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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Halloween

It's Halloween time again, and as usual, I've finished an old project but still pondering the finish of another (old) project.
 
This bunting still languishes with an undecided finish.  But I hang it out anyway.  :
 
 
 
 
 This next old Ghastlie project has been a thorn in my side for a long time.  I've not been able to figure out my next move with it.  But I finally figured out why.  It's the pink!
 
 
Pink is not Halloween for me.  But I put a lot of work into this crazy thing.  I just can't figure what to add to the outside edge.  So I went ahead and bound it so I can consider it done until I decide something to do.  Hey, maybe change the pink with an orange fabric marker!  I'll have to test that.
 


I can't talk myself into appliqueing more branches and birds.  And definitely no more words!  I haven't even done any quilting on it yet (other than the applique).  This fabric has never been a favorite, but I ended up in a Ghastlie blog hop.  So this project has been a self inflicted punishment right from its start.  LoL
 
And finally, here are a couple of mail art envelopes.
 

This next one turned out pretty crazy, but for some reason I like it.  And don't like it.  But like wins over.  Someday I'll figure out who to send it to.
 

 
Happy Haunting!
 
Boo!
Annie
 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Skeleton Mail Art and Tutorial

Two mail art envelopes.  One addressed to each of a couple. 
 
 
I saw this idea on flickr, here, as postcards.  But I wanted envelopes, and here is how I did this.
 
I first stamped my skeleton head on paper.  I then put the stamped paper in my copier and enlarged the image to the size I wanted for the two envelopes.
  
The image copied beautifully.  The crinkle in the paper is because I retrieved the paper from the trash when I decided to make a tutorial of my process.

I then taped, with blue painters tape, my envelopes side by side over the top of the enlarged imaged so that the image will print on the envelope where I want them.
 
 
  I then inserted the envelope sheet into my copier paper tray and photocopied the image onto the envelopes.
 

The darkness at the bottom is shadow while taking the photos.
 
I removed the tape and proceeded to color with ink the design.  I stamped Happy Halloween on tracing paper and cut out the letters in blocks.  They are spray glued to the envelopes.
 
 
 
I added a stamped cat image on one envelope and bats on the other.  I also stamped the verse.
 

The envelopes were addressed and postage added on the backsides.
 
I mailed the envelopes together but later hoped they would arrive on different days just to add a bit of mystery.  They arrived together.
 
This was a fun little project.
 
Happy Haunting!
xxx
Annie
 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pinwheel Quilt the 2nd

This is the pinwheel quilt that almost wasn't.
 
 
98 pinwheels later and it's a quilt.
(Yes, Sheila, I miscounted)
 
The reason it almost wasn't is because the 98 pinwheels would have had to have been sewn together by way of improve.  That would have taken me forever and NEVER would have gotten done. 
 
So I had to decide on a more structured layout.  I had too many pinwheels already made and didn't want them laying around to remind me of a failed idea.
 

I worked at this quilt diligently until it was finished because I didn't really want to make it after the layout disappointment.  I knew if I stopped it would become a UFO.  I don't want quilt UFOs.
 

 
Quilting this quilt was quite the challenge.  The 3 second rate purple air soluble markers I bought would make two or three lines across the quilt then spit purple ink blobs on it !!!! When I finally gave in and bought the Dritz brand..... 
 

 
 
all was well and quilting went like a breeze.
 
 
 
You can't even imagine how happy I was when the binding was on and the quilt was done.
 
 
 I think I've satisfied my pinwheel making desire for awhile now.
 
 
This pinwheel quilt was made with the same fabric collection as I made this Fractured quilt.
 
 
It fascinates me how different they look.
 
And now I've HAPPILY moved on to a quilt that's looking exactly how I hoped it would.
***smiling***
 
xxx
Annie
 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

8 More Little Wallets

I'm still addicted to making these Little Wallets, although not exclusively this time. 
 
 
I'm sneaking in making them in between other larger projects.....whenever I need a quick cute and colorful fix.

 
Some have found their way into mailboxes as a surprise.  I've had many suggestions to sell them.  But I'm not a seller. I'm a giver-away-er.  For me, making things for sell translates into W O R K !!!  Sewing is fun and I intend to keep it that way.  And "giving" is pure joy.
 
xxx
Annie

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Stripey Squares Halloween Pillow

I've been seeing some quilts made with what I call stripey squares.  I already made a quilt like that a few years ago, but I was inspired to make some more stripey square blocks.  I decided to go small for a pillow cover.  And to use my Halloween stripes.
 
 
I even put on my modern brave girl panties and mixed some stripes within a few of the blocks.  I sit on the fence about that design idea.  Sometimes I like it, if the block, as a whole, blends pretty well.  Otherwise, it's not a favorite for me. 

 
Finally my Halloween quilt has a Halloween pillow to go with.
 
  Halloween fabrics are the MOST FUN to play with for me.
 
Happy Fall
xxx
Annie