Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bitties, Mug Rugs and a Fab Little Quilt to Swap...

 The themes for August were cats and Halloween- So I made everyone in my group a miniature Nosey Parker.  :)  This is a 3.5" take-off from a mug rug I made a while back, in the spring.  I can't believe I forgot to add whiskers to them, though!  They've all been mailed out whisker-less.  Dumb butt! Oh, well, I guess everyone can add their own if they want them.  I spent a long time on the handstitching on these, I watched a lot of Olympics while I worked on them. 

 For my Halloween blocks, I made some mini Amy Bradley vampires!  I love how they turned out, and I only had to embroider his mouth, yay.  :)  The fangs are white paint.

 My 2nd group got these- I saw something like this in a new magazine and loved it- a couple of people didn't get it, until it was explained to them.  YOU get it, right?

The summer mug rug swap- my partner likes beach/ocean things and I found a cute clipart drawing of a turtle.  He translated nicely to fabric.  A little seaweed, some sand and water and he's good to go.  I hate to send him away, because I have a special place in my heart for sea turtles.  They struggle from the moment they hatch to survive and only one in 5000 makes it to adulthood, they say.
Those are horrible odds!

And I just recently sent off an angel mug rug to the UK- a lady that was in our spring swap never received her mug rug so I made her this using a birdhouse bitty I had, and some Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I hope she likes it. Better late than never, and better than getting nothing!  :)

And speaking of Kaffe Fassett, I am using his fabrics to make a mini doll quilt for my partner in FLiQS, Fab Little Quilt Swap.  It's a kaleidoscope quilt, paper pieced, and gives great illusions of light and dark large circles, which you can see beginning to happen if you squint at this.  Here's a small sample of it, this is 6 blocks, there will be either 25 or 30 in the quilt.  Each block finishes at about 3.25", so it'll only be 16" x 20", roughly, without a border.  But I'll add a border to try to tone it down a little.  It's going to be wildly busy.  I've got 18 blocks done now, only 7 or 12 to go!

So that's I've been working on, while Bizbee continues to grow.  He's getting his adult teeth now, currently he has 2 fangs on each side, and he's so rambunctious, almost crazy.  He gets neutered next week, maybe that'll calm him down a tiny bit.   Or maybe it's the teething making him nutsy, whatever.  I just hope he doesn't stay like this, he's a real handful right now!  Cute when he's sleeping, though!

Have a great weekend!  Jim's at an all-day firefighter class, so I've got the house to myself, I'm going to go knock out some more little blocks for my quilt!  What are YOU doing today?


Barb and Sharon said...

I love love love your minis! It seems appropriate that you did the count, the puppeteer, Jerry Nelson who worked the count puppet for the muppets died yesterday :( it's kind of like a tribute to him. Hope you get lots done today.

LimeRiot said...

You are so talented!! I'm just amazed at the art you create with fabrics. The kitty is adorable.

carol said...

I love everything you make!!!! Whiskers or not! lol

Jo said...

goodness I tried 4 times to get the magic words, all failed now I have to start again, hope I get it this time. I had wondered what you had been up to lately,(you seemed very quite) but now all is all your mini's and blocks ..super clever. Hope that kitty calms soon, you must be run ragged

Annie said...

Nosey Parker and the little bee are SO adorable! Your bittys, Sooz, are always so clever and beautifully done! Love the Halloween ones! What a sweet Angel mug rugger you are...and what a lucky forgotten swapper in the UK! And that kaleidoscope quilt you are working on for the Fab Quilt swap...out of this world and over the top FAB!

Peggyinno said...

I love all the blocks and minis especially the Vampires and Turtle! Love the fabrics you used! You do beautiful work.

Sandi said...

Love your October pumpkin and spiderweb with spider! It is great!

Dracula and your turtle are also wonderful.

Vivian said...

I just spend a few hours reading your blog (didn't realize it was so long), and love your bee blocks. I am wondering what you do with them though? Do you put them in a quilt or frame them somehow? thanks. Great work, wish I was as talented.