Saturday, December 31, 2011
Place a used dryer sheet on the right side of the fabrics (here a scrap from two fabrics), pin to stabilize, and draw the circle. I used a CD.
Thanks to Sue Ryan who demonstrated this method last July at the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild. And here's to whittling that fabric stash down in 2012!
Friday, December 30, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Nathan, highly planned with only 3 batiks.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday I went to the studio, ostensibly to do some putting away, cleaning, sorting, and organizing. But I got distracted by these three green materials and the duffel bag pattern that I've made once. I decided to kind of wing this pattern and inadvertently made this duffel 27" wide instead of 21" wide. But it still works nicely.
The studio may still be messy. But I feel better.
Friday, December 16, 2011
I've been living this book the past few days, giving away the bags and totes I've been making - to my doctor, to my parents' doctor, to our dentist, to my yoga instructor.
What a luxury to give away what I make.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
My foray into "retail" was successful enough - I sold 2 Amazing Red Scrappy totes, 3 Amazing Technicolor Dream Totes, and 3 shopping bags. But I don't think I'll do anything like this again. Well, not anytime soon
Being at a church was a nice, safe venue. And the other vendors were all nice people, too. The bonus of the day was hanging out with my sister-in-law. I need to send the church 10% of my profits - $25.00.
Mors bag. This one is for my dentist who is also a violinist.
I value what I do. But I like giving it away much more than I like selling it.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
My sewing flurry is over, and everything has been packed. 10 Amazing Technicolor Dream Totes, 4 Red Scrappy Dream Totes, 20 shopping bags a la Morsbags, 30 mini gift bags, 6 envelope purses, 2 MiPad cases, 4 Hobo bags, and a couple of one-of-a-purses. I've never sold my wares at any kind of venue. But tomorrow's event at the LaSalle Street Church seems a good place to start.
And it's only for 10 until 1:30. And one of my favorite people, John's sister Chris, is coming with me.
These little mini-gift bags were a last-minute addition, mostly because I wanted to have something inexpensive on table.
I'm bringing this coat tree to hang things on, and I also have a wonderful poster, thanks to Rich Seidelman, displaying my bags and prices.
Here's to trying something new!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Like with the directions for Morsbags, sew the handles into the hem and then fold them up and sew another line of stitching.
Then trim these seams down to 1/8".
Now find a gift certificate or some candy or some little sewing notion and some tissue paper - and VOILA!
Monday, December 5, 2011
My grandson Ryan, a junior at Lyons Township, asked for help on his Spanish assignment. He needed to make an arpillera. A what? And he said slower and louder, an arpillera. He then explained that an arpillera is like a small quilt which makes a revolutionary statement. Arpilleras began in 1973 during the reign of the Chilean dictator Pinochet. Women created complex tapestries depicting the harsh conditions. And this movement has extended outside of Chile to other South and Central American countries. Ryan and his partner have to create an arpillera and do a 10-minutes speech/PowerPoint presentation about arpilleras in Columbia. It's due tomorrow.
I showed Ryan how to use double-sided fusible webbing (Steam-A-Seam) so that he could cut out the shapes of what he wanted, position them, and then iron them down. Part of the arpillera had to be 3-D, so he stuffed the clouds with cotton (Yes, this kid "invented" trapunto!!!) and made the banner drape. He also did his own binding by machine. (I have his permission to write this blog entry but not to "tag" him, which I understand. He then suggested that I refer to him as just a kid in my neighborhood - I think not...).
The artists who make arpilleras use their sewing as a powerful creative political tool and a catalyst for change. I'm glad Ryan had this assignment and to know about this art form.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
We had our final meeting of 2011 today. What a good year it's been with these women. Today's meeting was a sew-in, but there were a few other things going on. Of course we had a show and tell. I'm just amazed by what my fellow guildsters do. There was a Scrap Bag Swap, which I couldn't bear to be a part of. Actually I should have brought in bags of scraps -that'd be one way to reduce the piles on my scrap table. And the final round of the Round Robins has been completed. Here's a picture of my piece. It started with my applique of the three cirlcle in the middle. Round Two was "rectangles", and Rachel did this part. Sarah S used some fabulous Oriental prints for the "diamonds" portion. Holly then added the next round, which features "curves." Sue had the final round and used Flying Geese as a way to interpret "triangles." I am floored by this finished piece. It has a unity and flow even though five very different quilters worked on it. And I think that was true of each one of the Round Robin pieces I saw today.
Friend Ebony gave me a purse today, one she designed and made. I've touched it and drooled over it for the past few months. All my hinting paid off! The adjustable strap allows it to be an over-the shoulder or across-the-body bag. It's a generous size and of course beautifully constructed. Temtex gives it some wonderful body! She has named this bag "Mulberry," an obvious choice. Check out the zipper in the final picture.
Ebony also gave me a furishiki, which contained a lovely pair of earrings. How much fun to have such a generous friend and mentor!
I love guild meetings because I can see what the Emilies are doing I can check in and reconnect with fellow officers Beth and Jen and Terri. I can meet new people, like Jacquie and Tina and Tricia. I can get to know Sarah E, Holly, and Mimi better. And I can see how Erika is developing as a quilter. Eileen made me a generous offer to check out her Home Dec stash. Sarah S is doing her first "life celebration" quilt and wanted to talk about the process. Sue continues to amaze me with her idea and choices - her idea for and execution of the Round Robins? Genius. Karen stopped delivering babies long enough to come with her friend Jennifer S. Rachel dropped in despite her daughter's first cheer competition. Connie, Robbi, Sara H, Michele, Mary, Yolande - talented and interesting women.
But back to getting ready for next week's Alternative Christmas Market at the LaSalle Street Church. It's Sunday, December 11, at the Cornerstone Center, 1111 N. Wells - 10 am - 1:30 pm. I had intended to get 16 minibags completed at today's meeting. I finished one. But as I said, I love my Chicago Modern Quilt Guild girls...
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Our friend Richard Seidelman worked on the McDonald's advertising for years and always sent us a yearly Christmas poster. And John faithfully displays them on the side of the hallway bookcase.