needle felted.

 

It’s nice to try new things. Last weekend it was needle felting thanks to a class at the library.

 

needle felted

 

I’m not gonna lie, it’s a little violent. Several people in the class really seemed to be getting out some aggression. The idea is to mat the fibers together with a sharp, barbed needle. Just lovely. And you have to pay careful attention not to needle felt your finger. I think I got myself once, which wasn’t too bad considering my coordination sometimes.

 

At first I got a little carried away with making beads. It was fun mixing colors and trying to make them as dense and round as possible. Then the flying saucer (far right) happened. Not my best work. I figured it was time to move on, and I got the idea to make a saguaro cactus to use as a pincushion. I really kind of like it. I just need to figure out what to use for a base…

 

felt saguaro

just peachy.

I’m starting to think that stress is a dirty word, and wondering if it would be more productive just to take it out of my vocabulary. Spring Quilt Market is fast approaching and I’m finding the need to keep the pressure in check. Good thing sewing helps.

 

Here’s a sneak peak at some of my market prep. I’m loving the peach lately.

 

peach fabric stack

 

…and just in case the sewing doesn’t work, there’s always this.

 

miniMINI sunrise update.

Remember this weekend project from a little while ago?

 

Here’s an update.

 

miniMINI sunrise quilt

 

She’s all quilted, bound, and photographed. The orderly 1/4″ quilting, via my walking foot, gives it a nice texture without competing with the prints. I don’t always bind with the border fabric, but I liked the idea of keeping this one consistent. Of course, I had to break it up with a couple fabric scraps, and I am shocked that the hands came out perfectly positioned. Wish I could say I planned that.

 

miniMINI sunrise quilt binding detail

 

 

grove of one.

Sometimes it takes me a little while to photograph things after I’ve finished them. It’s just something that I tend to put off. Sound familiar to anyone else? Last week, I finally tackled photographing a stack of recently finished projects. Here’s one of them.

 

grove sample with stamped border

 

I made this block (from my Grove pattern) at an event in Vero a few weeks ago. After some thought, I decided that I kind of liked it all by itself, rather than making it into something larger. I’ve been into little projects lately. They are great for trying out new ideas. Plus they make fun little pieces of art–and gifts too.

 

I liked the idea of using my art quilt stamps to create my own fabric for the border. In doing this, I realized one benefit to printing my own fabric was that I did not have to fussy-cut my directional print to work out in my project. I just cut the strips for the border first and then stamped the print in the direction that I wanted them to go. So now they match.

 

stamped fabric in my grove sample

 

I’ve also been really into some straight-ish quilting.

 

stamped fabric in my grove sample

 

And here was the original sans stamping, borders, and quilting. It always amazes me to see how much each part of the process affects the way it looks and feels.

 

orange and green grove quilt block by carolyn friedlander