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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bride Doll on: Today at 03:40:42 PM

Here is the doll I made for Linakins in the art doll swap.  It is a bride doll that is wearing a dress similar to the one she is going to wear in her wedding this year.  (Congrats! Lina!)

I'm posting  a wee bit early but my partner has received and I've got a busy couple days coming up. 

The story of my dollmaking adventures.  http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/04/doll-for-bride-to-be.html
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Miss Myrtle on: April 23, 2014 08:07:26 PM

This is Miss Myrtle.  She is a purple flower fairy.  She likes hanging out in trees.

And blending in to the Myrtle patch. 

She has two little friends.  Rose the Turtle and Wee blue bird. 

Unfortunately, I got my colors mixed up.  Miss Myrtle was supposed to be just about anything but purple.  However.  She is purple and purple she will stay.  Which means she will stay with me instead of going off to a new home.

Miss Myrtle is based on a design by Maureen Carlson.  She is about 5 inches high.  There are a few more pictures on my blog if you are interested.  http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/04/little-miss-myrtle-will-be-staying-for.html

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bunny Hop on: April 17, 2014 09:32:09 PM

A wee quilt to learn to work with my new Inktense pencils. 
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Flying Geese at Sunset on: April 04, 2014 11:25:23 AM

My last quilt for Project Quilting Season 5.  A quick paper pieced project (OK so the paper piecing wasn't so quick and there should have been 4 blocks instead of 2 but whatever).

The challenge was triangles. 

This is paper pieced in quilting cotton.  It is hand quilted.  The binding is machine stitched and finished by hand.  It is about 12 x 16 inches.

You can read the story of this quilt (along with a bit of my whining) and see all my PQ entries on my blog. http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/03/pq-56-triangles-flying-geese-at-sunset.html
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Jam and Bread or This is the Quilt that Never Ends... on: March 09, 2014 06:28:27 PM

This week's PQ challenge was grocery store.  Perfect!  I had some lovely blueberry and strawberry fabric in my stash and a whole bolt of white.  All I needed was backing and binding (Found them for $4/yd and $2/yd on the clearance table.  SCORE!) 

I even had a plan.  I was going to make hour glass blocks with the blueberries and checkerboard border with the strawberries.  The Mr convinced me to make them all hour glass blocks.  I am OK with that, but if I had more blueberries I'd try it again with the original plan.

The thing is, with PQ you only have one week from start to finish.  And, when you start with 10 inch blocks, you cover a lot of quilty ground quickly.  So my quilt ended up being about 78 x 85 inches.  I just realized I've been saying it was 68 by 75 but that is wrong.  It is huge.  (OK so it is barely twin sized but still...)  Every step of the way it is simple.  But there are 72 blocks to mark, stitch, cut, iron, repeat and then trim.  And then just sew 8 blocks together and iron them.  But they are BIG. It was too big to baste on the design floor. I had to buy the spuds dinner so they would help me take it to church and spread it out over 3 tables. 

About halfway through I found myself singing

This is the quilt that never ends,
It just goes on and on my friends.
Some one started sewing it not knowing what it was.
I'll continue quilting it forever just because.
This is the quilt that never ends.

Shoving it through the machine at the end truly did seem endless. 

Truth is, it did end about 12 hours before the deadline, less one for DST.  So, here you have the Jam and bread quilt. http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/03/pq-55-jam-and-bread.html

The details.  Made with quilter's cotton.  Machine pieced quilted and bound.  It has a polyester batting. You can see more pictures on my blog. 

The back.  You can just see the diamond shaped quilting.  The red and white checked reminded me of the wax paper you still sometimes get wrapped around your sandwich at the deli. 

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Across the Universe in 3 Days on: February 23, 2014 10:17:20 AM

This week's Project Quilting Challenge was "Across the Universe".  I spent days with no idea and no plan.  Finally on Wednesday, I decided I would use the big star tutorial from Jenny Doan to make a bed quilt for me.  (I'm still using my Christmas version so it is time for a change.) 

I grabbed a bunch of blue fabrics with stars and a great white on white print covered with numbers.  (I was still hung upon 42 as the theme for my quilt.)
I got started on Wednesday evening and worked until I discovered that I did not have enough white fabric. 

So Thursday's piecing was interrupted by a trip to the fabric store.  But that is another story.  (http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/02/3-yard-minimum-or-answer-really-is.html). 

It was pieced and basted by Friday afternoon. 

At which point the quilt spoke... in a very loud voice and said it wanted to be hand quilted. Yes.  the quilt top that finished at 72 x72 inches and had to be completed by noon on Sunday wanted to be hand quilted. 

I finished at about 2 am Sunday morning.  Hey, I had 10 hours left to go! 

The poor quilt doesn't really have a name yet.  It's working title is Lemoyne Star because... duh, that is what it is.  However, it seemed like I was looking across the universe when I was trying to get it finished so it probably needs a name that reflects that.  Ideas?  Suggestions?

You can read the rest of the story on my blog.  http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/02/pq-54-lemoyne-star.html

And now I am going to cuddle up under my nice new quilt and get some rest.  Fortunately, we have a week until the next challenge comes out.   
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Paris FleaMarket Quilt on: February 18, 2014 09:09:52 PM

Here is my latest finish. It is made from a lucky streak of hunting and finding Paris Flea Market fabrics on the remnant table a couple months apart.  The silly quilt wanted to be 25 squares and after an initial boof, I only had fabric for 24.


Fortunately for me, there was ONE piece hiding out on the remnant table when I was able to return months later.  Now it is a happy 60 x 60 inches and finished off with loose meander quilting and a scrappy binding.

8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Black Crows or Raven Tails on: February 09, 2014 03:27:33 PM

So this technically may not be a quilt  but it is definitely a quilty project.  I'm going to count it toward my 14 in 14.  (Mods move if you need to.)   It is two layers of fabric with batting in the middle and it is machine quilted. 

These are raven tails (or inspired by Black Crows if needed for my PQ challenge since it took up most of the day I was supposed to use for stitching binding.)  They are for the robot spirit team to wear at competition. 

It was an absolute blast working with the students in the picture teaching them to do many of the steps.  They worked very hard to complete 4 full tails and 2 half tails (for some of the crew). 

(Sorry for the fuzzy cell phone pics... it was all I had.)
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Good N Plenty Quilt on: February 09, 2014 03:11:38 PM

The Project Quilting Challenge for this week is Sweet Treats. 

The pink tray was on the top of my stash so my peppermint stripes just naturally morphed into Good-n-Plenty. 

It measures 42 x 68 inches.  Is machine quilted with a loose stipple and hand bound.  Completed within the week's allowance. 

More pics and details on my blog.  http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/02/pq-53-challenge-sweet-treats-good-n.html

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / No Chicken.... TURKEY! on: January 26, 2014 06:56:20 PM

I had a request to make a turkey instead of a chicken.   Hmmmm...

It took some figuring, but I think I got it.  It is a modification of the chicken in my avatar.  I made a raven too, but the spuds ran off with it so I don't have a picture. 

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