Friday, May 12, 2017

Wedding Sign & Other Crafts Lately

I made this sign as part of a gift for a friends’ daughter’s wedding. I used the same technique I used in this blog post (one of my most “pinned” posts ever!). It’s fairly easy, but a little time consuming. 


My mother’s group had a painting project for us last week, too. It was fun to paint with a bunch of friends and see how all of our paintings turned out similar, but different.  

Speaking of my mother’s group! I just realized I never shared any of the crafts I taught this year (I served at the Creative Activities Coordinator this year). These were two of our Spring projects... Sharpie Mugs (using oil based sharpies). I wouldn’t really recommend this project since the cups haven’t held up as well as I hoped they would, despite following instructions. 
And photo blocks. These are 2x4” boards, cut to photo size. Then we painted the edges with acrylic paint, modge-podged photos on them, and decorated with fabric/paper flowers and ribbon. They turned out very cute and the moms in the group seemed very happy with this craft. It helps that our kids are adorable!  ; ) 

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Simple Life - Baby Quilt

I love this fabric line - The Simple Life by Riley Blake (with a few others thrown in, too). 
I love this fabric, especially since this quilt is for a farming family. 





I especially love the little girl reading. This is one of the things I am most proud of as a mother; both of my kids are readers and love books. It makes my heart happy. 
The back is a sweet pink/purple and aqua and the binding is more of the B&W white polka dots (from Hobby Lobby). 
This is my 80th finished quilt! You can view all of my quilts by clicking here. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

I’m wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Stars Quilt

Another baby quilt complete! This is very similar to the one I made in 2015. I love these Heather Bailey fabrics. 
The binding is a pastel paisley print I found at Hobby Lobby. 

The backing is a soft green I’ve had forevvvvvvver. I’m trying to use more of what I have and stop keeping everything. 

It’s very sweet and soft and I hope baby Olivia loves it as much as I do. 


This is quilt #79 that I've made! You can view all of my quilts by clicking here. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Purple & Gray

My cousin recently had a baby girl and I am so excited to see them both and give her this sweet little baby quilt. Purple and gray string block in the middle with strips of “coins” on top and bottom. 

The binding is a pop of teal. 


The back is a purple and white vintage print. 


I hope they both love it!


This is quilt #78 that I've made! You can view all of my quilts by clicking here. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Little Houses Baby Quilt

 Quilt #77 is complete! This was made using the “Dwell” pattern from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro, although I made only 6 blocks since it is for a baby. 

The houses are made with Moda’s “Miss Kate” line. I love the reds and blues and greens and oranges. 
The backing is an olive green print I’ve had forever. I’m trying to USE my fabric instead of HOARDING my fabrics. 


The binding is a blue and green swirly print, another I’ve had forever. 
I love the little houses, especially the pinwheels.  : )

 I love this little quilt and I’m happy it’s going to our new nephew, Lane. I hope he loves it, too. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Mosaics Classes

I’ve taken a couple of classes on mosaics from a local art studio. I think I LOVE it. I wish I could go there everyday. 

For the first class, I attempted to make a hot air balloon. It didn’t quite turn out how I hoped (I think it looks more like a topiary), but I love the colors and the idea. 

Here’s the hot air balloon, before grout...
And after grout... 



The second class, I decided to try a tree. I found this photo to use as inspiration. Clearly I attempted a much more simplified version! 


Here’s my glass, glued down and ready for grout. 

The grout was messy, but fun! 

The final (or almost final) pieces from the class. 


And the final... after grout and ready to hang. 

 Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Blue Baby Quilt

This quilt is a donation for my children’s school fundraiser. They do a great fall carnival with a silent auction that benefits each classroom. My son’s classroom theme was “baby,” which is right up my alley. I LOVE making baby quilts. 
Quilt #76 is complete! This is a baby quilt using a charm pack from Moda (called “Spa” from Deb Strain). I’ve had the charm pack for quite a while.   


 The binding and backing are a blue and white fabric that I believe I found at Joann’s a while back. It’s all been waiting in my sewing room for a couple of years now. 




Friday, October 7, 2016

Art in Chicago

We recently went for our 3rd trip to Chicago for the clinical trial I am participating in. To learn more about my disease and participation in this trial, please visit https://www.youcaring.com/jodie-bissig-436264

While we were in Chicago, we spent a few hours at the Art Institute. Here are a few iPhone photos of some of my favorites. 

Monet, of course. This is Water Lily Pond (1917/19). 
The detail is mesmerizing. 


This was my favorite of the Monet pieces. It is titled “Bordighera” (1884).  

And Georgia O’Keeffe is always a favorite for me. “Green Mountains, Canada” (1932)
 It was very humbling to see statues from so very long ago. This is “Head of a Girl” from late 3rd/2nd century B.C.  It is so amazing to see these in person and see how much detail remains from artwork from thousands of years ago. 


After the art institute, we visited the Buckingham Fountain. So beautiful, especially with the Chicago skyline behind it.  

The rare selfie! We try and treat these trips like getaways and sneak some sightseeing and “date nights” in between the medical appointments and tests. This was just before going for blood tests and MRIs of my brain. Woohoo! Weird “date.”  : ) 
The following day, we visited the Navy Pier and found a stained glass museum. It contained about a dozen original Tiffany glass pieces from the late 1800’s. SO beautiful. 

I think this one was my favorite. It was titled the Rapelye Memorial and dates from 1880. So exactly 100 years older than me.  : )


 Here is some of the detail. The colors and shapes are so so beautiful. 


Thanks for reading. And again, if you would like more information about my battle with multiple sclerosis or why I am doing this clinical trial, please visit the You Caring page.  XOXO!

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