I’ve been a lucky, lucky Lisa for a good month now, as the mail carrier has brought a steady stream of loveliness to me from all over the country.
It really started about 4 weeks ago, with a package with an Alaska return address. Textile artist Linda concocted this fantasy “wild thing” quilt for me for the Doll Quilt Swap. It’s stuffed hand applique, with machine quilting, and it’s incredibly detailed.
It’s based on a fawn stuffie she’s made, and it’s frolicking in a stand of towering sea oats. Linda’s hand-dyed fabric are exactly the colors I asked for to match my office’s red, green, and black color scheme.
Her piercing “people eyes” took some getting used to, but she’s settling in nicely now. Thank you again, Linda!
Next, Marisa from California sent a handmade pouch in her signature taupes. It’s a quilted pyramid pouch, pictured here on her beautiful blog. I just love that shape! She’s included a sweet appliqued tag with her knockout calligraphy. Thanking you, thanking me, Marisa! I have enjoyed our exchanges and your generosity in sharing your quilting expertise. I just last night finally figured out the taupe-y treat I’m sending to you: a pear! Inspired by your post about Kwoozy.
This week I received an envelope full of my favorite old childhood friends from Lynn, a.k.a. eggmoney. She sent them as a “thank you” for co-hosting the Doll Quilt Swap. Well, it was an honor to have her among our number. Her quilts are real knockouts! She also has an etsy shop full of lovely items. How did she pick these out? They’re perfect for me! Thank you, Lynn!
Georgie Porgie (waaaannnnnhhhhhh!)
Go, Dog, Go! This would make a great congratulations or good luck card.
Marvin K. Mooney (hmph!)
and my favorite friend, George
I dragged Ryan to the theater see the Curious George movie when it came out a year or two ago. We were “unchaperoned” by any kiddies: just a couple of thirty-somethings loving the familiar episodes, as well as the Jack Johnson soundtrack.
Finally, my streak of luck apparently reaches beyond my mailbox. I’ve found some super things at the thrift store lately.
These are 1″ wooden blocks that you can use to make designs. I know I’m supposed to be a grown-up, but it’s been fun to play around with these. They have 4 solid colors and 2 sides with half-square triangles. They’ll undoubtedly come in handy for Kim’s Doll Quilt Challenge. One of the upcoming months will feature the Fresh Traditions quilt, which uses a lot of HSTs!
Look at this little cute bear. He was a dollar. The overalls!
And I had the find of a lifetime: a Gocco printer for $2.50: rhymes with “thrifty.” I spotted the box from across the store and my heart skipped a beat. You know that feeling if you frequent thrift stores. Then you stroll nonchalantly toward your prize and snatch it off the shelf and hug it to your chest, hardly believing your luck. Or is that just me?
I’ve already tried it out on our Christmas cards. We didn’t send any out last year, we were that late. So maybe if I start in August, we’ll be able to get them out in time in 2007!
This design is a tribute to the artist Charley Harper. I’ve only recently found out about him, through Design*Sponge. He sadly passed away in June, but he leaves quite a large body of work. His paintings are everything I love about art: they’re humorous, stylized, graphic, and very very colorful.
I’ve finally written a post about the lovely things I’ve received in the mail lately, but I have to wait until tomorrow to take a few photos before I post it!
In the meantime, I’d like to call your attention to an auction taking place to help a fellow craft blogger’s mother who’s survived a stroke earlier in the summer.
The one in ten auction was so named because there was only a 10% chance for her to survive. The items being auctioned are all handmade and donated by their makers to defray her mounting bills, as many of the medical expenses are not covered by her insurance.
Look what I found in my drafts: an old post that’ll be a month old tomorrow! Sheesh.
I finished my Peachy Keen quilt for DQSII last week. Whew! What a relief…for a minute or two. THEN I remembered that I’d committed to making a “fairy” quilt for another swapper whose partner had to drop out.
I finished binding the Jelly Beans fairy quilt this afternoon, washed and dried it, and then hotfooted it to the P.O. minutes before they closed. Last-minute Lisa strikes again.
I forgot to put the walking foot on my machine for a few rows of quilting both horizontally and vertically. Gah. Didn’t have time to rip it out; I never would have made the post office on time.
All of the fabric came out of my stash. And yes, it’s the Plain Spoken quilt again from the Modern Quilt Workshop. I love that design. It almost makes itself. This is my 3rd or fourth time making it, although I halved the finished block sizes, making this piece 19″ x 21″.
Today was the deadline for sending quilts, so much of the work is done for the other Swap Mamas and me. A few swappers here and there need a little extra time, but all that’s really left to do is sit back and watch the little packages show up on blogs and of course on the Doll Quilt Swap photo pool on flickr. We’ll track to make sure that everyone gets something. Then it’s on to planning Doll Quilt Swap III! Maybe the other Mamas and I can get together on IM to toss some ideas around for the next round.
Now that my swap projects are done, I finally get a chance to play with a few quilt tutorials shared by some very clever ladies.
Liz posted this technique on Whiplash for their miniature quilt contest. It’s since been adopted by Kim and the gang for the July Doll Quilt Challenge. I want to try it in brights on a black background.
Sarah G.’s swap quilt employed some cool and wonky Log Cabin blocks. Here’s a link to her tutorial on flickr so you can try it yourself. I have to warn you: it’s very addictive. I’ve tried it out on a several blocks, with varying degree of success. It has motivated me to tidy up my scrap basket, though. Now I don’t have to paw my way through piles of scraps to find the right size or color anymore. I’ve made a few and multiplied them in a graphics program to see how a quilt might look:
And look at Amy’s swap quilt! Isn’t it cool? I stared at it for a while wondering how she made the blocks. Luckily, she posted the technique tonight. I’ve made up a block, and people, it is fun! And fast, too!
because I’m so busy getting ready for the neighborhood block party to be held in my backyard tomorrow! We’re expecting 50+ neighbors. Wish us luck and no rain. I still have a little running around to do, and cooking.
I just had to mention that Hillary of Wee Wonderfuls has just released her handsewing pattern cards. I was lucky enough to help her test the birdie design.
The patterns for Birdie and his friends, Turtle, Butterfly, and Snail, are available right now at Wee Wonderfuls.
I am very behind on blogging due to the party prep. I still have yet to post about my doll quilt and respond to all the lovely ladies who’ve tagged me or otherwise recognized me for different things (thank you all)!
More Sunday! Have a great weekend y’all!