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.

4 comments:

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!