Sunday, December 23, 2012

Another Finished Skirt

Ahhh, snowy days, excellent music and my sewing machine. Good times. I did have to change from my Huskylock to my mother's old trusty Singer. My Huskylock isn't playing well with the t-shirt fabric. I"m going to have to take it down for a look see by the magic sewing machine guy in town.
However, I did finish a third skirt. I love the uneven hemline. It is a wrap-around so depending on how you put it on, it will change a bit.

Back to the sewing room!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bonding with my serger again

I haven't been visiting my serger lately and it was feeling pretty lonely and a bit cranky. But I managed to make this cool wrap around skirt using some upcycled t-shirts I got at the second hand store. I think this turned out pretty good and thankfully have lots more t-shirts to experiment with. This will be on my Etsy site pretty soon. Just have to decide if I want to finish off the hem or leave it plain.

Until next time!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My Latest Project

I have been busy doing school work for so long and now have a wonderful 3 week break. My sewing machine has been making sad whining sounds so I need to keep it company for a while. I miss my sewing machine big time.
Here is my latest project.
Here is a some postcard art.... work in progress.

Well, back to work. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Friday, October 5, 2012

And the winner is....

Good Morning everyone. Thank you for checking back today. I have a winner for my giveaway of a set of 4 quilt cards!

The winner is........


Yea Connie!

Here is what she wins.

Congratulations Connie. Hope to hear from you soon so I can get these in the mail to you. Just click on "view my complete profile" for my email link.

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hello EQ7 Blog Hoppers!! Welcome.

Welcome to my blog! This is my offering to SewCalGal's blog hop. I hope to teach you a new way to use EQ7!
So many quilts, so little time. How often we feel this way. I can't tell you how much time I spend on EQ7 just creating away knowing I won't have the time to make even half of these quilts. Well one day I was fooling around with a photograph of my cat. Quilts and cats can be in the same subject! So I took this picture. I know..... he is so photogenic.
Stay with me now.. this might get a little complicated. But if I can do it. You can! I opened it in Picasa and "boosted" the color. If you double click on your picture it takes you to an area where you can do fun things with your pictures. OK, so I "boosted" the color, saved it and exported it to a file on my computer. Btw I save it at 150 dpi. I then open it in Photoshop. There are really cool "filters" you can apply to your photos. I went through a few and found "cut out". I applied it to this picture and this is what it did.

Pretty cool huh. So I thought if I could do this to photos, what about quilt designs from EQ7.
Check this out! Here is one quilt design I did.
Now after I altered it in Photoshop using the  "fresco" filter effect.

What do you think? Looks like a piece of art now.  Pretty cool I say. You can totally do this with other photo altering software. But I find I like Photoshop the best. Don't have Photoshop? You can actually access it online.(in the cloud) It is a bit costly unless you are a student. It is around $75.00 for one month. But if you get all your work ready, you can do quite a bit in a month. Check it out here... Adobe Creative Cloud. There even seems to be a 30 day free trial. I haven't checked it out so if there are any catches, I don't know. But check it out.
You can just alter it in Picasa. Check out this one. Go from this....
To this...I used the Posterize effect.

So even if you don't have Photoshop, you can still make your designs look like cool artwork. Of course if you are a Photoshop guru you could figure out how to do everything in Photoshop. But I like the "boost" feature in Picasa and then transfer over to Photoshop for the rest.

Anyway, what am I doing with all these cool pieces of art? I am printing note cards and selling them on Etsy.
You can check them all out at However.... just for this wonderful blog hop I am offering a giveaway to one lucky person of a set of 4 of my new note cards. Just go to my  Curious Orange Cat Etsy site and then come back here and comment on any product I sell there. Tell me which one you love, hate, wish you had..  ( you don't have to buy anything. I just want you to look). I'll do the drawing and announce the winner here on my blog on October 5. Now get back to designing those quilts! Don't forget to come back here on October 5 to see if you won!

And visit Sewcalgal for the rest of the participants in the Blog Hop. Just click on the link here SewCalGal to see who's blog is next! Thank you so much for visiting!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Wash Everything She Says....

In reading my Fusing Fun book from Laura Wasilowski the other day, Laura says to wash all your fabrics first so the fusible web would stick better. I don't want tooo..... (said in a whiny voice.. feet stamping).  I guess she says this for a reason.  Fine, so I'll do it! Well Ok, I did have a few things that didn't want to stick very well. So guess what I did all day yesterday!
Yeah, it was wash day. This is only half the pile. The other half is by the ironing board. But one nice thing about spending a day ironing is that you fall in love with your fabrics all over again.
This gem was folded up and I haven't really looked at it in quite a while. I found all kinds of great combinations of colors ranging from bright green to dark purple. I'll be using this for sure!

