Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A quilt for the RED Sofa

My new friend, Pat, had her dream house built this year. Despite many rain delays, surveying hold-ups, and the usual construction schedule modifications, her house was completed this summer and she was finally able to move in. She had been furniture shopping while the house was being built and had stored several pieces. One of the pieces she had always wanted was a red sofa—and she found it.

When I heard about the red sofa (and being a lover of all colors bold and bright), I was eager to see her new home and experience her decorating style. Her new house is classic and decorated with an eclectic flair and several unique furniture and art pieces. As a house-warming gift, I decided to make her a quilt. And for the lady who owns a red sofa, I didn't need to shy away from my stash of bold and bright fabrics (yay!).

The quilting and binding was completed this weekend and the house-warming gift delivered. Here is Pat, opening her gift while seated on her red sofa. Pat, we wish you many "Happy Hours" in your new home!

Here is the back of the quilt. I free-motion machine quilted it with loops, leaves and feather motifs on my Janome 6500. The large graphic print in lime green and chocolate is by Valorie Wells for Free Spirit.

Friday, December 4, 2009

It's "The Holidays" ... an artist trading card swap

So, what's your fav holiday? Pick one, any one—your holiday du jour. "The Holidays" was the theme for this ATC swap and the holidays depicted were not just the current end-of-year, cold-month commemoratives, but spanned the entire year ... and farther.

The inspiration and creativity of the artists in the FiberAntics ATC swaps never ceases to amaze me. At first site, I am impressed at how the techniques are so skillfully executed and the thoughtfully chosen color palette enhances each card's composition. A further inspection—and a flip to the back side of the card—reveals specifics on the materials used and how "personal" these choices can be. Participants will certainly smile (or LOL) over the inspiration for the Santa ATC (bottom row, far left). Who'da thought to use this "fabric"? An ATC artist did!

So, if your 2010 calendar doesn't have some of these holidays listed, here they are:

June 6, National Day in Sweden; September 20, International Day of Peace; January 26, Australia Day

February 6, Waitangi Day; March 8, International Women's Day; April 26, Secretaries Day

October 10, Cuban Independence from Spain 1868; July 12, Battle of the Boyne, a Northern Ireland holiday (of sorts); 5th Full moon of the year, Dragon Boat Festival.

May your holidays be merry all through the year!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Crayola doesn't make a color for your eyes

Welcome to December! Celebrate the season: draw, or paint, or quilt, or sew, or collage something that makes YOU smile. This will get you started, or at least get your toes tapping...  Enjoy!

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