Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wishing each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for all my quilting friends; you are all so dear to me.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Doll Update

The next step in making my Izannah Walker dolls is applying the stockinette to the head and shoulders. You cover the face and chest with glue, then lay the knit fabric on and smooth in place.

I chose this doll of the three I have made for my first attempt to apply the knit fabric. She doesn't have much of a nose and she looks a wee bit off kilter. 

The ears are made of a tube of knit fabric coiled around and glued in place.

Of course there are folds in the fabric as you draw the fabric in. You trim these darts and butt the edges of the fabric together. Not too successful in the back here. 

Tomorrow when the glue is dry I will apply gesso. Maybe that will cover up the hideousness. Well, my first doll will surely be a doll only a mother could love. I bought some fine paint brushes today so I can paint the face. 

New Ironing Board Cover

I'm going to do this someday. Surely there is some old batting I could use....and some fabric.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Quilts from Tokyo

Luana Rubin from equilter shows quilts from the Tokyo Quilt Show. In Japan all the quilts are stitched by hand and many of these quilts are 6 feet across. Circles are the dominant trend-just wait until you see what's been made!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Dolls in progress

Here are my first three Izannah Walker dolls with a layer of paperclay over the head and shoulder plate. They baked in the oven at 200 degrees for a couple of hours.

Next day I was ready for session 2 and realized that I could have added the facial details in the first bake. Oh well. Here's what it looks like at the beginning. 

After some smoothing and pinching they are ready for another bake. I'm using an angel food cake pan that worked out quite well.