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.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Having fun!

This afternoon I've been having fun, while I sit here and listen to the ice pellets hitting my sewing room window.  Instead of worrying about what's happening outside, I've been thinking of summer and piecing my next pillow cover.  In case you are new here, I am making removable seasonal covers for a pillow we keep on our couch.  So far I've completed winter, spring, fall, and Christmas.  

I just finished mounting the summer base onto my embroidery frame and will be able to start stitching later on.

There was a lot of fussy cutting of fabrics in order to get this looking the way I envisioned (or at least close to it).  Hindsight being what it is I now wish I had flipped the bottom two pieces of the 'water' but there's no way I'm taking it apart at this point!  

Now where did I put that sailboat pattern?......

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I am not apt to be posting over the weekend, so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and blessed Easter.

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Here's another piece from the autograph book (dated July 1, 1939)...

Life is like a journey
Taken on a train
With a traveler at each window pane.
I may sit beside you all the journey through,
Or I may sit elsewhere,
never knowing you.
But if fate should place me at your side
Let's be pleasant travelers,
Life's so short a ride.  


Louise Oakes said...

It looks lovely as it is, but I can't wait to see what stitching you'll be adding.
Lovely quote too.

Createology said...

Your pillow covers are very clever. Summer with the beach is heaven and I know you will make it very special with your embroidery. Happy Easter and May Spring bring you Warm Hugs of Sunshine.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

OMGOSH!! This block sure caught my eye. The sun is my personal symbol of Hope. I am going to LOVE this block. I personally think you got the water right. I was raised on Lake Michigan and always wondered why the water on the horizon was so calm when the water near the shore was so "choppy". Perfect summer block. What was your trick to those curvy seams. I'll have to go back and see a close up.

Happy Easter. Sorry you got the ice. That storm totally went north of me.
xx, Carol

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

OK, I saw the top stitching. Cool!

Gillian Salmons said...

I shall look forward to seeing how this progresses

Lady of the Manor said...

I love to work on my sewing/crochet on cold wintry days. Stay warm and creative, my friend!

Boud said...

Nice idea to have seasonal changes.

On my blog you mentioned making an embroidery frame using PVC piping. I can't find any instructions anywhere! Any source to look at?

Suztats said...

The bottom piece looks like foam as the waves roll onto the beach. Love it!
Happy Easter!

Christine Barnsley said...

The base for the Summer pillow cover looks fabulous and I can't wait to see it with all your gorgeous embellishments! Have a most wonderful Easter weekend. I hope the weather treats you kindly! Christine x

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Happy Easter to you too. Pillow cover looks good so far. Have fun stitching it.

Mary Ann said...

I think the water looks just right...the front bit is the surf, the middle is the water that's making the surf and the dark is the waves building up.

Happy Ester to you too. It seems too early to have it in March but what the heck.

allthingzsewn said...

I like it too, but I do understand what you're saying. But I would not change it either.

Kim said...

I too, think the water is perfect as it is. The blue and white water fabric to me speaks of the waves breaking on the sand. It is lovely and I can only imagine how gorgeous it will be when you begin to add your embellishing magic. Have a lovely, lovely Easter, Mary Anne.

Renee said...

Wow! This is fantastic before the stitching. Beautiful! I hope you are having an amazing Easter! :)

KimM said...

Ice pellets?!?! Glad to hear you were inside making hay while the sun.....oh, never mind. I thought I had a good quote, but maybe next time ;0)

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Your summer pillow cover is looking terrific! What a great idea to have a seasonal pillow. Hope you had a very Happy Easter too.