Thursday, December 31, 2009
This past year has been very hard on so many people. Maddie and I wish for 2010 to be better for all of us, especially those who have had such a hard time in 2009.
I know I have not been the best blogger this year. I look back through the archives and there are some months I've been barely present. I hope to do better this year. I want to thank all of you who stop by, look at my projects or at Madeline's latest antics -- we both appreciate you. I need more time management skills -- if I can do it at work, I should be able to apply that to my own time as well.
Also, please spare a thought for my friend who lost her beloved Duchess (kitty) girl (18 years) yesterday. She's playing on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge with her brother Jester. While we are happy the two of them are together, we are terribly sad at being left behind.
Monday, December 07, 2009
It's that season. The end of craft show season -- YAY!!! I did well this season of shows. But I'm always glad when the season is over.
Do you like Madeline's picture? This took me over two weeks of working with her to get this one shot. Believe me, this is a one in a million shot. And that's all I got -- was the one shot. Of course, that's all I asked her for (please, please Maddie, let mommy just take one picture, okay? Just one picture pretty girl?). She sat absolutely still for the first shot. I told her what a good girl she was. Then asked for a second picture. Well, she flew off the sewing machine table quicker then quick and that was it.
But I do think she looks too adorable in her little Santa hat.
Friday, November 06, 2009
A couple more hexagons for your viewing pleasure. These are such fun little "bits" to hold in your hand and embellish and embellish and then embellish some more. When I have them in front of me, they look absolutely "full" and totally embellished. However, looking at these pictures, they look a little bare. Hmmm.
Monday, October 26, 2009
The cabinet is in very good shape -- only one little spot on it where it looks like someone set a wet glass, but to me that's nothing. I see lots of fun in my future when this baby comes to my house to live. Gee, do you think maybe I could get Madeline to work the treadle part?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here it is -- my birdhouse CQ. Since starting CQForNewbies (button to join on the right sidebar), each spring I'd run a birdhouse block swap. Here are all the great blocks I've received through the years, all nicely trimmed to size and ready to be sewn together. I made a few more blocks myself as I wanted 16 and just didn't have the patience to wait until next Spring and another swap. My thanks to:
Row 1: JK, Kathy Shaw, Me and Unknown
Row 2: Kathy Shaw, JK, me and me
Row 3: Me, Kathy Shaw, Christy Thornberg, Janet Popish
Row 4: Me, Faith Debbs, Unknown, Unknown
Some people didn't sign their blocks and I forgot to write their names on it. If you recognize your block, please let me know. EDITED: These blocks are 8 inches finished. This is our (CQForNewbies) standard size block that we swap.
After picking out the above lay-out, it was time to start sewing the blocks together. Here's where I learned some lessons:
We are sewing embellishments way, way too close to the seam line and not leaving enough extra on the blocks for seam allowances. I'm as guilty as everyone else. I have a nice little pile of beads, butterflies, more beads, charms, that I had to clip off the blocks in order to get the seams sewn -- and these were just the things that were in the actual seam line. I had to hand-sew many of the blocks because the beads were too close to the seam line to enable the block to go under the sewing machine. Hand sew. Through all those layers -- sometimes as many as 8.
Then my "assistant" decided to come and see if I had made the right choices in my block arrangement. She needs an up close and personal view.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Don't know what we're talking about when we mention "tocks?" Then scroll down.
"Tocks" -- cute name for "buttocks" of course.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
My little friend got all "hyper" with all the activity going on -- pieces of fabric thrown to the wind, lots of strings to play with, the iron cord whipping back and forth.
So far I have 19 blocks. I'll show them next time.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Now by no means does that mean we are not helping newbies any longer. CQForNewbies is still a newbies group and we still have lots of swaps open to everyone, especially newbies. If you'd like to join us, there's a button on the right for you to click and it takes you right to the sign up page.
