Where Have I Been?

Here’s the picture on the webcam (if I had one, which I don’t, so you get the verbal):

I’ve been immersed, buried, snowed under, whatever you want to call it, putting the finishing touches on the DreamWeaver’s Quilts Studio online shop. Yes, I think I remember saying something like “finishing touches” last week sometime (or maybe I just thought it to myself in my rather overly optimistic moments), but here I am this week, and it’s almost the end of this week, and I’m still working on those pesky finishing touches, and have been all day, every day since then. The sheer number and variety of little things that must be fixed, tested, fixed again, nudged, massaged, tweaked, tested again, decided, found, purchased, and fixed one more time and then tested some more is staggering to the point of being completely paralyzing sometimes. I’m afraid to even really say “It’s almost there,” (even sorta quiet-like) because I know I’ll probably spend at least another whole day or six making it ready before I can actually say “It’s done.”

I’ve been sick as a dog (where the heck did that saying come from anyway? I mean, it works for me, since I don’t like dogs anyway—they’re fine if they belong to someone else and they get bonus points if they’re cute, fluffy, drool-less, or fit in a purse, and see their friend the groomer for a regular gig—but really, “sick as a dog” is just strange). Continue reading

So Many Inchies, So Little Time

I’ve been working on Inchies for the Accessorize Me! show quilt (which will be going to the NQA Show in Columbus, Ohio in June*) over the last week or so. On Friday, I had this:

Thasa lotta Inchies waiting to be embellished! 120, to be exact, of the 240 that will be on the quilt when finished. And time is very short to get them done. Way shorter than I’d like. I hate it when I do this kind of thing to myself, but life gets in the way sometimes, and it happens whether I like it or not. So you see, I should not be sitting here typing, I should be in the other room embellishing!

Over the weekend, I embellished 45 Inchies, and they were all very green. Very green: Continue reading

Another Project Done: InchieQuilts.com

Inchie Quilts by Nadine Ruggles

I spent last weekend (and bits of the first part of the week) programming the website for Inchie Quilts! You can check it out at www.InchieQuilts.com. I’ve already added some of the workshops that I’ve developed based on the book; you can see descriptions of them (with pictures!) on the Workshops page. As the book moves closer to publication, more content and updates on the progress will be added there. For now, here’s a few other things that I have planned for InchieQuilts.com:

  • News about the book, workshops, author visits, and sources for the book and materials
  • The Daily Inchie Blog
  • Bonus files and digital downloads for Inchie Quilts
  • Tutorials and technical support
  • Unique ways to share your Inchies and Inchie quilts with other Inchie Artists

Visit the site, leave some feedback, and subscribe to the RSS feed to be the first to get the latest news about the book, and see a new Inchie every day!

Coming Soon! Inchie Quilts

This was a great way to wake up:

Inchie Quilts at Amazon.com

Even without the picture of the cover, it’s still a pretty awesome feeling to see your own book listed at Amazon.com! This caused quite a stir in our house on Saturday morning! The book is also listed at the AQS site, in the Upcoming Releases section and on it’s own page, and you can actually see a picture there as well as a short description.

Now that the book is listed at the AQS site and the mother of all book shopping sites, my editor has given the go ahead and I can share the actual cover art and subject material with you! So, without further ado, I give you Inchie Quilts:

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The Gallery of Inchies

Inchies 241-252
Inchies 241-252

Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve reactivated the posts and pictures that I had to hide away for a while last year. Also visible again is the Gallery: Elemental Changes Inchies. You can see some of the Inchies from the Elemental Changes: Color Play quilt. I say “some” because I actually didn’t photograph every single one toward the end, though I wish I had now. I think I was somewhat overcome by events as I was finishing up this quilt last year, and it just didn’t get done! There may be a few more pics buried in my hard drive that I’ll post in a day or two though.

If you search the archives by the Inchies tag you’ll also see all the posts about Inchies now, and you just might see some sneak peeks of material for The Book! ;) Continue reading

Irony

I decided last weekend that I should put together a class on satin stitch fusible applique. I came up with this wonderfully lovely method some time back, which got slightly buried by developing material for The Book. I set out to create some sort of simple design that could work in a 3 hour class format, but ya’ know, I can’t draw. I’m just not all that good at it to be quite honest. The first design I came up with out of thin air was okay, and had potential, but was way too complicated for a 3 hour class.

Some agonizing amount of time later, I had another idea for simpler designs, and I set out to find a picture of a shoe on the Internet. Just a shoe, no foot please, on a plain background, like what you’d find on some website that sells shoes by mail order. I found the shoe, borrowed the photo, sized it and printed it out, and used it as a model for my own shoe design. The lack of drawing skills was overcome, and a little faith was restored.

Accessories

I cut out some bits of fabric and fused them in place, and I’ll be damned if it wasn’t the cutest little shoe design ever! Then it needed a hat and a bag. Wash, rinse, repeat, and now there’s a set of three, though without the promised satin stitching (I’m waiting for thread to arrive in my mailbox):

Accessories

These designs are just perfect for a short class, and ripe for embellishment after. They can be used for fabric postcards, in quilts, pillows or other home accessories and the whole theme could be expanded upon for even more fun. I was so happy with the results of this little design project. But the irony: it seems that every single thing I do these days involves messing with fusible web.

As I’ve said before, I HATE fusible web! I hate fusible anything. I hate transferring the designs because I always forget to reverse them. I hate the mess it makes on my iron when I think “Oh, it’s just a little piece and I’ve cut it so carefully, surely I don’t need to drag out the pressing cloth.” I hate it when the paper won’t pull away from the web with some products. I hate it when I make a mistake and have to try to get it off and I know it’s impossible, but I still spend hours trying.

The whole premise of The Book is dependent on fusible products, as is much of the work that I’ve done lately that doesn’t pertain to the book, and I flat out HATE them, and I always have. When I’ve dreamed of writing a book all these years, fusible anything was just not in it.

It’s just completely mind boggling, really, that I should be gravitating toward and having such success with these methods that are so heavily dependent on products that I despise working with. I think I must be just bat crazy. It’s the only explanation. Or I’ve lost two of my remaining three brain cells thanks to living with a teenager, and consequently have no more to rub together.

Yes, that must be it right there. I’m sure of it.