Friday, December 9, 2016

Instant Gradification- Beaded Fringes

Beaded fringes
Need some instant gratification? Try sewing a purchased beaded fringe to something. The something can be a blouse, lampshade, curtains or drapes or in my case a purse. About 6” of fringe finished off this purchased purse in a snap.

The only down side to this process that I can see is the fact that beaded trims are not washable or dry cleanable because of their delicate nature. But when was the last time you washed your purse?

Beaded fringes are available in many sizes, styles, colors and price ranges. They come with straight fringe, bell shaped, swaged, and with patterns.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Eye Candy Quilts!

It’s a busy world. So busy, that quilters and crafters ask me for one type of project more often than any other: You want something that is fast and fun! The result, though, has to be absolutely beautiful.
I developed Eye Candy Quilts with this need for instant beauty in mind. These gorgeous mini-quilts so much fun to make, they should be declared illegal! Many of them, like the quilt opposite, measure just 2-1/2” x 3-

1/2”. Since they are small, you can finish one in practically no time. The wonderful variety of embellishments, from beads, buttons, and bows, to silk flowers, trims and countless other little fancies will win your work instant admiration. Their size makes them a snap to display to, making them quick, easy gifts anyone will treasure.

Eye Candy Quilts order your copy now!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Lets Paint!

Using today’s modern products, you can make you own painted quilts. Paint is easy, fast, and so much fun. If you don’t intend to ever dry clean your quilt, try oil paint sticks (Shiva brand is my favorite). Easy to use, paint sticks are shaped like over-sized crayons and have about the same consistency. Amazingly, they can replicate the look of air brushing without your having to invest in or bother with special equipment. Paint sticks applied to silk or cotton are simple and permanent and leave a very soft hand. 

Simply remove the self-healing protective coating of paint from the flat end of your paint stick with an X-acto knife. For the sake of convenience, I suggest you use a favorite purchased stencil. Use masking tape to hold it in place and Post-It Notes to protect any areas you don’t want to color. Rub your paint stick with a stencil brush then dab the brush onto a paper towel to remove any excess paint. A light touch works best, and you can always add another layer or two. Using firm, short strokes, apply the paint in one direction. Start at the outer edges and work inward. When you are satisfied, pull off your stencil.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Color in My World

I'm sitting in my studio thinking about color for my next project. The ideas are in there somewhere.

So much to think about!
Color inspired by the outdoors is fresh, easy to wear and flattering to everyone. Fresh greens that have favored yellow have matured into the deeper blue greens in shades of emerald. Purple’s royal tones are flushed with pink to form rich shades of maroon that lighten to soft lavender. Passionate reds and pretty pinks are seasoned with warmer golden undertones to form the delicious colors of pomegranate, salmon and peach. Modern pastels reflect the delicate colors of sunrise. Clear sky blues and deeper ocean blues offer tranquility and promote peaceful meditation. Healing turquoise tones are modern accents that continue to be a favorite eye catching color. Warm brown colors and soft dove grays are used to balance and ground more brilliant color choices. Graphic black and white add a playful mod note to a generally neutral palette. Crystal clear pieces reflect light beautifully and give a modern look of beauty showing purity, innocence and refinement.

So much to think about! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Value of Coloring Books

Adult coloring books in a whole new dimension to help you unwind after a busy day. I received these two as gifts. I tried, I really tried to color in them for relaxation. But to no avail. As I looked through them, I saw other things. Quilting designs! And lots of them. There are some really great shapes to inspire you if you are into applique too.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Quilt Show - Neptunes Weave

Appliqued fish and plant life of a tropical undersea scene are a showcase for colorful embellishing.  The graduated sea background is pieced.  The net brings all the elements of the quilt together.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. The Thanksgiving holiday's history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas

We are hard at work!
Spent a fabulous afternoon at Windmill Gardens. The goal at Windmill Gardens is to make everyone’s special day at the nursery a perfect one, and boy did they! I made a date with friends to create a one of a kind 24” holiday wreath built with an array of fragrant greens, cones, & berries.  

Windmill Gardens

16009 60th Street East,
Sumner, WA 98390
Phone. (253) 863-5843
My friend Merry.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Inspiration is Where You Find It

I don’t know about you, but I often feel the need to recharge my creative juices. You
may be inspired by a walk in nature, or writing ideas for the first 20 minutes of your day - before eating breakfast or talking to anyone. Listening to music or books on tape might also be inspirational.
Creativity has been attributed to everything from divine intervention to chance. Some say it is a trait we are born with; others say it can be taught. I think creativity is letting new ideas into your conscious brain.

For me, new ideas usually stem from new experiences. These experiences often come from travel. It can happen in far away places or as close as your hometown.

Recently I went to one of my favorite haunts; Rhinestone Rosie’s. The shop, owned

by Rosalie Bryzelak Sayyah, is located in Seattle’s upper Queen Anne neighborhood. Rosie and her daughter Lucia, have on display thousands of pins, earrings, bracelet’s, dress clips, barrettes and tiaras. Rosie specializes in the repair and restoration of pre 1950, costume jewelry.

This may sound odd, but remember, I do love all things sparkly. A long look through the cases filled with different shapes and colors of jewelry sets my mind to wandering. Letting my eyes wander the cases and allowing thoughts to flow, recharges me. New ideas flood my brain. Then I can't wait to get into my studio and create something new and magical. Check out her store. You will be inspired for sure!

And she is having a sale!HOLIDAY SALE 2016

Saturday December 3rd
10am - 5pm

IN STORE: 30% off all purchases*

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Guest Artist - Tink

From the Fast Finishes workshop
Received this email from Tuscon!

Melody,  I finished it!  Thank you again for a fun and educational class last Thursday. As you can see, the new walking foot and I need to have a discussion about how a 1/4 inch seam should look.