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, May 22, 2017

Tah Dah!!!

As promised - the reveal of 'Courtship'....

I think each of the photos is clickable to embiggen.

As a recap to this project - it began because I have been a fan of the illustrations created by Harrison Fisher and have long wanted to create something using some of them.  Each of the blocks features a couple who seemingly are courting, hence the name 'Courtship'.  As a further challenge to myself I chose to include a heart, a word (reflective of courting), and a rose on each block.  Finally I added the song lyric "I'm gonna love you, like nobody's loved you, come rain or come shine"*  around the outside.  The entire piece measures approx.  36" square.

*Song lyrics by Johnny Mercer, music by Harold Arlen.  Written for the musical "St. Louis Woman" and originally recorded in 1946.

Now, a question for you - would you like to see pictures of all the blocks together in one post?  Or are you heartily sick and tired of this whole thing and hope I go on to something else?

- I've yet to have need of doing a provisional cast on in knitting, but when I do, I know I'll be making use of THIS tutorial.

- Some interesting tips HERE for using difficult threads (metallics for one) in our sewing machines.

- And HERE is a great tip for marking even hems if you are making a skirt or dress.

Today, in lieu of a quote, I will leave you with this wonderful You Tube video of Billie Holliday singing 'Come Rain or Come Shine'. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Block 7 reveal

First of all, thank you to those who were kind enough to identify the mystery sewing machine foot from my previous post.  It's apparently a blind hem foot and I still have no clue where it came from or why I even have it!

Today is the reveal of Block 7 of the courtship series...

Here are some close-ups...

The eagle-eyed among you might see a hint of how I finished the blocks, but you'll have to wait until Monday for the full reveal!

I try not to enter into controversial topics on this blog but this time I am making an exception.  I know many of us are concerned (and fearful) about the political happenings in the United States.  Judy brought to my attention an amazing online quilt show called 'Threads of Resistance"that addresses many of the issues.  According to the web site their mandate is as follows..."A juried exhibition of fiber art created by the Artist Circle Alliance to protest the Trump administration’s actions and policies".  If you are interested you may see the show HERE.  Click on 'the artwork' and then on the various categories listed.  

- I know Mother's Day is over (at least here in North America) but thought I'd share THIS in case you might be able to use the idea in your crazy quilts - or for a 'just because' gift for Mom.  

- And speaking of gifts, how about whipping up some of THESE for quick giving for any occasion (and a great stash buster too!).  

- I don't know if you've come across any 'Little Free Libraries' in your travels but if you're interested in making your own there's a great tutorial HERE (along with a link to explain what they are).  

Today your quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson...."You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late"

Thursday, May 18, 2017

More fillers

Here are some more of the fillers I used in Block 7...

My next post will feature the entire block.  And then it's on to the finishing (which I'm working on now).   

- Ric rac is something that seemingly has fallen out of favour recently, but I thought THESE pretty little flowers would be a welcome addition to so many other projects.  

- There's a really pretty knitted tee pattern download HERE.   And there's another one HERE.  

- If you would like to learn how to make a shadowbox quilt, there is a tutorial HERE.  

- If you are attending a summer wedding, perhaps you might like to make THIS to wear (or maybe for the bride!)  and HERE is another one that would be absolutely beautiful.

It's finally turned warm here - almost too warm, and a shock to the system.  Yesterday the temperature reading in our car was 32 degrees Celsius.  Now the plants and trees are really growing fast (as my allergies are fond of reminding me!).  

Today your quote is from Anthony J. D'Angelo...."Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine"

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Question and some fillers

First of all, can anyone help me to identify what this sewing machine foot might be called?

Some fillers from the final block...

- There's a nice free pattern HERE for a duffel bag.  

- If you go HERE you will find a tutorial to make a fun pencil case (great to go along with a gift of coloured pencils perhaps?).

