Thursday, May 14, 2015

Henry Hairball

Today I decided to have a quick painting session. And, I decided to video tape while I painted. The time it took me to paint this was actually around 45 minutes, but I sped up the video so that it didn't take that long to actually watch me. Besides, I think it's fun to watch a painting come to life in fast time. I hope you enjoy it.

Henry Hairball from Terri Stegmiller on Vimeo.

Here is the finished painting.

Henry Hairball
9 x 12" on paper
Available for purchase - $55, includes shipping in the US
Email me if interested.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hand Sewing

About a year ago I wanted to have a small project that was easy to take and work on anywhere I wanted. So I decided to give English paper piecing a try.

This is a hand sewing project that I take with me when I go to guild meetings or when I get together with friends. 

To date I've got five hexagon flowers made.

I pre-cut lots of fabric squares that look good together.

And I made the paper hexagon templates with my Silhouette Cameo.

I have no idea what I will end up making with these hexagon blocks. It could possibly take me many years to have enough for a project of any size. We shall see!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Colorful Fabric Collage Blog Hop

Welcome to the Colorful Fabric Collage Blog Hop. I'm thrilled to share this fun new book with you. It was written by my friend, Sue Bleiweiss. The book is all about Sue's techniques on making some fun and fused quilts and other sewing projects. The book is available for purchase online from Amazon and Interweave. You may also find it in your local book store.

Way back when Sue was just getting started with writing this book she asked me if I'd create a quilt for inclusion in her book. Here is the quilt I made, which incorporates fusing and my usual quilt making techniques. You can read more about my quilt on page 49 in the book.

I thought it would be fun to try out some of Sue's techniques so I created the next small quilt with one of my bird patterns. I have to say that I enjoyed the techniques very much. Did you know Sue teaches? Check out her website for more information and to schedule her for your guild's next workshop.

There is going to be a blog hop drawing and one lucky winner will win the following prize bundle.

The giveaway package includes: A copy of Colorful Fabric Collage (please note that international winners will receive an e-copy and not a hard copy), a 2-1/2 yard package of Mistyfuse, a sampling of Aurifil threads and a stack of 10″ squares of Sue's own hand dyed fabric!  To be eligible for the giveaway just leave a comment on either this post or any of the other blog posts in the hop.  You can increase your chances of winning by leaving a comment on each of the blog hop posts but please, leave only one comment per blog hop post!

The winner will be announced on Monday, May 18 on Sue's blog. Good luck to all.

Please visit the other blogs involved in the blog hop:
May 4: Sue Bleiweiss:
May 4: Jamie Fingal :
May 5: Leslie Tucker Jenison:
May 6: Terri Stegmiller :
May 7: Deborah Boschert :
May 8: Desiree Habicht :
May 9: Kathy Sperino :
May 10: Barb Forrister :
May 11 Kathy York :
May 12: Lyric Kinard :

Friday, May 1, 2015

Homemade Laundry Soap

Last May I found information online about making your own laundry soap. I gave it a try and I'm happy to say I'm hooked.

When I was researching recipes on making the laundry soap, I sort of combined and tweaked several to make my version. The batch I made lasted me one year and just the other day I made my second batch for the coming year.

Here is my recipe, in case you are interested.

Homemade Laundry Soap

3 bars Fels-Naptha soap, grated
1 76-oz. box Borax
1 55-oz. box Washing Soda
1 4-lb. box Baking Soda
4 to 5 lbs. OxyClean
Scent crystals, optional

I learned it is easier to grate the soap if it has been microwaved. I do this in my garage with all the doors open because it really has a strong smell. Yes, I learned this the hard way when I made my first batch. It's a good thing hubby has that extra microwave sitting out there in the garage for me to use.  I cut the soap bar into quarters and place two quarters on a paper plate. In my microwave it takes a little under two minutes and it will puff up and feel lighter in weight. Let the microwaved soap cool well. Once it is cool, you grate it. I grate the soap in my food processor which has a shredding blade. Oh my, did that work great and so quick.

