Monday, April 18, 2022

Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop (My Day)


I'm happy to be participating in another fun blog hop, this time hosted by Joan of Moosestash Quilting.

Be sure to visit all of today's participants:
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I've made two projects for this hop. Here's how I created the first one:

When I saw the theme of this hop my first thought, (no doubt aided by the hop's logo shown above), was that of a color wheel. 


I started doing some research on Pinterest about color wheels, and realized that they are used in coloring exercises, by both children and adults. Then I saw that a lot of the coloring pages contain mandalas. If you're not familiar with mandalas, here's a bit of a description from the "Dummies" website:

"A mandala is a spiritual symbol in Buddhism and Hinduism. It's a symbolic representation of the universe with an inner and outer world. The word mandala comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. Literally mandala means "circle." The circle is seen as a magical form, without beginning and end, just as the universe is believed to have no end."

Next, I searched for Mandalas that could be converted into fabric, and I settled on a very simple one that you can find here. (If the link doesn't take you directly to the pin with the mandala, I can email the image to you. It doesn't seem to be on the original pinner's website any longer. I don't want to post the image on my blog because it belongs to someone else.)

I stitched the mandala up in wool felt and embroidery floss, following the color wheel. The final piece measures approximately 15.5" square. Here's what I came up with:


Hopefully, it's a good representation of the color wheel. The design is very different from what I usually sew, but it was a fun exercise for me. I added a backing onto the square, and it can be displayed on a wall or used on a table.

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For my second project, I purchased this sweet pattern from Etsy to make no-sew wool felt tulips. I thought it'd be a great way to bring some Spring color into my home!

I first made the tulips in two shades of lilac and am very happy with how they came out. I love the combination of colors with the green leaves and the green in my dishes.



The pattern was very easy to follow. The only thing I changed was that I used Aleene's Tacky Glue instead of hot glue because I kept burning my fingers! I quickly got requests from two friends to make tulips for them. Here's the set for one in two shades of yellow:


And the other set for the other friend is an assortment of colors:


So much fun!
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I love to read your comments and try to reply to them all via email, unless you are a "No Reply Blogger."

Finally, be sure to visit everyone participating in this fun hop!

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Time in a Bottle Blog Hop (My Day)

 


It's time for another fun blog hop, this time brought to us by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Here's the list of today's participants:

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The theme of this hop is the Hourglass Quilt Block. As most of you know, I primarily work in wool felt applique, and I'm not that experienced in quilting. I've never attempted the hourglass block before this hop, and it took me a few tries to get the hang of it. When I did, I created four 4.5" hourglass blocks. Then, I tried to figure out what to do with them, or if I wanted to make more. I did a lot of online searching, and finally decided to use my hourglasses to make a 12.5" Ohio Star block.


Then my new plan was to turn the block into a pillow for my office. I added a border to the block and did some simple in-the-ditch quilting.


Finally, I added a pillow back, sewed it together and stuffed it. Here's the completed 15" pillow:


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I love to read your comments and will try to reply to them all unless you are a No Reply Bloger.

Finally, be sure to visit everyone participating in this great hop!