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, May 24, 2016

Number 10

Here's postcard # 10
The photo doesn't show that there's a 
lot of gold metallic on this one.

I meant to post about this site yesterday and managed to overlook it, so I'm sneaking a wee mumble in...

If you are interested in some very different types of embroidery stitches, there are some really different ones HERE.  Be sure to scroll down and check out what she has on her sidebar.  Some ideas I haven't seen before.

We had a marvelous weekend weather-wise here.  Today has been very warm and just the way I like it.  Albeit I do have the ceiling fan going in my sewing room!

Today your quote is from Elizabeth Johnson (and suits me to a 't')...
"Really I don't dislike to cook, but what you cook is eaten so quickly.  When you sew, you have something that will last to show for your efforts"

Monday, May 23, 2016

Another postcard and (dare I say it) a bit of mumbling

Over the weekend I finished postcard #9...

...and now, for the mumblings....

- Sharon Boggon has been hard at work re-vamping and moving her amazing (and free, I might add!) embroidery stitch dictionary.  Sharon is one of the most giving people I know of and if you are searching for how to do a particular stitch, or even to learn some new ones, be sure to bookmark THIS.  (p.s. - better pour yourself a BIG cuppa before you go!!).

- If you happen to be interested in creating a cross stitch chart from a favourite picture, there's a free online program called Pic 2 Pat and there's an excellent review of it HERE.  

- Gerry Krueger is working on a crazy quilt lace cottage and explains her design process HERE.  

Today your quote is another great one from Ralph Waldo Emerson... "People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character"

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fiddling and Postcard-ing

I guess my picture yesterday of the fiddleheads we acquired has raised questions as to what they are.  In my naive state I thought most people would know...oops.  
Doing a 'google' led me to this....
How to find, cook and freeze fiddleheads

Fiddleheads are one of the world's coolest greens. These unfurled fronds of the ostrich fern (matteuccia struthiopteris) are known as fiddleheads because they resemble the finely crafted head of a fiddle. Depending on the weather, they begin to appear around late April to early May along river and stream banks, in open woodlands and at the edges of swamps and marshes across New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. They are harvested when just a few inches off of the ground so they are still tender and tightly coiled.
Loaded with healthful properties (such as iron and potassium), fiddleheads are easy to cook and, like asparagus, have a delicate green flavour that is best accentuated by simple cooking.
How to cook fiddleheads
Fiddlehead preparation is easy. With a brush, carefully remove brown scales then wash well under cold running water to remove dirt before cooking; trim woody stems. Boil fiddleheads in lightly salted boiling water for 10 minutes (or steam for 20 minutes.) Serve at once with a drizzle of olive oil or melted butter and a squeeze of lemon.
Cooked fiddleheads can also be used like blanched or steamed asparagus in pasta, quiches or omelettes. They also make lovely salads when tossed with diced tomatoes and lemon-garlic vinaigrette.
Fiddleheads are found here in Canada at the local grocery store about this time of year....or, if you want to brave the mosquitoes and black flies, you can pick your own.  There, all you wanted to know about fiddleheads and more!!
Here's my latest postcard
(#8 of 19)

There have been a couple of inquires as to how I plan to mail these. The post office will accept them as they are (after I finish them properly that is!) and will hand-cancel them.  Some people choose to enclose them in a clear plastic sleeve prior to mailing.  I plan to put them inside a regular mailing envelope - mainly because I don't trust that they won't get damaged (or stolen!) in transit.
Just a little note for those of you who are considering purchasing a copy of Kathy Shaw's latest book (Crazy Quilting - Volume Two - Ribbon Embellishments) - the time for pre-orders is soon going to be over and after that you will have to pay full price.  If you're thinking about it, might be a good idea to get in on the good deal before the price goes up!  Go HERE.  
Talking about books made me go on a wee search for quotes regarding books/reading and of course I found a golden nugget by my favourite person - Ralph Waldo Emerson - "Some books leave us free and some books make us free"

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A few mumblings and another postcard

I know....I can hear the collective groan over there being yet more mumblings, but I can't help it.  I just have to share!!

