June 19, 2018

Angela ~ Cat Cross stitch update

No pics this week from me. 
I did about 20 stitches on the cat piece and had to frog out half of them.
Even with my strongest reading glasses and strong light, I had trouble seeing clearly enough.
It might be the light gray thread on the light tan linen.
Or it could be the 28ct linen even though I am going over 2 threads.
Then again it could just be my eyes are getting worse.
I picked up a new pair of readers in 3.25 which was the strongest they had.
I'll be trying them out and see if they help.

June 12, 2018

Cyra ~ Some fiberart fun

I was at my usual weekly quilt group meeting, but I was stuck, and could not continue stitching on my quilt. So, I found some spare pieces of fabric, dropped the feed-dogs on the sewing machine, and started free-motion stitching a continuous line drawing straight onto the fabric.

Two panels later, I have 'me & him' caricatures, which I then framed with fabric to make two quilt blocks. 

Judy ~ I Haven't Disappeared!

A couple of Tuesdays have come and gone with no word from me.  It's been the typical May/June crazies here, but I have done a little bit of knitting.  A couple pairs of booties have popped off the needles for the a couple choir Grandma's first grandchildren.

 I'll bet you can even guess the sex of these two babies, right?  Have a great week, and I will try to post more frequently.

Angela ~ Cross stitch Cat

The cat I have had for 18 years passed away Sunday morning.  He had a good long life and though it was hard watching him leave us, it was time.  About a year ago I found a cross stitch pattern that looked like him and I saved it in my computer - the one that died about 2 months ago.  So after some more searching on Pinterest, I found it again and downloaded it to my Chromebook.
 If I can see the pattern well enough, I'm going to start it.  It is only sold as a kit with 3 images and this image is the only one that looks like my Chaucer.  Plus the kit is like $50 and ships from the UK.  It's just not in my budget. 
I always enjoy a good challenge and this will be one.

Moira - I'm alive!

I'm moved!   Not totally unpacked or fully arranged, but not doing badly.   You can see pics of what the place looked like over on my blog here - House Pics.

When I was packing I was putting away my scraps and found that I had more than would fit, so I ended up pulling one bag to work on using up.  This particular bag was filled with strips and strings of various sizes, widths and colors.  Here is what the pile looked like before I started sewing with them.  Some of them were fairly good sized so those went back to the scrap stash. 

I first sorted the rest first by color, ending with with piles in reds/pinks, blues/purples, greens, cream background prints, and yellows/golds/oranges.   And then each color by size of strips as I work with them.

Pinks and reds were first up to be sewn together.  Largest pieces are about 22" wide (half of a full width strip).

Blues and purples were next up.

The greens were the final color grouping that I was able to get sewn together. I think I have more sections to go with these somewhere.

The yellows/golds/oranges will be my next ones to work with.

I have an idea of what I might do with them, but nothing is set in stone at this point.   And i'm not sure when I'll get to work on them again because I've got several pressing projects coming up.

May 29, 2018

Angela ~ Rosaries

No real stitching this past week but I did make 2 new rosaries to sell.
This one is made of purple glass beads and the larger beads are amethyst quartz.
This one is made with glass pearls.  In both cases the crosses are vintage.

Moira - Moves, UFOs and scraps

Made progress on several projects over the long weekend when I wasn't hauling stuff to the new house.  This in spite of fighting an ugly allergic reaction to the sheets I was using on my bed.  Heat + microfiber sheets + me are not a good combo.

I've got two more boxes of kitchen stuff and what I've left to use between now and the move to go for that room and it will be completely set up.      Hard to tell what has been done here, but everything I've taken over so far is in it's spot in the cabinets with lots of extra space in them, and I've gotten the baker's rack together.  I needed this because I needed more counter space for two of my spice racks that were too tall to go under the cabinets.  I also managed to get curtains up where they were needed.

There will be more loads of stuff going over this week and next before the big move, but not tonight because I need to work on a row hop pattern that I have a pattern draft due by the middle of the month - Yikes!

First project up was finishing off the HST's used in this quilt top and then putting them together.  These were a UFO that I bought from the scrap barrel from my local quilt shop here.  I added a remnant  of a Kona red that I had in my stash and cut the needed triangles and squares.  This is 32" square at this point and still needs a border or two to finish it off.   It will be donated at some point.

I then switched over to working with these rail fence blocks that came from somewhere.   I don't even remember where now.   Fabrics are both batiks.   Blocks are 4" finished, so this is definitely not finished at this point.  I'll need to add multiple borders to this to get it up to a size for donation, but have no idea at this point of what I want to add.   Stash-diving here I come to find something.  =)
And the last project that I worked on this weekend were adding a border of WOW fabric to these blocks.   Made with 30's repro fabrics they are from a long ago swap with online friends.  They will be set with scrappy 30's repro sashing and cornerstones cut form more of the WOW used as block borders. 

May 22, 2018

Cyra ~ busy, busy, busy stitching

The grey and green background that I made while on that lovely stitching retreat a couple of weeks ago, has turned into a quilted tote-style bag.
Splat on one side, and a Swirl on the other.



This fun fiberart small quilt is now hanging in the towns meeting room along with about 18 similarly size 'self-portrait' quilts, haha. 

And I use the words 'self-portrait' very loosely.
(this is nothing like me really, lol)

The mini-me has a scrap strip fabric dress embellished with free-motion scrolls, a crochet bag with embroidered flowers, and she has a needle-felted head, hair AND boobs, and she wears metal wire glasses and two thread friendship bracelets. 
Her sandals (flip-flops or jandals) are made with a tiny buttonhole stitch in black thread.
The other mini-me's are all on a similar background with the same binding, and they are all connected together with fabric tabs in the same colour as the binding. 


I have finished a quilted chair back cover, or antimacassar, for the old-rocker in the lounge.
It's the Snowball block.


My old teapot cozy bit the dust (it was only about 12 years old lol) so I made a new one.
Love the kiwi fruit fabric for the kitchen.


And my final show for this week is a couple of 'containers'.
Basically made as thread-catchers, but can be used for a number of different things as well.

I need one of these next to my sewing machine because I'm always losing the seam-ripper or little scissors or the feet for the machine or the bobbins or.............

These nice containers will hold everything I need right there.

So you can see I have been sewing up a storm since the retreat. 
It was a great way to get me back on track.

All for now.
Happy Stitching

Judy~It's done!

We are back home from the Midwest, and life is getting back to normal, whatever that is!

And here it is the long-awaited mystery finish!  I plan to hand it in today to the nurse who requested it.  Can you guess what it is?  No, it's not a water bottle holder.  Here's the link just is case you get a similar request!

Have a great week!

Moira - Wolf Quilt

I finished off the wolf quilt top this weekend...woohoo.......  It now goes in the to be quilted pile that will be worked on once I'm in the house and have my quilt frame set up.

Stats on the quilt top -

Pattern used -

Free cross-stitch pattern found on the internet of a wolf (altho I've had one person tell me it looks like a malamute dog they used to have)

50 rows in the quilt, with 33 squares in each, for 1650 total squares.  2" finished squares were used to make the quilt.

Over 110 different fabrics used in the quilt in various shades of black, grey and creams.  Fabrics were from scraps, FQ's in my stash, and long-third yardage that I bought to get enough different fabrics for the quilt.

Finished size - 66" wide by 100" long

And I closed on my house yesterday afternoon.   Full move in will be on June 9th.

May 15, 2018

Moira - Running Late

First up was the wolf quilt I'm working on.   I finished 12 more rows completed on it and added to the rest.   That makes 28 rows completed out of 50 rows in the quilt.  

It is now complete through the eyes and the design is starting to be clearer now.   I'm now starting on the forehead of the wolf and will soon be working on the ears.   At this rate I may get this together before the move happens.

At the rate I'm using the squares I've got cut out I have a feeling that I'll have to cut more to finish off this quilt because there are probably close to 300 black pieces in the top 14 rows alone and I doubt I have enough cut to get it finished.   I figure though that any extra ones will give me a head start on what I'll need to cut for the next scrap quilt which will be a panda - lots of black and white in that one!

Next I worked on using the remaining strips and strings of green that were pulled and made 9 more blocks to go with these 3.   Still to be done is add flowers to them and trim them to 10.5" in size.

Packing was also done.   I close on the house on the 21st, and move in on June 9th.

May 8, 2018

Cyra ~ R & R at Retreat

I'm back home after my most wonderful stitching holiday at Quilt group Retreat.
Oh my, what a great way to refresh your batteries.
The seclusion of this place was exhilarating, stimulating, bracing, energizing and restorative. 

I can't believe how much stitching got done as well. Absolutely amazing place.
Literally a stones throw from the beach.
Great early morning walks and paddles on the beach, and great company.

