Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's all coming together!

My happiest times are when I'm designing and creating.  

As much as I'd love to share with you the fruits of my labor over the past week, you just know that I can't.  Of course I'm referring to the designs for my first "yet to be born" line of fabrics.

I've lost count as to how many times I've added, deleted, rearranged, redrawn, redrawn and redrawn again some of the design elements but by jove, I think I'm done!  

I'm thrilled with the way things have turned out.  All that's left now is to work on the final layout of the design elements on the focus fabric and that'll be done tomorrow night with a friend who is a pro when it comes to computers and graphic design.  I'll be able to relax once tomorrow night is over.

What I can share with you is how much I L-O-V-E my Oliso iron.

I use my travel size Rowenta beside me as I sew... 

but when it comes to the final ironing, that's when BIG OLI takes over.  

I can't tell you how many ironing board covers I've scorched in my lifetime because I just can't make myself take that extra step to stand the iron on it's end.  With BIG OLIE, you don't have to do this because once you take your hand off the handle, the little magic genie that lives inside inside lifts the iron about an inch off the pressing surface.  The result?  No more scorch marks!!!  Yay!

They're not cheap and I've heard some negative comments about them but the company stands behind their product 100% and will replace the iron should a problem occur.  I'm very happy with mine and I'm looking forward to a long and happy relationship.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Exciting news!

You could have knocked me over with a feather!

Earlier this week I was contacted by the Creative Director from Blank Quilting Corporation...a recent acquisition by Jaftex who also owns Henry Glass fabrics, amongst others...to ask me if I would be interested in designing a line or lines of fabric for their company.




I am familiar with book publishing because I've had three books published while working in the decorative painting industry but designing fabric?  Yikes!!!

After thinking about it for about 3 minutes...maybe less...you know what my answer was.  An unequivocal yes!  

I spent the first couple of days trying to wrap my head around the concept and come up with a theme, which actually wasn't very hard to do.  

Remember what I said about staying with things that are familiar and that you both like and feel comfortable with?  When I do that, then everything else falls into place quite nicely.

Our goal is to release the line at the Fall Market in Houston in October, so time is of the essence.  I've been working feverishly over the last couple of days putting my ideas on paper and have come up with the preliminary sketches.  My goal is to have the final artwork done by the end of the week.

My heart is still beating so quickly and the butterflies in my stomach are having a field day!  

I'm sooooooo excited!!!

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's A Wrap!

"Down in the Garden" is officially a flimsy!

Thank you all for confirming what I had initially planned with respect to adding another border to my quilt.

My original plan was to add a 5" red border, wide enough to scallop the edge however, when I saw it after I had added the sashing and cornerstones, I was undecided.  That's when I asked for your help.  

So instead of a 5" outside border, I added a 1" turquoise border first and then finished with the 4" red border.  I'll decide whether I will scallop it once it comes back from the quilter.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out...even though it is virtually unrecognizable when compared with the original design.

You're never going to guess what I'm going to be working on next...not in a million years!  

Stay tuned and I'll let you know really soon.

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A flimsy...I think!

I think I should rename it my "Road to Recovery" quilt because I spent many hours stitching away while I was housebound over the past two and a half months, recovering from hip surgery. It definitely made the hours pass by quickly and helped me keep my sanity.

They're not the best photos but my "Down in the Garden" quilt is a flimsy...I think! 

I'm thrilled with the way it turned out but I'm undecided as to whether I should add a final red border or leave it as it is.

What do you think...leave it as it is or add another border?

Happy stitching!

Notes to Mary Stiles and Pauline Cabana:

I'm sorry I could not reply to your comments because you came up as "no-reply" bloggers so I'm answering your questions here.

My friend Julie in Australia bought the patterns from an Australian shop and sent them on to me.  The "Down in the Garden" design was first released as a ten month BOM by Leanne Beasley, an Australian designer, but can now be purchased as a complete set.  You can either Google the pattern by name or contact Leanne directly HERE.  

Yes, I use a VERY lightweight iron-on fusible stabilizer on the back of my stitched designs. Not only does it add stability to the stitched block but it makes the block more opaque to enable travelling between stitched elements without having to tie off threads.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunny Sunday Musings

Another 5" of snow fell overnight but the sun is out, the skies are blue and it's not that cold out so hopefully it'll all be gone by the end of the day...the new stuff, I mean.  The remnants of our many winter nor'easter storms will be here for a while yet but hopefully not too long as robins have been spotted in the area.

Yesterday was a busy stitching day.  

I finished appliqueing and embellishing all the blocks for my Down in the Garden quilt except for the one pictured below which I'll complete sometime today.

Next I'll be adding sashing and cornerstones followed by a final outside border and then it'll be done!

I have so many projects on my "to do" list, I don't know what I'm going to tackle next!

In the meantime, soup is simmering on the stove (the aroma is heavenly)...

and the kitchen floor is washed so I can now lay claim to the rest of the day as mine to do whatever tickles my fancy.

First I'm going to relax and read the Home Tours edition of Country Sampler magazine...

and then you know where I'll be...and you don't even have to guess!

Happy stitching!