Wednesday, March 28, 2012


So we were driving by an estate sale last weekend, and decided to stop and check it out. I found four early issues of The Cloth Doll magazine. Now I already have every issue of that particular magazine, but I though some of you out there might need to round out your collection, as they're kind of hard to find. So I'm offering them to anyone who wants them, for $5 each (plus postage) - first come, first served. SOLD
This one (with the cobbler) was missing its insert, so I copied mine.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Harvest Moon

 Before starting the costuming on my group challenge (storybook) doll for MAIDA, I needed to get the faces painted on a couple Harvest Moon dolls. One head/body will go to a customer ~ she will pick the one that appeals to her and finish the doll. I will finish the other one, though I've yet to consider the fabric for her costuming (maybe something from the fat quarter bundle I just bought?)

I've also got to make revisions to my Suffragette Sally pattern instructions (thanks to Danielle for proofing and testing). It's a perfectly dreary day outside - just the right kind of day to work in the studio.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Fencerail Quilt Progress

I've sewn a little more on my fencerail quilt this week, adding borders and backing. I think I might actually finish this project! The size is smaller than a twin, but would be a good size to curl up with on the couch and read or watch movies.

When I bought my backing, I was thinking my borders would be narrow. After deciding on a wider orange border, my backing wasn't large enough. So I had to do some piecing. The brown stripe looks a little more slanted in this photo than it does in person.

I've done some stitching in the ditch to secure the quilt sandwich layers, but haven't decided on an actual pattern for the blocks and borders. This is going to be the tricky part for me. 

And while I've sworn off buying any new fabric (and use my stash instead), I couldn't resist this fat quarter bundle, called Fiona's Fancy by Riley Blake Designs:

Friday, March 2, 2012

BOM ~ March

I've just finished the next set of quilt blocks, taught by Amy Gibson's free Block of the Month class on the Craftsy website. The problem with finishing the blocks so quickly in the month is that there's a really long month to wait for the next blocks! The String block is on the left, the Broken Spider Web on the right. I'm using fabrics from a fat quarter bundle called "Fresh Flowers" by Deb Strain for Moda.

Here are all the blocks thus far:

I've also started working on a doll for a group submission to Prims magazine, due in April, for the MAIDA group. We're keeping our projects secret, however, until they are published in the magazine. From what I've seen so far, it's going to be a fantastic spread!