Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Leather Crazy Quilt Square

I dreamed about this last night....and Cathy Wiggins says....'if you can dream it..you can do it'.  haha   I guess she's right.  #itsbetterinleather

I have an embroidery CD that makes crazy quilt blocks.....this was done entirely on the embroidery machine.  it is 8" square.

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Freakin' Awesome!!   i love leather....i love my embroidery machine.  i am so excited!

A whole leather quilt would be too heavy, but what about every other block as leather.

hahahahahaha

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Leather Zebras #itsbetterinleather

Once again, every time i make a new leather animal....it is my favorite. haha

The zebras are a pattern in Make it With Leather, Aug-Sep 1974.  Bless Uncle Johnny for saving all those all magazines. This is the pattern...

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And this is how the picture looked in the magazine...

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And here is my version...

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It is 14 x 16.5".  

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The white leather is pigskin. Don't laugh at my cross hatching....I can NEVER get it even....I mark and it doesn't help me. haha  On the cross hatching, I stopped at the animal....backtracked....lifted the needle...moved to the other side of the animal...backtracked...and finished sewing the line.  then i had a whole lot of strings to trim. but i knew if i didn't do it that way, it would look even more wobbly than it does.

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The back is black fabric from the stash. I was lucky enough to have a black and white stripe for the binding.

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Top threads were Glide black and white.....bobbin threads were So Fine black and white.

Leather dye used was Eco-Flo in black, range tan, java brown and bison brown

Hubby requested a buck for the next leather animal. I'll have to see if i have a pattern for that. but, if i make one...he will want it. haha

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Green Selvage Square Rounds

Another selvage quilt.....who is sneaking over and filling up my selvage boxes?...i can't seem to empty them. I finished piecing this on May 28, 2014. It is 73" square. 

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The middle is done with a spirograph like tool from the Quiltazoid people. 

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I did different feathers in each of the green rounds...and different leaves in each of the black rounds.

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As i mentioned in a previous post, two corners got some drama because i watched a Jamie Wallen video and had to go and try it. haha

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The back is pieced from green fabrics in the stash

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My pictures pretty much suck today...no sun...bad lighting...and inept camera person. haha

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Thread used was Glide light olive for the top and So Fine bright green for the bobbin. This took 12 bobbins...sort of surprised me that it took so many, but the things i quilted were dense, so i guess that was about right.

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The binding is a mix of greens. most were trimmed from the back and then i added enough from the binding stash to make the length that i needed.

This one has a heavy batting in it.....plus the base piece for the selvages....and all those seams, so it has some weight to it.  good for the winter.

I think it's time to get back to leather for a while.

Monday, November 28, 2016

This is what happens....

....when you watch a Jamie Wallen video. hahahaha   this border is going to have leaves. but now, since i just HAD to try it out.....2 corners will have a bit of something from Jamie. haha   

Jamie had a 6" border and mine is only 4", so the effect is a bit different since my largest circles pretty much take up the whole space. but the idea is the same and i'm lovin' it.  

Thank you, Jamie.   i am now off to jamie's site to order the proper templates for the circles and ovals. his are much easier to use than mine.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Next graffiti project at the Duck

The only major room that doesn't have graffiti at the Duck is the main bedroom....and we can't have that, can we?  Since I still had boxes of graffiti pieces left, I gave some thought as to what to do with them. I finally decided on a 'color block' theme.  I purchased lot of wooden frames of various sizes. I will hang them on the top 4 feet of 3 walls. Some will hang vertical, some horizontal....all pretty close together. I have 19 frames finished so far....all frames will be painted black.  It might be spring by the time they all get hung, since i have to finish the walls first...and paint.  but that's ok....in the meantime I'll just keep gluing and painting frames. hahahaha

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The pieces hanging on the frames in the plastic bags are the pieces that will cover the screws once i get them on the wall. an innovation i just came up with

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Need something graffiti'd in your house?  hahaha

Kitchen Island for the Duck ... made by my son

My son has been working on this for a few months now. I finally got it. I gave him some measurements but told him he could go a couple inches either way....it went a couple inches more on EVERY way. haha  I told him to make it funky and i liked color. once he had the basic box done, i never saw it again. when i would ask about it....he said you don't tell the artist how to paint the mona lisa.

It is a one of a kind and i guarantee you will never see another. it is 52" wide; 28" deep; 40" high 

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There are rakes at the bottom of the doors because he says people usually close floor cabinets with their foot. 

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The handles on the doors are deer antlers...held on by pieces of rebar.

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Here it is open. inside the doors are painted green...funky

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There is a lazy suzan in there....made with different types and colors of wood.  the top shelf is painted purple....i told him to make it funky.

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The bottom shelf pulls out

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There is a basket in the pull out shelf....held down with old fashioned can openers.

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The top is made of slabs of redwood that i got for him to make this.

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The corners are copper...that he fashioned

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And he calls these butterflies...that holds the wood together

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I love that he used the piece with the cool knot in it

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I wanted a couple shelves on the side for cookbooks...check...has funky red metal holding them up. i love that he left the metal unpainted and just as it was. he says the metal pieces were from an old horse and buggy wagon

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I requested spice racks for the other side...check....very fancy. the handles are from silverware...both sides have handles

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He cut out all the decorations freehand; his wife designed them. There is red metal around them, with large springs...he said those are just for fun. but you could put your foot on the rack on the bottom to help push it if you wanted to. that baby is heavy.

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And he had to put his name on one of them. haha   i told him i thought artists usually signed things down in a corner....smallish.  he just laughed

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There is a towel rack on the back. you unscrew one side and slide on your towels. there is also room for a dish towel to hang.

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The ends of the towel racks have little horseshoes....and fancy knobs with Texas stars.

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The bottom has red locking wheels. This was so awesome, when i saw it i cried. he took a video...i hope that does not wind up on facebook. hahaha

I am loving my kitchen island.....that boy can do funky, can't he?

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