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.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Blessings - some good, some not so

Today has been an 'interesting' day on several different fronts - and none of them involved stitching done by my hands.  The first order of business today was for DH to trundle our car out to the mechanic for a good once-over prior to us leaving on our 'big road trip'.  Alas, the once-over culminated in the necessity to replace ALL four tires!!  Not an expense we were anticipating right now, thank you very much.  However, the thought of attempting to drive through the Canadian Rocky Mountains with tires that were iffy made the replacement of same a no-brainer.  

This morning a friend was here for coffee and came bearing gifts for our soon-to-be-born grandson and this afternoon I had lunch with another friend who has made the most amazing quilt for him.  Alas I don't have a picture of any of the above to share, but they are all beautiful and so very thoughtful of my friends to share in the birth of our wee one.  I am blessed to have such good friends in my life.

Sometimes, in these days of  doom and gloom on the news every day, it's nice to read a heartwarming story and THIS one certainly is just that.  What a wonderful man!

- Kathy Shaw has released a fun hexagon quilt pattern that you can see HERE   

- if you're a tatter, you might like the free pattern HERE for angel's wings.

- Sharon Boggon has a free floral embroidery pattern for downloading HERE.  

- there are lots of ideas HERE for fabric manipulation techniques.

- there are some really cute free patterns available here (be sure to check out the teddy in the altoid tin!)  

- for the awwww factor, how about THIS little fellow!!  

Today your quote is from an anonymous source....

 Twelve things to always remember:

The past cannot be changed
Opinions don't define your reality
Everyone's journey is different
Things always get better with time
Judgements are a confession of character
Overthinking will lead to sadness
Happiness is found within
Positive thoughts creative positive things
Smiles are contagious
Kindness is free
You only fail if you quit
What goes around comes around

Monday, August 15, 2016

A play date

Yesterday we were happy to have a play date with our grandson and his new puppy, along with a lovely visit with our son and daughter-in-love.  

Meet our new grand-dog...

Her name is Riley and she's a 
black lab/boxer/border collie mix.

And, here's the reason they got her...

What's better than a little boy and a dog?

- There's a nice pattern HERE for a crocheted butterfly mobile (but the butterflies could be used for many other things too simply by varying the weight of the yarn/thread used!).  

- THIS is a great way to store your crafting supplies if you're traveling or even if you want to keep the fodder for the current project you happen to be working on.  Thanks to Donna from Brynwood Needleworks for the link for this one.

- There's a really cute knitted sweater pattern HERE.  

- and for more of the awwwww factor, check out the bears HERE and HERE and another one HERE.  There is more bear cuteness in THIS blog.

Today your quote, fittingly, is from Erma Bombeck...."Every puppy should have a boy"

Friday, August 12, 2016


It seems the promised rain has gone all around us and there will be none here, unless there happens to be a major miracle.  The heat and humidity continues.....

Not much being accomplished on the stitching front although I am managing to get a little bit done on the next 'secret' project for the magazine (which also happens to be for a Christmas present).  

So...as there are no pictures forthcoming from Chez Magpie, how about yet more mumblings....

1. Today I have three things from my friend Pam Kellogg that you might find of interest.  First, she has put out a call for submissions for the Spring 2017 issue of 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' and, rather than me re-writing her words, here's what she said... 

" Attention Crazy Quilters!!! I will be starting work on the Spring 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine around October 1st. The theme for this issue will be BIRDS! Please consider submitting photos, tutorials or articles to me for that issue."

You can  contact Pam through her blog HERE.

2.  Pam has also re-released one of her very popular cross stitch patterns for another set of biscornu's.  This time she features birds (robins, cardinals, goldfinches and blue jays) and you can find out more by going HERE.  She has also released a sweet little *free* companion piece and you can find that HERE.

3.  THESE fall under the best definition of 'awwww'.  No pattern, but definitely drool-worthy anyway.

4.  HERE's a cute pincushion pattern - these would make great gifts.

5.  I found another of the 100+ free pattern links - this one is for zippered pouches.  Some great ideas!

Today your quote is from Walter Winchell - "It's a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do"

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

No salsa 'round here!

No rumba, no salsa, not even any sedate waltzing.  Too hot for anything beyond languidly reclining, iced tea to hand, and the consumption of the occasional bon bon to keep the strength up.  

