Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Here is my husband,Paul's, cat Pollyester learning how to quilt.  She weighs about 7 1/2 lbs. and was actually riding around on my Woolly Fish quilt was I tried to finish. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Why was I so hesitant about getting a Smart Phone?

I am quilting the Woolly Fish quilt now, and I have given myself a deadline to finish it by Dec 15th so I can sent the photos to my niece, who creates my "artwork" that gets uploaded to the printer in California, so they can FedEx it to me in Orlando where I will be teaching a class using that new quilt pattern on January 8th.

I ran out of the invisible thread this afternoon.  Dreaded situation.  I needed it to finish the quilt for the bobbin thread.  No, I couldn't get it sent from Joann's.  No time to wait.  I called on the cell phone the two fabric stores I've been to which might carry the thread.  No dice.  Then I remembered there is a quilt shop in the area of Kutztown (the next town south of here).  I asked the smart phone for Covered Bridge, before I could say quilt shop, I was shown all the covered bridges within 10 miles.  I asked the phone again "Covered Bridge Quilt Shop in Kutztown" and she sent me to Wooden Bridge Quilt Shop"  Yeah, that's the one.  I called them (push an icon) "Do you carry invisible thread?"  "Yes we do."  "Is it in stock?" " Yes."   "I'll be right over."  (I was there once maybe 15 years ago. It isn't on Main St.)  By the time I got in the car, the google maps was directing me how to get there.  Go left on Rt. 222 for 4 miles then turn left on Topton Rd...The right, then straight, the left, then right, round the bend and it is there on the right ... 8.3 miles from home.  I was lost after Topton Rd, but the phone stuck with me and there it was, on a farm complete with cows.  I went inside and the sales girls were busy (they were Amish, they had bun covers on their hair) with other people so I wandered around.  The place is HUGE!  4000 to 5000 bolts of cotton quilt fabric and fabrics that the Amish women use to make their dresses, and dungarees and gloves and sweaters and every thread known to woman, and a huge classroom.  When one of the girls was ready, I told her I had called about the invisible thread, and she took me to it.  I bought one in clear and one in smoke so I wouldn't have to come back before the weekend.  I paid $3.79 each knowing that Joann's wanted $3.99 plus postage.  I'm a happy camper.  I told the phone to take me home, and off we went.

That phone is a better invention than sliced bread!  Kutztown is in a different county so they aren't in my phone book, if I had looked there.  But the fact that google knew to suggest the "wooden bridge" when I had said "covered bridge" is genius.  We just got the phone in July because our GPS device broke and we were using the old one that took us to the show in Essex Junction, by taking us up the NY State side and then told us to "take the ferry" across Lake Champlain, to get to Vermont.  No, we don't do ferries.   At that moment we knew the GPS (both of them) needed to  be replaced with something more modern.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

New theme for felted applique: Woolly Fish

Fish felted from wool fibers is bizarre, don't you think?  Recently I've been working on fish appliques with my hand dyed wool fabric.  Four wool fabrics have been felted together using my felting machine which saves time, instead of felting them by hand. They could be sewn together too.There is a separate strip of three fish at the bottom.

Two black fish are ready to be felted.  Right below them is a yellow fish still in progress.  The fins on the fishes sides are 3-D.  By shading the wool fibers from lighter bellies to darker on the top side, the fish look more realistic.

You can see in the close up that the edges of this fish still show a little the black fabric I used for the applique, and under the gill area.  I am having so much fun with the embroidered details.  The coral in the upper corner are felted down using the felting machine.  They are scraps of hand dyed wool.  I haven't 
embroidered them yet.

Here is another block that may become part of the group above, or it may be a little quilt as it is.  The orange seaweed is wool yarn that I've couched with different shades of pearl cotton thread.  The star fish has beads radiating from the center.  I see the blue parrotfish needs to get an embroidered gill.  The fishes eyes are beads.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Woolly Alphabet pattern is now ready for sale.  It took us a long time to figure out how we wanted to include six printed color pages in the pattern.  The color cover was a given but the keep costs down, we assembled five color pages so there are detail photos of ALL the blocks, rather than making a little bit of color on many pages.

We dithered on making posters of our felted applique patterns and decided to make a poster of the New Flock of Sheep in 18"x24" and we will be printing our Noah's Ark machine appliqued quilt on the other side.  The paper will be 100 lb coated stock and there will be no ink bleeding through as we have used this paper for our paper pattern covers which are now sporting double sided printing as we publish new patterns and reprinting the older ones that we have reprinted.  The second side is a detail shot of part of the quilt on the cover, or many detail photos showing the technique used.

So now the quest is to update my whole web site indicating which patterns have the back of the covers showing the detail photos.