I have been making tote bags like crazy the last year or so. I don't know what came over me. If I am not making them from scratch I'm embellishing ready made ones with yoyos, flowers & hexis. I have thought of selling some but then "I" wouldn't have them anymore :) Who knows what will come of this madness. They are quicker to make than quilts & a lot of fun.
Upper left - made from an old quilt piece & a French dishtowel. Upper right made from some of my avocado dyed laces & part of an old bedspread. Lower left made from a Pillow cover I made & decided I had too many pillows. Lower right made from a shirt I made that didn't fit me right.
Left - I embellished a bag I bought at Wallmart. Right - made from an old antique quilt block.
Made from scratch using a vintage label printed onto fabric. I love to add old buttons to my projects.
Left made from a great pattern I found. Will have to look up the name. Upper right -made from scratch from some denim fabric I found at a thrift store. Lower right - a premade jean purse from Wallmart and embellished with goodies including one of my avocado dyed doilies.
I love ALL TYPES OF FABRICS that can be used in quilts & decorating. I have been admiring the shibori & boro designs I've been seeing lately online, especially because blue has always been my favorite color. Some quilt fabric manufacturers have even produced some similar prints. The original ones are hand dyed using indigo & woad dyes. I even experimented on boiling avocado pits to make my own peachy pink dye for dying some laces.
I have to "borrow" some images for the indigo fabrics to show you what I'm talking about.
Many techniques are used a achieve different designs.
Many items, mostly sold in Japan use the worn fabrics from old kimonos to make things such as purses & clothing. White thread is usually used for what is called sashiko stitching
Just yesterday I learned the term "African mudcloth" by searching the words indigo, boro & shibori on Etsy.
I have save lots of pics on my albums under the Indigo Boro title. See the upper lefthand corner of this blog for the link.
We covered our large patio last fall & I have purchased some new patio furniture & just put an outdoor baker's rack out there to place some of my garden goodies on. We also added a raised vegetable bed & planted our first mini garden. We extended our drip system for the planter & some pots. I jazzed the box up with an antique gate. I found it in Genoa. A local antique gun trader makes them our of pieces of discarded antique gates. Genoa has many Victorian homes so I guess supplies are easy to find. I was working outside today when it hit 95 degrees it's back inside for me.
We added Boo Boo Bear last year. He is in charge of the back yard!
And Thumper the Rabbit...
The quail love to hang out in our yard. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to snap a pic before they move on.
Also I found this great floral paisley Eiderdown at a local thrift store yesterday for $6. Woo hoo!
About a year ago a quilting friend of mine passed away. Her husband has gotten around to wanting something done with her quilting supplies. She has tons of beautiful quilt fabrics, along with dressmaking fabrics, decorator fabrics, kits, books, magazines & notions.
I and a couple of my quilting friends packed up her studio & "fabric room". The three of us are sorting through everything, measuring all fabrics & pricing everything. I've been at this about 3 weeks now with the portion I brought home & the other ladies as well. We will be starting to sell everything hopefully in July. First group is our quilting personal friends & the owner's quilting friends. Second will be an estate sale to the general public "somewhere".
I am also working on my 50th class reunion this summer to be held in the fall. I've been a busy, busy girl to say the least. Some photos below:
Long time posting. What I've been up to. We just got back from a 10 day trip to the Virginia area. We stayed with some old friends & visited the most amazing places. Washington DC, Gettysburg in PA, Harpers Ferry in WV, Antietam National Battlefield in MD, & other fun places. I've never been back east before so this was a real treat.
I'm still sewing & quilting like crazy but have been spending way too much time on Pinterest!
I saw a cute stuffie online made out of an old sweater & decided to make one of my own made out of an old t shirt.
I've recently finished up a ton of my yoyo projects & pattern writing. On Etsy. Just type in Berryvine Designs there & you'll find me. I'm now in English paper piecing madness so those patterns will be coming out shortly :)
These are 1/2" hexis - yikes! Basting stiches showing.