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, July 20, 2018

Time marches on


Because I'm working on something that must be kept secret for the moment, how about a continuation of the 'Looking Back Series'.  Today we'll re-visit 2007, the second year for this blog. Here are just a few of my favourite things I did that year....

I went through a phase of multi-media (or at least my version thereof).  This is something that I showed on my blog in October...

You may read more about it HERE

In September I showed the finished beaded doll I had been working on...


In July I was playing about with rust and came up with a fabric 'box' of sorts.  You can read more about it (and see more pictures) if you check out my posts found HERE and HERE.  


And in May of that year I showed a crazy quilted bear that had been created in a round robin I was involved with..





- There's a very interesting post HERE about working with UFO's.

- HERE you can find a great tutorial to make a stroller bag.

- THIS would make a really great conversation piece, and even better provide excellent storage.

- If you go HERE you will find a really cute needlecase pattern (scroll down to to see it).

Today your quote is another anonymous one...."Learn to be alone and to like it.  There is nothing more freeing and empowering than learning to like your own company"


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I got nuttin. I got nada. Nothing, not a thing. So.....


Now my latest barn is done, it's time to switch gears and come up with something that will be hopefully useable for the winter issue of the Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.  Unfortunately, that particular project isn't one I can share on here until after the magazine comes out.  So....casting my mind about for something....anything...I can possibly mumble about, I came up with doing a little retrospective of my blogging years (I know...b-o-r-i-n-g to those that have stuck with me all those years) and perhaps re-share some of my favourite things I've created.  I apologize in advance for the dismal picture quality of much that you will see - my camera wasn't the best back then.

My first post was March 20, 2006 and I must admit even I'm surprised that I've found enough to bother mumbling about for all that time!  If you're interested, you can see that very first post HERE.  

One of the posts I did that year was all about fear (part of a Studio Friday challenge).  Upon re-reading what I wrote I realize that nothing much has changed from then until now.

Back then I was a member of our local quilt guilt and, along with a couple of friends, I was attempting to encourage an interest in crazy quilting.  Perhaps it's no wonder it didn't take off with the members, particularly when three of us decided to create these....and model them....


This was my version of a crazy quilted
art bra - entitled "Two Cats in A Bag
Yowling to Get out'
Above, the outside, and below, the inside



There was some fear that we would be drummed out of the guild but fortunately everyone saw the humour in it.  Our bra creations then went on to be auctioned off for a breast cancer fundraiser.

2006 was also the year that I attempted my first (and, come to think of it, appears to be the ONLY) project done using reverse applique.  This was the result...


This is what I said about it....For those who are wondering it's a pattern from 'Seams Like Glass Designs' by Lise Merchant (who happens to come from Whitehorse, Yukon) called 'Chickadee Dee...Dee...' (obviously). Reverse Applique and machine quilted. Size is approximately 27" square.

AND - today we checked out a thrift store and I lucked out and came home with this...


Did you notice the price tag?  All that beautiful pearl cotton for the princely sum of $2.99 minus 30% because it was senior's day!  Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!

- HERE is another something further on the Christmas in July theme.  Cheap supplies - and ever so cute when done!  Says it's for kids - but I think it's adult-able too!!!

- THIS one is really nice too!

- if you have a wee little girl in your life, I'm pretty sure she would think you were the best mama/grandma in the world if you were to make her one of THESE.

- Have a look at the art done on tea bags HERE

Another anonymous quote..."You aren't wealthy until you have something money can't buy"



Monday, July 16, 2018

Tah Dah!!!!


Over the weekend I finished the latest barn project.  This one isn't finished as a wall hanging because my customer would like to frame it.  

I think you can click on the picture to embiggen it

- Pam Kellogg has put out the call for submissions for the Winter/Christmas edition of the 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine and rather than me re-saying what she already has, here it is....."I'm looking for Winter and Christmas designs, crazy quilt dolls, bears...anything 3 dimensional, ornaments, snowmen, gingerbread men, santas....typical Winter themes."  and "  If you would like to share photos, articles, tutorials or if you would like to purchase ad space, please drop me an email!"   You may contact Pam through her email address pkellogg@mc.net.     Crazy quilters are a curious bunch and we'd LOVE to see what you're working on or any tutorials you might want to share.  Remember - the magazine is written by YOU so please don't be shy!



- Many bloggers are referencing Christmas in July, so in that vein, how about lots of links HERE to making Christmas-themed table runners?  There's another pattern HERE that could easily be enlarged to make a wall hanging or larger quilt.




- Further on the Christmas in July theme, how about THIS adorable gingerbread house - in crochet!  And perhaps some of THESE little snowmen to go along with it?

- There's a tutorial HERE to make a shadow quilt block.

- THIS is one of those things that makes you simply think 'awwww'. 

Another anonymous quote today.."Never make someone a priority who only makes you an option"










Friday, July 13, 2018

Necessity...and mothers...


Yes, they say that necessity is the mother of invention.  So....out of necessity.....I invented....


