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Archive for December, 2010

Happy Christmas!

brownies christmas book

and a Very Merry New Year.

From me and all the fae folk of this particularly enchanted vicinity.

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I’m very much still not ready but this baby is:

Baby Portrait

Her name is Flo and she was made by Sylvia Natterer. She’s little (8-1/2″) and she’s definitely decked out for the holidays. Flo is all comfy cozy in her soft little shirt and stripey tights and her velvety jumper has pockets with buttons. Her hat even has a bobble — ooh la la.

Baby Wants

She is more than ready for treats and presents; but is a bit baffled by why the tree and Mr. Santa aren’t in the living room yet.

Which I’ve promised to do later today  . . . well by Friday at least.

Baby Pensive

Flo has just been informed that Christmas isn’t for 10 whole days. How Shocking!

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christmas dancing doll

It’s time to get the tree and ornaments out of storage and put up the holiday display. Time to exile the living room lamp to the den to make room for the tree.

Time to watch the Grinch and Scrooged and shop for holiday type food. Time to drag out the paper and ribbons and wrap all the stuff the mailman brought.

Ho Ho Ho. I’m already exhausted.

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Man in the Moon Quilt

This is a small wall quilt that I made for John the year the movie about Andy K. came out. I thought it would be timely to blog about it now as there’s still plenty of time to whip up a similar quilt for the holidays if you were so inclined. It’s pretty basic; just a piece of patchwork, a dimensional face/moon, and a scattering of glass beads. The finished piece is a case of the final result being way nicer than it’s component parts.

man in the moon art quilt

The trick that I used to make the patchwork background is pretty easy. Use a rotary cutter and quilting ruler to cut a bunch of squares then arrange them on light-weight fusable interfacing (fusible surface up, squares wrong side down). Here’s something you should do that I didn’t: draw at least two perpendicular guidelines on the interfacing to help keep your work square. They even sell fusible now with a grid pre-printed on it (which they didn’t when I made this). When you get the arrangement the way you want it; fuse the squares in place. Ta-da! One piece ready to quick zip up all the seams. I incorporated a dowel pocket into the lining/backing to keep the quilt from sagging and sewed on a metal ring for hanging.

man in the moon quilt detail

Then there’s the moon/face that I made from a picture of Andy. I printed it the size I wanted on photo paper and mounted it with heavy duty iron-on glue to a piece of mat board. Then I trimmed it out with an exacto knife and sealed it with a couple of light coats of clear Krylon spray paint. I used hot melt glue (hi-temp) to attach three flat round shank buttons to the back which serve double duty to both attach the face to the quilt and also hold it out a bit from the fabric surface for more dimension. I painted the hardened glue and the back of the buttons with Scribbles fabric paint to make it look nicer and blend with the dark background. Then I used several strands of heavy button thread to tie the face on (marking on the back where each of the three buttons would fall so I’d know where to stab through). Make your strands longer than you need for tieing, stab them all through and then pull them all tight and tie off; really it’s much easier than trying to do each button in turn.

All in all, these are a couple of very versatile tricks that could be used and adapted to make a wide variety of wall quilts and other fabric objects. The picture on board trick is best used for objects that only get light handling — try iron-on transfer to fabric mounted on thick felt for stuffies and other medium to heavy use projects.

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