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, April 24, 2015

A commission? Or Startitis??

Several months ago I was given a special women's hankie and asked if I could make something with it.  After some discussion we decided that a photo album cover would be useful and show off the hankie well.  I am finally (!!) getting around to getting the project underway and here is the progress so far (you can see part of the hankie to the left of the embroidery)....

'Photos' embroidered using waste canvas

And yes, I know that I have two Quilt-zzzzz on the go; plus my crazy quilting class (with Kathy Shaw) work; plus my Oriental-themed hussif...so what am I doing starting yet ANOTHER project??  Startitis indeed!

Oh, and here's a little announcement that some of you may be interested in.  Sarah Whittle has announced that she has decided against closing the 'Hand Embroidery Network'.  There are a lot of embroiderers who were very sad that she had contemplated closing it and are now very happy to see that it will continue.  If you're interested in what it's all about go HERE. 

Today I have a quote from Horace.... "He who has begun has half done.  Dare to be wise; begin!"

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mumblings, of the announcement sort

I'm posting early today because it has come to my attention that I needed to let you know about the latest free crazy quilt online class by Kathy Shaw (Shawkl) that's open for registration.  Registration closes later today so you'll have to hurry if you want to sign up (so sorry I didn't get this out there sooner!).  Anyway, this class is one of her intermediate ones (Piecing CQ Blocks) and you must have completed her beginner's class in order to register.  Her classes are free and are absolutely chock-full of information and gentle guidance.  I highly recommend them!  Go HERE for further info.

The other announcement I have is that Pam Kellogg (Kitty and Me Designs) and the owner of the 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine has put the call out for submissions for the autumn issue.  If you've done anything that is fall related in crazy quilting, please consider forwarding photos of your work to her for possible inclusion in the magazine.  She's also looking for tutorials, so if you create something that might be of interest to her readers please let her know.  The magazine is only as successful as the crazy quilt community makes it, so don't be shy! We want to see your work (and I can say from experience that it's a thrill to see what you've done in print!!).   Go HERE for submission guidelines.

Pam is also looking for advertising content for the magazine.  If you would like to promote your blog, your etsy shop, your stitch group, or if you sell CQ supplies the magazine is a great way to do it.  Go HERE for further information on that.

I haven't had time to create anything that I can include as a photo for
you today, so how about this....

Today's quote is from Joan Bauer.... "Too many people try to fake their way through life.  That's why the real ones shine so brightly"

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Yesterday - and today

A couple of people were interested in knowing where I got all the sewing supplies I showed you yesterday, so here you go...... A Great Notion Sewing Supply Ltd., which is a Canadian company based in Surrey, British Columbia (www.agreatnotion.com).  They have a print catalogue as well as a web site.

If you are interested in the fork pins, hopefully this link will take you directly to them on their web site... https://www.agreatnotion.com/product.php?pName=Clover_Fork_Pins&productId=601

Today I was in a bit of limbo with The Quilt-zzzz, needing to purchase some additional fabric for the borders on the second quilt, so I thought it was an ideal time to piece together a new hussif project.  This one will have an Oriental theme, so with that in mind, I stash-dove and came up with enough pieces to create this...

Left Side

It's hard to get a picture of the entire thing, so you will have to use your imagination and 'piece' these two pictures together!

Can you see the blue piece of fabric (with the pin in it) on the right side of the lower picture?   That's a piece of my mother's wedding dress that she wore over 60 years ago.  Not Oriental perhaps, but beautiful all the same.
Right Side             

Today your quote is by Anonymous....  "If you can't find the bright side in life, polish the dull side"

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mailman made a delivery!

This afternoon the mailman arrived at my door with a lovely parcel of goodies that I had ordered to treat myself. 

I've been using the wonderful fork pins (Clover) on the right side of the picture to help with putting together The Quilt-zzzz thanks to my friend loaning me some to try out.  They are so helpful that I decided I had to have some of my own.  Not that I plan to be putting together any more quilts (!!) but they will be handy when I need perfectly matched seams. 

Two new thimbles to try out; a disappearing marker; some new sewing pins and a package of 6 spools of 'Cotton Petites' threads by Sulky.  According to the package "One strand of 12 wt. Cotton Petites equals two strands of typical embroidery floss" - it will be fun to play with these.  The colours are wonderful!!

For those of you who like to embroider, you might find the tutorials HERE of interest (found via Judy Cooper...thank you!).   And for those of you who like stumpwork, or just want to make a sweet little ladybug, go HERE for a tutorial. 

Today the quote is from Allen Klein.... "We become so overwhelmed by illness, death and grief that we forget that humour, like the moon, can bring light to our darkest times"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

He loves me!

This was on the breakfast table for me this


Today the quote is from Sophocles.... "One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:  That word is love"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Extreme cuteness

Of course I'm rather biased, but we do have one of the cutest grandsons in the world, especially when he's nice enough (or at least his mother is!!) to sport the not-so-wonderful sweater I knitted for him.


Oh yes, and he's showing great 
promise as a budding chef,
band leader, or drummer....

His daddy certainly hopes he doesn't follow in
his footsteps and become a chef!!

Today the quote is from George Bernard Shaw.... "Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born"

Friday, April 10, 2015

A day of mumblings

Alas, I have no pictures for you today.  The work on the Quilt-zzzzz continues along with two borders remaining to sew and the king-size top will be done.  There's a grand shovel-out happening in the studio at Chez Magpie as well in order to make room for an overnight visit from #1 son, daughter-in-love and grandson.  Sharing my creative space with the spare bedroom means something's gotta give so there's room for them to sleep!

So....in lieu of photos....

1.  Mary Corbet has posted a sweet tutorial on how to embroider the tulip stitch on her blog HERE.  While you're visiting her blog, pour yourself a cuppa, and take some time too look around.  There's a wealth of information!

2.  Kathy Shaw has announced the registrations are now open for her Intermediate Crazy Quilt class (Module # 102) is open, but only on April 10, 11, and 12th.  You need to hurry if you want to sign up!  Go HERE for further information.

There's some sad news in the crazy quilting world today with the passing of Leslie Ehrlich.  She was well known and certainly will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Today I will give you a quote from Thomas Campbell.... "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die"