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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Crochet? Who knew?


My sit-in-front-of-the-tv project for the past few weeks has been to create an afghan for a wedding gift that is upcoming in June.  There's no particular pattern....I just repeated the same 6 rows for each colour and then cobbled together a border.  It's quite large - might even cover a double bed if that's what they choose to do with it.


It's hard to get a picture of something that big - and it's dull here today so pictures are not the best quality.


A close-up showing the pattern and the 
edging.

- HERE is a pattern for a very beautiful crocheted afghan.  I love the colours on this one!

- Kathy Shaw has opened up registrations once again for her 'BCQC-2' free (note - I said FREE!!) online class for crazy quilters.  This one features the use of color, piecing and embellishing.  Go HERE for further info.  Registrations are only being taken until Feb. 17th.

- THIS artist does amazing drawings!

- And THIS one has some wonderful textile art pieces.

Another anonymous sourced quote..."When thinking about life, remember this:  no amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future"





Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Excitement reigns at Chez Magpie!

Many of you will remember when I showed you the photo of one of my barn landscapes....this one....


It was only my second attempt at this art form and I was surprised when my friend wanted to take it, along with the other one I just finished, to the local quilt guild meeting to show the members.  She was hopeful that someone might want to commission me to make more.  She wondered if I would like to set a price on this one (the other one is spoken for) and I gave her a number that I thought was quite steep.  Well, right now I'm bouncing off the walls because it  SOLD!!!!  Even more exciting is that the guild itself is buying it and will be using it as one of their raffle prizes at their next quilt show being held in 2019.  I am blown away and still can't quite believe it!!  

And, just to prove that something else is happening here at Chez Magpie....the pile of mittens is growing!


The pair on the left is for a man and the rest are all for women.  I still have to add the buttons for additional pizzaz on each one.

- There are lots of free quilt block patterns HERE.  (and if you click on the 'Next' button on the lower left you will be taken to a lot more!!

- I'm not a painter, but for those of you who are, perhaps you would find THIS interesting.  

- If you decorate for Easter, perhaps you might like to have one of THESE fellows greeting people on your porch!

- And, rather than chocolate, how about making some of THESE for your little ones?

- Or maybe make one of THESE

- If you want a yarn bowl and are put off by the price, maybe a trip to the thrift store might yield the makings for THIS (you wouldn't have to paint it either!).  And HERE is another idea and HERE is another (the lid would be perfect to keep the dust off too!).

The quote today is from Albert Einstein..."The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before"









Monday, February 12, 2018

Planning ahead?

I have been enjoying making a bunch of these....



Men's on the left and a women's pair on the right.  They're made from recycled sweaters and lined with recycled velour housecoats.  Really fun to make and cheap too!  They will be going in the Christmas box for next year (at least 14 pairs!!).  Will show you a picture once I have them all finished.  The pattern is from HERE  (with some adjustments by me).  

- For those of you who make (or who are interested in making) twiddlemuffs for patients with Alzheimer's or dementia, there is a very good how to (with great ideas) HERE (it's a PDF).  They are a wonderful use for scrap yarn.

- HERE is a nice heart-themed quilt block that would be nice in a quilt or even on its own.  And HERE is another one, and ANOTHER

- You know how sometimes you come across something that's so darned simple that you wonder why you haven't thought of it?  Well, have a look at THIS video and you'll see two fabulous (and easy!!!) tricks for knitting.

- THIS is a fun crochet pattern that would be lovely in baby blankets.

- I don't know who created THIS (if you do, please let me know and I'll give proper credit) but I thought it was such a great use for those CD's we hate to throw away.  Would be nice to fine the actual pattern. 

- Awhile ago the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design announced a challenge for participants to create pieces of needlework with the theme 'The Summer of Love'.  Their online exhibition of the creations can be found HERE.  Their next  stitch at home challenge is "View From My Window' and further information can be found HERE.

- THIS is a very elegant little pouch that would make a lovely gift for someone.

- Am I the only one that remembers at least one of THESE pillows sitting on my grandmothers couch?

- And just for the sheer cuteness factor, have a look at this....


Today the quote is from Abraham Maslow...."In any given moment we have two options: To step forward into growth or to step back into safety"




Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Ask....


....and you will receive!
(mainly because I have nothing else!!)

A couple of people have asked to see my button collection so here you go....


Sorry about the glare!

My buttons are guarded by 'Elyron' my sewing room dragon, who oversees all that I do.  The shelf they're on runs almost the entire length of one wall of my room.

The reason for all this downsizing of buttons was not only to get rid of w-a-y too many, but also to make room for this....


