MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Limbs, twigs and sticks

First of all, Resident Chef has been fiddling with a new sourdough bread recipe and appeared in my doorway to show off his latest efforts..


He says more fiddling is needed, but his
experiments sure tasted good!

I've darkened the 'branches' of the birch trees on the landscape as you can maybe see in this photo.  Currently I'm working on the embroidery part which I hope I can show you on Monday.


It seems like the general concensus is for me to continue with the links despite some of you having to deal with an over-abundance of ads, so I'm more than happy to oblige....

- THIS might be a fun technique to try.

- Have a peek through the works of THIS artist (and then, be sure you're sitting down and click on her price list).  

- THIS is a fun way to use small-ish scraps of fabrics.

- If you knit using DPN's, perhaps you'd like to make yourself some of THESE.

Today the quote is from Jennifer Gayle..."Some days you will be the light for others, and some days you will need some light from them.  As long as there is light, there is hope, and there is a way"







Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Out on a limb...or maybe a twig?

 There's been limited time to stitch over the past couple of days but I did manage to lay down the base for the limbs/twigs for the trees on the left side of the landscape.  


and, I've started adding the crocheting to some of the fusion quilt blocks...


Sorry about the picture quality - once more it's a dull day here

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I must apologize to many of you who are finding that some of the links I share lead to an over-abundance of ads at your end.  It seems I have some sort of 'ad blocker' on my computer (thanks be to the guy who set my computer up) and so I don't see the ads that some of you end up seeing.  I don't know of a way to get around it, short of stopping sharing the links altogether.  I know many of you enjoy them, so I'm in a bit of a quandry.  Please know that I'm aware of the problem but I can't see a remedy from my end of things.  For now I will continue with the links and hope that you don't find the ads TOO disturbing.  

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- For the knitters among you there are lots of free patterns HERE and for the crocheters HERE .  A word to the wise though - best pour yourself a cuppa before you go exploring!!

- If you have cause  to either increase or decrease stitches evenly in a knitting project THIS calculator (plus the additional link you'll find there) will be very helpful.

- Anything made with recycled denim usually catches my eye and THIS project was no exception.

Today the quote is from George Bernard Shaw..."Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance"


Monday, January 23, 2023

Buttonhole-ing and landscape-ing

 The pile of quilt squares I showed you the other day has been buttonholed and now I have to figure out how to crochet them together.  Won't show a picture because basically they still look the same. 

The landscape has progressed with the quilting done on the snow area, the sky and some 'branches' have been partially added to the center section of the birch trees.  




- THIS would be a fun project to make (and if I posted this link before I apologize!)

- Have a peek through the gallery of THIS artist!

- And THIS artist too!

- Scroll down when you go HERE and you'll see why it's one of my 'awwww' things.

Today's quote is by Jennifer Gayle..."Some days you will be the light for others, and some days you will need some light from them.  As long as there is light, there is hope, and there is a way"


Friday, January 20, 2023

A little bit

There's been a little progress on the landscape - the addition of the basics of white birch trees and some of the quilting has begun in the snow area....


Sorry about the poor quality photo - it's dull here, again

- I thought THIS process was interesting and doesn't look too difficult to accomplish.

- THIS is a rather nice organizer bag.

- Have a peek through the gallery of THIS artist.

- There are a whole lot of ideas HERE for using up leftover yarn!

Today's quote... "You must always be willing to truly consider evidence that contradicts your beliefs, and admit the possibility that you may be wrong.  Intelligence isn't knowing everything, it's the ability to challenge everything you know"



Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Well, I could...but I won't.....

 Sorry to disappoint you folks but I have nada to show you.  I *could* show you a picture of the landscape all sandwiched up and being basted but it looks the same as it did the last time you saw it (unless, of course, you count the addition of a few dozen pins).  I *could* show you the pile of quilt squares and that a few more have been buttonhole stitched.  I *could* show you the less-messy-looking couch in my sewing room which only happened because my friend was here for coffee yesterday and needed somewhere to sit.  

Yes, I could.   

But I'll spare you the sheer boredom of it all.

- HERE is another of those 'awwwww' things!  2023 is the Year of the Rabbit in the lunar calendar so this one is quite fitting.

- I love THIS!  

- There are some fun ideas HERE for repurposing Altoid tins

- I remember my mother making THIS when I was a kid.

- Must admit that THIS caught my eye, mainly because I am a one-woman demolition expert when it comes to needle threaders.  

Today's quote..."I have come to the conclusion that buying craft supplies and actually using them are two separate hobbies"

Monday, January 16, 2023

Cut, cut, stitch

 Remember the fabrics I showed you on Friday?  Well over the weekend they were turned into these....



All ready to be buttonhole stitched
as the base for adding the crochet 'borders'.
Yarn is on order for that.

And, speaking of yarn, over the weekend I finished Resident Chef's afghan and he has pronounced it toasty and warm.  Mission solved (plus it served the double purpose of using up a whole lot of yarn!).


- THIS is most definitely being printed and saved for making for the Christmas box!  I love the design and the fact that it covers a multitude of sizes.

- If you have fabric scraps (hah...IF!!!) perhaps you'd like to make some of THESE.

- I know that patterns and tutorials for tote bags abound around the internet, but THIS one has really good directions with great photos AND there's a good printable as well.

- Have a look through all the fun free ideas to be found HERE.  Best pour yourself a cuppa because it might take you awhile!  Each 'section' takes a second or two to load (or did on my computer) so be patient.

Today's quote...



Friday, January 13, 2023

Inspiration...or....folly?

 Remember me sending you to see fusion crochet quilts a few posts ago?  Well, I was inspired to attempt making one and yesterday this arrived in the mail...



The floral fabric will be the front and the back will be the leaf print.  Now I await the arrival of yarn to join the blocks together.  IF it works out, it will be the first addition to the Christmas box for 2023.  

And...the current state of the latest landscape...



- THIS is an interesting concept.  There are more ideas HERE.

- Have a scroll through the artworks of THESE amazing guys!

- Another of my 'awwwww' moments HERE.  Another use for my yarn stash perhaps!

- THIS would be cute to make for Valentine's Day.

- Another 'awwww'....HERE.  And another one HERE!

Today's quote..."Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living"