Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My Own FMQ Fun!

This morning, after reading Snoodles' post on her free motion quilting fun, I decided to post about mine. I'm just beginning to try my hand at this fmq stuff, and am inspired by some of the blogs I've been reading. Hers and Marcia's to name two. I'm also inspired by Sharon and Tonya these days.

I created these mug rugs for some friends I'll see on Saturday. I didn't decide to try practicing my fmq until I had the applique done and quilted around that.
No, the circles aren't perfectly round and there are some places that aren't even close to being circular. Not to mention some points in there that aren't supposed to be pointy. But, I had fun!! I was amazed when I looked up at the clock and saw I'd been working on these all afternoon. I finished up the binding yesterday while LMW napped. It's been a while since I was able to work while he slept.
This is all I've finished up lately. I have two other things in the works and hope to have them finished soon.

Linking up to Rock 'N Share and Minutes for Me

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Christmas in April

Three new ornaments I was able to put together the last couple of days. 

Mr. Ginger is made from an embroidery hoop, ric-rac, snowflake wire, ribbon, felt, hot glue, puff paint, fabric and decorative rope.

Holly is made from all of the same items except the snowflake wire and I added some buttons.

I added some clippings from floral picks I found on clearance after the holidays to Star the Snowman.

The puff paint was a little more globby than I expected, so I wasn't able to be as intricate with it as I'd wanted, but it adds a little shine to things. I may have to use a paint brush with it next time.

On to coming up with my May project.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Little Man's Bingo Board

The photo seems a little skewed, but the thing just won't lay flat. The batting I used is not very good and I will never buy any of it again. (I hope) It stretches terribly and makes the finished product look pretty uneven.

As you can tell, I "played around" with some fmq. Only my second attempt, so it's pretty wacky, but at least I had fun.  I even wrote the word free in the middle. Not sure it is readable though. LOL! In any case, he's ready to play May for Me Bingo!

1. stars           2. polka dots       3. bird           4. balls           5. smurf  

1. cat              2. bees            3. stripes     4. circles       5. cubes

1. car             2. ambulance     3. free       4. hog           5. horse

1. checks       2. grass         3. frog       4. flower      5. lines

1. paisley     2. blocks         3. mums   4. leopard print    5. swirls   

Here are the ladies who came up with this wonderful idea!!

Tonya at Hillbilly Handiworks

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

More Tissue Box Art

It's been hard to find a little me time lately. LMW had his adenoids taken out, and tubes put in his ears last Friday and our routine has been a little skewed. He did well for the first couple of days, but the third and now the fourth days are not so great. He's feeling a little feverish and having some pain, but it's to be expected, and I'm sure it will get better soon. We would appreciate your prayers. *grin*

I was able to grab a few moments the other night and create more tissue box wall art. Thanks again to Snoodles for the aida cloth I used for canvas.

Believe it or not, the cloth is a pale green. With the contrast of the water lilies, it looks more brown in the photo.

 It only took me about 45 minutes from start to finish, since there were only three colors of paint.  I can't wait to hang it up.
I'm linking up to Marcia's Minutes for Me .

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Weekend Work

I was able to finish one of the tee quilt orders this weekend. It was easier to do than the last one, and I love it how it turned out.
The young man had quite a few shirts, and someone had already cut a few of them up. Unfortunately, they weren't in a smooth and even cut, so those I had to tweak a bit. I used as many as I could, and added some to the back in a semi-random manner.
I was a little worried, because the last time I did a back like this, I got it pretty skewed. I took my time though, and said quite a few prayers. It's not perfect, but it's very close to being even with the front. I'm satisfied with the result.
 I hope my customer will be pleased. SR gave me a complement and said that anyone would be happy to have a quilt like that. Aww, thanks Hon!