Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I am behind in my posting for the Mirror Ball Blog Hop. Last week my mom had to have a pacemaker put in. The decision to have the pacemaker put in happened quickly so off to the hospital she went. She is back home and doing well. She can finally shower today...this makes her very happy and she is able to drive. For those of you who know my mom, this is a big thing. She loves to go out everyday and she is still a very good driver considering she is 83 years old.

So this week I am going to blog about last weeks Mirror Ball Dot Blog Hop artist as well as this week. So lets begin.

Last week Elisa Albury was the weeks blog post. She made a lovely quilt with the fabric. I must admit the Mirror Ball Dot fabric looks beautiful with everything you make with it. Elisa chose colors I do not normally work with but the results were stunning. Have a look for yourself.

Elisa’s blog is http://stitchoutsidetheditch.com. Go over to her site and check out this amazing project.

This weeks Mirror Ball Blog Hop features Dory Smith Graham. Again I was blown away by what Dory made. She chose a bright poppy color palette of the Mirror Ball Dot fabric and made a hat. What a fun use of the fabric....perfect for the summer season. Here is a pic of her hat.

Check out Dory’s project as her website http://worthygoodstextile.wordpress.com/.

Well must sign off for now. Since school is out I have been working on cleaning out my studio...this is not a job I enjoy doing but I love the results..this year I need to paint the studio so I will be busy.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I have a winner

Birdie was the first to comment on my project last week and this week she is the winner of Mirror Ball Dot Blog Hop giveaway. Birdie, I will be passing on your name to Mark and soon your prize will be winging its way to you! Thanks to all of you who commented.

Karen Neary is the next stop on the Mirror Ball Dot Blog Hop. 
Use this linkhttp://sewkaren-lycreated.blogspot.com to go over to Karen’s site to see her project...it is simply lovely and I admire the precision of her piece....fitting circular pieces and then neatly fitting them together...now there is something I would have a hard time doing. I have a hard time making a straight edge even with a ruler.

Also Mark just released to us a coupon for all of you to use. Here it is. It is from Fairfield Processing. Use the promo code in the coupon below for 20% off on your online order.

20% Off any order
promo code: MHFD13M 
Expiration: 7/31/13

Check back next week to see the next blog post. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

It is my week..here is my Mirror Ball Dot Project

It is here...my week to post my project....so without further adieu here it is. 

It is a smaller version of the wall hanging I made last year that now hangs over my bed (see post from November 17, 2012) When I first saw the Mirror Ball Dot fabric I just knew I had to have some. I first found it at the Paducah Quilt show and I bought several colors having no idea how would use them. Those fat quarters hung around for awhile...I went back to the Paducah Quilt show the following year and bought more. Since I just had fat quarters of the material I knew I could not make something big. Then an idea came to me while I was driving...most of my ideas come that way...it is a wonder I do not have accidents. I would use the fabric and create a wall hanging using the fabric and design some embroidery flowers to go in squares around the fabric. I could then add on to the piece all those funky flower jewelry parts that have been hanging around my studio for years.

So when Mark Hordyszynski asked me to join this hop I jumped at the chance. I decided to work with my favorite colors from the new reissued line of Mirror Ball dot fabric...Luna, Citron, Limeaid and Lagoon. I picked out some cotton fabric from Michael Miller for the backgrounds of the embroidered flowers and I was off and stitching.

Friends would tell you that I rarely use anything glittery or shiny in my artwork...I have always loved everything to have a matte finish. But there is something about this fabric that just enchants me...I think it is the combo of a matte shiny dot on a matte background...that and the fact that the pattern of it is polka dots which I just love! And of course the colors are to die for. 

Here are some close-ups of the four squares so you can see the embroidery better.

I will be offering a PDF download of this wall hanging with the sizes and patterns for the embroidery through my Etsy site www.etsy.com/shop/lindasolovic for the minimum cost of $5. The pattern will be available in 2 weeks...right now I am up to my eyeballs in getting my artwork done for the New York Stationary show which opens May 19th. But I will make up the pattern as soon as I am done and I will post that the pattern is ready for purchase on my blog.

And now your chance to win a prize is finally here. It is easy...just add a comment at the bottom of this post. Next Monday I will randomly choose a winner who will receive a Mirror Ball Dot color card and FIVE FAT QUARTERS of Mirror Ball Dot fabric plus a free pattern of my project. I will also chose 5 additional winners to receive a free pattern of this project.

I had a blast making this project and working with the Mirror Ball Dot fabric again. I am so happy it is back and I cannot wait to buy all the colors. Thanks so much to Mark for including me in this blog hop...I was very flattered to be picked. Just when I wonder if anyone is reading this blog something like this project pops up!

Remember.....PLEASE add your comments to win the prize.

Friday, May 3, 2013

As If I Needed Help

Yesterday I spent the day getting my wall piece finished for the Mirror Ball Dot Blog Hop. Since I am posting next week I needed to get it finished. But as always I had helpers as I was getting the piece ready to be sewn together...so here is a sneak peek of my piece if you can see it through the furry legs and tails of Mr B (Buddy) and Mr D (Dexter)