I want to start by showing off the project that Jean and I worked on this weekend. Although we didn't get together, we both separately made aprons for the quarterly challenge over at All People Quilt. Tomorrow is the deadline and since we both love aprons, entering the challenge was a no-brainer. Let me just say, I am not a contest person. I don't like to compete. I really don't like havng my work judged. I'm a novice quilter/sewer and still learning the ropes. But Jean and I wanted to do this together, so I thought what the hay?
Here are our entries:
This one is mine. Jean dubbed it "Read All About It" based on the old joke: What's Black and White and Read all over? A Newspaper!
This one is Jean's. Hers is called "Cherry Bomb".
Both are made with Robert Kauman fabrics. If you'd like to see these and other entries in the contest, here is the link. Feel free to vote for our entry, we'd love to win some goodies!
I also hit some yard sales yesterday. I think I spent a total of $15 and got some really great stuff!This blue shelf was at the first yard sale I went to and was only $3. I have absolutely no clue what I will do with it, but I love the color and the aged appearance. The white one was at the last place I stopped and was $2. I think I'm going to put the white one in my bedroom and fill it with some knick knacks.
I paid .50 for this little owl, but he was a bit too shiny for me, so he quickly became teal in color:
I know he looks blue, but, again, the lighting in my studio makes for horrible picture colors.
I paid a dollar for this wire heart basket, which I'd love to fill with flowers, but since I kill all flowers and plants rather quickly, I will have to find a different use for this.
This black wire basket was probably my favorite find. This is a horrible picture of it because you can't really see the details, but it's really cool and once I fill it with a whole set of apples, I will take a better picture. I considered painting it, but I think I'm going to leave it black.
Speaking of apples, I made a few more like the one I made last weekend. I really love making these!
This is my favorite one. I love the fabric and it matches perfectly with the new blue shelf!
This is another one made out of a vintage sheet.
And this is just a better picture of the original one I made last week.
I think I mentioned that these are huge. More like a grapefruit size than any apple I've ever seen! After making these, I played with the pattern a bit and was able to downsize it to real apple size.
This was a test apple using the smaller pattern and it turned out fine. I have a wrought iron apple stand that I want to fill with fabric apples in coordinating colors and this is the perfect size.
After finishing the apron today and making the apples, I worked a little more on folding and organizing my fabric stash. I really don't like this wire shelf and I have a shelf I want to use for my fabric, but it won't fit into the space I have (yet) so I am using this one for now.
Sadly, I am quickly running out of space on this shelf and this is maybe a quarter of my fabric stash. I'm going to need to do a major reorganization of my studio soon!
So that's it for now! Please remember to check out my entry into the quarterly challenge and vote for my and Jean's aprons. The link above should take you straight to our entry!