Below is the next to the last block in my Birds of a Feather quilt that was supposed to be done much earlier this year. Don't know what happened -- I was doing really good with my block a month and then the bottom just fell out. These are all appliqued blocks using fabrics from my stash. I am currently working on the LAST BLOCK (yahoo!) but it has about a million leaves in it so it's going slow.
Last but not least, is my final block for my Birdhouse CQ. When we first started CQForNewbies, one of our first swaps was a birdhouse swap. I continued this swap each year, always with a birdhouse and/or a bird requirement, and by adding a couple of extra blocks myself, I now have 16 completed blocks and am ready to start setting this together. This will be the first CQ I have attempted to put together and of course, there will be all the seam work and embellishing after the top is complete. Since craft show season is starting up, it may be a while before I can get back to this one.
Monday, August 03, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I did two blocks as I am the hostess and I had to be prepared in case an odd number of people joined up.
I also received this gift from my dear friend Mary in Louisiana. We'd been discussing covering the little Altoid tins and I guess I asked so many questions that she was nice enough to send me one so I could see it up close and personal (LOL). It even has my initial on it. And as if that wasn't enough -- she sent me two of her beaded motifs. I definitely see more CQ blocks in my future so I can take advantage of these great beaded paisleys. Thank you again Mary!
And last, but definitely not least -- I bet you didn't know that a chair rung could be a pillow? My little wild kitty was very good while my foot was so messed up. She sat very close to me for days on end and was a very sweet companion.
At one point, I had my foot up on a TV tray and Madeline jumped up on the tray right by my foot. I was immediately on guard -- scared she would hit my foot -- but she didn't. She layed down, very close to my injured foot, and put one of her soft little paws ever so gently on my foot and would give it a little pat. Then she's sleep a little, wake up, and put her little paw, once again very gently, on my foot and give it a little pat.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The weather here has finally warmed up and that's meant lots of time outdoors soaking up the sunshine and gardening, both flower and veggie.
I have been doing a little needlework. Here's a box that I covered the lid with CQ work. The box is gold/beige/white so it was a limited palette for me. All in all, a pretty easy project -- getting the block on that round lid went much better then I thought! Enjoy the pics.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
A giant hosta -- this is only one of about 6 or 7 hostas that live in the shaded side yard.
And how about this one? How many of you know what it is? Who would have thought that potatoes would have such pretty blooms on them? (LOL).
I've been working hard dyeing some lace and things. Some will go for prizes in a contest we're having at CQForNewbies -- others may go into the Etsy shop (which has been vacant for soooo long). I'll be back, hopefully, later in the week with more things to share.
And before I forget -- I want to thank all of you who took the time to comment on Ethel Rose and Emma Violet (last post). I'm glad you all enjoyed the story (and I didn't even tell you about the woman who owned the bar, Caroline. When I saw Bette Davis in the movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, I immediately screamed, "OMG, it's Caroline!"). I do appreciate each and every one of you who comment -- and HEY! I updated my blog template and found out I have followers. How cool is that? I didn't even know! So thank you all again.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I showed you all Emma Violet quite a while ago and I've been working off and on (mostly off) on Ethel Rose.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
The ABC quilts are my own design -- if you can call it that -- I make the balloon type letters and cut them out with pinking shears. The letters are sewn down as part of the quilting process with bright colored embroidery floss. I've made so many of these that I have lost count. I've been making them for 10 years now.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
For those of you that had questions, if your comment came through with an email address, I emailed you. If your comment shows you as no reply or no email, they I answered in the comments section.
Someone was asking about how I handle the metallic thread and I at first gave a very smart answer about knowing lots of cuss words. Then I started paying attention to how I embroider with the metallic thread. One thing I do: after coming through all layers to the front of the block, I slide my needle between the top fabric and the backing. In other words, my needle and metallic thread do not go clear through to the foundation backing on the block. I think that helps some with the wear and tear on the metallic thread. So try that and see if it doesn't help some of you with your metallic threads.
Now it's almost the weekend and here is Miss Madeline blowing raspberries to everyone.