Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

I hope that 2012 is filled with wonderful surprises for you, beyond your wildest dreams.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Pamela's Necktie Quilt

Pamela (Pamela Quilts blog) made this necktie quilt for a customer. She says she bit off way more than she expected when taking on this project. Click on the link to see more photos and read about her experience. She says it's really heavy. Haha. I think it looks really nice. See the back too (below).

Pamela also sells quilts in her Etsy store: Pamela Quilts. The pretty quilt below is just one of the more than 100 items in her store. And I just have to show you one of her selvage bags too, after all, this is the Selvage Blog.

Now is that cool or what? Yayy, Pamela!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tote Bags from Sofia in Greece

 Sofia from Athens, Greece sells her charming tote bags in her shop Apopsis on Etsy. You meet the nicest people while browsing there. She used to make bags just for her friends and herself, then she opened this shop in August. The bags have felt applique and hand embroidery, and she'll add your initials or name to the bag if you like. They are several layers thick for sturdiness. I love her designs.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Remarkable Necktie Quilts

Ellen Holen made the quilt shown above during the Depression using her son's neckties.

The quilt top shown below was made by the members of "13th Street Studio" using silk scraps from a necktie factory. They made the top in one afternoon, then donated the finished quilt to a charity fundraiser. So beautiful.

This woven necktie quilt is the work of Renay Martin. Pretty clever!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Today on my Design Wall

 This is what I've been playing with this week. I thought it would be faster to make, but it takes time just to cut all the pieces! The row of half-square triangles and some charming novelty prints add interest. It will be a generous twin size when finished. This is one of those sewing-for-fun, no-thinking quilts.

Monday, December 26, 2011

William Morris Fabric

"More than anyone, textile designer William Morris influenced the swirling graphic style that would eventually become the Arts & Crafts movement. Curling vines and flowers hovering between naturalistic and stylized, and the shimmering rich colors make this magical garden print worthy of any of your most enchanting projects. Larger flowers are about 2", from the 'Morris Meadows' collection by Michele Hill for In The Beginning Fabrics."

This is from the equilter site. I love these prints. They are such classics, and they would go with the crazy scrap quilt that I'm working on right now. I'll show you soon. Here are two more of my favorites, below. I can't just pick one. Haha.

This last one looks like one of those "Magic Eye" pictures, but I've tried it and it doesn't "work." Wouldn't this fabric be perfect in a kaleidoscipe quilt? Wow!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Visit

I hope your hearts are filled with joy and peace this Christmas Eve. Let's visit a little while. I'm pouring you a cup of tea/glass of wine ( I know it's your favorite). I hope you and your families are well. We are all fine. Our older son moved 800 miles away to Nashville two weeks ago. He likes it there, and I can call him now and then too. I can't imagine how people managed without phones. It's so wonderful to be able to pick up the phone and check on your loved ones.

Isn't this a pretty string block arrangement above? It's the Block of the Month for my guild for January. Coming up with the blocks is my job. This is my third year and I really enjoy it. I like the color recipe for this one: red, pink, orange, and yellow. Any or all. Nice warm colors for January. It's so easy, this is a very relaxing sewing project. See the BOM site if you're a quilting newbie. I hope you have time this week to do all your favorite things. Hugs to you.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Calendar Winner Announced!

The winner of the AQS Engagement Calendar is...(drumroll, please)...Miss Patchwork of Germany!
Yayyy, Miss Patchwork!

Interesting Ornaments

This garden tomato is from Trendy Tree.

Yarn filled ornaments from CraftyCrafty. I'm sure we all have enough snippets to make a bunch of these!

Here's a tutorial for this seed bead ornament (above) at Kaboose.

See how to make this pretty ornament at Nepper's Nest. This looks like fun. She shows other versions too.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Linda Hungerford's Quilt - Engagement Calendar

Fellow Selvage Blog reader and blogger Linda Hungerford of West Des Moines, IA made this wonderful quilt that is part of the AQS Engagement Calendar which will be given away here tomorrow. (Leave a comment on yesterday's post to enter the drawing.) Linda was inspired by a Churn Dash block swap that she did with another blogger, Edith Bieri from Switzerland. Linda used Sandi Cummings' Double-Circle technique and several Pick-Up Sticks blocks for this quilt. Isn't it great?
Yayyy, Linda!!
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

AQS Calendar Giveaway!

Leave a comment and you'll be entered to win this AQS Engagement calendar. One winner will be randomly chosen on Friday. (52 great quilts in there to enjoy all year.)

