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.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Bits and bobs

I'm sure you are not the least bit (yawn) interested in seeing any photos of my ongoing purge in my sewing room, so instead I will send you off to other places that are FAR more interesting than here....

1.  If you are looking for ways to make your photographs of your quilts (but useful for many other things too) Sharon B's husband Jerry has written a nice article HERE

2.  Mary Corbet has posted a number of really interesting things lately, and here's a short list of the ones I found that I plan to utilize at some point...

           - Go HERE  to see how she creates beautiful Chain Stitch Blossoms (part of her Stitch Fun series)

           - Go HERE to see her 'Alternating Beaded Chain Stitch) - also part of her Stitch Fun series

            - Go HERE to see her great article on organizing your bead stash

            - and finally, go HERE to see how to make a very handy bead tray

3.  Came across an interesting tidbit on Craft Gossip - crocheting on leaves (yes, real live leaves!). Go HERE

And, finally, here's your quote of the day, attributed to the infamous 'Anonymous'.... "I'm still hot - it just comes in flashes" 

Friday, July 03, 2015

Another collaboration and....drumroll.....!!!!

Last night I finished up another collaboration project that has been stashed in my sewing room for too long.  This little baby quilt was started by my friends mother and she was unable to complete it.  I finished the quilting (by machine) and put the binding on.  Now the quilt will go back to her family to await the birth of the next baby.

And....remember The Quilt-zzzzz?  And that I had some block off-cuts left over??  Well....last night I laid them out to see how many I have and how big a quilt using them might be.  Would you believe a twin??  So....all that fabric will result in THREE quilts (two kings and a twin).  It's the project that never quits!!!

To the right of the photo you might be able to see that I've laid out some charcoal 'bits' that will be sashing between the 7x12" blocks.  Those bits are leftovers from the backing of the first Quilt-zzzz.  Can't say that I'm not using every little bit of that fabric!!  Now - once I make it, what on earth will I DO with it!!!

AND - I'm totally surprised by the sheer numbers of you that were interested in my little rusty eight giveaway!  Thank you.  So.....by the uber-scientific means of typing everyone's names onto pieces of paper, folding them, shaking 'em up, and asking handy hubby to draw out a name, the rusty fabric will be going to (and I'm so sorry that I don't have enough to send everyone some!)...

 Yay, Christine!  Please send me your snail addy and I'll pop your package in the mail the first of the week. 

Today the quote is  from Stanislaw J. Lec.... "When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet"

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Collaborative effort

One of my friends enjoys knitting blankets and prayer shawls, but doesn't enjoy crocheting.  She has recently become a great-grandma and knitted a pretty little blanket and she wanted me to add a crochet border (we often collaborate on these sorts of projects), so here is a photo of the blankie....

I've also been spending an awful lot of time putzing about with my family tree.  My cousin has loaned me a bunch of old family photos so I've been scanning and printing them for my records. 

This is my great - grandmother.
Can't say as I would have wanted to wear that heavy black
dress in the summer time!!

I came across something that some of you might find useful....if you go HERE there are number of size charts for all sorts of things available.  Be sure you scroll down because there are lots of them!

I also came across an interesting article regarding pricing your creations to sell and that can be found HERE.  

AND - Pam Kellogg has released a sneak peek of the cover for the autumn issue of  the 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine and you can see that HERE.   She has also put out the call for winter or Christmas themed crazy quilt pieces and articles for the Winter issue and you can read all about that HERE.  Please do consider submitting photos of your work and also any how to's or articles - the magazine is only as good as you help us make it!

Today the quote is from Theodore Roethke...."Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light"

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rusty Eight - a giveaway

I've been cleaning.  Shoveling.  Removing.  Sorting.  Chucking. 

Yeah, I know - who knew?

So, in the interest of getting rid of excess creative fodder,
how about a giveaway?

Up for grabs is a package of eight nice sized pieces
of rusted fabric (one larger piece has also been
dipped in hand made walnut ink).

If you would like to play with these,
just leave a comment on this post and I
will do the draw on Friday.

(of course this all depends on whether or not there's a single
soul out there who is remotely interested!!)

Today the quote is from Phyllis Diller.... "There is such a build-up of crud in my oven there is only room to bake a single cupcake"   (hmmm - oven?  studio??)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Done, Done, Done - oh happy day!!

Remember The Quilt-zzzz??  Well, this afternoon I finished the matching pillow shams so I can call that particular project done.  Happy dance?  You bet!!

Above is the setting I used for the main quilt,
and below is the setting for the second one. 

Sorry the picture quality isn't the best but it is definitely difficult to get a decent picture of something that's predominantly white.

(and, before you ask, yes there are two of each!!).

UPDATED TO ADD:  Kathy Shaw has just announced that registrations are now open once again  for her Basic Crazy Quilting online class.  I can say, with confidence, that if you are hoping to learn to crazy quilt (or simply want to brush up on your skills) her class is worth it (AND, better yet, it's free!!).  Go HERE for further info (and you'll have to hurry because registration is only open until midnight June 29th). 

Today the quote is courtesy of Norman Vincent Peale.... "The way to happiness:  keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry.  Live simply, expect little, give much.  Fill your life with love.  Scatter sunshine.  Forget self, think of others.  Do as you would be done by.  Try this for a week and you will be surprised"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

oh wow.....

I was just perusing some of the blogs I try to keep up with and I see that Cyra Lewis has a new book out, absolutely filled with the most incredible images of creativity!!   The book is the result of an 'Ocean/The Color of Water' challenge issued by the International Freeform Fiberarts Guild.   If you click on the link HERE it will take you to not only where you can order the book, but also where you can flip through the pages and get a taste for the undersea theme throughout.  Blown away?  Oh yeah!!!

Today I worked on the pillow shams that will accompany The Quilt-zzzz and, as of this moment, I have nothing to show for my work that is worthwhile.  Who knew it would take this long to make four pillow shams!!  So, instead of photos of my work, how about a little 'funny'.....

Today the quote is from Norman Cousins.... "It has always seemed to me that hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors"

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

quick announcement

Just a short drop in today, to let you know that Kathy Shaw (Shawkl) has announced that she's taking registrations for her ICQC 103 - "Embellishing With Threads' free online class.  This one covers surface embroidery motifs and includes beaded and silk ribbon monograms along with seam treatments.  Registration is only open until midnight on June 25th, so you will have to hurry.  Go HERE for further info. 

And, because I don't have a photo for you today, how about a little humour?....

Today's quote is from an unknown source... "You cannot hang out with negative people and expect to live a positive life"