Thursday, November 20, 2008

Show and Tell Thursday

First, let's start with my photos for show & tell Thursday:

I tea-dyed some of my fabrics

I made a doodle girl doll from Chocolate Lollipop fabric line

I made a John doll to go with my doodle girl

I made a Jo doll

I made a quilt for a customer

This is my pieced backing for the quilt

I finally received my Spare Change Swap squares

Not much quilting or sewing has been getting done this week, my kids all decided to take turns getting sick-- so sick kids mean--lots of cleaning--I'm always behind disinfecting everything-really, no sewing, no quilting--and no blog posting, but since my husband is back and he had the past 2 days off I did manage to find some time to satisfy my urge to sew/quilt. I made some adorable dolls that are addicting! If you haven't seen them check them out..... I got them from here: . They really are quick and easy--you can make dolls in less than an hour. I've almost just about purchased all her doll patterns--I know, call me crazy, but I'm so addicted to the softies and plush dolls. I've built up my felt stash and also picked up some chenille and minky dots to make the animals...I can't wait to see how that turns out. Do any of you know where else to get patterns? I've been on the hunt and haven't found much so either Free or to buy--I WANT THEM ALL!

For the fabric dye-ers out there-- QUESTION !?! I just started to dye my own fabric, well I only did 3 and that was just using tea. I need to know the rules out there of what kind of fabric works best. I used one material--I don't know the material, some poly blend that took the tea so quickly and acheived the color I wanted so quickly....I took pictures of what I ended up with.(SEE ABOVE) The darker of the 3 is the unknown fabric so I was just wondering if you all can tell me which material is best to use for this? I of course am gonna use this new dyed material for the rabbit doll pattern and the bear :) I know I can buy it, but making it and having the control of the shade is SO MUCH BETTER! Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

I also finally finished a quilt order....whew! Nothing like speed quilting :) It seems as though 2 is the magic number. However this quilt went by very quickly that I could have finished in one day, but I needed to sleep. The pattern is called Lodge Pole Pine from Eleanor Burns "Quilts Through the Season" book. The customers choice....I'm glad she picked it, I would have never picked this as one to make, and I love how it turned out, I'm going to have to make another one for myself.

So that's my post for the day. I've got some pretty big projects coming up that required the help of some of my favorite fabric designers --more info. about that coming soon. So off I go, the baby's calling. Happy Crafting!


Christina said...

Oh, I love that pink and green pine tree crib quilt! It is simply beautiful.

I have had an opportunity to make and sell a few quilts come up recently, and I have a few questions. First, what is your range of prices on a finished lap-sized quilt? Also, do you have a long arm quilting machine or do you use the quilting foot for your regular machine? Your quilting is beautiful, and if you do it with your regualr machine, I would like some tips. I'm pretty good at normal, straight lines, but straight lines aren't always the best thing to use. If the answer required is a long one, you can e-mail me (benjamin.and.christina[at] Thanks a ton!

Michelle said...

Ooh, I think you got one of my squares for the Charm swap...the Flutterby green lace butterfly square :) (sorry, was lazy & just put some pre-cut charm squares in there). :)

Terri said...

I love the crib quilt - what a great job you did! You are so talented! Thanks for the links to the doll patterns, too!


Vickie said...

I love the doodle girl. So cute.

Hope your kids feel better.

Anonymous said...

Amazing! You accomplished a lot! I LOVE those little dolls!

Beth said...

The dolls are so adorable! And - I hear you. All mother's should get stock in clorox or lysol. The amount of disinfecting I do is insane. Hope everyone is healthy over there! Beth

Stacey said...

I do not know if you have seen these patterns for dolls but they are awesome!!

YayaOrchid said...

Wow! You are such a talented quilter. You sure do know how to put colors together very well. Your dolls are also very cute. But I gotta say I LOVE your quilts.

Anonymous said...

Love your dolls!!

I have an award for you on my blog!


Tonya said...

Very Nice. I hope everyone is feeling better!


Anonymous said...


I found your blog through The Apronista. Your dolls are so adorable - I think my favorite is the Doodle Girl! Your quilt is gorgeous too!

Have a great evening.


Valerie said...

I love the dolls. I will have to check them out. I hope everyone is feeling better. Happy Thanksgiving.

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