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, November 30, 2012

More CQ details

Today I finished the stitching on the outside of this hussif.  This will be the one I will be using in the workshop I'm teaching.  Now it's on to designing the inside where all the goodies will be held.  I *think* I know what I want to do, but it remains to be seen if it will actually work.  This being a designer isn't easy!!





Thursday, November 29, 2012

More CQ . a site to see, and news

Two of my favourite people have new publications available right now and I have to tell you about them...

1.  Pam Kellogg has issued her 'Crazy Quilt Strawberry Ornaments' booklet on MagCloud.  You can check it out (and see a preview) HERE.  These would be beautiful on a Christmas tree or as a lovely ornament to leave out all year.

2.  Pat Winter has the new Winter 2012 issue of the 'Crazy Quilt Gatherings' magazine available now and, as always, it looks like a winner.  I've ordered mine...can't wait!  This time, if you order the print version, you can get the digital version for free!!  Go HERE

Suzy has made the most gorgeous (understatement!!) scarf for the Pink Scarf Project and has posted pictures on her blog.  Oh my - her work is beyond beautiful!!!  Go HERE  to see and be sure you scroll down to see all the exquisite detail.

Finally, I leave you with some images of the details I've added to my hussif project...





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

and now we have.....knitting

 The picture of the cowls (above) isn't all that wonderful - too bad I don't have a mannequin to 'model' for me!  This was a really simple pattern - The Button Up Neck Warmer, a free pattern from Red Heart (www.redheart.com).

Fingerless gloves aren't all that exciting either, but they were fun to knit.  The pattern is called 'Jeff's Mitts' by Lorraine Ehrlinger Designs.  I *think* I found it as a free download on Ravelry, but can't remember for sure. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Hussif.... times 2



This is the start of a second hussif.  I have been asked to teach a workshop for our local quilt guild in February on crazy quilting.  Gulp!!  The one I showed you yesterday will be embellished in my usual style, whereas this one will be a bit more subdued and will be the basis for the workshop class.  This will be evolving as I go along into something I hope will prove to be a workable pattern.

I thought I'd show you something that I use all the time and can be found in your local hardware store. Yep, sewing supplies are sold in hardware stores too (who knew?)....


See those two strips of green above and below the line of
stitching I'm working on?

It's actually 1/4 inch painter's tape and is one of the move invaluable tools I have in my stitching arsenal.  Maybe I shouldn't tell you about it because it will spoil all your illusions that I have a straight eye (oops).  Anyway....it serves as a great measuring tool and helps to keep my stitches more-or-less the same size and relatively straight.  It's found in the painting section of the hardware store and is marketed as 'painter's tape'.  ***Don't make the mistake of getting regular masking tape because it leaves a residue on your fabric which, in turn, grabs up dirt and looks grubby in no time. ***   Painter's tape is quite inexpensive and a roll will last a long time. It's also reusable several times over.

Here's a close-up so you can see the flowers...




Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Another CQ project begun


This is the start of another crazy quilt project - actually one of two.  This will turn into a hussif (if all goes well!) once I'm done. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Six little snowmen....

(There ought to be a poem come out of that post title!!)

EDITED TO ADD:
PLEASE READ THE COMMENTS SO YOU
CAN READ THE FUN POEM SUZ WROTE!!

I had fun over the weekend crocheting these
little snowmen for a friend who has
made three pairs of knitted
mittens that 'needed' 
decoration...


Friday, November 16, 2012

The grand unveiling!!

Yes, the big mystery is over.

HERE is what I've been working on....






Now, aren't you disappointed
after all that speculation?

Here's a couple of close-ups...




Yes, that's real fur...recycled from a piece of
clothing.
The 'boot' is velvet.

All the rest came from my stash.


p.s.  click to embiggen if you'd like!



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Argh!!

I'm sorry to have to put the word verification back on for a little bit.  I'm getting inundated with spam and hopefully they'll move on to greener pastures when they discover that it's harder to be a PIA.  In the meantime, please keep commenting and I'll soon return things to the regularly scheduled programming (I hope!!).

I did manage some stitching today but haven't had a chance to take any pictures.  However, I can tell you that the unveil of the grant secret project is coming soon.  Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More green....


I've been away all day, so very little done on the stitching front.  This was a piece that I finished yesterday.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

TUSAL and crazy-ier

Today I have a number of pictures for you (don't get so excited that you hurt yourself!!)

First of all....it's time for TUSAL (Totally Useless Stitchalong) once again.  Wow, the month sure does fly by quickly!  Here's my wee pile of ORTS for the month....






and here's my ORT jar to date...





It's easy to see that I've been working a lot with pink and green!

Further on the green part of my project....

Those of us who are crazy quilters get our inspiration from many sources.  Many moons ago I bought a thrift store sweater - not to wear, but for the lovely sequin and bead embellishments it had.  This is part of the sweater...



Today I removed some of the pretties on the sweater and they, in turn, evolved into the little area of embellishment below.  

Monday, November 12, 2012

Green inside and brown outside

Outside it's dreary...raining and everything just looks brown and depressing.  Fall has gone from being glorious to the prelude to winter.  Tonight it's supposed to get cold.  B-r-r-rrrr.

Inside, I'm stitching (which is great medicine for dreariness).  See??









I do love working with waste canvas!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Green, and denim extraordinaire!!

I was away much of the day today so didn't get
much done in the way of stitching.
Here it is...



AND,

you absolutely have to go and look at these 
incredible denim pieces of art!!

HERE and HERE.

Thank you Dolores and Suz and Deb for 
sending me these links.
(You KNOW how much I like denim!!)

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Yes, green!!

Today I got some time to stitch 
on the latest part of my
project...




Isn't that the cutest little tree? 
It's another pattern from Pam Kellogg, 
as are the seam treatments in the
upper picture.  
(Thanks Pam!)

The sequined trim came out
of my stash and was *just* long
enough to cover the seam.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

And now we have.....green??

For those of you that aren't in total like
with pink,
now we have green...





Hey, Pam???
Recognize this seam treatment?

Monday, November 05, 2012

Final pink....maybe?

Here's the final sections on the pink project....







Whatever do you suppose I'll be doing next??

- - - - - 

Kathy (also known as Shawkl) posted a link on her blog to THE most stupendous goldwork embroidery and I was totally blown away by the talent this man has.  Go HERE to see and be sure to scroll down so you can see the scope of his work.  Amazing!

Friday, November 02, 2012

A return to pink

Here's more progress on the 
pink project...



Thursday, November 01, 2012

Whoooo? Whooooo???

WHOOOOOO?

Has more sites for you?????



Why, this little owl does!
(with a little help from me)

First, SharonB of Pintangle (who is one of the most generous stitching souls on this planet) has announced her new *free*  stitching/teaching project for 2013  HERE.  It will be a different twist on her very popular TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesdays) series.  Have a look and read all about it!  I can guarantee you will learn a lot about stitching from Sharon.

Next,  I've sent you to see the incredible work that Evy does before, but you just HAVE to go and see this!  To say that I have the covet-itis is a huge understatement.  Go HERE!   Be sure to scroll down to see all the juicy details.

Lastly (but certainly not 'leastly') - Shawkl has just announced her new crazy quilting calendar for 2013 is available on Magcloud.  I just ordered mine and can't wait for it to arrive.  She has included patterns and lots of eye candy!  Go HERE for the details.

Oh, and why the wee owl?
This little fellow was what we created
at the CQTeers meeting yesterday!