Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Ghastly Party... It's BYOB!

Welcome to Crooked Gulley's Ghastly Project!

If you go into the city tonight you're in for a scary surprise!
For every Ghastly that ever there was
Will gather there for certain because...
Tonight's the night the Ghastlies are having their GALA!

What's that you say?? It's BYOB?
I need a wine carrier that's made just for me?
I've got it! I've found it!  

It screams, "LOOK and SEE!"

It's chic and carries the best Chardonnay,
There's even more room for Merlot and Cabernet!
Sparkly with pockets and secure compartments.
And think of all the marvelous compliments!

There's room for a cheese board, knife, and bread,
Oh what a marvelous, delicious spread!
Check out the pockets for napkins and corkscrew.

How about the backside? It's cute and chic, too.

It's simply sublime, and I'll look divine!
And... now, I'm done with this silly rhyme!!!

     Well... I can hardly wait for the next BYOB party at my golfing community.

No more brown paper bags for moi. 
I now have the end all in party carriers.

     I could have used basic fat quarters, but had to buy a yard of the green to get the perfect placement of the pictures. I also double lined all four sides with quilt batting. I wanted the protection and the insulation to keep my chardonnay cold. The carrier's width is the same as a wine bottle on it's side. That way if I'm taking just one bottle (which is usually the case... I'm not a lush!) it can place it on it's side. The bag is also a wine bottle tall. So, basically it is a square. The handles are just strap webbing material sold by the yard at Joanns or Walmart. I used metallic silver thread to quilt the lovely ladies hair, the knives... and the candles.

     That's it, that's all. Just a cute sassy, classy BYOB party bag. Hope you enjoyed seeing it.

And... don't forget to visit the other Ghastly Blogs for today
Mrs. Jane Ghastly
Mrs. Mary Ghastly
Mrs. Michelle Ghastly
Mrs. Dawn Ghastly
Mrs. Mary Ghastly... That's me... you're here

Keep stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary

Birch Tree Grove

I'm back to being artistic and adventurous with fabric... This is where I like to be... playing with colors and pretending that I know what I'm doing!
So... Here's my newest endeavor...

I have several landscape art quilt books that I've noted in previous posts. Both books advise to cut out shapes and use a regular glue stick to temporarily hold them on the background. Then you use invisible thread to attach permanently. Next you shade the tree trunk sides with oil pastels. Well... and this is where I usually get into trouble... I got to thinking... why attach with invisible thread and then shade with pastels... Why not shade and attach in one step. So, I used an irregular zig-zag stitch on my machine and stitched the left sides of the tree trunks with a dark poly thread and the right sides with a light gray poly thread... I love my results! I think it is shaded better than what I did on previous work with the oil pastels. And, I loved being able to thread sketch some definition into the trunks.

For the tree tops... Well I have a long way to go. But for now I'll say that rather than use the glue stick to attach I went back to fusing. AND... I cut the irregular shapes with my pinking shears! That was an incredible "ah, ha" for me.

 I'm going to fine tune the area; possibly bring the leaves lower on the trunks, and then start thread sketching details and layers. Scary thought... I don't want to be queen of the seam ripper again, so I may do some research on techniques and experiment on scraps... (What a novel idea!)  I also want to use the fabric markers and sketch in more tree trunks in the background so that it all looks more three dimensional.

That's it for now... I'm off to walk and then clean house.
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary

Monday, October 31, 2011

Funky Bear is finished

I have finished Emma Kate's baby quilt and will get it in the mail to her tomorrow. I added a bumble bee on one of the flowers because this summer we had a family reunion and called it the "Buzzin' Cousin" Reunion. Everything was bumble bees... even on our tee shirts that we made. Well, Emma Kate will be the newest "Buzzin' Cousin" when she soon arrives.

I also took the scraps from the quilt, added a daisy flannel fat quarter and made a mini quilt to keep in the diaper bag. That way Emma Kate's mommy will always have a clean place to put that cute pink bottom when changing the diaper on the go.

So here is Little Funky Bear all finished...

He is so very cute!

Now I'm free to start working on my art quilt projects. I'm anxious to get back to the trees!
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary