A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Now....what do you suppose.....

.....I'm up to now???

Well, you'll just have to wait and see!

Yesterday I posted pictures of the latest barn project and I can tell you now that I'm not happy with it.  And I do have a reason for that.  The barn itself, although it's the right shape and overall look for what I wanted,  the colour of it isn't.  I want fabric that's the colour of old weathered barnboard - the grey old look.  This one simply didn't do it for me.  The search is on for appropriately coloured (& preferably with a textured look that works) fabric and it's proving to be much harder than I thought it would be.  I don't mind adding some paint to make it look 'right' but I need to have a good base.  And I know someone is going to suggest I simply paint it from scratch and that's not something I can do - my creative genes don't lend themselves to that amount of 'art'.  And I know I 'could' dye some, but that's decidedly frowned upon....using communal washing machines in an apartment building for that sort of endeavor is a no-no....b'sides dye would just give one overall colour and not the look of texture that I'm wanting.  I know - I want too much, don't I!! 

- HERE's a great Christmas table runner pattern.  Or if you happen to like a more folk art style, how about THIS one.  And THIS one has a really different shape. 

- You might have to use the 'translate' feature for THIS, but isn't she cute?  

- You might find the information HERE about fully utilizing your quilter's rulers interesting.  All those marks on those rulers DO serve a purpose and the mystery is revealed!

- I don't know if THIS little tip for sewing vinyl or plastic actually works, but it might be worth trying.

Today, instead of a quote, how about a little laugh...

Monday, October 16, 2017


The latest barn project is complete!!  Well, complete except for the label for the back, which I will work on next.  

This piece measures approx. 14 x 25".

The inspiration photo I used


- If you have a little girl in your life, perhaps one of these beautiful nighties might be just the thing to make for her.

- Have a look at the amazing (small!!) embroideries in THIS article!

- Noticed THESE on Ravelry - not something I would ever think of tackling, but aren't they cute?

- Pam Kellogg has announced her new mystery cross-stitch Christmas stitch-a-long and you can find more information HERE.  

Today your quote is from an anonymous source once again..."Life is like a camera....focus on what's important; capture the good times; develop from the negatives; and if things don't work out, take another shot"

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Beans and Barns

I haven't shared a recipe with you in a long time so I thought I'd share what we had for supper last night.  The cooler fall days are here and this was mighty tasty (and easy to make according to the resident cook).


2 cans EACH of romano & black beans*
1 c. diced onion
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. maple-flavoured BBQ sauce**
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. chili powder
1 lb. kielbasa sausage - chopped up

Spray bowl of slow cooker with vegetable spray.  Combine all except sausage which goes on top.  Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours.
* - you can use any combination of beans 
you like best
** - we like maple, but perhaps you'd 
prefer another flavour

There has been a bit more progress on the barn....

- You'd have to have a little bit of space for THIS but I think it's a great idea!

- THESE would make really nice gifts and so simple to create.

- If your house has a lot of doors off your hallway, perhaps creating some of these would be a fun addition to your decor.

- I can't find a source to give credit for THIS decor idea, but sharing it anyway.  If you know who did it, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

And here's another quote from Eeyore...."A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference"

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I'd like to say....grass is a'growin'....but...

....if I do, I can imagine how many 'hits' I'll be getting on my blog and most of them won't be of the desirable sort!!  

I have spent the entire afternoon putzing with the grass area for my barn.  I have auditioned a ton of possibilities, all of which have been...ahem....mowed.  I finally came up with this...

....and out of complete and total disgust with the whole thing, I have decided it's staying.  So there!!  Of course there's still embroidery to be added to hopefully blend it in more.  No matter what happens I am NOT changing it again!!!
(oh yeah - there WILL be leaves on the tree!)

- There's a cute little jack-o-lantern pattern HERE.  

- Most of you know how much I used to enjoy working with denim and all its offshoots, so you will understand why I find THESE fun!

- Kathy Shaw has written a great tutorial HERE about finishing crazy quilted hexagons.

- Yesterday I linked to some ideas for recycling old suitcases and I've come across another one I really like HERE.  Unfortunately I can't give proper credit for this one.  If anyone knows, please let me know!

Today your quote is from one of my very favourite characters...Eeyore...."A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference"

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

About microwaves, barns and potions

Now how's THAT for a perplexing blog post title?!!  

Today I went back to working on my latest barn project and have, yet again, re-done the grass area.  For some reason it simply will-not-work despite my best efforts.  I had replaced the 'grass' twice over already and was on the third re-do, which I didn't remember to take a picture of (sorry).  

Here's the first effort...

Too much grass.  It took over.  I hated it.

