Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What I've been working on...

Cause I know you are just dying to know. I've been getting into the Christmas spirit around here and working on these.

Aren't they cute! I downloaded the pattern last year so unfortunately I can't give credit to where I got it from. I love, love, love gingerbread men! They are too cute and these will look good on my tree. I've got a really cute chef ginger bread man holding a bag of gluten free flour that I put in the kitchen for the holidays. The craft show where I got him is coming up and I plan on going back to that booth for a few more of the other gingerbread men she had. Hopefully she will be there again.

This is the first one I made. It's the original size of the pattern.

After making this one I decided to enlarge the pattern all the way to full page size and that is what you see in the first picture.
This one I did completely by hand.

Here is a close up of the stitching on the leg of the one made by hand.

I really like the look of the hand stitched one but my stitching is too messy for my taste so I went back to using my sewing machine. It is much faster and neater looking. while making these I watched a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and a Charlie Brown Christmas. Nope, no Christmas spirit yet. Maybe it will show up after I do some Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving. I do really enjoy doing that with Dan every year. We don't do the 3am thing. We go out later in the morning.

I've also been working with those strips of fabric and they got cut into these.

What did I turn those into you ask, well I will show you when I have the top together which should be very soon, yay!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What was I thinking!

It's horrible, just terrible, what was I thinking!

Okay, it's not that bad but it was an attention getter right?

What was I thinking telling Dan that I could go a year without buying fabric?? Don't get me wrong, it's not a will power thing. I have no problem going a year without buying fabric, I've gone much longer than that and that is where my problem is. I have not bought fabric in several years! I've been working from stash and buying what was needed to finish a project or make a project. Not much left over except maybe a little for a future applique project. For sure not enough to make 4 large quilts for graduation. I am left with uglies! And not enough to make 4 quilts and really, who wants to gift an ugly quilt let alone 4 of them? Not me! So I pulled a lot of my fabric out and cut it into 2 1/2 inch strips thinking I'd make some log cabin blocks and here is how far I got with one before I could not stand to work on it any more.

It's not horrible but it's not colors I like together at all and it definitely not for a teenage girl.

So I started with these colors and got this far before I wasn't sure what colors to add to it so I called in Dan to ask his opinion on these and do you know what he said?

He said "You need to buy fabric." Ha! He disliked it as much as I did, possibly more. So I started searching the internet for fabric and found fat quarter sets I liked but I wasn't ready to give up yet so I started playing with some tea dying and Rit dye and white Kona cotton.

And I ended up with this from the Rit dye. Whoops, I forgot to take a picture of the tea dyed fabric but I will try to remember to get one but here is the purple and orange I did.

I spent 2 days cutting 2 inch strips out of it and here are those strips along with colors I pulled from my stash to go along with it.

I then sewed and sewed and sewed and here is some of what I sewed.

I know you are wondering what I am doing with these strips but you will have to be patient and stay tuned!

And just for kicks here is the awesome gluten free hot dog buns I made. Finally! Good hot dog buns!

Also, because it makes me laugh, Susan in her last minute Halloween costume.