Wednesday, May 23, 2007

quilting with the cuties

After doing a quilt project last semester that pretty much came down to the children doing a simple applique on a quilt that moms made and the student teacher designed, Audrey's teacher and I decided they were up for a little more. We just used the fabric left over from the last quilt (fun & bright but a little psychedelic for me, frankly!), and I helped each child design their own 6 1/2" block (for 6" finished). I spent a few mornings getting their fabric cut and helping them hand piece their squares, which ranged from a simple diagonal or four-square to 1" diagonal stripes. Both quilts were/will be donated to Project Linus. Since Marian received a quilt from a similar organization last month when she had surgery, she came into the classroom after kindergarten and told about how much it meant to her. Or, rather, Audrey told, while Marian hid behind the quilt being discussed and shyly whispered into her sister's ear on tiptoes.

Today the last little sweetheart finished her block and I cut and sewed the blue bubble sashing, so the quilt top is done!

I'm featuring these two squares because the girls in question chose such detailed patterns. They sewed inside with me for a couple of recesses to finish up. Darlings! You've got to look up close at these to see the fantastic hand stitching--such variety! I love the wavy stripes they yielded. Figuring out the pieces for the diagonal block seemed like too much work, so I just had her stitch a larger straight-striped block, then cut it to size. Of course, carefully clipping threads so I could re-knot was just as much work as the original figuring would have been...
Audrey chose a classic four square, knowing that her sewing attention span is pretty limited. True to character, it's nicely symmetrical and matching and neat.
This young man had an ambitious design, but about died of boredom in completing it. I don't think he'll be taking on any sewing projects without duress in the near future!
My favorite part of the day was watching my most interested groupies arranging and rearranging their blocks to look "just right." I was rather proud of my restraint in giving them the power!
Proud & finished, the class showed off their blocks to one another, calling out their own name when the teacher pointed to their block.

Next week: binding & quilting! I'm planning on letting them do some large stitches with black pearl cotton around their own blocks. My sister will be here to help :).

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

100! A celebration giveaway

My little etsy experiment this spring has gone fairly well & I'm happy to report that today I sold my 100th wee creation, either this lovely little vase or hedgehog (99 & 100 to the same customer). To celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway. Since my blog has maybe 3 readers, your odds are awesome. To enter to win this lovely blue leaf teacupI know, blue's a little quirky for a leaf, but it tickled my fancy. And is a very nice, smooth, lightly speckled glaze. To enter, just comment on this post before the month is up. On June 1st, I'll take the entries before midnight on May 31st (see how official I am?), and draw one randomly to choose the winner. Come back and read the blog on that day to see who won, and to send me your shipping address if it was lucky you! Thank you for your support!

grand find

Our local high school auctioned off some surplus ancient furniture this weekend. I didn't hear about the auction until it was over, but was delighted to see this fine desk for FREE! There were so many and so heavy (that means solid hardwood!) that no one bid on it. Or several others that matched. I switched a couple of drawers around, then my fine friends hauled it home for me and we sat it on the side porch for me to work on. To my husband's shock and awe, I sanded and cleaned and beeswaxed my little heart out yesterday, and AM ACTUALLY FINISHING (okay, starting is enough of a miracle with my "refinishing" projects) IT TODAY! I'm rather in love with it, my new craft studio table.

And am supposed to be working on it right now. One before pic at the top of this post, and more below, showing the stack of drawers and a detail of the scuffed side.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

so quickly..

the time goes.

Lovely sister visit and overnight camp w/ Audrey and.... have kept me from updating.

Here's a couple of pics:

*my first fleece, washed and piled to dry:

*making mother's day fairies with Marian's class. Chenille stem fairy tutorial coming this weekend, and I think kits in the shop.

Clamoring for flowerswith this quote/card:
When the first baby laughed

for the first time, the laugh

broke into a thousand pieces

and they all went skipping about,

and that was the beginning of fairies.

And now when every new baby is born

its first laugh becomes a fairy.

So there ought to be one fairy

for every boy or girl.

James Matthew Barrie

happy mother's day

a reminder of spring and new beginnings

to the one who enjoyed my first laughs

Sunday, May 6, 2007

firing this week!

a few more that went in the kiln this week

and came out! (selected pics later...)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

sneak peak

a couple of photos from Saturday's sheep shearing

me wrestling a sheepAudrey & Ella wandering