Posts Tagged ‘Lori Vogel’

Splats and Blobs

June 10, 2015

The latest Challenge project was to do something with splats and blobs. I was at a loss, until I happened to notice some splatty fabric and blotty beads in a place I could reach.

Cityscape with splats

Cityscape with splats

The inner border came from the collection for my row quilt, as did the fabric I used as a flange between strips of the cityscape.

TBB (To Be Beaded)

TBB (To Be Beaded)

Lori Vogel gave me these beads when she needed to downsize before she moved.

Beaded snowflakes

Beaded snowflakes

I’m not sure what she planned to do with them, but I think they make fabulous snowflakes.

Reminds me of the aqua you see in glaciers

Reminds me of the aqua you see in glaciers

My Christmas tree will sparkle like crazy this year.

Luck and wisdom!

The Year So Far

September 5, 2012

In case you forgot, my year starts with Labor Day. The year so far is three days old, so don’t laugh at my prideful happy dance. After weeks of accomplishing basically nothing, I managed to get something done. I don’t even mind that what I finished wasn’t on my to-do list.

Making something from this was on my to-do list.

Fabric from Africa

This is the fabric from the latest Challenge project. We’re to make something lovely from it, which will go to an auction to raise money for Alliance for Smiles (and thank you, Shari Wentz, for coming up with the idea).

I’ve been wanting to make fabric vases ever since I received some of Lori Vogel’s treasures when she moved:

There are some great ideas in Linda Johansen‘s book Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Vases, and I was ready to do my usual leap feet-first into a project. Then I noticed a scrap of pre-quilted fabric and some left-over piping.

“Self,” I said, “the technique for these vases requires an awful lot of satin stitching. Why don’t you practice on something else before you cut into the fabric you can’t replace?”

I started by making a cuff and inserting piping, and I’m glad I did. My long absence from sewing did not improve my skills, and trying to get the cuff and piping straight was more interesting than you might imagine.

Once I relearned straight stitching, I started satin stitching the seams:

My original plan was to make a round base and sew the top to that. I decided that would be more fun than I wanted right then, so I used the quilter’s go-to technique for making a tote bottom.

The vase-cum-lidless box stands on its own, although I suspect I will need to insert a base (or maybe a soup can) if I want to stand pencils or tools or even silk flowers in it. But that is a project for another day.

Let the organizing begin . . .

June 15, 2011

My husband gave me new incentive to become tidy. He is building a workbench for his saws. The bench will have a wide, flat surface. If I promise not to colonize this space, he told me, I might be allowed to baste quilts on it.

The workbench in progress

For those of you who think basting quilts in a dusty garage isn’t the stuff of dreams, here is the surface on which I currently baste my quilts:

Yes, that is a dressmaker’s cardboard mat. I set it down on the family room carpet, use push-pins to secure the backing, then crawl around on my hands and knees to pin the three layers. It’s amusing for others to watch, especially when I try to get up again. My joints make noises resembling that of a popcorn bag in the microwave.

My husband also mentioned that the corner shelves he promised for the sewing room are getting closer to the top of the to-do list. This is the project he wanted to make out of recycled parts from a retired shelf unit.

I’d like to say the prospect of more storage space in the sewing room unleashed a whirlwind of organizing activity on my part. Ah, but you know that isn’t true, so why should I lie? I did, however, nibble away at the edges of some piles and discovered some new treasures. One is a wool applique that Lori Vogel made for me:

I still don’t have a brilliant idea for how to use it, but it’s pretty and I like it, so I thought I’d share. Enjoy.