The path to the beach and sea.

I was on the beach for the sunrise most mornings.

And here are some of the stitching that I made while there.

A Fibonacci style small quilt top, that may turn into a table runner or a bag 
(not decided yet what it wants to be).

These two country style shabby-chic blocks will be cushion covers (pillows) when I add a border and backing to them.

And the following quilt top is completed, I just haven't got any photos of it's current state.
I am now auditioning fabric for border and backing.

That's it for the retreat photos.

One evening, soon after getting back home, I made these Boho beaded tassel dangles.
Fun fun fun.

You can tell that the urge to create and be creative is still with me. 
I have so many things I NEED to make now, lol.

So, from a refreshed and revitalised  Cyra

Happy Stitching

Judy ~Three More Finishes

I do have a few finishes to share.

I started this scarf/shawl a long time ago, and it's finally finished. It's an interesting pattern and include directions for a bind off that was new to me.

The colors in the second photo are truer to real life.

Like some others of my knitting friends, I've been in a dishcloth mood.  It was helped by the discovery of the fun Crazy Eights pattern which is reminiscent of the Almost Lost dishcloth.

Our recent warmer days have found me out working in the yard, or should I say fighting with Mother Nature?  Boy, is there ever a lot to do!  Oh, and this week I got the strangest knitting request of my whole knitting life.  I may share it when it's completed.......  Have a happy week!

Angela ~ A Minor Patch Job

All the sewing I did was this minor patch job of pair of pajama bottoms.
It doesn't exactly match but it's the piece he chose.  An no more hole!

Moira: Stress equals new projects

So this house buying process has been a wee bit stressful as we waited for the appraisal to come in on the house and for all doc's to go in and be accepted.   

With all this going on, guess who started a new project?   Yup, me...........never mind the fact that I've got umpteen projects going now and at least 3 commissions (totally ignoring the scrub tops as well) that I need to work on.  Technically it isn't totally new because I had already cut what seemed like a bazillion 2.5" squares for it.

I just started sewing them together over the weekend after having cut the first round of squares 6 + weeks ago.  I cut more black squares last night because at only 10 rows together I've used almost half of the black squares that i had cut.    I'm debating on whether to go get more blacks (I'm lacking on black tonals in my stash) or just to have a bunch more dup's of the fabrics I've been using already.  I'm sure that I'll have to cut more squares before this top is finished.

8 rows are sewn together in the top, and I have two more ready to be sewn to the others now.   Looking at what is sewn together I can see where I flipped the layout on 4 squares (well I can see it when I compare it to the graph), but I probably won't go back and take them out so that I can flip them.  I'm happy with how the shading is working out in the quilt top so far.

I also hemmed a pair of pants for a friend at church and made a quiver to hold arrows for his son this past weekend, but forgot to take a pic of the quiver.

And I forgot to take pics of the wonderful journal that Angela made for me from an old calendar. I love how it turned out.......and will post pics next week if she doesn't post them before!

May 6, 2018

Judy ~ Two Finishes

Oops!  I had my dates mixed up and meant to publish this last  Tuesday.  Here are two of  my last three April finishes:

The third one is still drying on the dining room table.  That scarf is a fun pattern for striping yarn that has fairly long color changes.  The socks also work well with striping yarn.  Can you see the one spot that has a dyeing issue?  So long for now, and a Happy May to you all!

May 1, 2018

Moira - a wee bit of progress.....

There has been some sewing here this past week........but other things are starting to ramp up as well (aka packing....lol).

Repaired the lining in the handle of this purse.   Used three charm squares leftover from another project.

 Squared these string blocks up and added appliqued flowers to them.   Used two cookie cutters for the flowers.

Also finished sewing the commissioned pillow covers, and just need to get the ribbon loops sewn on and then the buttons to make sure they stay neatly closed.   Yes, I'm doing button loops because I can't find my buttonhole maker.....actually can't find either one of them!

And I've started the packing process and the living room is pretty well finished.   Right now closing is still on track for May 21st, but I don't have word yet back on the appraisal for the loan.   Hopefully in the next day or two.

I also made a sample block for the May block for my BOM.  And I'm in a quandry....I managed to not follow my own pattern (didn't look at placement for the sewing machine & got one piece upside down...sigh), now I'm debating about whether to redo it or just use this one for the picture on the pattern.   what do you think - first pic below is what the layout should be, second one is what I ended up with.