In your comment, tell us something that you have enjoyed during this Christmas/Hanukkah season. I have enjoyed decocrating the Christmas tree with my husband. The ornaments bring back lots of memories. We have a pair of mangled eyeglass frames that we found in the Badlands of South Dakota back in the 1970's. We thought it showed how really bad those Badlands were. It's a pretty interesting tree. Haha.

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Giggle Sticks - Clever Idea!

Isn't this a clever idea? For parties, decorations, add to floral arrangements, or just fun with kids. So simple, yet festive. These are for sale on Etsy at YesItsCake. Have a great day.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Chairs from Istanbul, Turkey

I was browsing for unique chairs and found interior decorator Jo Supara Tarakci's Name Design Studio on Etsy. She's from Thailand, now living in Istanbul, Turkey. The cost of shipping a big chair like the one above to the US is about $500. But the fun of browsing is that you don't have to be concerned with practicalities like that, right? I'm showing some pretty wild things here lately; what's happening to me? I think it's going to start showing up in my quilts. Stay tuned!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Quilts in Movies!

Let's keep an eye out for quilts in movies!

I'll go first: There are some quilts/crocheted blankets in Charlie Bucket's grandparents' bedroom in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. (The old one, not the newer version with Johnny Depp.) Maybe also the Hobbit or a Harry Potter movie?

I know there are lots more, I just can't remember which movies! Do you have any favorites?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Alaskan Duck Neck Quilt

This quilt is featured on the front cover of the book: Quilts of Alaska, A Textile Album of the Last Frontier, by June E. Hall (link goes to Amazon). This duck neck quilt was made by Jenny Olson Rasmuson of Yakutat, Alaska around 1905-1912. It measures 58" x 58" and is part of the Skagway Museum's quilt collection. Jenny was a missionary and expert hunter. She collected and preserved necks from mallards, canvasbacks, pintails, bluebills and teals for years before having enough to make this quilt. She used msulin for the backing. Isn't this amazing? I bet it's soft and warm.
(Info from Quilts of Alaska website.)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Japanese "Bubble Quilt"

This "Bubble Quilt" was part of the Crow Collection of Asian Art exhibited in Dallas a few years ago. I've never seen one like this before. How about you?

It's on Granny Geek's blog. It's not a quilt blog; she writes about her observations in Dallas.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Playtime - Mini Quilt Cabinets

How refreshing it is to stop and play. Especially when you're cleaning. Haha.
I was cleaning my quilt room last night and decided that these cabinets needed to be played with and photographed. Aren't they pretty? I decided to keep them in my Etsy store, but to move them to the back of the store so that the quilts don't get lost. Here they are. Thank you to everyone who offered advice. You're a bunch of smart cookies! Hmmm, speaking of cookies...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Katwise on YouTube - You will love this!

Yes, I bought the Recycled Sweater Tutorial from Katwise on Etsy! It was delivered instantly by PDF file. Kat from Brooklyn, New York also sent me a YouTube video link showing how she makes these sewaters. You have to see it!

My wardrobe may be in for a major upgrade!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Not Your Mother's Sweater!

I just found this $758 sweater on Etsy, and I thought, "This is something my blog friends have to see!" It was made by Enlightened Platypus of Denver, Colorado. It's a custom order so you can't just click over there and buy it, but she has more. Look at that tail on the hood; it falls all the way to the floor. Doesn't this kind of remind you of the second quilt in yesterday's post? (P.S. My Mom and I wear the same kind of sweaters, Lands End, on sale too. Haha.)

This one is by Katwise, and she sells a tutorial so you can see how to make this. Aren't you curious? Maybe the method could be adapted to quilts. The gears are starting to turn!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Quilt from San Francisco

This amazing quilt is by Sherri Lynn Wood at Daintytime on Etsy and is for sale at $1,800. You can also read about this quilter on her blog.

Have you ever seen a quilt like this? Yes, it has mirrors in it and the corners are crocheted!! This is also by Sherri Lynn Wood. Oh, My! See more about it on her blog.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Meet Kristin from Oregon

This quilt was made by Kristin Shields in Bend, Oregon. Isn't it beautiful??
Kristin sells her quilts and these charming ornaments in her Etsy store, Stitching Hands Studio. She has a blog too. Nice job, Kristin!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Quilts, Oh My!

This quilt was created by Betty Reynolds using fabrics she received in an online fabric swap. Some are from her new Internet friend Dawn Scotting from New Zealand.
This paper-pieced quilt is the work of Judy in Virginia (Quilting With Ragdolls).

These quilts were made by Thimbleanna using the Happy Hour book by Terry Atkinson.
This is "Christmas Quilt Featherpaint" by Nancy Costley.
Have a great day. And thank you for all the good advice about my Etsy store yesterday. I'm making the changes you all suggested. Great ideas!