I started my red & gold project using “flip and sew” piecing. I am not happy with it. It’s too angular and, apparently, I can’t sew a straight seam anymore. Look how it puckered, despite my efforts to iron it into submission! I’ve taken two patches off and may disassemble the whole thing and start over.
I am dragging out my copy of J. Marsha Michler’s, Crazy Quilting, the Complete Guide, and consulting her, “Ten Ways to Patch a Crazy Quilt.” I think, since I have a foundation, I’m going to try the antique method. I’m back to Charlotte to babysit tomorrow, and I won’t have to lug my sewing machine. We’ll see what happens with that!
This didn’t scan too well, either, but I’m pretty pleased with it. I tacked a piece of waste canvas on this scrap of what looks like dupioni silk. Then I followed a cross stitch pattern with seed beads. The fabric is actually an antique gold, and I didn’t have much of a selection of bead colors, so it looks like Christmas. I enjoyed the stitching and pulling the threads out of the waste canvas, too. I’ll be trying this on velveteen, soon.
I left the backing on this image to give stability while I added beads. I’ll leave it on until I sew something to the left side as I didn’t leave much of a seam allowance.
I tied to make toy goldfish in a bag of clear soap to give the neighbors kids for Christmas. (See Dec. 20.) They came out pretty murky, and I didn’t finish them in time. I got the idea from the Martha Stewart show. http://www.marthastewart.com/article/fish-in-a-bag-soap?
They were so adorable, and since I make glycerin soaps, I had almost everything on hand. I ordered my fish from eBay.
I’m not giving up on them, though. Murky, or not, they’re still pretty cute. Maybe I’ll give them to the kids on the Epiphany.
Whew! So much to do in so little time! I am working on a new project I saw on the Martha Stewart Show last week. You fill a clear plastic bag half full of clear glycerine soap. When it begins to set, you add a tiny toy fish. Later, you spray the first layer with rubbing alcohol and add another layer. When the soap has set, you tie the bag with a string, and it looks just like a goldfish you’ve brought home from the pet store!