Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hugh got featured on Craftster!!

Tonight I was made to have to pick up my jaw from my lap as I clicked on Craftster.

My manatee quilt that I made for RhymeswOrange, was in the featured projects section of the front page!!! Wow! I've never had any of my posts there or in the hot topics board before. This is really special to me, because I worked so darn hard on that quilt.

Featured projects usually get rotated twice a month, so he'll be up for a little bit! Scroll through the featured projects area until you see blue and gray with seed beads.

Here's the Craftster Main Page
And a link to the Post I Made
And of course their Archive Page of the set of featured projects as a whole from this set.

And for when the links change in the future, I screen Grabbed for posterity! ;o)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hugh the Manatee - Art Quilt Swap 2

Meet Hugh,

So named by my swap partner RhymeswOrange who received him this week! :)

I made him for the art quilt swap. This was her list of themes:

1. surrealist artists
2. skulls
3. "V-J Day in Times Square" photograph
4. cardinals
5. manatees

Manatees?! How irresistibly awesome!!! So I went to the drawing board. I wanted to do something cartoon-y. Something that really popped. I wanted to have elements of texture. I wanted it to have a subtle sparkle like in water.

I used applique for the manatee body. it was done in a subtle patterned fabric. RhymeswOrange said she likes fabric that registers as a solid colour to the eye. I used a blue bubble fabric for the background, and for the waves I used a stiff lightweight sparkly fabric that holds shape well when ironed for the waves. I twisted it and sewed it into odd shapes to give it movement. I hand sewed on little seed beads to give it that sunny gleam! The quilting was done with invisible thread in the shape of waves.

I also learned how to make my own bias tape for this project. I wanted it to match. To hang it there are spaces for a rod to go across the back. There are two grommets in the rope to hang it so that it can go on hooks. Makes it hang square. :)

So there you have Hugh! The lovable bubble blower from the deep sea! ;)

Here's a snap of how I packaged him. When you open the lid to the box you see strings of bubbles come up!

Text says "Something bubbles from the depths..."

Monday, November 2, 2009

Update: Baby Stuff for Vanessa

I finally got to see Vanessa's baby boy with one of the gifts I made for him. The dragon blanket is in the middle with the tan trim. :o)

Introducing Thomas, the cutest lil' dude you ever did see!