Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wallo the Aged old Cat made from Quilting Batting

Good morning, it's another very cold winter day on the Oregon coast brrr...
Wallo is a cat I created a little while back, using quilting batting to make him. I designed the pattern just from my head and
cut it all out.

After cutting the batting out; I mixed about a teaspoon of gray acrylic and about 2 cups of warm water. I then put the quilting batting into the bowl of paint and water and I let it soak for a few hours.

I then baked the batting in the oven on warm for a few more hours till the batting was completely dry. I began sewing him and adding cotton fabric patches, button eyes and a little hand embroidery for the facial features. I added just a simple wool scrape of fabric for a tie around his neck. I also did a little extra staining with black acrylic paint and walnut stain. I used a small spray bottle to do this and just let it air dry.

I think he came out pretty interesting using the quilting batting; the batting holds and takes some really wild and unusual looks using different stains and paints. The idea is quilting batting has a whole lot more uses than just a quilt.

Monday, March 9, 2009

What Month is it? Snow On the Beach Again

This weekend was surprising because we got about an inch of snow right down to beaches and I thought it might be fun to share some photos I took when we headed out. You can see its a pretty good storm the tide was very high, so we were not able to drive on the beach.

You can see some of snow on the sand to the beach access, off to the side there is a van that was stuck and abandoned we hope they were able to finally get out.
We went down the access a little more and knew we would not be able to drive on beach.

The drive to the beach through Ft Stevens Park

The tide is almost covering all of what's left of the old ship that wrecked on the beach many years ago.