trimmed with the hand-dyed rococo ribbons that Vic sells. As I understand this is all included in the kit.

Everyone was totally impressed with Jan's beautiful creation and I definitely one to make one.

Donna, from the Tomball group, had emailed me prior to the meeting and asked me to bring a piece of fabric and she would show me how to fold this origami kimono. On the right is the results. Isn't that the cutest thing?

I've included the ruler so you will be able to note the size. I was 1/2" short on the width but it still is so pretty.

I've never done origami before and was fascinated with the results. I've used a piece of gold dupioni.

Diana had just purchased the most beautiful vintage crazy quilt and I took many pictures of it. What an absolute treasure she found! As you can see by the ribbon attached it dates back into the late 1800's.

The silk is shattered in some places but it is still a masterpiece!

I will continue to post different pictures I took. I think we are all inspired by the vintage crazy quilts and I know I get so many wonderful ideas for stitches.

Note the flowers on the right. They are done with short lengths of thread and stitched onto a tiny rectangular base. I wish all of you could see them in person.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Retreat Withdrawal

Our Wallis retreat was wonderful as usual! Premier Estates is the perfect place to sit and stitch. The peace and quiet of this small town along with the beauty of the house and grounds is so inspiring. Combined with the talent of all my Lake Jackson friends, one can't help being productive.

We were excited to have Melanie's sister, Wendy, join us...what a talented lady. She and Melanie do wonderful ribbon and fabric dyeing in addition to many forms of needle art including crazy quilting.

There was a beautiful gardenia bush blooming profusely. Wendy brought one in and asked me to make one with silk. I made some sketches while enjoying the wonderful fragrance of this flower. Monday I sat down and made my first attempt at recreating it. We talked about naming it The Premier Gardenia so here it is - just for Wendy!

I really don't like the burned edges since the gardenia is such a pure white. I'm going to continue experimenting and check other ways of doing the petals.

I promised pictures so I'm going to share a few of the projects I completed on retreat. I signed up for the pinkeeper swap on one of my yahoo groups, Silk Ribbon Heirlooms, so that was my first project. I altered one of the rose patterns I created for Artemis/Hanah silks and added it to the top.

Instead of using the regular CD I used a 3" mini CD. Two of the CDs are covered with green velvet and sandwiched together. You can slide pins between these two layers and it makes a great place to store pins.

I formed the center bud using a light rose velvet and filled it with emery...a little something extra to sharpen pins or place your needle. The rose is made with 1" wide Hanah silk satin in the Victorian Rose color. I absolutely love working with these beautiful ribbons and feel so fortunate to be able to design for them.

Another friend and I had seen several CQ bags for your clipping and such. I hesitate to call it a trash bag but that's exactly what it is. We talked about making one so I drew a pattern for a really simple box-style with a lid. I was experimenting to see if my pattern really worked so I used a floral fabric and lined it with dupioni.

It would be beautiful crazy pieced and embellished and I plan to do one for one of the upcoming issues of CQMagOnline. Pictured here is my first attempt. The green velvet on the inside lid is an emery pincushion. The weight of the emery keeps the box in place on the edge of the table. It's amazing how convenient it is and I find I'm using it every time I sit down to stitch.

In a previous post I showed you my large CD pincushion. It was an idea I got from the ladies at the Tomball retreat. Several of our group just had to have a small one when we discovered the mini CDs. Pictured here is my mini creation. Of course, all I need is another pincushion but that isn't really the point, is it? I'll have to substitute pincushion in that old saying: "He who dies with the most pincushions wins!" I may not have the most but I'm sure I'm running a close second.

By the way, isn't the box under the pincushion beautiful? Linda always brings door prizes and I was the lucky winner of this beautiful prize. She is always so generous and we always look forward to seeing what she has.