Sunday, April 24, 2011

Thread Painting

...with Nancy Prince.  This was an awesome class and Nancy is a great teacher!

Nancy Prince (on left) and Sherry of Country Cottage Sewing

Haven't been able to get out and hang much with my sewing buddettes.  But, thanks to my gal pal, Willa, I was able to partake in an amazing class, learning an amazing technique!  Thread Painting!  So much fun and the creative possibilities are endless!  Literally!

The class was held at Country Cottage Sewing in Chuluota, FL. and Sherry is the most gracious hostess!  This is the cutest country cottage!

By the end of class, you would have completed one small landscape piece.  However, I want to embellish more on mine, but here's what it looks like...

At the beginning of class, we started on a project for a larger piece as we learned the technique.  One of the projects is worked off of the fabric and the other is worked right on your fabric.  Here's a look at the first project we worked on...once again, I will add more.
I love to learn new things and get new gadgets to work on the new projects (if I do not already have them; and most of the time, I do)!

I plan to take another one of Nancy's class on shading.  And, I will definitely visit Sherry's again for other classes, or just to stop by and say, "Hi"!

Please check out Nancy's website to see if and when she'll be in your part of town for classes.  It's well worth it!


Completed Commitment

I have completed my 2nd out of four PhDs...a cute picnic table topper!  Go over to Myra's and check it out!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Long Time, No See...

Hello everyone!  I've missed you all!

Well, I needed some time to heal from life mishaps.  Loss of home, loss of job, marital issues, and trying to give the younger children some stability in the midst of it all!  And, I'm happy to report that God is Good, even in the middle of the mess; and that things are starting to turn around!

I am thankful to the childrens' school and neighbors and friends who have opened their homes and hearts to us all!  I love you, all!

Any hoot!  Here are some WIPs and a PhD I am working on and that have helped with my sanity!

I started this project soon after (or, maybe during) Christmas.  Hexagon piecing has always intrigued me, then I found a wonderful tutorial by Texas Freckles; and joined the Hexagon Charm Quilt Flickr Group.  I've done more than shown, but I still have a long way to go to have enough for a twin, maybe full size quilt.  It's great to do while 'waiting', or 'listening' to a movie or tv!

Then, I started a knitting project for a customer/friend.  A poncho!  This pic was taken in its beginning stage and I've come a long way since, but still working on it...

Here's some Junk Love/Thrifty projects:
a pair of pajama pants for my daughter (and, will make a pair for myself) along with nightgowns for her and I.  Purchased the full size fitted and flat sheets with 2 matching pillowcases for about $2 in its original package!

Next, is a workout and beach ensemble in dusty blue terrycloth.  It's large scraps from a crafty friend who was spring cleaning.  This terry is soooooo soft!  I made a peasant top and yoga pants with a bell leg and slits on side of pant legs.  Great for the beach!  Just to hang out in or as a cover-up!  Florida sun can be brutal during the summer!

My current project...
Rompers are 'IN', again!  I remember wearing them 'back in the day'; pant and short rompers.  I loved them then, and love them now!

Here's a close-up!  (sorry for the poor pic quality)
This is a vintage Vogue pattern circa 1960.  Of course, I will be altering and drafting this pattern to fit me and my body.  You can go along for the ride, as I work on this project!
Here is the fabric choice!  Not sure of the type fabric, but it's flow-ey and will give good 'drape' to the pattern!  I think I'm going to wear this for my second oldest daughter's high school graduation on June 1.  Yeah!

I'm still plugging away on my PhD's in my participation of Myra's PhD Challenge!  I've committed to completing four of my projects by June.  So far, this is 2 and 2 more to go!  Still quilting this one with my grandson's help (as you can see)!  I guess I'd better get crackin'!

I'm glad you all 'hung in there' with me and it's glad to be back with my online friends!  Have a Glorious weekend!

Peace, Junk Love, Happy Sewing, Quilting and Crafting!