SIMPLY SOPHISTICATED DESIGN WITH A TASTE OF THE UNEXPECTED.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Barnyard Fabric Matching Game


Marny here…don't you just love the toddler stage when that little voice proudly gives you the sound each animal or vehicle makes?  I thought a set of images that brought out these sounds would be fun.  Amazingly I had the perfect fabric in my workroom.  Then it dawned on me that if they were pairs of images made into fabric "cards" they could become a matching game and then a memory game as skills were acquired.   
Starting with Free Range fabric from Monaluna.  Cute creatures and objects illustrate the entire alphabet in an overall print.   My matching game project calls for the barnyard animals, tractor and barn buildings.


This tractor stripe is fun for the back of the "cards". 


Lucky me, a supply of fusible fleece awaits on the shelf.


9'' wof strip of fusible fleece fused following the package directions to the back of the tractor fabric.


Pairs chosen and ready to be sewn. 


Rather than spending the time to cut the backing and fleece precisely to size the little image rectangles are pinned, right sides together with the backing fabric.  (The fused fleece is unseen, but against the table.)  Next, I cut crudely around the shapes.  They will be more precisely cut after stitching.


Stitch around, leaving an opening for turning. Then trim around the shape and cut off the corners as shown.


Turn right side out, pushing corners out carefully. Tuck in the edges of the opening and press.


Topstitch all around, close enough to the edge to stitch the opening closed. Perfection not required.  Just a hint, if your machine balks at sewing through the thicknesses just increase the stitch length one or two settings and see if that helps.  


One down, lots to go.
Wanna play?



Till Tuesday…

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Canstruction, Mazes and Hallways

jill here...  Washington DC has some great architecture, outdoor and in.  Last weekend we opted for the indoor version where there was an exhibit of "Canstruction", displays constructed from cans.


We were moving fast due to active little feet (not much time to read)....


You get the picture...very creative ways to build an idea..


This one represents a "Willy Wonka"  candy factory.






This is the impressive building.  Large columns and arched hallways surround the atrium.  The lower portion of the photograph is a large scale maze.


Fun to observe from above without even entering.

Looking even higher is impressive.

The best parts of the building were the hallways...open for a toddler to make a run on a rainy day.
'Till next Tuesday....

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

So cool, the Ice Bucket Challenge

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Marny here…with something a bit different and personal; my husband challenging other Iowa State team physicians with the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Way to go Pete!!  Hope you all can see the 23 second movie.

Social media has so much potential for good.  The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is an example of social media creating a platform for raising money for and creating an awareness of an extraordinarily important cause.  Here is a link to the ALS Association website.  You can find out a great deal about this progressive neurodegenerative disease and about donating to the association.  The Ice Bucket challenge donations have exceeded expectations and an incredible number of new donors have chosen to contribute. It has been a Facebook and Twitter endeavor, but blogging a bit can't hurt! 

I first became aware of the Ice Bucket Challenge on NFL Countdown the other night (I think it was Thursday).  I know, I know…NFL Countdown.  Chris Berman not only gets his own bucket of water, but Cris Carter's aim is poor and soaks Berman with another bucket full.

Then other videos started trickling in on Facebook, emails, and conversations.  Here is a very touching one.  It puts a human face, and a lovingly humorous face at that, on the challenge.

On Friday I received a "Count Your Blessings" bracelet from dear friends.  The week points me in the direction of just that!! Hug your loved ones, enjoy the good moments, and be grateful. 

Till Tuesday…

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Support Team Cooks Up Tasty Measures

jill here....Our Tasty Measures samples just returned from the Sisters, Oregon show.  Wish we could have seen all the fun quilts.  Back in Iowa, we just couldn't get by without the help of our fan friends!  Isn't this baby Tasty Measures cute as a kitten?  This clever quilter lengthened it to just the right size (for this baby).


The measures are perfect for the scale of fabric prints.


The active cats are a great focus and the little red print adds that pizzazz!


I'm curious about what the print says... Now why isn't there a puppy print as cute as this?

'till next Tuesday....

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Stash Book authors

Marny here…very simple post today.  We are Stash Book authors.  Our rough draft was sent in yesterday.  Now we await further instructions and bind all our quilts like mad before sending them off.  Our publication date of October 2015 seems so far away, but from what we hear, the months will fly by.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cheddar No Crackers Hits the Beach

jill here...One  can never have enough pattern fans.  Our friend, Jane, just created this gender neutral Cheddar, No Crackers pattern for a special someone entering her life!  It tells a story for water lovers: 
crabs, fish, sharks and whales, OH MY!  Sort of an "I Spy"!  And because the prints are so isolated, they become a feature.


Can't go wrong with aqua and orange....



Note the little fish swimming in the waves!



And the details!


The fierce guys are relegated to the back!



Shipping off to the California beach for a special baby...
thanks, Jane, for sharing

"Till next Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More "modernizing" of traditional quilt blocks



Marny here…in a previous post we showed a few steps to add modern elements of asymmetry and negative space to blocks.  What do some modernized versions of the nine patch block look like in the traditional alternating grid?  What might they look like with just a tweak of the setting?    

Here is the starting point.
Traditional nine patch in traditional alternating grid setting.
Elongated nine patch in the same traditional alternating grid setting.
Negative space added to elongated block.  
Different distribution of color and negative space.
Modernized nine patch in a "new" setting.
Just a first step away from the "traditional" alternating grid.
Added negative space at the top and bottom of the quilt.  

The natural next step would be to try out altogether different settings!  There is no limit to the experimentation you could embark on with modernizing blocks and settings!  Hope you give it a try!  

Till Tuesday…