Sunday, August 15, 2010

What day is it? I'm losing track!

I've been swamped with house guests since June 28th! Craziness abounds! I did manage a few things here and there....
This is Hank, my sister's Chihuahua-Terrier mix (a mere 10.1 pounds!)

Here is Hank's new doggie toy box. I used the soft basket tutorial from Michael Miller (it's a pdf. file so give it time to load). The material is Moda 5 Funky Monkeys and I used the Moda twill tape to make the handles. It's 6 inches high and 10 inches around.

Next up: An ABC book for Supercute. I bumped into coordinating yardage in a sale bin so I made this bag to match. The pattern is Sweet Simple Tote from Late Bloomer Quilts. One Christmas gift down, countless others to go... 

That bag went together so easily that I whipped up another in some awesome Michael Miller fabrics. The inside is coordinating stripe--love it!

Finally, I participated in an embellishment quilt art class at It's For Quilting. This was/is so much fun! I learned primarily about using Angelica and foils. Here is the beginnings of my first art quilt. It is a flower with Angelica  and fibers. I'll post again when I'm done, but this is what I was able to accomplish in class (6 hours). I still need to outline the rest of the petals and add quilting and beads. I highly recommend taking a class like this--it really releases your creativity!

Well, I hope your summer is winding down nicely!


  1. I am totally impressed with that flower so far, I can't imagine how awesome it's going to look finished!

    You've been up to so much! Those bags are adorable, you did a great job, and the fabric for the 2nd one is totally grand, love it.

    Super cute is going to love chewing on his ABC book, I loved fabric books for my kids when they were tiny. It got them hooked on reading and books with the ease of a toss in the washing machine!

    Have missed you though.

  2. YOu have been so busy with the creative process whle entertaining! I was so tickled to see a new post and wow wow wow! You have a lot of creativity you are celebrating. What a fun flower and the doggy box is beyond cute!!! I love the monkey material!

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  4. I love the bags that you have made...okay, well, I love everything with even more love for the bags! I know that Supercute will love the ABC book, too.

  5. Great project update post!! What a mug on Hank - he's pretty darned cute. Love those totes, I've got a similar pattern, but the ruffled bit is about 3X as high...they are so great!

  6. Love the bags! I think the ruffles are a bit over my head though! And Hank has got to be lovin his new toy box!

  7. great bucket and great bags! :)

    I am so intrigued by that embellishment... it sounds like a good idea! :)

    Oh, and thank you for the suggestion on the AccuQuilt! I'll be sending a little something your way soon... would you do me the honor of emailing me your address? :)

  8. John Cusack huh? I've always been partial to Tom Selleck! Really like your totes. I was thinking Christmas in January, February, March then fizzled out.

  9. That dog is cute, even if he is crazy, but then that's a terrier for you. Love the projects. Now do you see why I keep picking out fabrics for the sweet simple bag? It's totally fabulous, isn't it? Your bags are gorgeous!


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