Thursday, March 26, 2015

DIY "Chocolate" Bunny and an Easter Quilt

This is a zero-calorie "chocolate" bunny. It looks good enough to eat, but it's a thrifted figurine painted to look delicious.
This is how he started out- gray with a white tail. I saw his chocolate potential though.

I gave him a quick coat of gesso, and then a couple of layers of chocolate brown acrylic craft paint that I had on hand.

He's finished with a coat of matte-finish Mod Podge, which gave him just the right amount of chocolatey sheen.

And here is a quilt I made- with Helen. Helen made the zig-zag quilt with a wide green border.She didn't like it…but I did! I cut off the border leaving just a thin strip of the green and then added my own wide  patchwork of bright squares to repeat Helen's colors in the center piecing. 

 Terry did the long-arm quilting in edge-to-edge straight lines an inch apart.

The softie bunnies are by designer Mimi Kirtchner. (These were available from The Land of Nod, but you can see Mimi's originals on her website. I love her lumberjacks too!)

I also found some thrifted (Value Village) eggs too- some decoupaged, some painted wood. And crafting with supplies already on hand made for some inexpensive (and no calorie!) additions to our Easter decor.

Make it a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Quilt Group Friday/February

So I'm waaaaay behind on posting pictures from my monthly quilt group. I did miss a few meetings due to travel. But I 'm going to start catching up by posting a few from last month's get together. 

Here is Helen's brights with gray- perfect for our gray Pacific Northwest .

She brought the perfect fabric she found for the backing.

Our project this year was to bring blocks as requested by the person whose month it was. Did that make sense? Anyway, it was Ardith's turn this time, and she requested red, white, and blue stars. Here's what she got… and we look forward to seeing what she's going to do with them! 

Kareena shared some cute crayon blocks she's working on. 

Jenny shared the quilt she assembled for her kid's elementary school auction.

See these tiny "X" blocks she designed for the posts? Very fun!

 This is Janet's Christmas quilt, pieced and panel blocks.

And this doesn't do justice to Lori's hand embroidered Halloween quilt with pieced blocks in the center.
The quilting by Terry adds so much beautiful texture too.

Lori also shared this cute kitty quilt. I like how she added one gray one too…

 This is a table runner by Denise- love the small color blocks set in the linen blocks.

And another one by Denise. Here is a recent wall hanging she patiently paper-pieced.

Oh, and take a look at this WIP by Jenny- a block for each state, with the state flower fabric for each and the state abbreviation embroidered in the center. An heirloom in the making!

I did have a quilt to share, but shhh! It's a secret project for now…

Make it a Wonderful Day!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

Shibori, K, and Me

A few weeks ago, I spent a fun weekend with my college friends, K. She lives over an hour away- too far for getting together as often as we'd like. We have a great time going to see art, making art, and just hanging out. One of our activities this time was shibori. That's Japanese fabric dying with indigo. 

We prepared our cotton fabric by securing it with rubber bands or tying it with string- around stones, folded, fanned, scrunched, bunched…

We then dipped each piece in the bucket of indigo dye, moving the bundle with our gloved hands. (*Note, if you try this at home, make sure your glove doesn't have even the tiniest hole. My index finger was blue for a week! K used different gloves…her blue thumb lasted for days too.)

We strung up a make shift clothes line in our garage studio to let our fabric, t shirts, onesies, (and even a full-sized table cloth!) dry. And then we stood back to admire our work.

The one below was a gray t shirt- it took the dye a little differently…

We loved how each piece was a bit of a surprise when we opened it- with more practice, maybe our results would be a bit more predictable.

K had some onesies on hand- I dyed this one twice so the circles on the bottom half are more subtle than the larger one on the top.

I sewed my shibori squares to make napkins, complete with mitered corners.

And I found some napkins at a thrift store (Value Village) to add to the mix. I think they'll look great with my plain white dishes and some bright yellow daffodils for our Easter table.

Thanks K, it was a fun and productive weekend. :D

Make it a Wonderful Day!