Denyse Schmidt Solids Obsession

Denyse Schmidt Solids Obsession

So. I have a problem. I freely admit it. I love this box of fabric……   Like really love. So much so that when I bought my first box, I wouldn’t open it and use it. It made me sad to see think of the beautiful rainbow of not quite full hue colors being separated from one another. I just wanted to hug and pet them just the way they were! I seriously had to buy a second box so I could crack into the first! I wanted to use them and keep them. Since you can’t have your cake and eat it too, I decided to put them together with my favorite pattern – simple patchwork. I had tons of denim laying around so I made 9 patches alternating a color with the denim both right side up and upside down.   I’d never really worked with denim before so I didn’t notice that mine had a little stretch to it. It warped it a bit, but I’ve never been known to care about things like that! Now I have a nice wall hanging that displays all the colors nicely. Perhaps I should actually hang it on the wall....
Alice in Wonderland’s Dressing Room

Alice in Wonderland’s Dressing Room

Here’s another thing I made for an instagram swap. Through stalking, I found my swap-ee was an Alice in Wonderland fan. I set out to make Alice’s outfit in the Disney style of simple blue dress with white apron. Both fortunately and unfortunately, I lost my way and she because more 50’s looking. I, of course, love the retro style though it may not have been the right finish for my swap-ee. (sorry 🙁 ) As always, while completely happy with the outcome, I learned some things from this project. If I started all over again, I would make a few different decisions. I think I would just pick up some Barbie hose or tights. I struggled like nobody’s business to make those and they still would fit an amazon woman. I would REALLY re-think the shoes. I gave too much credit to finishing and they look more like blobs than shoes to me. I’d probably use more a circle skirt cut rather than an A-line cut. I’d also make that damn spade about half the size. I’m still mad I made it so big! There are things I love about it. Like the pockets on the apron. D’awwww! I do enjoy the 3D effects and really like the shape of the body form.   Here’s some photos along the...
Beauty and The Beast Stained Glass Rose Quilted Wall Hanging

Beauty and The Beast Stained Glass Rose Quilted Wall Hanging

As some of you know, I love to do craft swaps; however, the large style ones with tons of swappers tend to be a little too rigid in timing for me. I’ve been lucky to be invited to a Round Robin swap that will go from August to November. My first spaw-ee is @charmingminis She makes the funnest miniature paintings on jewelry sized charms and larger canvases. Be sure to check her work out, I’m know you’ll see you something your life wouldn’t be complete without. I noticed she worked on a rather large piece recently that featured the stained glass from Beauty and the Beast. Since I also love the stained glass from Beauty and the Beast, I thought it a perfect project to translate it to fiber. Here’s the finished piece – Curious how it came together? Following is a brief description of the steps I took to make the wall hanging. There is a downloadable template for the line art as well as the .pes embroidery file. It is not a full tutorial or step by step instructions, rather a guide to get you started if you’d like to do something like it. If you have questions or would like more details about a particular step, feel free to ask!   When I work on pieces like this, I used lots of varied quilting techniques. Sometimes I do raw edge applique, sometimes turned, sometimes paper piecing, sometimes standard piecing. I’ll use bias tape, thread sketching, or any kinds of embellishments that I may think will enhance the project. In the image above you see the three...