And if you believe that I even know how to dance?  Hah! Nope, never learned.  Even the bon bons are few and far between.

So....(and you know what I'm going to say already, don't you!!)...how about some more mumblings?

- I was putzing about on my blog last night and going through some old posts and reminded myself that I really have wanted to make one of THESE - obviously ever since 2010 when I initially posted about it!!  Perhaps you might like to make one too.

- Many of you know that I used to make a lot of creations using recycled denim and I still have a fascination for it.  Imagine how excited I was when I found THIS site.  The denim creations there are beyond incredible!!!  Be sure to spend some time exploring his site to see the treasures he has created.  

- Fall is coming, so perhaps you'd like to make one (or more) of these fun mug rugs.

- THIS wee crochet pattern is one that fits all the criteria for 'awwwww'

- if you have some fat quarters in your stash, perhaps you might find something HERE that might be of interest.

- and, because it's hot here and I want to think cooler thoughts (despite not being a fan of winter!), perhaps you might find some ideas for Christmas creations HERE.  

- HERE's a cute robot quilt tutorial for young people (or the young-at-heart!)

Today your quote is from Carl Bard...."Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending"

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

No picture from moi - BUT.....

I'm sorry to say that I have nothing to show you today, at least that has been made by my nimble, but arthritic, little fingers.  However, I'm pretty sure I will be forgiven if you go and feast your eyes on something spectacular HERE.  Be sure you click on the pictures to embiggen so you can see the details!

In my continual quest to organize my life (hah - and if you believe THAT you're sillier than I thought!), I came across a fantastic idea to sort out my bin of interface scraps.  I need to do this!!

If you have a Star Wars fan in your family, perhaps you might find something HERE that you could make for them.

For the awww factor, and a cute little sewing project that would make a really sweet pincushion, how about THIS.  

And, because I can't leave you without at least one picture.....

Boy, I wish my dentist had one of these!!

Because of the picture, how about a quote about dogs? This one is from Caroline Knapp.   "The dog's agenda is simple, fathomable, overt:  I want.  "I want to go out, come in, eat something lie here, play with that, kiss you."  There are no ulterior motives with a dog, no mind games, no second-guessing, no complicated negotiations or bargains, and no guilt trips or grudges if a request is denied"

Monday, August 08, 2016

Last one (at least for now)

Because I don't have anything in the way of photos to show you today, how about I share the last page of the snowflake/flower/seam treatment designs?

I hope some of you will be able to use these in your work (I would love to see if you do!).

- For those of you interested in journaling, Sharon Boggon has re-introduced her InAMinuteAgo blog and will be discussing that very thing.  Have a look HERE

- Kathy Shaw has updated her planned online class registration dates and if you're interested in learning about crazy quilting and her latest venture, sane quilting, have a look at that HERE.  

- If you have a toddler in your life, how about creating a backpack for them from the tutorial found HERE.  

- For something a little different, maybe you'd like to create a beautiful fall floral arrangement using the tutorial found HERE

- For lots of free tote bag links, have a look HERE.   Or even better why not check out their archives HERE.  Be sure to scroll down....there should be enough inspiration there to last quite awhile!!  Maybe even a lifetime!

Your quote for today is from Winston Churchill..."We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give"

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Bear vs Bare

I must say that the title of this blog post is very apropos today.  It's exceedingly hot here once again and the humidity level is climbing rapidly.  No rain in sight either, so there's not much hope of a cooling down for at least a few days.  So 'bare' would be a wonderful thing!!!

However, since this isn't an x-rated blog, I will have to simply share with you this fellow...

He stands about 15" tall and was created using Vogue pattern # 7534.  It's an older pattern and might not still be available.

There are a few mumblings for today...

1.  There are some sweet (and free!) embroidery patterns to be found through THIS link.

2.  For tatters, there's a really pretty heart border pattern HERE.  

3.  There's an adorable crocheted  kitty pattern available HERE and there's an even more adorable monkey HERE.  There's also an owl HERE.  

4.  For sewers there are some really nice basket patterns HERE

5.  Those interested in dolls and/or fashion might find THIS link fascinating (I know I did!).  Thanks to Deanna for telling me about this one. 

Today your quote is from Orison Swett Marden...."All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers"