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.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Done, done, AND done!!

Above - Front of hussif, folded

Right - Back 

Below - inside fold

Outside, unfolded...


I think this will be the last hussif, at least in the foreseeable future anyway.  I don't know anyone else in my immediate circle that are 'in need' of one.  This has ended up being one of my favourites out of all the ones I've made - maybe 8 of them, not sure because I've lost count.

Today your quote is from Jerry Ellis..."We're all only fragile threads, but what a tapestry we make"

Thursday, February 04, 2016

More treasures (of a questionable nature)

The great clean out of memorabilia continues and now I've come up with some 'interesting' (as I said - questionable!) pieces of old clothing.  

First, I found this sweater that my mother made - it appears that the trim is knitted and the main part is some form of crochet.  Very see-thru (and rather risque for the times I think).  

and a close-up...

I've never seen that particular pattern before.

AND, wonder of wonders...

I suspect this baby dress might have adorned my baby body, but not sure on that one.  The detail is amazing (and yes, I know it would benefit from a good ironing).

Two more baby dresses, both of which were mine.  They are both very sheer and (horrors!!!!) pink.  Yuck.  Obviously when I wore them I was too young to have any say in what went on my body!!  

And the find of the day - a wonderful apron that I know was made by my maternal grandmother.  She knitted the most incredible lace and it features prominently on this piece.

And a close-up of the trim.

Now the question arises, what does one DO with such stuff?  The apron is a keeper, but what do you suggest I do with the dresses?  There are actually several more, along with matching slips.  The fabric isn't in great shape (except for the first little dress and the apron), so don't think they would be wearable.  


The quote of the day is from May Smith... "The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary"

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Tah Dah (sort of)

This afternoon I took the latest hussif off the embroidery frame, so I guess a 'tah dah' is in order.  I won't show you the whole thing today (the light was gone by the time I was finished so decent pictures weren't an option). In the meantime, here's the final section...

I added the iron and the vine to complete the stitching.  The vine is whipped chain stitch; the flowers are web stitches overlaid with lazy daisies with a red bead in the centre; and the leaves are simply three seed beads surrounded by another lazy daisy.  

For those of you who like to felt, you might find THIS interesting.  You might need to use the 'translate' feature to be able to read the directions.  

I promised I would let you know when Pam Kellogg's newest publication is available and I'm happy to say that you can get it now!  It's such a great resource - so much eye candy and filled with ideas galore.  It's the first of what is promised to be two volumes.  I can't wait to have my copy in my hot little hands so I can drool over it.  Click on the picture below to be taken to where you can order your very own copy! (oh, and while you're there, how about getting your copy of the latest 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine?).  You can also click on the cover picture in my sidebar to get your copy.

Today the quote is from Judith-Annette Milburn.... "Can you imagine experiencing the world as a great sandbox given for us to play in like we did as children?  As we play, we can also open ourselves to the exploration of our edges, always creating new adventures of self-exploration as we let go of old out-dated beliefs about ourselves"

Monday, February 01, 2016

Closing in

I'm closing in on the end of the embroidery on my latest hussif.  Over the weekend I managed to fit in some stitching time...

I added the little kitty sitting at her sewing machine (my daughter-in-love likes cats, so I had to fit one in somehow); plus the cup of tea and the pincushion.  The second photo shows the needle threader and three little spools of thread (used as a seam treatment).  
I promised to let you know when the latest issue of the 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine is available, and the time is now!  You can order your copy either by clicking on the cover picture below, or the one in my sidebar. 

It's another great issue, filled with all sorts of inspiration and how to's for the crazy quilter (or anyone interested in embroidery).  

Please don't forget that we're always looking for content for upcoming issues and we welcome your photos, articles and submissions.  Please don't be shy, and share your work!

Today the quote is from Milton Berle...."It's rough to go through life with your contents looking as if they settled during shipping!"

Friday, January 29, 2016

Another little section

I'm nearing the end of the embroidery on the latest hussif and yesterday I added this little charmer...

I found the sweet little image and printed it off in black & white to suit the theme of the hussif.  A little bit of lace, a string of beads & a red button completed her (oh, and there's a teeny little silver heart too).  

Today your quote is from Willie Davis...."If you step on people in this life you're going to come back as a cockroach"

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Some more

First, thank you for all the input and suggestions re my question about tablets.  They were much appreciated!  With the help of #2 Son, there is a 'Samsung Galaxy Tab 4' on the way...there's also something called a 'wireless router' that arrived at my door this afternoon.  I suppose that now means that there will be another great learning curve happening at Chez Magpie!  Scary thought.  

There has been a bit more progress on my latest hussif project....

The long seam to the left of the scissors has been completed - there might be something happen yet to break up that long expanse, but will wait & see how it looks overall when the rest is done.  I also added a second sewing machine (cross stitch on waste canvas).  

I see that Jennifer Clouston has a new crazy quilting book out (and of course you know it's on my wish list!!).  If you'd like to know more, there's a review HERE.  

There's a cute free pattern for crocheted hearts HERE (hey, they're non-fattening and SO much better for you than Valentine's chocolate....yeah, and if you think I believe that one, you're sadly mistaken!!).  

Kathy Shaw has just opened registrations for her free ICQC-103 (Embroidery Motifs) online course and you can read more about that HERE.

If you happen to have one of those brass lighting fixtures floating about (or you stumble across one in a thrift store) there are some really great ideas HERE for re-purposing them.  I'd like to do a couple of these projects but will have to keep my eye out for lamps.

Finally, here's your quote for today, from Richard Flournov & Lewis Foster...."There are two kinds of people:  those who don't do what they want to do, so they write down in a diary about what they haven't done, and those who haven't time to write about it because they're out doing it"

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A couple of announcements and a decided lack of stitching

I've been playing about with the likes of these pictures....

Old family photos that have been hidden away in a box for years (and years!).  I've been busily scanning them into Ancestry and then bundling them up to pass along to various family members.  It's a massive job, but fun to see them.

From this experience, I cannot stress enough the importance of labeling your pictures with names and dates!!!  Future generations will thank you.  Yes, you know who the people are, but will your grandchildren know?  There are so many wonderful old pictures that I'm throwing away, simply because there is no way to identify them.  So...how be you make it your project for 2016 and get those pictures out and label them?  I challenge you!

There's a couple of things I wanted to let you know about...

1.  Pam Kellogg is searching for articles and pictures for the 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine that have old family photos and family history.  Do you have an heirloom crazy quilt?  Have you done a project using old family photos?  We want to see them!  Please go HERE and read more about it.

2.  AND - get ready - the newest issue of the 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' will be available on February 1st.  I have my advance copy and I can tell you that it's filled with great eye candy and articles.  There's a tutorial for a steampunk bunny, as well as a crazy quilt one (that was a challenge I took part in) and lots more to inspire you.  Here's the cover...

AND, that's not all!  Pam is also releasing a book that's chock full of eye candy!  I can tell you that it's a beauty and I can't wait to get my copy so I can be inspired.  It will be available in mid-February.

I'll let you know the purchase details as soon as they become available.  

Today the quote is from Margaret Lee Runbeck...."Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling"