Humane Society ‘Adopt Me’ Vests

MangoBeans Adopt Me Dog Vests

I’ve been busy doing volunteer work for my local Humane Society.  I have lots of fabric that I doubt I’ll ever use and this was a great project to use up some of it.

These vests are worn during Adopt Days. Continue reading

I Spy Quilt

Have you ever played the “I Spy” game? Did you play it as a child? Well, I was in the dark until I came across a quilt named I Spy. The more I looked at it, I realized it was a great teaching opportunity and at the same time a fun game!   “I spy something Red” or “I spy a bird”. The other person has to find that item.

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Wholecloth & Trapunto Quilt

This is one of my favorite quilts. It was completed a few years ago and I still love it. The trapunto always makes me smile. 20090321_Anglelas_completed345kb

It’s cream cotton sateen with silk thread. Approx 45″ x 60″.

When I buy fabric, I usually buy a 1/4 yard more. Continue reading

Baby it’s cold outside

So what better to do than make a heating pad? For years I’ve had one made out of a old dish towel & some rice. Now I have my fox wrap and isn’t she’s a cutie!

20140307_fox_heatingpad20-87KShe’s 28″ from nose to the tip of the tail and keeps me warm. I don’t like the smell of heated rice so this time I mixed in barley and it smells much better. Thinking of rye seeds also?

If you’ve used other types of grain or seeds, let me know.

I wasn’t sure about heating fleece in a microwave, so there’s a 5″ opening underneath that allows me to remove a 15″ x 3″ grain bag. The bag is made of muslin and divided into 3 sections so the barley doesn’t all fall to the head & tail areas.

Strata Quilt, or is it called a Tile Quilt?

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Hi again. I wanted to show you my Strata quilt that I started in April 2011. It was tons of fun to design and play with the different colors (see below).  My stash had many batiks that I’ve never used so I decided to put them all in one quilt.

20140211_strata_front_680 Here’s the finished quilt, but I wanted to talk about the designing part. I use Adobe Photoshop Elements to design. This allows me to make lay out decisions and ‘see’ the finished quilt long before I even start sewing. Continue reading