--First of all, the latest free issue of the Knit Much magazine has gone live and it's another great one.  There are patterns (with a Downton Abbey theme); yarn reviews and several interesting techniques covered in this issue.  Go HERE to see it.

--Most of you have heard of the devastating fires in Fort McMurray and that many people have lost their homes and others have been displaced for the foreseeable future until they can repair the necessary infrastructure.  There are quilts being created for the people of Fort Mac and you can go HERE  on Super Mom, No Cape's blog to read about it, and HERE for a great free pattern for a maple leaf block that would be perfect for donating.  

--There's a free download for a cross stitch pattern of Big Ben that can be found HERE.  

Tonight a knock came at our door and it was our across-the-hall neighbour very generously offering to share her pickings of fiddleheads.  Needless to say, I wasn't long taking her up on it!! 

She gave us enough for at least a couple of meals.

One more postcard completed today.
#7 of 19.

Today the quote is from Mary Stuart...."To be kind to all, to like many, and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness"

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Today I like my mailman!

Most of the time he's a rather grumpy individual, but I can overlook his personality when he brings me delightful presents in the mail (and it's not even MY birthday!!).  The amazing Kim of 'Wisdom With Needle and Thread' is celebrating a milestone birthday this year and to honour that she is giving away 60 presents to her followers.  How generous is that?  I am the happy recipient of one of her gifts and thought I'd share with you my delight...

Kim made me a beautiful little needle book and included
the sweet Kewpie card.

There was a cute little cross stitch pattern
(which I already plan to use on a crazy quilt project!)
and some gorgeous fabric with 
coordinating embroidery floss....  

And do you see that amazing scissor fob in
the picture above?  She made that too!

Below is a closeup so you can the back of the 
needle book - isn't that fabric perfect?

Below is the inside of the needle book -
she has included two pockets for 
additional storage, along with the 
fabric tape measure trim.

Below is a close-up of the scissor fob -
the beads are sparkly (just as we magpies like!!)

Your birthday has made me very happy!!

Today I found a quote about birthdays  - "You are a wonderful source of joy.  May your special day bring you an extra share of everything that makes you the happiest in the world"

I know it's not Kim's birth day yet, but
this is my wish for her anyway.

Monday, May 16, 2016

A little more progress & some announcements (thinly disguised as mumblings!)

I spent much of the weekend working on the final edit of Kathy Shaw's upcoming book "Crazy Quilting Volume 2 - Ribbon Embellishments" - she is taking pre-orders HERE - and I can highly recommend it!  It's another in her series of really great crazy quilt books and I'm happy to say that, because I'm her proofreader, I get to read them first!!  Lucky me!

Kathy has also just announced a brand new online (free) class she's offering that's all about traditional (sane) quilting - a departure from her normal classes.  This one will concentrate on the creation of a series of mug rugs (which, btw, would make great gifts!) and in so-doing you will learn a number of different quilting patterns and techniques.  Go HERE for further info and to register.  You'll have to hurry though because she only leaves registrations open for a couple of days.

I must say that the mosquitoes that can be found HERE are just my style!  Go have a look and see if you don't agree.

Now, on to what else I did over the weekend...

Two more in the postcard series  

Today the quote is from Anatole France...."Some succeed because they are destined to; most succeed because they are determined to"

Friday, May 13, 2016

Little knitting

Today I have something a little different to show you.  Last night I finished knitting this little toy for the soon-to-be baby...

This was made using an orphan ball of sock yarn I had in my stash (and there's still enough in the ball that I could make a second one).  The pattern is 'Knubbelchen' and can be found on Ravelry HERE.   This little guy measures approximately 14" from the tip of his toes to the top of his hat.  

Your quote for today (unknown source)...  "First you have each other.  Then you have a baby.  And then you have everything"