I think if you click on the picture it will embiggen enough for you to see the barnyard gate I finally created.  Took me a lot of navel contemplation to finally decide on what to do.  Took  some bubble, bubble, toil and trouble in the cauldron in the kitchen to brew up the proper colour of paint to then immerse two different weights of cord into.  Once that dried it was stitched into place and then highlighted with more paint to make it (hopefully?) look rusty and aged.  There's also been some more paint applied here and there to create more shadows and highlights.  Now....to quilt!!  I won't be finishing it into a wall hanging this time because my customer wants to get it framed.  

THIS is an interesting version of a tote bag - love the coffee cup (or water bottle) pocket.

- Here's one for the quilters - if you are contemplating making a quilt for a man, how about THIS one (there's a clickable link there for the PDF pattern)...the red plaid is pretty cool!

- And another quilt - THIS one is for the Star Wars fan!

- For the crocheters - there's a beautiful afghan pattern HERE.  If you scroll down you will find links to the individual blocks.  Also go HERE to see it in different colourways.

- There's a tutorial HERE for a really practical zippered pouch (stash buster perhaps?)

- For those of you with little ones to entertain over the summer holidays, perhaps some of the Lego ideas HERE might be fun for them to do.

- There are some really nice printable bookmarks available HERE

Today I have another quote from Winnie The Pooh... 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 





Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Flub.....or Fix???

A flub or a fix, that is the question.  What do you think?



the area in question is/was the grass on the right behind the embroidery

You can also see some other changes have happened since I last shared a picture.  There has been some stitching, highlighting and shadowing done on the barn (and those pesky boards!) and the base for a tree limb has been added.  Now to add some of those fussy cut leaves to finish that area.

- THIS is an interesting technique for sewing curved pieces for a quilt.

- Go HERE for several ideas for using vintage linens.

- Have a look at the sweet wee bird's nest embroidery tutorial HERE!  (Thanks to Mary Ann for the head's up about this).

- If you follow THIS link and look on the left hand side (scroll down a bit) you can sign on to get access to a very good (and better yet, FREE) online quilt magazine.  On the right side you will notice the option to pay a little bit to receive a more in-depth version of the magazine.  I've been on their mailing list for the free version for quite some time and I find it interesting every single time and so I'm quite content to continue without upgrading.

- THIS is a really cute little bag that would be perfect for stash busting (and for gifts too).

- THIS is one of those projects that is quick and easy to create and yet is so pretty too.  You could, of course, wrap the hangers in batting first, to make them cushier. 

- Most of you know I love denim so of course THIS caught my eye! 

- I stumbled across THIS really interesting blog post and thought I'd share it with you.  Some good food for thought there!

Today I have a definition for you..."Stashcovery:  That moment when you rediscover an item in your stash that you forgot you had"




Monday, July 09, 2018

One step forward - and one back


It was much cooler over the weekend so I was able to get the iron out and 'weave' the boards on the latest barn.  I was also able to do some embroidered flora which, upon further contemplation, I need to fix.  I don't like the background fabric and it's too late to replace it (unless I seriously want to undo two days of embroidery and then re-do it).  So...stay tuned....there's a fix in mind, but it might be a flub, who knows.  

In the meantime, this is where it's at...



- There's a tutorial HERE to make a folding fabric grocery bag....handy to keep in your purse (and a scrap buster too!).  Gift idea as well!!

- If you like Sunbonnet Sue, have a look at the free pattern available HERE!

- If you have a little one in your life that loves unicorns, there is a sweet crocheted pattern HERE.

- Have a look at the work done by THIS artist (particularly her creations using buttons!!)

- THIS is a really sweet hat for a little one.

- If you happen to be fascinated by fairy gardens, perhaps some of the ideas HERE might interest you - even just seeing some of them is pretty cool!

Today there's another anonymous quote:  "Mess?  What mess?  That's creativity scattered around the room!"









Friday, July 06, 2018

Paintin' and Fussy!!

The past couple of days were very hot here (cooler today, thankfully) so there wasn't much happening in my sewing room.  I did manage to convert this fabric...



by painting it...



and then giving myself semi-permanent pleats in
my fingers from the scissors while fussy cutting 
all the leaves...



The final step was adding the veins and now I have
a pile of maple leaves for adding to my barn project....



- Have a look at THIS amazing project Lauren did!  I love it.

- Sue has created an amazing quilt which is accompanied by the story behind its creation.  Well worth reading/seeing HERE.

- There's a link HERE that leads to a free PDF pattern for an amazing butterfly afghan.

- You might find THIS post interesting.  The thing that caught my eye is the handmade needle organizer (near the bottom)...it would be perfect for storing needles that are used and haven't reached their expiry date.  While you're there, check out all the other sewing room organization tips in her sidebar!

- HERE's another amazing thread artist (be sure to click on the pictures to see better detail)

Today your quote is from Winnie The Pooh & Piglet..."Piglet:  "How to you spell love?"  Pooh:  "You don't spell it, you feel it"