Sunday, January 22, 2012


Inchie O's

Our guild had an Inchie swap. The Inchie idea came from Nadine Ruggles' book Inchie Quilts.  It was so much fun to go to the mailbox and have an envelope with an Inchie in it.  I chose the colors to match a newly purchased chair and ottoman.

I chose lots of batiks and different sized circles to compose a quilt to display the Inchies on.

Pin Cushions

 I made these sweet little pin cushions for friends for Christmas. I love working with wool and they were a good hand project while watching TV with hubby. They each measure about 2"x 2".  I recycled bottle caps for the base and put strips of magnet in the bottom to add weight.  They are embellished with beads, yarn and charms.

Secret Valentine

Our guild has a Secret Valentine exchange every year.  The fun part is secretly delivering the goods and also hearing all the hillarious stories when we  reveal our Valentines at the guild meeting. I used batiks for the background and wool for the applique.  I love the ease and forgiveness of the wool along with the rich colors.

I cross hatched the background first, then machine appliqued the rest. I embellished with beads and embroidery.

The little bird is carrying a beaded heart for his Valentine.

Fiberaction Challenge

I have joined a group of women from all over the country who are interested in fiber arts.  The creations this year are based on the color wheel.  We have two months to complete a piece.  For this first challege we were asked to use a color we normally don't use.  After looking at my newly organized stash, I noticed that I have very little orange so I decided that would be my challenge color.  I added aqua greens and purples after looking at the triadic partners on the color wheel. The fabric pile sat on my sewing room floor for days until poppies popped into my mind.

I embelished with swarovski crystals, beads, a black fuzzy yarn.

I felt the black window that the poppies were popping out of made the piece unbalanced so I added the Chinese symbols for poppies in the lower left side which represent rest, beauty, and success.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Five guild friends and I participated in a Christmas Row Robin. I connected the rows with the back and white sashing and bordered it with the random red strips. It is now hanging in my kitchen adding cheer and whimsy for the holiday season.