Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Playing With Color

So today I blew off all the things I was supposed to do and just played.

I used the hand-dyes I dyed last week.  I also pulled a few old ones from my stash and just started cutting and stitching.

"Moonlit Stars"
8" X 8"

My daughter (age 10) also worked on something she's been making out of scraps.  With just a little help from me, she was able to finish this today -- all by herself ;-).  She fused the stars after she pieced it, then used the walking foot to quilt it.

I think I'm going to introduce her to free-motion quilting next.  She was a little frustrated with the limitations of the walking foot -- going in a straight line, that is.  I showed her how to "do a swirl" but it is clumsy to do it that way.  Free-motion is like gliding on ice after you've used a walking foot for a while.

She also made these potholders.  I had all the stuff because I was going to make some.  I never did get around to it, but I'm glad everything was handy.

Two squares of fabric, one of "Insul-Brite" and one of thin cotton batting.  She stitched around the edges, trimmed, then turned them.   I taught her how to slip-stitch the opening closed.  Then she quilted them using the walking foot and some fancy thread from my stash.


Terri Stegmiller said...

Great projects from both of you!

Beth said...

Like the Log Cabin... with the dark Hand Dye!

I see an new quilter!!! You had better get a lock and key for you sewing room.... Or better yet maybe turn the play area into a Jr Studio!!! TV can stay ... for football.

quilthexle said...

WOW -that log cabin is a true eye-catcher. Love the two leafs in there, and how you placed them. And congrats to a crafty daughter!

Sylvia said...

I like the log cabin, the colors, the pattern, the fabrics, everything!