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

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.

April 24, 2018

Moira - starts, finishes, and a mess

I was at a retreat all weekend so not a lot of stitching happened over the weekend.  But I did get the binding and hanging sleeve sewn down on this wall hanging.   All the pattern pieces have been scanned for this, so now I can get the pattern written for it.
I've started the next commission - 5 pillow covers for a friend.  4 at 27" square (finished) and this one at 20" wide by 15" tall.    I'm making these envelope style so making them is easy........cutting the pieces was a pain because my cutting table isn't wide enough!

Made these three string blocks to use up a stack of small scraps.  They will finish at 10".  Will be appliqueing flowers on top of them. 
And as I get ready to move of course I have to pack.   I had two big bins of scraps that I had not put away for several months.   Here's a couple of pics after I sorted them by color in preparation to putting them away in ziploc bags and then into totes.

The blues fill a 2 gallon bag (those are 9-10" stacks!).  And nope these won't all fit in my two totes.   Need to make more scrap quilts!  The scraps are sorted by color & theme.  Bottom pic shows a pile of orphan blocks/block parts, solid scraps, and some WOW's, leftover bindings, and a pile of strings that I have plans for.

April 17, 2018

Cyra ~ Finger-less Mitts & Miniature Rug

There is always a bit of crocheting going on in this house.
A pair of finger-less mittens (wrist-warmers) for wearing while riding my bike (winter is coming here in the Southern hemisphere).

My Raleigh bike -- very retro, lol. 
I use this to get to my local craft groups meetings and for a jaunt around the town or to the library and also for grocery shopping. I try to do my bit to save the earth and not use fuel if I don't have to. If the weather is really horrible though I will take the car.
I'm designing a double-pannier bag to sew for the back rack. I have the perfect fun fabric to compliment the bike colours. 
(the basket balancing on 'his' handlebars is the basket for the front of my bike)

This will be a carpet/ (rug) for my miniature house. 
It's a trial run for me on the new loom that my darling hubby bought for me on his trip to England last year. I eventually found time to warp the loom and 'go-for-it'.
I'm experimenting with the loom to see how it handles making 1:12th scale rugs, so I chose a simple straight weave for this rug in a two colour chunky stripe.
I have actually done about double the amount that is showing on the photo, and hope to have it finished by this weekend (famous last words, haha).

Next week I'm off to a remote stitching retreat, so I might not get a post posted here because I don't think there is internet where I'm going, and no telephone signal either, so it will be a very interesting (and fun) week with a great bunch of stitchers. I am sooooo looking forward to it.
I'll show photos etc after the event.

All for now.
Happy stitching.

Judy ~ Something Different!

This week I worked on something unusual, a few quilt blocks.  Our group is making a quilt for a local hospice. The camera sure picks ups on the inconsistencies in my measuring. Sigh.

This one is called Connector Chain.

I love hearts.  Our blocks are to be red, white, and blue, so I think I need to add some stitching to this one.

This was my first attempt at a Disappearing 9-block and looks a bit wonky. 

Has anyone figured out how to make these diagonal dishcloths "unwonky" on that last corner?  This is the Illuminator pattern, once again.  Have a great week!