Monday, January 20, 2014

focus 2014....



My first finish of the year is a small banner for Victoria Findlay Wolfe's word challenge over at 15 Minutes Play. I chose "FOCUS" as my mantra for 2014. I realized that I am too easily distracted by new combinations of fabrics, techniques and ideas. I tend to lose interest in a project once I can see how it will turn out. This year I will pay more attention to the act of making and completing something and not just its design. In life in general, I want to focus more on the people and things that are truly important to me.




My "made" fabric is a little more ordered. I had a bunch of narrow strips of varying widths which were sewn together randomly in stacks of roughly 2". These were then joined into one giant strip.  I folded this strip in half and sewed down one side like in a Jelly Roll Race. I kept folding the piece and sewing down one side until I had a large rectangle. It was a very fast way to make fabric...




Next I created a stencil on freezer paper of my word which was then ironed to my fabric...




Using Liza Prior Lucy's front basting technique I sewed around my letters to attach the colored backing to the charcoal overlay. My variation is that I use the machine to front baste rather than sewing around each shape by hand. I find it faster and I get a better crease to turn the edge. I cut away the excess grey to reveal the striped fabric behind. The letters were sewn using reverse applique.

It was fun to participate in this challenge and I hope that the resolution to FOCUS in 2014 is one that I keep...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

cool vintage...


Check out this cool vintage quilt on Ist Dibs. It is made of automotive advertising patches and name tags sewn onto an olive base. Love it!