December 27, 2011

everyday december #12

simple cases

one for tissues
one for cosmetics

made waterproof by using peel and stick laminate on the inside lining before stitching

December 26, 2011

everyday december #11

quilted comfort

The Leaves Galore Applique Template was used to design this quilt.  
Very little fabric is required and it can be worked up quickly.  
There are several ways to place the petals, these are placed on the diagonal.  

When the back is flannel, the design is cozy and pretty.

This will be gifted as a comfort quilt.

December 19, 2011

everyday december #6

 Remember chintz?

It's out of the closet and onto the bed.

I call this type of quilting rescue quilting.  
The client had basted this top for hand quilting and left it sitting for 30 years.

I took it apart and quilted it using a cozy poly batt.  The puffy batt gives it loft and a contemporary look.  

The back is an inexpensive muslin but, gives it a pretty whole cloth look.

As simple as this quilt is, it's one of my favorites of the year.

December 17, 2011

everyday december #4

Shari's quilt.

  I met Shari at the Cape a long time ago.  
Then I joined Guild and Shari was a member!
Now we are friends. 
Small world.

Shari is an amazing seamstress.

 She makes huge quilts.

 And this is no exception.

December 16, 2011

everyday december #3

Perfect Everytime Pumpkin Bread

3 1/3 Cups flour
4 teaspoons Cinnamon
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
2 2/3 Cups Sugar
2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
4 Eggs
15 oz Pumpkin fresh or canned (unsweetened) 
2/3 Cup Water
1/2 Cup nuts (optional)
1 Cup dried Cranberries (optional)

Sift dry ingredients together. Beat sugar, oil, add eggs 1 at a time until blended.  Add pumpkin then mix.  Add dry ingredients to the wet, a little at a time alternating with the water.  Stir in nuts or cranberries.  Cover the bottom of 2 loaf pans with a rectangle of parchment paper, then pour the batter into the pans.  You can mix a little cinnamon/sugar and sprinkle over the top before baking.  
Bake in 325 oven for 55-60 minutes, check for doneness.  
Cool at least 15 minutes before removing from pans.

Perfect everytime.
 But, be careful - - -  this is not diet food.  

December 15, 2011

everyday december day #2

Inspired by a sketch from my sketchbook.  
Handmade silk fibers and silk threads make up the bird, tree and flowers.

My favorite type of work, art quilts with traditional quilting.

This little quilt will be pictured in 
Sue Bleiweiss' Sketchbook Challenge book.  

 Due out this spring, you can pre order from Amazon now! 

The Sketchbook Challenge: Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Achieving Your Creative Goals

December 14, 2011

everyday december

when the gents of the house participated in no shave november,  i needed something fun for myself in december

 everyday december was my choice

only thing is, i didn't get going and here it is the 14th

i'm starting today

keep checking back

for everyday the rest of december there will be a post

. . . let's see if i can do it . . .

I've been using Brusho Crystal Colours in my sketchbook, they are bright and vibrant.   But, uncapping and capping the little vials is sort of hard....  Filling weekly pill containers with a small amount of the colored crystal paint is a great solution.  Drops of water can be added right to the little pod.
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Sketchbook pages copied and stitched to blank cards.