Here's effort # 2...

After I embroidered on it for awhile it decided it was too bright.  Too garish.  Too spring green-ish.

Effort #3 (or was it #4??)

Please note that picture would show at
least two days worth of embroidery!!

Enter the use of the microwave....and paint....and green food colouring (which, btw, has dyed my fingers green....all ready for Halloween!).....and tea.  Add a dab of this, and a dollop of that....oops....throw it out because it turned a yucky shade of dog-poop-brown. Start over.   Insert piece of eyelet lace and brew it for awhile.  Squeeze out (more green tinge to my hands), rinse and iron dry.  

All that, to end up with....

Effort #4 (or maybe 5, depending on your viewpoint)

One wonders.
Will there be an Effort #5???

- If you happen to have (or stumble across) an old suitcase, HERE's how you can re-do the inside.  And if you go HERE you can see tons of ideas of what you can do with it once you've done the inside!  Oh, and how about making one of THESE out of an old suitcase? (be sure to scroll down to see the finished project).  Or maybe one of THESE would be fun.

- There's a free tutorial HERE to make a triple-zippered pouch that has so many uses.

- If you'd like to make yourself (or one for a gift!)  a fun Chatelaine, have a look at the tutorial HERE   and if you want to see an absolutely beautiful example of a chatelaine have a look HERE.   And HERE is another great way to make one.

- If there's a baby on the way, perhaps you'd like to make one of THESE cute little diaper holders!

- HERE's a really nice little Christmas project perfect for stash busting!  And THIS is another great stash buster that would make a lovely gift.

Today your quote is from Albert Einstein..."Insanity:  Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"

Monday, October 09, 2017

This is what procrastination does

Not that I could ever, by any stretch of the imagination, be accused of suffering from procrastination....ahem.  At least I finished a project over the weekend.  

I have been muttering for a long time about the holder I was using for my circular knitting needles and decided that it was time to create a new one that wouldn't require me to stuff so many into a small space.  This is what I came up with.  It's three times as wide as my former one, which was made from Butterick Pattern # B5006 (you can see the picture of the original pattern HERE on the lower right side).  I decided I would use the basic pattern but multiply it by three times as wide.  It took some finagling but I'm happy with what I came up with.

Here's the inside....

There are several 'pages', each rubber stamped with the needle size.  I ran into some difficulty with the stamping process and ended up with some 'ghosting' of the ink in places.  What to do?  Well, a dig into my stash unearthed a small flower stencil that, with some judicious placement, I used to cover most of it.  The rest I simply added some faux stitching lines to and called it a day.  

As for the procrastination...
I guess this means I need to now
get back to working on a barn!

- We watched one of those home reno shows on HGTV yesterday and they were using wooden pallets to cover a wall (not particularly attractive to my mind) which led me to wonder what else could be created with them.  Have a look HERE for some great ideas!

- There's a great article HERE for making straps for different types of bags.  

- HERE's a great idea for your fall decor...making pumpkins from sweater sleeves.

- There are lots of links HERE to free bag/purse/wallet patterns (three pages of them!).

This black 'blob' is a photo of our very full moon taken over the weekend.

Another quote from an anonymous source..."Two of the hardest tests in life:  The patience to wait for the right moment, and the courage to accept that you've waited for nothing"

Friday, October 06, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

This weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving (which is held at a different time to that of the United States).  There will be lots of turkey and trimmings consumed here!  We won't be seeing family so will be enjoying supper out with friends instead.  

With all that has been happening throughout the world, we have to give thanks for what we have...for our family, our friends, and for where we live.  So many others are going through such horrendous loss and hardship and we need to keep them in our prayers.  Be safe!

There has been some stitching accomplished - but pretty much equally as much reverse stitching too.  That's what I get for trying to change a pattern to suit my needs.  Hopefully there will be pictures on Monday.

- Kathy Shaw has announced a new stitch-a-long and rather than me telling you about it, here is the intro in her own words .... I'm going to begin stitching EVERY SEAM of my Crazy Quilting Volume III:  Fancy Seam Designs Book soon. I thought you might want to join in and stitch them yourself! I know a lot of my blog followers have purchased the book (thank you again!), so this may be the gentle nudge you have needed to get you going. :)    You can read more about it HERE.  

- I came across THIS today and was rather astounded at what they are asking for it.  Would that I could get that much for some of MY creations!!

- THIS is so cute! A good gift - a good use for scraps - would work as a gift card holder too I think.

- HERE's another great gift idea.

Your quote, once again, is from an anonymous source..."Be kind.  Be thoughtful.  Be genuine.  But most of all Be Thankful"