MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

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, September 30, 2013

Progress on CQ project...

Before I show you pictures of what I've accomplished so far on the next purse, I stumbled across THIS whilst poking about on etsy and must say that it would be an invaluable tool for those of us who like to knit cables and are constantly losing our cable needle into the bowels of the chair or couch.  The creator was definitely thinking when they came up with this piece of equipment!   Be sure to read the description of the item.

Now, on to pictures of what I've been doing today...






As usual, you can click on the pictures to embiggen!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Being prepared....me???

Never let it be said that I don't pay attention when my friends happen to mention that they're looking for something, either purchased or handmade.  Late last winter one of my friends was searching for bed socks because her tootsies were cold in bed and lamenting the lack thereof in any of the stores.  Hmmm, said I....surely there are patterns on the internet for such things.  Sure enough, I found one (although there are very few out there) and I proceeded to knit her some.  This morning we had coffee together and I presented her with these...


Unfortunately I have lost the band from the yarn so I have no clue what I used, but I do know it was a 4 ply worsted from Lion Brand, probably Wool Ease.  The pattern is called 'Baba's Bed Socks' and I think I got it from Ravelry.  They're nice and cushy and should keep her feet warm this winter.

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I've also been working on the prototype of the 'project' I will be sharing with the ladies that are taking my embroidery workshop class next month.  





(and yes, you can laugh, because it DOES look like a boob!!)

I think I've managed to cover pretty much all the basic stitches in this project.  The finished size is 8 1/2 x 11", which means they can put it into a binder and keep it for future reference.  At the very least, I suppose they could mount it on the wall and use it for dart practice!

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Sorry to use my posts for this, but I'm still trying to figure out how to contact Heather M.  Heather?....I still can't get through to you.  I'm afraid I don't know how to change your settings on wordpress, not being familiar with it.  I also can't follow through to see your blog so I can contact you through that.  If you could email me  marmic1954  (at)  hotmail   (dot)  com  & give me your blog addy I can visit you!  btw - does anybody happen to know how Heather can change her settings in wordpress from being 'no reply'?  Perhaps you could leave a comment on my blog and let her know.  Thanks!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Questionable!!

First of all....a response to Heather M. who asked what size my faces I created yesterday....they range from about 2" for the biggest down to 1/2" for the smallest.  They are done with a mold that I *think* I got from Michaels several years ago.  btw Heather, I can't respond to you directly because you have your comments set to 'no reply'. 

Secondly....I'm beavering away on getting the 'stuff' I need ready to teach the embroidery workshop next month.  Thought I'd better be ahead of the game and not put myself into TOO much of a panic mode closer to the date.  I'm going to have enough trouble coping with the heebie-jeebies as it is!!

So....
today I attempted to draw some
stitch diagrams in a large size.

Please do keep in mind that this gal 
can't draw to save her soul!!
 Here's a sample....


Yep, good thing they're not there to learn to draw!!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Silly husbands and meeting

I must firstly apologize for the horrible picture, but I simply have to show you just what type of man I married!  Last night he asked what I wanted for dessert...the choices were frozen yogurt, a coconut tart or some cheesies.  My response was that I didn't care what I got and I would eat whatever appeared.  Well, being a nut case, he gave me all three...presented artfully....

How in the world he managed to balance the tart on top
of the cheesies is beyond me!

And, in case you're interested, here's the
recipe for the tarts...

JELLY COCONUT TARTS

2 eggs, beaten slightly
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon apple jelly, per tart

Combine eggs, sugar, coconut, and vanilla.
Place small piece of butter and jelly in the bottom
of each prepared tart shell.  
Spoon egg mixture over top.
Bake 15 minutes at 450 degrees.

Today was the CQTeers meeting at my house.  Irene was here, but Sue was absent due to having shingles...ouch.  Anyway, we had our usual exchange of atc's - this month the theme was 'embroidery'...


Irene did the one on the right.  Her background
was a lovely hand-woven piece of cotton she got 
while on a trip to Montserrat in the Caribbean.
Mine is the little fellow on the left - my background 
is some of my rusted fabric.

We always try to have some sort of programme at our meetings whereby we try a new technique or play with some sort of material.  This time we made little faces using paperclay and some face molds I have in my stash.  (and yes, Sue...I made a few for you too!!).  




These are now drying and will be ready to use in
future projects.





Friday, September 20, 2013

Next crazy quilt profject - beginning

Yesterday I pieced together the parts I need to make another purse.  Brown isn't usually my 'comfort' colour to work with, but we'll see how I get along.  Here's a picture of one of the pieces...


Obviously, with the blue background on the image, I will be letting some blue creep into this one too!

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And, entirely off my usual topic/radar...mainly because I'm not a big fan of Halloween.... I have stumbled across this and am utterly amazed by the talent required to create something this small!  I've always been interested in miniatures so this caught my eye. Be sure you follow the links to read all her posts about the project so you can see how she did it.   Found via Laura HERE (be sure to check out the piece she did too).  Laura is even giving hers away! 


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Finished purse

Here you go....

Front view - 


Back view...


Pattern is 'Baggalista' 

The embellishment on the front and back came from
a pre-embroidered pair of jeans that I
recycled.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A dose of mumbling...

Today I finished stitching the latest purse but haven't had a chance to take any photos so you will have to wait until tomorrow.  In the meantime....mumblings are in order.....

1.  Debra Spincic has come up with a fantastic recyling idea for the myriad of tote bags we seem to end up with.  I can see some denim reduction in my future!!  Thanks Debra!  Go HERE to see.

2.  Many of you are familiar with Shawkl (Kathy Shaw)...she is one of the generous souls on the internet and shares her designs freely with us all.  Well, her sewing machines have both up and given up the mortal coil at the same time and she's asking for help to purchase a new one.  I normally wouldn't put something like this on my blog, but Kathy is a person who would help anyone she could and so I thought I'd pass the information on to you.  Go HERE to find out more and why Kathy needs our help.

3.  I don't know what category this falls under other than a gigantic YEWWWWW, but have you heard that libraries are having huge problems with bed bugs?  I guess borrowers who have the little critters in their homes are donating them to libraries in huge numbers...totally without knowing.  The bugs like the glue used in bookmaking and are becoming a nuisance.  What next?  I have always been a huge library user and LOVE books of the 'real' sort...you know, the ones you can hold in your hand and turn pages.  Hearing this makes me look a little more seriously at one of those e-readers!  Bookish bed begs....who knew??....and yewwwwww!!

4.  Before I forget, I want to extend a huge thank-you to everyone who sent me their ideas about what I should do with my embroidery class I'm teaching.  I think I have a plan now (I hope).  I truly appreciate the thought that went into your comments and thank you for taking the time to give me your thoughts.  You're all great!! 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Feedback wanted!!

I know I don't normally post on the weekends, but I think we may be going away tomorrow so I thought I'd put this out there tonight and see if you would be willing to give me some help/feedback.

I have been asked to teach a class in embroidery for our local quilt guild and I'm looking for ideas.  I have to assume that the majority of the ladies have never embroidered before so I will definitely be dealing with beginners.

So....if you were taking a beginners embroidery class what would you expect/want to learn?  

Any and all suggestions will be gratefully received!!  TIA.

 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Couple of things.....

1.  As promised, I said I would let you know when Karen's online 'Simply Stitch 3' class was open for registration.  It is (and she's letting me come and play!!).  Go HERE!!! 

2.  I stumbled across THIS during my online travels and,being of the proper age to appreciate this, I thought the secretaries amongst you would enjoy the humour in it. 

Now I'm off to stitch on the latest purse (which is probably going to be for me, but who knows....)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Humble beginnings

Today I haven't had much time to do any stitching, but I did get the pieces cut out for my next purse creation.  Most of you know that I'm a huge fan of using recycled denim in my pieces, and a root through my denim stash yielded a perfect pre-embellished piece that will end up being the front of my purse...






If you embiggen the photo I think you can see that the flower is nicely decorated with sequins.  I also have another piece from the same pair of jeans that repeats the flower theme, but in a smaller size that will be perfect for the back panel. 

Perfect design element..
for pennies!
Win/win.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Finished purse - and exciting news!!

The purse is done!

The purse is done!

Let the bells ring out,

The purse is done!

And here is proof...

(the front)


(and the back)



The pattern is 'The Gadabout'

The only change I made to the pattern was to add an additional pocket 
on the back.

Hopefully you aren't TOO bored with purses because 
I'm planning to do another design
from Studio Kat. 
Stay tuned!!

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AND,
the exciting news is this...

You all know what a huge fan I am of Karen Ruane and
her exquisite embroidery.
Well, she is on the brink of starting 
a new online class!

Go HERE for further information.  I don't think she is open
for registration quite yet, but I'll let you know when she is.

This one is called 'Simply Stitch 3' and will mainly be a stitch-along with Karen with the addition of work in a ledger book.  It sounds like too much fun to miss so I'm there....needle at the ready....

ps....if you want to check out what I did in the previous classes I've taken with Karen, click on the 'White' ' label in my side bar. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A finished UFO

Still working on sewing the purse together and hope to have it finished tomorrow.  In the meantime, I did finish this project...


This one is really simple to do...the base is recycled rug canvas.  I cut strips of cotton fabrics approx. three quarters of an inch wide and, using a big-eyed needle, wove them through the canvas.  In the end, with a little stitching with the machine, I ended up with a nice journal cover.  Cheap, cheerful, and easy!  Unfortunately, I have NO earthly idea where I got the idea from in the first place so I can`t give proper credit.  If you happen to know, I would appreciate a comment so I can put it on this post.

It`s gone back to being hot here, at least for a couple of days.  Had a massive thunder storm last night...great lightning show (almost continuous) with the accompanying thunder.  It lasted for almost an hour so made it hard to sleep.  I`m not bothered by thunder storms, but constant lightning tends to keep me awake!

EDITED TO ADD:  Please be sure to read the comment on this post that Boud made - she knows EXACTLY where the pattern idea came from!!  

Friday, September 06, 2013

TUSAL

Today I'm stitching, really I am., however the type of stitching I'm doing involves the sewing machine and straight lines (maybe a few curves thrown in for excitement).  It's the putting-together of the denim purse.  Quite boring, really, unless you take into the account the many instructions that come along with it and the need to adhere quite strictly to said instructions lest you have to reverse stitch.  Ask me why I know I don't want to go there.

ANYHOO...

I was going to use a blog post title today
to reflect the fact that I feel naked.
Thought better of that, because I knew
that might mean every screwball would be
scrambling all over themselves to leave me kinky comments.

SO....

You'll notice I didn't.

It's time once again to post the picture of my TUSAL (Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long) results for the past month.  At least this time I have something to post....see?......



Oh, and are you SURE you want to know why I feel naked?  

Really??

Well, my rings are in the store getting re-sized
and it's AMAZING how much I miss them on
my fingers!

HAH - and you thought it was something else didn't you??
Some people have their minds in the gutter....sheesh.


Thursday, September 05, 2013

Stitching....wow!! And singing??

Yes, there was.  There was some stitching today.  Be still my beating heart!!

See???


Above is a close-up of the area I was working on...
feel free to click on it to embiggen it.

Below is the completed front flap of the
purse.
 

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The 'singing' part of this post comes from 
something I found floating around the internet...

To commemorate her birthday, actress/vocalist Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall.  One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favorite Things' from the movie 'Sound of Music'. She received a standing ovation from the crowd and repeated encores.  Here are the lyrics she used  (be sure to sing along!):

Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favourite things.
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin', 
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favourite things.
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.


Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Crazy quilt - of the old sort....and a pressing need

I guess this post falls under the classification of 'mumbling' again, but when there's precious little happening on the stitching front a girls gotta do what she's gotta do (either that or you get nuttin' - which, come to thing of it, might just be preferable!!).  

Anyhooo.....

First of all, Yvonne over at Inkspillers Attic has posted a recipe to create your own spray to use while pressing fabric.  Have a look HERE  (and I suppose, if you don't want to use it for pressing, you could always drink it). 

I read about a fun on-line scavenger photography hunt going on over HERE.  This looks like it would be a great project to take part in and also would give you fodder for blog posts too.  Win/win?  Thanks to Patty of Magpie's Nest for her letting us know about this one.

On Monday we made a visit to the Scugog Shores Museum in Port Perry and had a great time looking around at the various old buildings and artifacts.  Of course my eye immediately fell upon a lovely old crazy quilt and I had to get a photo so I could share it with you....



I also took a couple of pictures of the beef ring building which I have plans to include in my book I'm working on at the moment.  





You mean you don't know what a beef ring is??


Too much information??