Sunday, August 8, 2010

making things.....

I have been upstairs quite a bit working on a little bit of this, a little bit of that.....
One group I am in is making little fabric squares and then you sew them together and make a fabric binding and you have a journal.....
here are my little squares and they are mostly handsewn, which for me, doesnt happen very often!






The idea comes from Teesha Moore and she has made some beautiful fabric journals...She has a four part tutorial here...

http://teeshascircus.blogspot.com/2010/04/recap-of-materials-needed.html


In my group, we each did six and we will get six back and then the inside is going to be fabric postcards so the journal size will be four by six...I have to say it was kind of fun sitting downstairs and watching t.v while I did these.....Teesha's are amazing....go look....
I also have been playing and making faux cupcakes with a specific swap in my mind....here is my prototype....








It is shocking how real they look...I had them on a plate on the kitchen counter and I had to take them upstairs...They really make you want to take a bite....or go to the store at ten oclock at night in search of cupcakes....

I also finished my pincushion swap and it is already to mail.....I used red, turqoise and black and made a three tiered cushion.








Here is a little needle case to match...







I also sent her a cute pattern from a quilt store for a little girls jumper..I made one for Olivia in Kaffe Fasset fabrics and she just loved it...My partner has a little girl and it was fun to pass it on. Joanne from splitting stitches sent me a whole manila envelope with fusible backed fabric flowers...She cut them with her go cutter...I used one to make a matching card...







Happy Summer everyone!

16 comments:

Jenny said...

How gorgeous.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

HiMelinda,
WOW...you make awesome treasures! LOVE the cupcake and YES I do want to go out and get some. Your pin keep is darling along with the extra goodies :)
Sure enjoyed seeing your fur babies and I hope you do get some chickens. I would love to have some..not allowed here :) Lots are too small.
Take care.
Warmly,
Deb :)

Needled Mom said...

All are great projects! That will make a wonderful journal cover and I love the pincushion. Wish it was coming to my house.

Laurie said...

What fun projects! Everything is so clever and cute Melinda!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Yeah..I'd say you've been busy! Lovely things..all of them!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Glad to see you back making things. I saw the Teesha videos awhile back and really like what she does. Sadly, I can't hand sew due to my arthritis. But I sure admire the look.

Speaking of look, that cupcake is so cute. I am so in awe of your talent. And that three tiered pincushion is so colorful. You sure put a lot into your swaps. I bet your swap partners are really happy campers.

Maria said...

You have been a very busy girl making lots of gorgeous things. Love the pincushion and matching needle case.

Miss 376 said...

I find it relaxing to do some hand sewing. Love that pincushion and I'm looking forward to seeing your finished journal

Helen in the UK said...

So sorry to hear that your daughter and gkids have left for pastures new again. Great to see that you are channeling your energies into stitching!! That cupcake looks delicious :)

joanne lendaro said...

What a delicious post this was! It all looks great, as usual! Your swap partners are the luckiest in the world!

BEAR's Mom said...

you are such a talented lady...and i have a portrait on an easel in my office to prove it!!!

lovin' that cupcake :D

~victoria~

gin said...

the cupcake is yummy looking. and i like that 3 tier pin cushion. cute cute cute

Patty said...

you're keeping busy and as usual everything looks fantastic.

Mary said...

I am not a stitcher, but journal squares are the greatest idea! And those cupcakes~ how fun are they! "They really make you want to take a bite....or go to the store at ten oclock at night in search of cupcakes..." LOL!

purplepaint said...

Hey Melinda! I've lost my muse and thought maybe I left it over here. You have been busy!!! Love the fabric squares for the journal and all of your pincushions! How fun!!!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Thank you so much for this post! I just watched Teesha's four videos and can't wait to grab some fabric and start making pillows!

I love your pincushion and cupcake, too.