Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Time off

Rising Mist, my last quilt
You're probably wondering why there haven't been any new projects here for awhile.  Well, the problem is that I've got a pinched nerve in my neck, which is not only painful, but is also interfering with my shoulder and left hand through the nerve pathway.  I had to make a decision which blog to concentrate on, and Beading Arts won.  I'm sorry, but I had to hold on to my first love and let most everything else go.

I am doing physical therapy and am working hard to heal, but it takes time.  It's also problematic, as many of you can probably relate, because I have the tendency to hunch over my work which makes it even worse.  I'm not sure how successful I'll be in training myself to stop, but I'm working on it!

Meanwhile, make wonderful things, and please do visit me on Beading Arts.  When I'm able to start quilting and collaging again, I'll also start posting here again.

Love you all!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

Artsy blogging round-up!



Art Bead Scene
Check out Ema's new favourite tool - her wood-forming block for making curved metal components!

Beading Arts
Cyndi has been experimenting with bead embroidery and metal mesh ribbon!

Charlene Sevier
Book Review: The Complete Photo Guide to Making Jewelry (2nd Edition)

Origami-Inspired Calling Card Holder Suits Gift or Credit Cards
This origami-inspired card holder had two large pockets on the inside and 2 "secret" pockets on the outside. It holds about 20 cards and fastens with an elastic ponytail holder.

Resin Crafts
What could be cooler than miniature people at the beach?


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book reviews: two new books for winter and Christmas!


If you want to get your quilting gifts finished  before Christmas is over this year, then might I suggest Here Comes Winter and Celebrate Christmas, both published by Martingale.

Here Comes Winter was written by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks.  The basics of quiltmaking are in the beginning for those who are just venturing into this artform.  Almost all of the book, though, is dedicated to the projects.  Using simple background blocks and delightfully cute appliques, each quilt project has a yardage and cutting guide to make construction go smoothly.


Some of the projects are really simple, but can be made in different color patterns to suit any giftee on your list.  The quilts that are a bit trickier, with some of the more intricate appliques, all have patterns for these extra embellishments.  A couple of my favorites from this book are immediately above and below this paragraph.




Besides full quilts, the projects also include lap quilts, table runners, table toppers, door banners, and pillows.




Although Here Comes Winter has a couple of projects that focus on the most famous winter holiday, the next book, Celebrate Christmas is pure Christmas overload!  With wall hangings, quilts, tree skirts, table runners, mantel covers, stockings, pillows, purses, aprons, ornaments, and a calender, you'd be hard-pressed not to find *something* you like in here!

There is no basics section in this book, but the instructions for each project are very clear, and there are plenty of patterns and templates provided for any of the tricky parts.

Here are a couple of my favorite projects from this new Martingale book.







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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quote of the week!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Book review: Quiltmaking Essentials 1


Donna Lynn Thomas has written a new book for Martingale called Quiltmaking Essentials 1, which focuses on cutting and piecing skills.  That leads me to believe that there will be more books in this series, what do you think?  :-)



If you are interested in trying traditional quiltmaking, or if you wish your piecing skills were better for making your art quilts more precise, this may be the book for you.  The author doesn't take anything for granted, but starts with the very most basic quiltmaking skills, from there she moves on to rotary cutting, pressing, block construction, machine piecing, and ends with special sewing techniques.



This little book is simply packed with information that will of great help to both beginners and to intermediates who want to perfect their skills.  The information on the steps to piecing particular block styles alone is so very valuable.



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Friday, July 18, 2014

Artsy blogging round-up!


Carmi's Art/Life World
It is wonderful to see how a bit of fabric ribbon and a button can be featured into a new beaded cuff.

Resin Crafts Blog
There are inexpensive bamboo tiles that can easily be turned into wearable jewels with some simple resin application techniques.

Beading Arts
With a few funky components and a little bit of wire, you can quickly have a new necklace!

Crafty Cupcake "Recipe" Calls for Styrofoam and Glue
Not only are they cute, these cupcakes are fun to make. They’re guaranteed to be sugar-free, gluten-free, calorie-free and cute as the dickens.

Back to Amigurumi
Crafty Princess is loving amigurumi again with this new project that was a tad challenging.


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