I received this wonderful hand-made magpie for Christmas and needed a place to put him/her.  Getting rid of four of my button jars gave me just enough space to display my magpie.  A win/win!

- If you know someone who is expecting a wee one, perhaps she might like one of THESE

- THESE are rather cute to make for your Valentine. 

- The embroidery pieces shown HERE are quite interesting (be sure to scroll down).  THESE aren't embroidered, but certainly fun.

- THIS is beautiful embroidery!

- THIS is a really nice slipper pattern (perhaps make several pairs and put them in the Christmas box for next year?)

Another quote from an anonymous source.."Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around"

Saturday, February 03, 2018

14 + 1 - (4 +1) = ?


I'm a day late in posting this AND (maybe worse!) I don't have any pictures for you.  You DON'T want to see my cleaning/purging efforts in my sewing room which is what's been happening behind the scenes here at Chez Magpie.

Many of you will remember my true confession earlier of having FAR to many buttons for any person in this world.  Fourteen (large!) jars AND a nearly full shoe box (see what I mean?  Too many!).  So....I've been spending my evenings sorting through them and....drumroll.....I am now down to *only* 10 jars! 

Ten jars that look like this....



The only problem is that, although my plan was to get RID of the empty jars, they have now been snatched up by my DH for use in the kitchen.  Drat - I almost had them out the door.....

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I'm happy to announce that the spring issue of 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine is now available!  There are some wonderful articles, how to's and eye candy in this issue and you can get your own by going  HERE  (or you can click on the picture of the current issue in my sidebar!).

Please remember that we are constantly searching for content for the magazine and welcome YOUR contributions!  We are looking for how to articles, photos of your work, and any crazy quilting tips you want to share.  You can go HERE for further guidelines.  The magazine is entirely reader-written so please don't be shy!

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- If you are a football fan and are having people over to watch the big game, perhaps you might like to serve THIS.  Or maybe THESE?  Or THIS?

- Seeing THIS made the wheels start to turn.  Wouldn't it be fun to create a page like this; make copies (perhaps one for each month) and then write the names of the books you read in the 'spines'?  At the end of the year you'd have a fun record of all you read.  Hmmmm......???

- THESE would be cute to make for Easter.

- and THESE are cute too!

- If you'd like to make a wee teddy bear, how about THIS one?  And HERE is a pdf for a simple bear.

This is another quote from an anonymous source..."The quieter you become, the more you can hear"



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The mystery is over!!!

Just a few minutes ago I put the finishing stitches in 'the mystery project' that I have been teasing you with over the past while.   A number of you tried to guess and nobody 'got it' and I'm sure you are going to be quite disappointed when you see what it actually is!

TAH DAH!!!


Finished measurement approx. 33 x 24"
(the brown around the outside in the photo is the carpet on the floor)


- Sometimes the most simple things are just what you need.  To see what I mean, have a look HERE!

- THIS artist does some amazing embroidery!!!

- HERE's another of those handy things that you didn't know you needed.

- There's a nice cross-stitched heart-themed band sampler pattern HERE.

- Maybe you might like to make a flock of THESE?

- HERE is another one of those simple hints.  And THIS is another one. 

- There's a link at the bottom of THIS post to a free PDF of a really pretty scarf pattern.

Another quote from an unknown source..."Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared and scars mean you lived"




Monday, January 29, 2018

Nothing to show.....so.....

I haven't shared a recipe with you for awhile so how about this quick and easy one...

PINEAPPLE BEANS

1 large can EACH navy white beans & favo beans*

1 lb. hamburger 

1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large can crushed pineapple
1 c. BBQ sauce
2 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. EACH salt & pepper
     Sauté beef with onion & garlic; drain.  Combine 
with remaining ingredients. Simmer 30 minutes.  
Serve over rice.


·         Use any combination of beans you prefer


- I stumbled on the work of THIS artist and thought you might like to explore her gallery.  I especially love her lace and wood pieces.

- THIS pattern was created for beading, but I think it would be perfect for stitching too.

- There is a pretty cowl pattern made with lace-weight yarn HERE.  It's a really pretty pattern and it appears you would get at least two out of one ball of yarn.  Perhaps one for you and one for a gift?

- THIS is one of those handy things that would be great as a stash buster (and would make a nice gift)

- If you would like to learn different knitting stitches AND stash bust at the same time, perhaps you'd like to make one of THESE

- HERE is another great stash buster that creates something really useful.  And THIS is another useful thing, as is THIS.  

Your quote of the day..."Fear has two meanings - Forget Everything and Run OR Face Everything and Rise.  The choice is yours!"