Crafts

Checkerboard border and Quilt top

Marion Making a Checkerboard Border

 

Step One cut 3 inch stripes of black and white.  Sew them together in two patterns.  White Black White and Black White Black.

Marion is cutting three inch blocks

Cutting the 3 inch stripe sheets into three inch blocks

Three Inch Blocks

Black White Black and White Black White strips ready for sewing into the checkerboard pattern

Sewing lesson for Marion

Marion sews the checks together

Checkerboard border and Quilt top

A section of the checkerboard border is complete and laid against the existing body of the quilt top

It took quite a while to assemble this border and then attach it to the quilt.   Once it was complete I took it to show it to the Cedar Grove Quilters.  They invited me to have it quilted at a much faster rate than I could do on my own.  It is very exciting for me to see it finished this spring.  Who knows how long it would have taken me working by my self.  Group quilting or “the Quilting Bee”  is so much fun and interchange of ideas is invigorating.  So much knowledge and experience is passed back and forth.  It is a great experience!

Pieced and hand quilted

“Harbor Lights” Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted 94″H x 102″W

The Cedar Grove Quilters are helping me quilt this piece.  When we stretched it out in the quilt frames the checked border did not lay down properly.  It was bunched up in places.  Before we could start quilting I had to work on the quilt top and do some repairs.  I had to take seams apart and then fold  the seams inward so that each square fit better.  Some of the square are now varying in size but at a glance it is not that noticeable and the quilting details make it work much better.

Cotton Pieced Quilt

Harbor Lights

 

Harbor Lights

Pieced Backing for Harbor Lights

mermaid Doll

Mermaid Rag Dolls

This doll had a crazy start.  My great niece liked to play with old Barbies from the time she was a baby and she loved the Little Mermaid so I made a tail that would fit over the Barbie Legs.  I came across this tail the other day and needing a refresher course in doll making, I thought  I will start with this. You see my great niece is 7 now and she wants to make a Mermaid Doll.  I made a pattern for the upper body and the arms, assembled and stuffed, embellished and used embroidery to make the face.  I will make the hair next.  Orange it will be.

Cotton Rag Doll

Full View
Cotton Rag Doll

Detail with Hair

Cotton Rag Doll

view from behind


Before

Cotton Rag Doll

Cotton Rag Doll

Close up of embroidery on the face

Older Mermaid Dolls
These Dolls are made like Raggedy Ann Dolls
These two are the first I made.

Mermaids

Cotton Rag Dolls

I had an idea for some serpentine arms after this.

Here is a pattern for the Sepentine style arms

Mermaid Doll

3 Part Paper Pattern

Cotton Rag Doll

Mermaid Doll

A work in progress.
The 3 separate parts were machine sewn to make the forms and then stuffed with the fiber fill
Assembled by hand sewing

mermaid Doll

Mermaid Doll with Serpentine Arms

Mermaid Doll

Mermaid with Serpentine Arms

Older version

nine patch

9 Patch 2 Inch Squares

work in progress 9 Patch

work in progress 9 Patch

I  have taken a break from this piece over the summer.  I am designing as I go.
Today I went back to it and have started 
cutting some new 2 inch squares from my scraps.
I am committed to creating 
scrappy quilts and I like to get as
many different patterns of fabric as I can 
which makes for very fussy cutting.
Seems that I am working with the interplay
of dark and light and a 9 patch cross unit.  I can not plan ahead not in my DNA.

Here is the new square I made yesterday

2 inch squares

2 inch squares

 

Nine Patch

Nine Patch fragment

I have connected it to this square with these two blue 9 patch squares

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Detail


I have two other squares that are different from these

now how to use them.