Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: O R A N G E

L'arancione trasmette subito vitalità ed energia! Basta guardarlo e sentirsi più frizzantini! :


It's been a while since I used a color for inspiration and it's possible that I've never used orange. Such a pretty, hot color that can be used with many other colors. It's one that was rarely mixed with anything other than its analogous colors: red and yellow. Today, anything goes, and I've seen orange mixed with just about any other color, so don't be shocked by some of the loud, wild colors that may appear.


Orange Symphony has an unusual orange bloom with a brilliant purple center. Beautiful blooms in spring or fall.:

Use black and white straws in orange soda or juice glasses for Halloween! How cute.: Vibrant orange & yellow paint. #abstract #inspired                                                                                                                                                      More:


<a href="https://www.echopaul.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.echopaul.com/</a> <a class="pintag" href="/explore/seasons" title="#seasons explore Pinterest">#seasons</a> ...voy a borrar de la memoria  las sombras, se hará la luz, recuperando la esencia tomo aliento para saltar, respiro mi destino, sé lo que vendrá,  pasión que enciende el alma, ganas de volar. Sentada frente al sol sin nada que ocultar, respiro mi destino sé lo que vendrá...

Moroccan doorway. Maroc Désert Expérience tours http://www.marocdesertexperience.com:

"FALL WELLIES"  We should all get a pair for the campfire......: mmm... cake!:

Haute House Mr. Smith Chair Alder wood frame. Cotton velvet upholstery. Handcrafted in the USA of imported materials.:


Orange:  #Orange gown, Giorgio Armani Prive: Runway - Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture F/W 2011/2012.: Orange                                                                                                                                                      More:



Orange painted dresser. You can get this look without primer or sanding by using Chalk Paint.: Summer Tanager by Let there be light (Andy)*:

Do you wonder about orange quilts? Well, there are a few....

I love two color quilts.  This is just so nice..  by Nate & Veronica Quilt:

oh yes...with all my orange fabrics

I love this!! I may not do blue and orange... but definately going to steal this idea! Simple HST placed just right...:

Diamonds in the Deep - I love the ombre effect that this pattern creates, just gorgeous in the orange too!Temecula Quilt Co -- I'm not crazy about the color, but I do love the pattern.:

Orange explains it all: log cabin quilt in orange and purple:

( post edit: go here for a much easier, quicker way to make these blocks.) Seeing as how I’m making this quilt pattern again, I figured I should share the dimensions of it as I go in case you…:

Such a simple design. Very easy to make. Great use for fat quarters.:

variations on The Tempest: several colors, not just  orange:


i like orange-a completed quilt:

Do you recognize this last one? It's a recent finish from AmandaJean at Crazy Mom Quilts. I hope today's inspiration inspires you to use a little orange in your current or next project! Look for inspiration everywhere!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mad about Maddie

Collars for Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
Our Beta Club decided to run for a state office, which we ordinarily do. BUT, by this time we generally have everything--costumes, props, backdrop--everything done. Made. Complete. Glittered. Sewn.



A random collar

The sewing falls to me, by default, of course. But we rarely have more than one or two costumes that need a little "tweaking." This year our theme is "Mad about Maddie" using the Alice in Wonderland idea. 

It's cute. It's fun. It's (visually) loud. We want cute, fun, and loud. We're trying to get the attention of about 5,000 teenagers and we're trying to get those teens to vote for our candidate. Tough stuff, that.

The Mad Hatter's vest (will be attached to a tee shirt)
Some ingenius buttons














So back to Alice...she falls down a rabbit hole. Meets some strange characters....blah, blah, blah. Those strange characters are dress in strange clothing (otherwise they would be quite ordinary). And they say some strange things. (I really don't remember much.) And so on and so forth. 


six card costumes angle from the hem
It's the strange characters' costumes that have me at the insane point. Well, sort of. I do have a couple of weeks, though not many. Mostly I have an insane co-sponsor who does everything except the sewing....including getting me to do what I didn't agree to. But that's how friends are and we love them anyway.

So, these pictures are the costumes that I've completed thus far. All felt. All made by me. All from my insane brain as I don't have patterns....yeah, we're on a budget. And everyone has confidence in my abilities.  This is maybe half? I still have all manner of collars to make, and I have to add the white "fur" to the king's coat, and perhaps a few other small items. I have a list. 


card costumes angle from the collar

Here's a haha for you: Did you notice the mistake I made in these card costumes? Take a look at this picture where it's more obvious--the sevens are backwards. The entire skit is all of 58 seconds long....yes, seconds is correct. Would you rip out those stitches, which are buried in the felt, for less than a minute on stage? 


all four suites included, just for fun.

