Friday, December 10, 2010

I'm back!

Wow, I can't believe it's been a whole month since my last post.  I was on a quilting hiatus for awhile because I was having trouble assembling the blue and green baby quilt.  I put it aside and haven't it touched it since.  Weeks later I decided to revisit the coal and parsley quilt I started months ago.  I finished the back earlier this week and now I'm on to basting.

I really love the back.  It looks like a bamboo forest at sunset.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

mod pod quilt

I'm finally putting my winnings to good use and making a mod pod quilt for my boyfriend's best friend's infant son. I'm deliberately taking my time on this one; I tend to make mistakes when I rush.  In this case the new parents aren't expecting a gift from us so I have the luxury of time.  Although, I would like to finish this quilt before the kid is weaned. 

I'm a little concerned that the solids and print are too matchy-matchy.  What do you think?
Ha!  I just noticed that there's a fly on the Rhino's snout!

Monday, November 1, 2010

it's quilt festival time

I'm really proud to be participating in this year's Blogger's Quilt Festival. I'm going to share a quilt that has been given many names.  In it's infancy I simply called it the Zig Zag Quilt.  After it was finished it was dubbed the Circus Tent Quilt.  Finally it became known as Lila's Quilt when it reached the hands of it's intended recipient.

This quilt was a gift to my boyfriend's mother.  Back in April her eldest son, my boyfriend's brother, announced that he was moving 500 miles away to Denver.  I anticipated that the adjustment would be hard for her and quickly got to work making a quilt especially for her.  Nick told me she liked fall colors so I picked a color palette from The Color Scheme Bible that I thought best represented the season.

She was really pleased with the quilt when she received it.  She told my boyfriend that it's going to be hung in a place of honor in her home: the living room sofa.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

tutorial: how to make an 8-bit video game character costume, pt. 2

 Continued from Part 1
 Step 5
Now it's time to put the eyes and mouth on your ghost.  Cut pieces of paper to the appropriate size and shape and glue them on your ghost.  I wanted to create some depth and decided to glue the paper to pieces of cardboard and THEN mount them on the ghost.  You don't have to do this additional step if you don't want to.
Your acrylic ruler truly is your friend.  Use it to align the eyes and mouth pieces on your board.

Step 6
My original Pac-Man ghost costume wasn't wearable.  I created handles by taping toilet paper tubes to the back.  You can certainly do this if you want.  But this Halloween I wanted my costume to be hands-free.
This is where your extra binding will come in handy.
You can use them as straps!  This also means that you will have to create two Pac-Man ghosts.  In this case the front is a regular ghost and the back is the ghost after Pac-Man eats a power pellet.

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial.  I certainly enjoyed writing it.