Next I mixed all the ingredients together. I guess on the quantity of OxyClean because I usually buy an 11-lb. container of it. So really, the recipe is no exact science and a little variation is okay. I wear a dust mask while mixing everything because some of this stuff is very powdery.

Next I put the mix into containers. I use a small scoop, which is about two to three tablespoons in size and I use just one scoop per load of laundry. If a load is heavily soiled I may add a bit extra or just toss in some extra OxyClean. I figured that the cost to make this was about $20 to $22. And that lasts me for the year. By the way, I buy all my ingredients from Walmart, except for the OxyClean, which I buy at Sams Club. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

License Plate Quilt

Last summer I participated in making a license plate quilt block for my state, North Dakota. The block was made with American Made Brand fabrics and there was a quilter from each of the 50 states that participated. Here is the resulting license plate quilt.

I love how this quilt turned out. You can see the block I made in the third row from the top and smack in the center of that row.

Here is where I first blogged about my making of my block:

The quilt has been exhibited at several quilt shows around the country and is scheduled for more shows in the future. Maybe you had or will have the chance to see it.

Read more about the quilt on the Clothworks blog here.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New Table Runner

I was recently inspired by a YouTube video to create some Cathedral Window blocks.

In the video the quilter also made a table runner but set her blocks differently and made a longer and narrower runner. This was my first time creating the Cathedral Window block.

Here is a close up of the quilting. I like how this turned out.

Here is the link to see the video on YouTube:

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Need to Blog More

It seems I continue to have trouble keeping up with blogging lately. So I'm going to try something new to see if it helps with posting here more. Today I installed the Blogger app onto my iPad. This is my first post using it.

Today I am weaving. I really enjoy spending time with my loom. This is a view of some towels I'm working on. I've currently got four of eight towels woven.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Creating Away

Hello friends! It's been a while. I guess I was taking a bit of a blog break. While being absent here, I have been keeping very busy. 

If you regularly read my blog, you may remember that last fall I purchased a loom. That loom, a rigid heddle loom, awakened a new creative journey for me. Rigid heddle looms are a somewhat simpler loom. It didn't take me long to realize that I wanted to do more than that loom could offer. More in the way of patterning and consistency in woven fabrics. So when a "can't pass this up" opportunity happened my way, I bought another loom. One that would do what I wanted to do. 

I purchased the second loom, a Schacht Baby Wolf 4-shaft, in January from a local friend who had gotten herself a new loom. I've been weaving away ever since. Below are several of the projects I've woven since January. They are all towels with the last photo showing some placemats. I've been learning some new weave structures and tweaking my weaving techniques in order to learn how to create well made and error-free products. Many of the towels below are not hemmed yet as I'm waiting for my new labels to arrive so I can sew them in while I'm hemming.

I've also been doing some painting lately. Here are four of my recent ones. They still need a coat of varnish/sealer on them.

I do still make quilts. In case you were wondering. In fact, I'm ready to get started on one today. I've printed my pattern out and it's ready to tape together.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Keep On Researching

On February 4, earlier this month, there was a fabulous fundraising event that benefited the American Cancer Society. You may remember it...

This is the quilt I made and donated to THE 100.

Just yesterday I received a wonderful email from the patron who donated to this fundraiser and was selected to receive my quilt.  Here is Allison with the quilt:

Allison Church Bird in her lab with art quilt made by Terri Stegmiller

The most wonderful thing about Allison is that she is a breast cancer researcher at Auburn University. She told me she will be displaying the quilt in her lab and from the looks of her lab it seems she loves quilts as you can see more in the background. Thank you to Allison and all those who do this important work.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Art in My Journal

This year I decided to try something different. Since I'm always wanting to spend more time creating mixed media art in my journals, I thought I would join some groups to inspire me.

The first group I joined was Soul Food and that one just started at the beginning of February. I haven't started any of those lessons yet.

Then, after a friend was telling me she enjoys Life Book, I looked closer at that one and decided to join that one as well. Life Book 2015 started in January. 

I've created these four pages in my journal so far. The lessons aren't necessarily created for journal pages, but I decided from the beginning that I would do all my work from the two groups in my journal. That is the only rule I have given date.