06 October 2015

We interrupt this pillow to make a quilt

I sent away for 4 pillow forms for my new love seat. Amazon said Aug 4th-8th for delivery. On the 5th I got an email that said they were shipped (REALLY?) and would be here Aug 10-18th. They will be getting a one star from me.

Meanwhile the dog has adopted the love seat as his favorite place to lay so I thought I better make a quilted cover as quickly as possible. I had a piece of deconstructed cotton 37" X 72". I sandwiched it up and quilted long rows. Then I added (QAYG style) two side strips making the finished piece 50" X 72". I just so happened to have about 10-12 yards of olive bias strip left over from "Conversations" which I used to finish it off. In two days here it is.

He knows I made this just for him!!

02 October 2015

Making pillows while waiting for my IKEA loveseat

I started out making pillows for my much anticipated love seat. I manage to make one before my brother, Eric, arrived.

Bright and early Friday morning, my brother carried in the love seat components and stacked them on my bed.

They went together "slicker than a smelt" (a Maine expression). I even liked the color of the cushion and love seat covers. It looked beige in the box but simply off white against the white walls.

Soft and cushy seat and back. The padded arms make a great head rest for reclined reading. I even could use the glass end table and an old lamp.

Owen and my pillow "front". Hum...do I see a potential problem developing?

30 September 2015

Judith has done more eco prints

Judith, Janine, Marcella and I have an eco-printing/dyeing date in October. I will be the official photographer and will gaze at the ocean from Janine's deck to make sure it doesn't go anywhere.

MEANWHILE, Judith has done some nice prints here.

29 September 2015

Ironing board drama

I hate drama. My "new" space is a lot smaller than my former beautiful studio and there was no room for my 2 ' X 4 ' irong board. Now that the funky pink chair has "left the building" I have new space to set up the ironing board. I am getting happier by the day.

New space for my ironing board

Leg used to live here folded up

Top used to live in this skinny spot. Very unusable.

25 September 2015

The color of flowers

OK so I secretly dislike people putting pictures of their flowers on their blogs. I don't know what this bothers me so but today is payback day.
First off, the electric company knocked on the door first thing this morning to let us know we were losing our electricity.

 We needed a new pole

Then I decided to go through all my fabulous fabrics looking for something spectacular to make into pillows. More about this later....

I found some great batiks but I felt there was just a touch of soy wax still in them so I put them in a tub of boiling water and Ivory liquid for dishes. As I hung them on the line I realized why I love Zinnias so much. I call Judith "another layer" and she calls me "all color all the time".

It all makes sense now

24 September 2015

Photos of Judith's Eco-prints

Take a minute and check out Judith's eco-prints on her blog

22 September 2015

Eco Printing with Judith and Janine

In case I haven't introduced you yet to Janine, my new friend and recent mover to Belfast, here she is. Judith and I are besides ourselves that Janine chose to move here.

She invited Judith and I over to do some eco-printing/eco-dyeing. I decided to watch and be the documenter. Here are the process pictures:

Tied up bootie 

Janine steaming in a roaster and a vegetable steamer

You can see by Judith's face that working and eating at the oceans edge was NOT a hardship. Janine's home was not only beautiful but right on the water. You can see the ocean from every room.

AND she made us a wonderful lunch!! What a delightful day!