Saturday, September 24, 2016

Adult colouring completed sheets - mermaids, owl, chameleon, butterflies and more.

This is my current favourite creative activity.  I started out with free pages from the internet, pencil crayons, markers and gel pens on hand from quilting and my kids' school days.  Very quickly I advanced to buying and trying several kinds of markers, pencil crayons, erasers, colouring books and a sketchpad.  There are lots of wonderful artists who review and provide free tips.  It was easy to find information on colouring supplies and free colouring pages.
I love angels.
The smear on the left side middle row of cupcakes is what happens when attempting to erase a pencil mark with an eraser that wasn't cleaned after blending.
The green chameleon was done using mostly Bic markers and only three colours.
Backgrounds are challenging.
These pictures were coloured with a combination of Papermate InkJoy Gel pens, Casemate pens, Uniball, Bic fine line Markers, CrazArt, Staedtler, Laurentien, Hilroy, Prisma Verithin and Prisma Scholar pencil crayons. 
Laurentien pencil crayons were bought out by Sanford who discontinued the line in 2012.  This company makes Prisma coloured pencils.  Compared to other hobbies, colouring is very affordable.
Dear readers, have you tried adult colouring?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Project Linus - Toddler teddy bear quilt

On April 23rd I attended Brandon's first Project Linus quilting bee. The organizers had no idea how many people would come. Much to everyone's delight 40 plus volunteers showed up to piece, iron, quilt, croquet and tie fleece blankets. I took my old Singer Rocketeer sewing machine and selected teddy bears with blue sashing.  I finished the piecing at the workshop.  At home I added a ribbons and a border.
The free motion quilting designs are loop de loop in the teddy bear blocks.
Spirals on the blue sashing and heart shaped leaves in the border.  I used Lisa Yarost's binding tutorial.
The binding is only two inches wide and was applied with a Bernina #71 Flat Fell foot size 8 mm.
This was a quick fun quilt to make.  Happy stitching.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fairies & Daisies toddler quilt

Toddler quilts are so much fun!  This fairy quilt was designed using Electric Quilt 7 software.
It was pieced on an old Bernina 930 sewing machine.
 Stitching the four patches.
 The fabric is 100% cotton, the fairies have sparkles!
The fairy blocks are 10.5 inches so this quilt goes together really quickly. 
The green and orange fabrics make the fairy blocks pop!
The ribbons are basted on the sashing then the outside orange border was stitched and overlocked.
The seam was pressed to the border side and zig zagged stitched flat.
 The rest of the seams were pressed open and flat.
Hand drawn daisies.
With a dark Sharpie marker I traced the daisy on tulle in an embroidery hoop. Using a purple fade away marker the design was transferred to the pink fabric blocks and free motion quilted.
The quilting designs are easier to see on the backside.
 Daisy flannel back.
I used the free motion quilting designs: daisies, heart-shaped leaves, loop d loop, butterflies and spirals.
 The binding has a decorative star design. 
Happy stitching all.