My week in review

I have yet to make it home before 9:00 p.m. this week (I leave the house at 7:00 a.m.) so not much is happening in the new studio besides cat naps (the two cats, not me or Sweetie). But I’ve eeked in a few obligatory projects…

Four Red Dress blocks for the quilt my quilt group is making to auction off at the American Heart Association Gala in February:

These dresses will be the four cornerstone blocks in a sampler quilt with applique borders. I did fusible applique with a small zig-zag stitch to finish the edges.

I also made this star-in-a-star block for the same quilt, my contribution to the sampler portion. I had a little trouble with my star points in this one, and if I were to do it again, I would paper piece it for better points and precision…live and learn. This block shows the other colors being incorporated into the quilt:

I also got a good start on my Sis Boom Pow! applique blocks…only sneak peeks at this point, they are still works in progress!

These Jennifer Paganelli fabrics are to die for! She donated the fabrics to us (30 internet-connected quilters across the globe) to create blocks to go into a quilt that will be auctioned for charity.

And I got started on another stencilled screenprint-look T-shirt for a birthday gift:

For my non-United States visitors, I should explain the phrase, “I geek banjos”. There is currently a nationwide advertising campaign going on to promote using your library. You can check out the link here. There are billboards, bumper stickers for your car, t-shirts you can custom order, and a website to share what you research or read (i.e. “geek”) at the library. The T-shirt above is for a certain guitar player who recently bought a banjo, just for fun, and is now obsessed with all things banjo. You can custom order t-shirts with you own phrase, for example…”I geek quilting”, “I geek crafts”, “I geek fly fishing”, “I geek literature”…you name it, but the custom shirts are $30+ dollars, a little spendy for this gal.

I remember as a kid, being at a department store or the mall with my mom and wanting something, and she would say something like, “$17.00?!? That’s ridiculous! I could make it for half that!” and we would leave empty handed. Sometimes, she made a facsimile of the item desired, sometimes she wouldn’t get around to making it and I’d put it out of my mind. As a kid, I always just wished we could buy the one already made. Now I appreciate everything handmade I ever had…and I am now SO my mother’s daughter…!

Star Wars in Screenprint

If you’ve read my blog for long, you know that despite having no children of my own, I do spoil the little ones in my life. My best friend’s son turned five on Thursday. Last year, everything was about the pirates and I made him this. This year? It’s all Star Wars, all the time. I had to Google what a “clone trooper” was (his Halloween costume) because I am of the original Star Wars generation, being just seven years old when the first movie came out, and I’ve only seen one other Star Wars film beyond that first one. I like the original. But…Star Wars, I’ve found out, has come a long way since the C3PO and R2D2 and hunky Han Solo of my youth.

I prefer to make something when a gift is in order. With boys, it gets soooo much harder as they get older. But then I remembered seeing this idea from Amy. And a unique birthday gift was born…
I started with two tiny downloaded images from the web…drew them larger and put them together into one cohesive design. Cut out a freezer paper stencil…the tedious part…
Ironed it on to the t-shirt, and ironed on another piece of freezer paper to the inside of the shirt front, for stability and as a paint blotter for any that might seep through. stippled paint on for about a half hour making sure everything covered evenly…Waited patiently over night to remove the stencil…and VOILA! An original Doris Screenprint!I wish you could see this and touch it, it really does look just like a professionally screen-printed design! Not bad for a girl who didn’t know what a Clone Trooper was a week ago, huh?!?His Star Wars/Lego birthday party is today, and I can’t wait to give this to him! I also have several more “screen print” designs in mind for future projects.