There will be more little bits coming in the next few weeks, but they will trickle in slowly, and I probably won't bother you with the details. Unless they turn out especially cute! In the meantime, I'll see you at one of these linky parties!


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pin It Weekly #188

Happy Weekly! Here are some recent pins from my boards.

This is wonderful because the doors can be closed and everything hidden away...: Wow!!!!!!!  All those drawers!  I wonder what the measurements of the drawer interiors are?  Too small or too large for one's supplies could be extremely limiting.:

Graceful Modern Storage Idea In Wonderful White Home Interior Design, With Nice Skylights:


Forgotten Mansion in Maryland:

Abandoned Victorian glass house, I must have this! It would be perfect for tea parties and growing plants longer. I just love how beautiful it is!:

I chose this piece not because I felt like is showed proportion, but because it showed disproportion. The building looks as if it is upside down because the top is broader than the base which is uncommon in almost all structures. Despite this appearance of disproportion, the building appears to be old meaning it was functional and able to withstand time. The lines of the windows and levels though, create proportion in the structure of the building.:

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Pennsylvania bird's-eye maple sewing box, mid 19th c., with pin cushion, 6.5 H. x 4.5 W.: Antique-Pin-Cube-Neuss-Brothers-Germany-c-1910:


ButtonArtMuseum.com - Gorgeous Antique Pierced Brass Button Twin Butterfly Flowers Design: Miniature vintage style sewing collection for 1/12th scale doll house on Etsy, $28.50:


Would love to make one in these colors for winter....Brrr! Triangles Quilt by BlueElephantStitches, via Flickr:

Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday!:

"A dog will sit beside you while you work. A cat will sit on your work." --Pam Brown:

Using 3" curved seam units, designer Emily Bailey arranged them to create a modern floral design for this intermediate level quilt project.:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Taste of Things to Come

I am working on a new project. Our Beta students are putting on a skit to support a member who is running for State Secretary. Our campaign theme, Mad about Maddie, plays off the Alice in Wonderland idea. That means we need costumes. Lots of costumes. Expensive costumes. We can't afford costumes.


Costume for the Queen of Diamonds
and a checked bow tie for the Mad Hatter

How do you get costumes that you can't afford? You make them yourself. That is the things I've teased you about. I've already begun. But there are still many more pieces to sew. To dream and design. To make up from felt, paper and tape. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Making and a Birthday

Today was a holiday from school, so I was able to spend a couple of minutes stitching. It's also Richard's birthday, which means that I spent most of the day with him. Lunch at Cracker Barrel (his favorite) and shopping, then a quick trip to Hobby Lobby. More on that later in the week.







After we returned home, Rich decided to rest his back on the sofa, which gave me those few minutes in the studio. I pulled the fabric that I'd gotten from Preeti all the way back in September when she had a giveaway. (Read the post here.) These pretties are so fresh and modern that I couldn't handle it. They had to age a bit. :-) 

This afternoon I pulled them back out and started working on a bag for myself. I have quite a few bottles of medicine that were just hanging out in the bathroom in a plastic container that is really too small. This bag would hold all of the bottles at the same time. 



I also need it to easily go from the house to the car for appointments or to the camper for vacation. That meant having a handle or strap. I went with a side strap near the top of the bag. 



I wanted a quilted bag so it would hold its shape and be hefty enough to manage the odd shapes of the medicine bottles. 



I love the fabrics and decided that I wanted to use two fabrics to give the pouch a two-tone effect, so I put the gray fabric on the bottom of the bag and used my favorite print on the top. Wow, I love the outcome!



One final embellishment that I added is the ribbon tassel on the zipper. I forgot to add my Fleur de Lis label, so tomorrow that will be the first thing I do in the studio.

Even so, I love the bag. It holds all of my medicine bottles, and the strap is long enough to easily grab and go. Just what I started out wanting to make. Thanks again, Preeti, for the lovely fabric!



On a final note as I was reading some of my favorite blogs over the weekend, I ran across this post from Carole at From My Carolina Home. She has several suggestions and thoughts about labeling quilts and keeping them safe. It's well worth the read and will get you to thinking about your own labeling habits.

What sewing or quilting projects are on your to do list this week?