- Canada is celebrating their 150th birthday this year, and I just came across these two beautiful maple leaf patterns.  One is CROCHET and there's also a KNIT version.  Neither is free, but might be worth the investment.

Today your quote if from Confucious..."He who learns but does not think is lost.  He thinks but does not learn is in great danger"

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


I think these are the final seam treatments I used on the courtship series of blocks (and I can hear the collective sigh of relief from here!).   

I apologize for the sideways picture here, but you can get the general idea anyway...

This shows a simple feather-stitched vine, accented with some flower sequins and beads.

Blanket stitch (black), straight stitches (orange & green) and either French knots or beads.

Sorry about the out-of-focus on this one!!

 Cross stitches (red) and straight stitches (black)...

- If you're interested in weaving, perhaps you might find THIS article of interest.

- Karen Ruane (embroidery extraordinaire!) has just announced her new online class called 'Studies in Stitch' and you can find more details in her post HERE.

- This morning I read a post from Sharon Boggon telling all about her excitement about the new book she has done.  'The Visual Guide to CQ Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results' is available now to preorder and you can get further information from her post HERE.  If you preorder now, there's even a good discount!

Today your quote is another from an unknown author..."I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don't have to dust them"   (ahem....not, of course that any of US would ever do such a thing!!).  

Friday, May 12, 2017

A surprise and seams

This weekend is Mother's Day weekend here (I know it isn't celebrated the same time world-wide).  We are hoping to see #1 son, daughter-in-love and our grandson on Monday but of course our #2 son and his family live way out in British Columbia and seeing them in person won't happen.  The post office just delivered a joint Mother/Father's day gift to our door from our west coast family and when we opened it we discovered a wonderful photo album filled with amazing pictures of our grandson.  I cried and DH was perilously close to it too.  What an amazing gift!  I love flowers as much as anybody but once they're dead you have nothing but the memory, whereas this wonderful photo album is something we can treasure for a lifetime.  Thank you Shawn, Winnie and Theo!!!  I love you!

Isn't he cute?!!!

Now, for a couple more seam treatments for you to play with...

  The above seam looks more complicated than it really is.  Begin with a cretan stitch base (black);  add lazy daisies (green); and then beads (blue).  The flowers in the centre of the design can be done using beads, buttons, or French knots.

This one is done with cross stitches (black) and the rest of the treatment uses simple straight stitches. 

I do hope you find these seam treatments of use for your own creations.  If you do use them, I'd love to see photos!!

- Many of you have probably heard of the current rage - fidget spinners - and HERE is a make-your-own version that would be such fun to make if you happen to like Lego or know someone who does.

- HERE's a cute blanket for a little one.  Or you could make pillows from the different animal patterns.  

- I love the look of stained glass, whether it be real glass or in quilts so I searched out some links to share with you in case you like them too!  Go HERE,  HERE, HERE  and HERE.  

Today your quote is from an anonymous source..."Being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you've gained from having one"
Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Something different

Aren't you getting sick of all those seam treatment posts?  I had another one planned for today but decided I'd give my long-suffering readers a break and show you something else.  You might remember me posting a picture awhile ago of the bulky-knit sweater I was making for our 6'8" #2 son.  Well, it's done and ready to mail to him the first of the week.  Hopefully it will fit!!

The pattern is the  Celtic Wolf Jacket from Mary Maxim.  

- THIS falls under the 'oh wow' category.  No patterns, but amazing eye candy!

- HERE's a wonderful crocheted scarf/shawl pattern that shows a multitude of ways to wear it.  

- Oh my goodness - a use (finally) for all those jars (cough...fourteen) of buttons I have!!!   Have a look HERE (and scroll down to see more).

- Now HERE's an interesting use for all your leftover yarn!

Today the quote is from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee....  "In the nineteenth century, knitting was prescribed to women as a cure for nervousness and hysteria.  Many new knitters find this sort of hard to believe because, until you get the hang of it, knitting seems to cause those ailments"