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 29, 2016

Fodder for Creativity

I spent much of today piecing some 'littles' ready for adding some embroidery.  These will be crazy quilted postcards when they grow up.

Since I took this picture, I've pieced some more blue and some green ones and there are pink, yellow and ivory ones in the plans.  I may wish I hadn't started so many, but they should work up fairly quickly.  

Right now they look rather scruffy, but I promise they will be MUCH better once I'm done.  

Today's quote.... "You can never do a kindness too soon for you never know how soon it will be too late"

Thursday, April 28, 2016

More 'Grandma-Makes'

I thought I'd play with making a couple of baby things today and these are what I came up with...

It's a nice warm baby blanket,
all cuddly and soft.
Made from a piece of minky and a 
piece of flannelette.  
Pretty simple!

And even simpler -
two 10" squares of leftover flannelette
and some ribbons from my stash.
Makes a little toy for a baby.
Easy peasy!

Your quote for today... "There is nothing wrong with having nothing to say, as long as you don't insist on saying it"  (found in my mother's collection).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Just a little change of pace....

Before I get started on my next crazy quilt project(s) I thought I might make a few 'expected grandbaby things', so here's a pile of receiving blankets, just waiting for a nice wash to be ready for September...

You might guess from seeing these that
the new wee one will be a boy.  
And you would be right!

Just a little announcement - Kathy Shaw has just opened registrations for her ICQC-101 (Design Plants & Block Piecing) online FREE crazy quilting class.  Go HERE for further information (better hurry though, she's only taking registrations until midnight April 28th!).  

Another of the pieces found in my mother's collection (author unknown)....

 Give me one friend, just one, who meets
The needs of all my varying moods;
Be we in noisy city streets
Or in dear Nature's solitudes.

One who can let the world go by,
And suffer not a minutes pang
Who'd dare to shock propriety
With me and never care a hang.

One who can share my grief or mirth,
And know my days to praise or curse
And rate me just for what I'm worth
And find me still - Oh, not so worse!

Give me one friend, for peace or war,
And I shall hold myself well blest,
And richly compensated for
The cussedness of all the rest.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A pillow recap

As promised, here's a re-run of all the pillow covers....






Because this post is mainly pictures, perhaps you might enjoy this poem, also found among my mother's papers...


Pray don't find fault with the man who limps,
Or stumbles along the road,
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath his load.
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt
Though hidden away from view,
Or the burden he bears, placed on your back
Might cause you to stumble too.

Don't sneer at the man who's down today
Unless you have felt the blow
That causes his fall, or felt the same
That only the fallen know.
You may be strong, but still the blows
That were his, if dealt to you
In the selfsame way at the selfsame time
Might cause you to stagger too.

Don't be too harsh with the man who sins
Or pelt him with words or stones,
Unless you are sure, yea doubly sure
That you have not sins of your own.
For you know, perhaps, if the tempter's voice
Should whisper as soft to you,
As I did to him when he went astray
'Twould cause you to falter too.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tah Dah!!

It's done, It's done!!
(and even more miraculously, it's been
sewn up, ready to put onto the pillow).

But it won't be today - it's snowing!!

Here are some closeups....

You can click to embiggen the pictures if you'd like.

That should finish my series
of pillow covers (unless I decide
to do one for Halloween!).

Perhaps tomorrow I will roust out pictures of the 
entire series so you can see them all together.

Another little tidbit found in my mother's collection...

If you plant for a year - plant grain.
If you plant for a century - plant trees.
If you plant for eternity - plant ideas.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fore - and - Aft

First I will show you a couple new areas I've completed on the pillow top...

Here you can see that I've added two little seam treatments - one is between the grass and the sand - a row of whipped running stitch; some lazy daisies, straight stitches & tiny little beads.  The second seam moves to the right, close to the water....two rows of running stitch, woven on top with matching thread.

The 'fore' and 'aft' portion of this post concerns the heart I did on the pillow.  I was never 100% happy with it and felt that it blended too much with the background.  Here's a photo of it....

It was an element I wanted to stand out more...
to make it look different from the areas that
surrounded it.

SO - I changed it somewhat...

I think the addition of the row of pink beads certainly helped (and, even better, I had exactly the right amount!).  In hindsight I wish I had appliqued the heart in a contrasting fabric (perhaps lace).  I still could have done that, however I didn't want to have to remove the silk ribbon flowers.  Silk ribbon is precious and I don't like wasting it!

So, now what do you think?
Is it better?

Another quote from my mother's collection...  "Don't keep the milk of human kindness too long in cold storage.  It is apt to decline in quality"

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The light is gone.....

....not only is the light gone, but there wasn't a single stitch added to my pillow today.  I spent the afternoon writing an article for a future issue of 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' along with working on editing Kathy Shaw's next book ('Crazy Quilting - Volume 2 - Ribbon Embellishments') which will soon be available.

(you know what's coming, don't you)

A Post Of Mumblings!

Mumble # 1 - There's a cute little organizer tutorial for holding embroidery supplies HERE.  

Mumble # 2 - Salley Mavor (of 'Felt Wee Folk' fame) is showing her newest piece focusing on women's head coverings.  It is absolutely amazing and you can see it (and read more about it) HERE.  Wow!!

Mumble # 3 - Gerry Krueger has posted two free patterns for birds HERE and HERE (one link is a swallow and the other an owl and some baby birds).

Mumble # 4 - Some of you will remember that my favourite embroidery frame of all time came from the plans shared by Kathy Shaw HERE.  If you check out the post HERE you will find that Boud has taken Kathy's plans and made a great variation.  

Mumble # 5 - If I were to lose a little bit of weight, and re-arrange my body somewhat (well, maybe a lot!), I would love THIS crocheted top!!  

Mumble #6 - For those of you who enjoy making dolls, perhaps you'd like to have a look at THESE online classes. 

And, because no blog post is complete without
a picture, how about this....

In your happy moments, Praise God
In your difficult moments, Seek God
In your quiet moments, Worship God
In your painful moments, Trust God
Every moment? Thank God