Saturday, December 20, 2008

A quilt for Brian's wife

Over the summer I heard of a man who wanted a quilt with some pictures & words on it. It became one with names of his family members & some other words. It is for his wife. He said she likes pink & purple, but not roses. Do you know how hard it is to find pink fabric for grownups without roses?

This is how it turned out. He decided against pictures & we just went with words. I'm pretty pleased with it, although I wasn't sure for a while.

Brian is a fantastic guy. It is obvious that he adores his wife. I did have a huge fear that I'd get a call from her one day demanding to know who I am and why her husband kept calling me. I'm sure my planned "Uh, ask your husband" answer wouldn't have helped much. It was wonderful to make this for him.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

You can get the whole universe in this little bag...

Maybe not really... a good chunk of the solar system is on this bag though! I made it for a Mad Scientists of Etsy team challenge. The challenge was to make a tribute to Nicholas Copernicus. Copernicus was famous for showing scientifically that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the universe.

I handpainted the sun with fabric paints. The reverse side of the bag is quilted with the name "Nicolaus Copernicus". There is a triple pocket inside and a magnetic snap holds the whole thing together!

This was my first attempt at fabric painting. I'm really pleased with the results! Mr. Forrest Brandon (my Jr. High art teacher) would be proud!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Moon in the Morning

Recently my daughter B had her first encounter with astronomy. The other morning we looked out of the nursery window and there was the moon. Not an extraordinary event, but we don't often see the moon at that time of day. This was of great concern to B since she's supposed to stay in bed until the sun is up. In her mind, the sun and moon can't be up at the same time. We explained that sometimes the moon stays up too late (the moon is nocturnal, so the morning is its bedtime) and we can see it in the mornings. This seemed to work and B was incredibly excited and we rushed out to take pictures. We didn't take the time to get dressed, but she slowed enough to grab her Tinkerbell cell phone so she could take her own shots. She didn't want to come in even though it was quite chilly for a September morning.

I'm very excited about her interest in anything scientific since I'm a math/ science kind of person (so is her dad). Maybe she'll be a great astronomer and make Pluto a planet again. Maybe she'll just continue to look into the sky with the same wonder and excitement she had that morning. I'd be happy either way.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

My Brief Stint With Sweatshirt Quilts

A couple of years ago when my daughter was 2 or 3 months old, I heard that someone wanted a sweatshirt quilt or two made. They were shirts from the deceased wife of a widower. The task was a bit intimidating, but I plunged in. With both feet and a newborn.

That's the last time I'll make a quilt out of sweatshirts! I learned that they are incredibly heavy. I learned that I don't like to tie quilts. Not at all. Plus, I messed up the big one the first time around and had to re-do it. I did enjoy figuring out how the shirts would work together and figuring out how much of the scraps from the shirt I had & could use elsewhere. I'll try some with t-shirts though!

Here are some photos:

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Quilts I made for my nephews and nieces

Since I'm Aunt Cindy, I'll start by sharing the creations I've made for those who call me Aunt Cindy.

Here is a series I made for my sister's 3 kids. On a geeky note, they're tesselations! I like how different they look when they're the same pattern.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

OMG I opened an Etsy shop!

Usually I'm not the type to use OMG, but I thought it was appropriate today. My oldest nephew, who coined the term "Aunt Cindyland", apparently talks like that now. He's 13. My sister has started talking like that now, too. She's way older than 13. It cracks me up.

Here's the link to my new shop:
I hope you visit often!