Just a head’s up that I shared a tutorial for sewing up vintage treat bags over on the Spoonflower blog
. I know it’s only September, but to me that means it is just in time to get all those Halloween crafts going :)
In late August I headed to the DC Modern Quilt Guild’s sewing day at Patches quilt shop in Mt. Airy MD. The directions on my phone took me along beautiful empty roads, and took just a little over an hour so it was quite a nice drive. I brought along my diamond hexie quilt
to work on, which has been neglected in the evenings as I work on either my Halloween quilt
, or drawing and painting underglazes onto pottery.
There were so many beautiful quilts shown during the “show and tell” segment of the meeting, and you can see the finished heart quilts for Pulse
in the outdoor photo, they were all so amazing lined up together. The members worked on these before we joined the guild but I am so glad I got to see them before they were shipped off.
Jessee worked on tiny hexies next to me in the Rifle Paper/Cotton & Steel fabric collection
. The images were all perfect for tiny fussy cutting! I have been having so much fun being a member even though I’ve only been to two sew day meetings so far. I have already taken part in one guild swap, and signed up for another, have plans to spend a day at an upcoming sewing retreat, and bought a guild t-shirt.
On week days I have been spending a few hours each morning working at the ceramics studio. It has really become one of my favorite ways to start the day. So far I always have the studio to myself too, and so I just play music and putter around trimming pieces I threw the day before, glazing stuff, throwing. It’s been really lovely. The bowl at the top is a newer piece, and I’ll have to get photos of the outside of the bowl soon.
One of the first things I wanted to try after I joined the guild was experimenting with paper resist. I made a quick slab plate and tray because I was so eager to try it out. I cut my shapes from an Ikea catalog, and then went over them with colored slip. I chose the blue and yellow because they were the only colored slip the studio had that I could use right away. Everything else seemed dried out.
After the bisque firing I went back in with an underglaze pencil and drew in my witch, raindrops, and scallops. I love how the pencil turns out. Then I glazed it in clear and you can see it after the final firing below. I still haven’t glazed and fired the skeleton plate yet, but hope to do that soon.