Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Quilt for Skylar

My nephew, Patrick and his wife, Amber are expecting a baby girl any day now. They are going to name the baby Skylar Jade. Her room is painted jade green and blue.  Skylar's grandmother painted a tree on one of the walls and the rug has modern art trees on it.  The quilt I made for Skylar should coordinate with her room.

The quilting was my first attempt at stippling.  I need more practice but the quilting looks OK.

The binding is a striped fabric and the pattern on the back is overlapping dots.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Upside-Down Applique

At the October Millington Quilt Club meeting, one of the members, Jan, showed us how to do upside-down applique.  In upside down applique, you stitch the applique from the back of the project.  After the applique fabric is stitched down, the extra fabric is cut away and the top is finished with a satin or blanket stitch.

I wanted to try the technique but didn't want to spend a lot of time, so I just made a simple snowman.

I framed the finished applique.  The picture was embellished with  hand embroidered snowflakes, iron-on crystals, buttons and a yoyo.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hand Carved Pin

Today is my birthday. One of the presents I received was a hand carved pin from my daughter, Jenny.

Jenny and Angie spent two weeks this summer at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. They took a class on making wooden jewelry. Jenny carved this flower blossom pin out of a block of black African wood.

She drilled holes into the middle and then set a wire in each to make the center of the flower.

I wear a lot of pins and this is already a favorite.  Thanks so much, Jenny :)