Orange Quilters Trading Cards - QTC

Orange quilters trading cards made to exchange with postcard pizzazz group.

Toddler Car Seat Covers

My husband bought me a new car the other day so I thought Mary & Maddie needed new car seat covers to cover their toddler seats.  This time, I also made a car seat pad to go under the seat so that it does not leave any marks on my new car seats.  

The hot pink and zebra was really fun to work with.  The zebra fabric is cotton and the hot pink is a recycled fleece fabric that is made from recycled bottles.  Super soft and pretty- can't wait to pick the girls up from swimming camp today to see it.

Red Quilters Trading Cards

Red Quilters Trading Cards Made To Exchange with Postcard Pizzazz Group.

Pin Weaving - A Great Way to Recycle Old Yards and Threads

Pretty happy with my second attempt at pin weaving.  In February I attended Education In Textile Arts Dallas, one of the classes offered was in pin weaving.  Or fiber dance I believe it was called, taught by Shirley Adams.  

This would be a great way to use up extra threads, fibers and yarns.  After you make your pin weaved piece of art, you can frame it or work the pin weaved piece into wearable art.  For more information, you can write to Shirley Adams, P.O. Box 688, Plainfield, IN 46168

Recycled Soda Cans - Fabric Postcard Art

"Zero Calorie Quilting"

A series of three fabric postcards made from recycled soda and juice cans.  These postcards are really fun to make and a great way to recycle old soda, juice and power drink cans.  When looking for cans to use I looked for colorful ones with different designs.  You just have to be careful when cutting the soda cans.  

I am submitting these with an article to Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine- wish me luck!

Sewing Room Re-Design

As you can probably tell from reading any of my websites I LOVE Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine and Quilting Arts Magazine. After reading one of their latest publications "Studios" my sewing studio HAD to go through yet another redesign. If you have not read the issue yet, its really worth the read! It was wonderful to take a peek into the artists sewing rooms/studios...I am so nosey. You can see my latest sewing room renovations and reorganization photo's at the bottom of this post. My sewing room has really evolved as my sewing business/art has evolved. As you can see from the first photos the sewing room was built by my dad from an extra storage space in our home. At the time the twins were really young and I needed a place to sew/work that would also keep my machines and tools away from the kids.
Sewing Room Construction (Originally posted years ago on our family site
The construction and redesign the sewing room has gone though many transformations over the last few years as it has become less of a manufacturing room (when I made over 40 shopping cart covers a week, uggh my fingers hurt thinking about it.) to more of a design studio (as I ramped up the pattern design part of my company then to the design and mixed media art studio that it is today.
Original sewing Room - Photos of the sewing room in 2005 when it was bare and ship those covers and nap mats.
2006 Sewing Room - When we moved from manufacturing (hired a lot of it out to other stay at home moms to free up time to design more sewing patterns.

Allison Ray 2007 Sewing Studio Design - I'll never be the same after discovering art quilting! Joined Dallas Area Fiber Artists, Dallas Stampers, Fiber Art Traders and Started Postcard Pizzazz. My husband stopped telling people that I was a seamstress and started telling people that his wife is a fiber artist.
December 24, 2007 I made one of the best decisions ever! I went out to pick up some Christmas Eve snacks and came home with Benjamin instead. Who need snacks when you have a an adorable puppy! Benjamin is the cutest, most patient, loving Chihuahua ever. People tell me all the time they can't believe he is not a nippy, snippy, yappy dog. He is just a doll. Benjamin lays in his bed while I sew and once in a while I'll make him a new Jacket or vest and he just eats up the attention. What a ham. The only dog I have ever seen that will let me fit him with a paper pattern then let me try on a jacket until it fits perfectly.

Sew Green- Recycled Soda Can Fabric Postcard

Zero Calories Fabric Postcard - Finally an addiction that is actually good for you...Fabric Postcards.  I guarantee that you can't make just one of them, but not to worry these fabric postcards have no calories, no fat, no carbs.

This fabric postcard was made from a Diet Rite Soda can, batik bubble fabric (thought it looked like carbonation) vintage buttons and scrap of fancy yarn for that little extra pizzazz.

This was super easy to make.  All you need are some recycled materials, fast-2-fuse, soda can, buttons, threads and sewing machine (but you can hand sew if you like.)

Zentangle - Relaxing Doodle Art

I was invited to a class in Dallas about creating Zentangle art.  

Zentangle what is that?  

After a quick google I found their website,  Oh my...I am in love.  What a beautiful abstract art form that is easy, portable and relaxing.  If you love to doodle like I do you should definitely check it out.