Project Catch Up – Coloring

So, I was very late to the “adult coloring” bandwagon because I hate coloring with colored pencils and the markers were kind of cost-prohibitive. But I found a cheap alternative in Sharpies and am now a full-blown convert. I’ve even joined a meetup group hosted by the nicest organizer.IMG_20170902_143744IMG_20171230_125621

Mountains meet the Ocean Shoes

Loved the marker shoe project so much I made another pair with a friend. This time, a mismatched color scheme which has since drawn a lot of comments from strangers. I had no idea they’d become a conversation starter! I’ve had fun proselytizing about the ease and absolute joy in the end results. I have another pair that has a light blue base that I’m going to work on next – I am definitely obsessed.

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Chik-ken

I enjoy going to the ever-popular “paint nites” with friends but usually, the paintings aren’t quite what I’d like to paint or I do a terrible job on them. This time, however, I managed to make a pretty cute painting, something I consider good enough to put up on the wall. The class was held at Arte in Wauwatosa, WI and their art space was pretty cute. I would do it again if I saw a painting I liked. Behold: Chik-ken!

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Rainbow Shoes

I already own a pair of galaxy shoes from the store but never really found any rainbow shoes to my liking so I made my own. There are a ton of videos out there on how to do this so I won’t recreate the instructions here. I really love the watercolor effect of the individual drops from the alcohol. They were so easy to make that I will probably make more in summer flats as well.

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Fishnet Quilt

I once saw a beautiful quilt using the Fishnet pattern and have been wanting to make it for a while. One great thing about the pattern was that it came with a blank pattern that you can copy and color in with your particular color scheme. I thought that was pretty cool but overall, the pattern wasn’t the best in explaining what I needed to do.  I feel like it could have used a couple of more diagrams or pictures on seaming things together. Also know that you need to get the ruler as well.

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Bad lighting but the range of colors I used.img_20170124_233924

Just a sample of the pics I took to see if the color layout was working or not.  My phone camera puts the quilt at a distance so you can see if something catches your eye or seems out of place. Often, I only moved only one or two pieces from photo to photo.screenshot_20170126-223245

Final version – had to use a lightening filter as the light in my house was too yellow. I typically try to take pictures outside in natural light but it’s winter and kinda muddy and gross outside.img_20170129_210008-1

Cat tax: my older cat, “helping”img_20170127_204137

ticker tape baby blanket

After the HST heavy Texas quilt, I thought I’d do something with less structure and less planning. I also wanted to use up more scrap fabric so while looking up scrap quilts, I ran across something called a ticker tape quilt where you basically sew scrap pieces of fabric on TOP of the quilt instead of piecing them together.

I loved some of the designs out there but filling an entire quilt seemed a bit daunting as you need to sew each individual piece to reduce the fraying.  So, I decided to do some random streaks for a friend’s new baby. Her baby’s room colors are yellow, green, teal with some neutral gray.  Based on that, I ended up with this:

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