I created this blog to have a place to share some of my crafting creations. It is a work in progress that I will add to as I complete new projects. Comments welcome!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Baskets for Em and Erin

These are bucket covers for 5 qt buckets-- for their art supplies!!

DAR Fiber Arts Entry

This is a quilt I made for my son Brian who is career US Army.  It came in first in the art quilt category NE Division and will be judged at the national level.
I had to write abt it also  and below is what I submitted.

A Family Tradition

I designed this wall hanging quilt using a larger variation of the Ohio Star pattern. The fabric and design were chosen to reflect both my son Brian’s years in the US Army as well as the service of many ancestors and relatives.  His maternal great-grandparents served in the European theatre in World War I. Both of his grandfathers, eight great-uncles and two great-great aunts served in World War II.  One of the aunts was a nurse stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  His maternal grandfather turned 21 on Christmas Day 1944 while dropping supplies for Patton’s Armored Division during the Battle of the Bulge.  Two great-uncles served in Korea and one in Vietnam. Brian was deployed three times to the Middle East; once to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq.  While serving with the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, he volunteered for Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. After providing support for the Battle of Bagdad in Iraq, his engineer unit worked to confiscate and destroy caches of enemy weapons and ammunition.

I chose to tie the quilt with uniform buttons from World War II, and then used medals, pins and military insignia of family members to embellish it.  Among the items used are a World War I medal and pins belonging to Brian’s maternal great grandfather; an identification bracelet and Army Nursing Corps pin belonging to his maternal great-grandmother.   There is a World War II Air Medal, several uniform pins and a dog tag belonging to his maternal grandfather and a bracelet belonging to his paternal grandfather.    Other items were contributed by living veterans in our family.

I believe that the design, materials and embellishments work together to meet this year’s theme, “Enhancing the Present: Contemporary Expressions of Our Heritage." 


All the cotton fabric in this quilt was machine pieced and sewn with the exception of the binding. It is a double French binding that was machine sewn to the front before being brought around to the back and hand sewn carrying the thread in the batting.  The buttons are tied with crochet thread in such a way that they can be easily removed if the quilt ever has to be washed. Any embellishments not pinned on with the original pins are also attached with removable ties.

Chunky Charms

Spring Charms  

Update with latest projects

Some of my latest ATCs for the monthly swap

Sunday, January 29, 2012

February ATCs

I have 3 this month as I angeled one spot in Group 2--80s fads

Group 1--Favorite childhood character/story book

Group 2--Fads--My Little Pony

Group 2--Fads--Angeled spot--Garfield

Monday, December 26, 2011

December and January Monthly ATC Swap


December--Favorite song with a fold

January--Sunday morning

The window is at the Immaculate Conception  Catholic Church at Palmer Road, PEI, Canada.  I took it from the inside of the church in August.  The church itself is quite different than the depiction on the ATC!!

 January --favorite team

This is Adam McQuaid when he took the Stanley Cup to his hometown, Cornwall, PEI, Canada. I was there in that crowd.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Matchbox Swap

These are the items I sent to my partner Lew

Matchbox Swap

 These are the items I got from my partner in this swap.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

And Still More Tags

These are the tags I received from TheNan--front and back views!! 

More Tags

These are the four tags I received from Scrappin'Gwen!!

Altered Frame Swap

I had the hostess Rockin' Robin as my partner.

This is the frame Robin made for me! I added a picture of Mark sledding in the backyard to it.

This is the framed saying I sent to Robin.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Stickpin Swap

Another partner swap. My partner was Pamela from California. The requirement was 6 stickpins in one or more nice presentations. I chose to do one presentation while Pamela did two, each with 3 pins. The first 2 pictures are the ones Pamela sent to me and the last picture is the snowflake I sent to her.

Large Tag Swap

This was a partner Swap so I made these for two different friends from the Cricut Message Board. Again we had themes. Christmas, Snowman, New Year's, and Angel. We were supposed to personalize them to what our partner liked etc. I made an extra Christmas one for each of them.

 Set one

 Set 2

This is how I fixed the backs with a decorative pocket that could be used for a gift card or just left if tag is used for a tree ornament.