Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stitches and shells

Things have slowed down a bit, so I thought I'd do another post this week.  People that know me know that I like doing all kinds of crafts whether it's card making, quilting or whatever.  Of late, I've been doing some stitching.  This particular project started off with a cushion in mind, but now it will be framed and hung on the guest room wall.  Can you imagine 7 grandchildren fighting over/with it as a cushion?!

I think I'd better concentrate on some papercrafts next.  I just got some new Cricut cartridges in the mail today.  I want to try some Mini Monograms using fabric and see what happens.  By the way, has anyone seen the Cricut Expression 2? I was just getting used to people talking about Cricut Imagine and now there's an E2?  Oh well.
Have a great rest of the week.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter with family and friends!
Flat Leilani is back.  I forgot where I put her; took me a while to find her, but here she is with some Easter bunny friends.
We were at my daughter's farm yesterday for our big family Easter celebration, I didn't dare take Leilani and her white bunnies to the farm. So, all the colorful eggs and baskets full of treats were gone before I could do a photo. However, in my backyard, Leilani along with her bunny friends were happy to pose for me.

These darling bunnies decided to go Easter egg hunting, look what they found! Actually, I think they raided my chicken coop.  These eggs are from my chickens! Yummy, organic and full of nutrition.
Blessings to all!

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Little Bit of Handwork/Machinework

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday!  It's kind of humid here in Hawaii, but nothing a fan or ac can't fix.
This piece of needlework I wanted to share with you is a combination of handwork and machine worked.  I signed up for a stained-glass quilt class some years back and thought I would be using tons of bias tape, you know the one on a reel and tape is only a scant 1/4"? So, I thought I'd buy a bunch to be ahead of the game. Duh...if I'd read class descriptions, I would've known it was going to be a reverse applique method.  So, I still have the bias tape rolls; eventually will put to good use.  But, I do love reverse applique.  Take a look:
cushion cover
machine meandering
 This is a multi-step process of layered fabric and carefully multi-step cutting of fabric layers. But I think it was worth the process. The black fabric was like doing Hawaiian quilt applique; turning raw edges under with a needle then stitching as you go. The quilting is done on my machine using metallic thread.
Now, I need to go get some Easter things done for the Grandchildren. Enjoy the rest of your week!