Monday, February 8, 2016

Bumble Bees *Quilted Postcards and Bookmarks

I know I've told you about the group I belong to on Facebook. We exchange quilted postcards. Sometimes we have a theme and other times no theme. For January the theme was Bumble Bees and Hives.

As my usual course, I had to make it difficult. I figured, if I am going to make one, why not make 4!! I don't know why I do this to myself, but I do!!!

So I ended up with 2 postcards and 2 bookmarks. I think They turned out cute!!!

The following is the course I took putting them together. I did do fusible applique on all four, some Angelina Fiber for the wings, used a black marker on four of the bumbles. I am pretty pleased with them.

One is on it's way to Malaga Spain and the others I may put in my Etsy store. Not sure yet. I may also write up a pattern for them. Time will tell!!!

So here it goes with photos!!! Enjoy.

I also decided to finish this bookmark!! I did get a bit done and I am pleased but I am also taking February off as I have so many things to finish up and I am in the middle of a Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training so I really need to just study a lot!!

These are fun to make!!!
Happy Quilting!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Quilted Feather Bookmarks

I really enjoy making these little items, it's a project that I can actually finish a little more quickly than a wall quilt!!

I had the one on the left done for awhile and the one on the right just drawn out and then got distracted by everything else, so it sat awhile in a drawer.

I love looking at the back, it's almost as nice as the front.

 Second one done. 
 And now to color in the feathers. Once colored to my liking, I heat set gently with my iron. I usually use a pressing cloth or paper towel to prevent the wax and color getting on the iron.
 You can see the two different color crayons I used and both worked well on this fabric!!!
 I construct the bookmarks exactly like the postcards I make. The only difference is the ribbon that is inserted/sandwiched inbetween the layers.

I am working on a couple more bookmarks and postcards with a bumblebee theme, so will post them when they are finished. I am hoping for at least two to be done today as I am late on my postcard exchange!!!

Take Care, Happy Quilting, and keep those needles sharp and changed!!! Martha

Saturday, January 16, 2016

I Made a Little Puppy Coat

I needed a coat small enough for Bailey to wear and one that
didn't go over her head. I couldn't find one so I made one out
of left over fleece. It is doubled, white fleece underneath and
I used velcro on the chest and belly tabs to keep the coat
wrapped on her!! Now I just need to put a hole where her
harness loop is and we are ready to go for a walk in this
cold weather!!!
More to share later-Have a fabulous day and Happy Quilting!!! Martha

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Quilted Postcard-Snowflakes

I never get tired of making these little quilted postcards. I made one for a postcard exchange group I belong to on Facebook-that one is on it's way to South Africa. The other I made for my little Etsy store. I don't put a lot for sale there, yet!!! I still work full time as an RN, so time is limited. 

Someday I shall retire and then have more time to make items to sell. I really enjoy the fact that someone is enjoying something I made!!!

When I mail and sell my little postcards, they are always in a clear envelope. This way the fabric is protected from postal smudges!!!

These Quilted postcards measure 4" X 6" and fit perfectly in a store bought frame, so they make excellent gifts!!

Below is the chronical of the making of the postcards :^)

And done!!

Short post for today. Enjoy the weekend, take care, Happy Quilting, and talk with you soon

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

QuiltCon 2016 Reject

 So my quilt, "Fire and Reign", didn't make the cut, I got my rejection email. They got close to 2000 entries!! Very disappointing, but I am over it now. Seeing all the other amazing quilts that were rejected makes me feel like I am in  good company!!

I will try entering a quilt again, just not sure when or what venue. But it would be a lot of fun to have a quilt accepted into a national show!!! Someday!!!!

Take Care, Happy Quilting, and talk to you soon!! Be sure to keep those scissors sharp!! Martha

Monday, December 14, 2015

Gingerbread Mug Rug

We had a small gift exchange at work so I quickly put this little mugrug together from leftovers!!

The strips of fabric were from a previous project made several years ago.
And I have many of the gingerbread men cut out. Some have the recipe on them!
Once all pieced I did a really simple loopy stipple with my Aurifil thread.
And this is the gifts. New coffee cup with a cute square bowl and treats.
I actually made some home-made cookies when I gave it to one of
my co-workers!!!
The binding and backing is tiny little gingerbread men!!!
This was a fun and quick gift and Hannah, who got my gift, loved it!! Merry Christmas!!!

Oh, one more item. The winner of my book and thread has been impossible to get ahold of. The email has "fatal" errors!!! I at times wonder if some of the people who comment when there is a give away if they are actually real!!!?????

So, Renee, this is you last chance at the book!!!
I will be redrawing the names in a few days!!!

Happy Quilting, Take Care, and keep those scissors sharp!!!!