Experimental quilting- work in progress

Noelle Olpin

An experiment in every way.

I’ve had this idea rolling around in my head and in my dreams for a while now. With a bit of stolen time each day, I started dyeing fabric with coffee and tea, cutting without a straight edge, stitching blocks and washing fabrics and then arranging blocks.

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Then, making up the design and mapping all the blocks together.

No Rules Quilting, as I’ve come to think of it, is harder than you might think. It’s experimental quilting and you can’t do anything wrong, ever. Which is a relief and also a burden.

When there isn’t any one telling you what to do, no rules or steps to follow, the process can be exhausting. A constant mental battle on what you’ve been taught and know to be accepted (no exposed edges or uncut thread ends) within in the quilting/sewing communities and the beauty of irregularity, imperfection and what some might think of as a big mess.

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I like the result so much, I’m willing to toss all the rules aside and see what shakes down.

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At this point, the project slows down. The piecing work has been done on a sewing machine so far. I have plans for slow stitching- hand stitching the finish work. I love the look of Kantha quilting, so a lot of that look will be involved.

Noelle Olpin Noelle Olpin Noelle OlpinI’ve been attempting to let the ideas flow for finishing the edges on this experimental quilt. The project isn’t very big, a wall hanging size in fact (22″ x24″).

Perhaps a traditional binding, maybe not? A frame with the quilt stretched across the inside like an animal skin? Hung from a stick with loops? Stapled to the wall? ¬†We shall see…

Now, I carry this project with me wherever I go. Because the beauty of hand stitching is that you can do it anywhere and everywhere. And that’s what audiobooks are for…

Have a wonderful day!

 

wool felt shamrock garland

wool felt shamrock garlandA fun and easy DIY- a wool felt shamrock garland can cozy up your house for March and the anticipation of spring and summer to follow!
wool felt shamrock garland

Supplies:

  • Shamrock pattern- whatever size you like best, with 3 or 4 leaves.
  • Wool or wool felt
  • Embroidery floss.
  • Sequins
  • Beads
  • Wool felt balls or flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Tinsel trim
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
    wool felt shamrock garland
    wool felt shamrock garlandCut out the shamrock shapes (as many as you prefer) with a smaller shamrock cut for both sides. With the embroidery floss, sew the shamrocks 3 layers together with a running stitch.
    wool felt shamrock garlandSew the sequins onto both sides at the same time with a bead in the center of each detail to hold it in place. I stacked 2, 3 or 4 sequins of different shapes and colors to add plenty of texture and color.
    wool felt shamrock garlandAdd flowers, felt balls or anything else that you prefer in between the shamrocks. I also added various ribbons (in short 3 inch lengths) in between the shamrocks.
    wool felt shamrock garlandI needed some gold in the mix so I added the gold tinsel trim when stringing them together.
    wool felt shamrock garland
    wool felt shamrock garland
    wool felt shamrock garland
    wool felt shamrock garland
    wool felt shamrock garland
    wool felt shamrock garland
  • As you can see, I sewed the string to attach all of the shamrocks together just to the outside of the shamrocks. This worked fine but the string could have been threaded between the layers of wool and hidden a bit better. ¬†Thanks for following along, enjoy your springtime season and Happy St. Patricks Day!

Vintage valentines part 2

Here is the second installment of vintage valentines from my collection, equally as shocking and hilarious as part 1, perhaps even more so…
vintage valentines
Or I’m gonna take this hammer…

vintage valentines
Thankfully, this was originally published in the 1950’s and hopefully it gets a different reaction in 2012– funny but super inappropriate.

vintage valentines
OR… just imagine I’m a vampire (or werewolf) and now I’m all ears… what was it you were going to do to me?

vintage valentines
No words necessary, you had me when you skated up in the one strap pair of green pantaloons sans shirt.

vintage valentines
Aw come on, my hair looked like that all day yesterday.

vintage valentines
Made in USA, printed on there, just in case.

vintage valentines
A makeover would be a good start, no matter what the determinations.

vintage valentines
Axe and ice skates? Throwing caution to the wind for you, Valentine.

vintage valentines
Hmmm… creepy and fascinating. This is a short story starter for 7th graders.

Happy Valentine’s Day!