Friday, December 16, 2011

Making a doll and contemplating a finish

 Bella has asked me to get her a pink soft doll with pink hair and pink clothes.  I bought some pink flannel a couple of weeks ago and a pattern for a 15" baby doll.  Today, I decided to begin the process.  I had to iron on interfacing which I was worried about with the flannel, but it worked okay.  I have not followed a commercial pattern for a long time.  I would not recommend this pattern for beginners.  It is not user friendly.  I got called away before I was able to finish stuffing her, but I think she is looking cute.  I have to figure out how to create the required pink hair.  I think I am going to use yarn.

I don't think I have posted these blocks all together.  I have until mid-January to figure out how I want to finish this and get it completed.  I am thinking of using a Kaffe shot cotton in purple with red undertones and Kaffe print cornerstones.  It will all really depend on what I have in my stash.
Tomorrow night, I am going to see my husband, daughter and granddaughter in the Polar Express.  Tom has been playing Santa in this dance adaptation to the story for a few years now.  Until then, I am going to keep working in the studio.  Only one week to Christmas.
Joyful quilting, everyone.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tis the Season

The only thing I did in the studio today was to cut fat quarters for a big Serious Stash Swap over at 15 Minutes Play.  I am swapping 20 fat quarters with Mimi in California.  I have them all in a box ready to take to the post office tomorrow.  I can't show them here just in case Mimi is looking.  I hope she likes them.
Instead of working in the studio, I cleaned the house and put up Christmas decorations.  I have a collection of Santa Claus figures that I have been gathering for many years.  I thought I would share a few of them with you.  Bella was over for a while this afternoon, and she enjoyed looking at all of them.
The next three days are Bella days, so I will be back Friday.
Joyful quilting, everyone.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

More bags and an AAQI mini

I am having so much fun making these little bags.  They are 10" x 7".  Each one is getting easier.  Today, I did a little production line work.  The most fun, of course, is creating the strata for the inset.  For this series, I have created strata.  I think I will do several other kinds of insets as I continue with this bag making adventure.  I need to find a good source for zippers before much longer.  What am I going to do with all these bags?  Think Etsy.

Each of these bags is fully lined.  Don't you love the fun lining in this one?

The other thing I did today was work on my December AAQI mini.  This one is about 7" x 9".  I have a small scrap of fabric that has red and turquoise flowers on a white background.  Every time I look at it, I like the color combination more.  I have quite a bit of red and turquoise in my stash.  Most of it is in pieces smaller than a fat quarter but that is okay if I am going to build fabric like this.  I really like the way the Kaffe in the middle pulls it all together.  I think I am going to hand quilt this one with turquoise floss and big stitches.  That should be fun.  This will be my 14th AAQI mini. 
Tomorrow, I have another full studio day.  Who knows what I will get done then.
Joyful quilting, everyone.