I'm still working on it today. But along with all the ironing I did finish one of my quilts.
This was my first attempt at the "Laura Wasilowski" style. I still need to work on it a bit. Next time I'll leave more room around the edges so my main picture doesn't get covered up by the border. I'm thinking about donating this to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. You can click my link and check it out. You can support them by either putting in a bid for a quilt or buying one outright. All money goes to Alzheimer's research.
Later..... the iron is calling. Sigh....

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pets on Quilts Contest

Well as you can tell by my main blog picture this is right up my alley. Lilly Pad Quilting is having a pets on quilts contest and well, I have a few entries. Click on the link above to see all the entries. I'm number 57. So when voting starts... vote for one of my furries.  Lots of prizes... I hope I win something. Big thank you to all the sponsors.  Enjoy!

First up is Sammie. This is my favorite picture of her. 


Sammie's favorite sleeping spot. Mind you this was a big basket.
This is Moe Moe the Terrible. Bane of all tiny creatures.
This is Punkin and Moe Moe. Punkin isn't with us anymore. But she did know a comfy sleeping quilt when she saw one.

This is Alex. My sewing room star. "Awww, the smell of new fabric" 

Alex taking a power nap. Being curious takes a lot of a kittie.

This is a group shot of nap time on my bed. Twinkle, Alex and last is Sammie.  

Ok well, that's it. Hope you enjoyed them. Trust me I have soo many more. But this are a few of my favs..

Hope I Win!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mad Scientist in the Sewing Room or Laura Wasilowski Day

Boy did I have fun today. One of my favorite quilt artists is Laura Wasilowski. I was fortunate enough to meet her and see her quilts in person when I was hosting the TQS Treasure Chest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. I have one of her books and decided it was time to give it a go.
First I pulled out all my batiks and hand dyed fabrics. This is the mad scientist coming out. I got carried away. I of course also used my Accuquilt studio cutter for the oak leaves, flowers and little bugs. You'll see.

I started out with little strips of fabric with fusible web on the back.
Then I began to weave them into a long strip.
When I was done, this is what I had.
OK, so this was fun, what do I do with it? .... I got an idea.
For the few of you that read my blog you know I'm in love with my Accuquilt studio cutter. So I went to my dies and found this.
You have to go to the Accucut site instead of the Accuquilt site to find this one. It's not cheap but I have used it in soooo many things.
Anyway, this is what my weaving looked like after I cut it out.
Kinda cool huh...

Then I started fooling around with some birdie wings and ......
Made a bug.

Here is my almost finished project.
I fused it to some batting and now time for some hand stitching.

Here are two other projects I am working on.
This one I already started stitching on it.
If you love this as much as I do.... here are the books and link to her site.
Here is her new book..

Monday, July 30, 2012

My New Purse

Had too much fun in my sewing room the other day. I said I needed a new purse and here it is. It started innocently enough with a nice linen looking osnaburg and I was just going to applique one big rose on it, but it needed a smaller rose to balance it, then maybe a leaf, and well I guess I got carried away. this is side one, and.....
Side two. It has two cool pockets that are actually the cutouts from the handles..they are kind of a wedge shape. I of course appliqued a few flowers on them so I could see them in the dark purple inside. I still need a cool big button. Want to make one for yourself? Go here for the pattern...
It's easy and fun to customize. Use the leftover fabric from around the handles for pockets. I also iron fusible interfacing to the lining to give it more body.

Now onto an Ipad case for my new birthday present. Later All!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Oh My.... Spaghetti Bread

I have found one of the most perfect foods! Spaghetti Bread.The Rhodes Bread Blog has my next dinner! My son always puts his spaghetti on his garlic bread. Now this is his kind of meal. See the recipe and directions here! Spaghetti Bread Recipe

Monday, July 9, 2012

My New Winter Jacket

Well, I did it. I finally finished my new jacket. It only took me about 2 weeks. And of course I had help.

Lots and lots of help. But that was also because I made two practice runs first. They were two different sizes and of course much simpler than this. Ha, with them I actually followed the pattern. So here it is, and bonus!! It is reversible. I'm only showing one side for now. 

 Makes a statement doesn't it. Do you like?
Now I just need a new purse to go with......

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My New Etsy Store

Well finally after much procrastination I have created my new Etsy store. It is called of course:
Curious Orange Cat. Not much on there now, but check it out by either clicking on my side bar or here.
Curious Orange Cat Etsy Store The picture above is of a quilt pattern I am going to have there soon. Just have to make the final touches on the file for downloading.
I of course have lots more work to do and a whole basket of stuff to take pictures and add to the site.
I'm also finally out of school for the summer. I have been working on a jacket for myself. Finally something for me! I'll have pictures soon. I have already sewn two pieces wrong and had to cut new ones. Should be fun. Later All!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Welcome to my new blog

Ummm how many blogs have I started? Can't think right now but most of them were about one subject. I have been a quilter for over 30 years. My quilting blog is and I still do my best to post every now and then. But with everything that has gone on in my life the past year, I decided I needed to expand a little. I have been spending quite a bit of time crocheting. Nice to do in between classes or while vegging in front of the TV.
So onward and upward!