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, February 28, 2014

and more....

Here are a few more areas I've have completed today.

Today's quote, from Jonathan Kozol  "Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win"

Thursday, February 27, 2014

More progress

Here are a couple more sections on the purses...

Both of these floral patterns are courtesy of Kathy Shaw of Shawkl Designs.  Cathy recently gave away a download of several designs for scissor cases to her followers and these are my versions of two of them.

Thank you Cathy! 

btw - if you pop over to visit Cathy, be sure to have a peek at her adorable beaded turtle cabachons!!

Today's quote, from Jack Penn...

" One of the secrets of life is to make
stepping stones out of stumbling blocks"

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A complete change!

This is what I saw when I opened the bedroom curtains this morning....

I know it's not a great picture (taken through a screen, unfortunately), but this is a beautiful red-tailed hawk, obviously lying in wait for any unsuspecting mourning doves that dared to visit our feeder. 

From Ronald Reagan.... " God's miracles are to be found in nature itself; the wind and waves, the wood that becomes a tree - all of these are explained biologically, but behind them is the hand of God"

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Another section (or two)

Today I wanted to share another section on one of the crazy quilt purses....

This flower was worked using the waste canvas technique and fills a corner of one of the secions quite nicely.  I had to adapt the pattern so it did though.

I have shown this area before, but wanted to show you how I have added 'things'  around the image.  Here I have sewn on a section of a pair of earrings to the lower left of the image (never turn down broken pieces of jewelry because they are goldmines to add interest to your pieces).  On the lower right I have added three commercially-made flowers (originally sold as scrapbook supplies) topped with a sequin and bead.  You can also see another piece of jewelry right in the corner (part of a necklace).  A pair of side-cutters and some sandpaper are definitely something you will want to keep on hand to cut the metal of the jewelry and then sand off the rough edges so they don't become caught in your threads or wear a hole in your fabric over time.  I never use glue on my pieces because I feel that it is likely to let go over the years.  Everything I use is stitched down.

And from Francis Ford Coppola....  "I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing"

Monday, February 24, 2014

Beyond the seams...

The purse pieces are now progressing beyond the seams and into the fill-in parts of the crazy quilting.  Here are a couple pictures of parts I completed over the weekend...

The cross stitch carnation I used on the right is a pattern from 'Donna Kooler's 555 Cross-Stitch Sampler Motifs' book. 

Today's quote comes from Kathleen Casey Theisa...
"Most kids hear what you say;  some kids do what you say; but all kids do what you do"

Friday, February 21, 2014

Seems like .....

....  I'm finished seaming!

Now it's on to filling in sections!!

And, from Fred Allen...
 "I like long walks, especially
when they are taken by people who
annoy me"

Thursday, February 20, 2014

seaming away

And for today's dose of 'seaming'...

From Erma Bombeck...
"I tried to save grocery money once, but some
of the suggestions were just not practical, like
"Don't shop when you're hungry," 
which eliminated all hours when the 
store was open.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A puzzlement, and more seams

I just got back from having lunch with friends and was gifted with a big bag full of lace and also this...

It's perhaps difficult to tell from this photo, but this is a rather giant roll of straight pins.  It measures about 5 inches across and the pins themselves are about an inch long.  My friend didn't remember where she got it, or what it would have been used for.  I have no clue either, but wonder if it wouldn't have fit into some sort of machine.  Either way it's a fascinating piece!

And, here's your latest 'dose'
of crazy quilt seaming...

"I have seen what a laugh can do.  It can transform
almost unbearable tears into something bearable,
even hopeful"
- Bob Hope

Monday, February 17, 2014

and more....

More, of what else but seams!

"Man is so made that whenever anything fires
his soul, impossibilities vanish"
- Jean De La Fontaine

Friday, February 14, 2014

Seams like seams (again!!)

Yes, there's more!  That's what you get when I'm making three purses all at once.

Hmmm - maybe it's going to be like the groundhog seeing his shadow??  Six more weeks of seams??

And, from Gypsy Rose Lee... "I have everything now that I had twenty years ago - except now it's all lower"


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Slowing down?

Today I only managed to get a couple of seams done...

Today's quote, from Ann Landers:  "To those who need encouragement, remember this:  Beware of quitting too soon.  Dr. Seuss' first children's book was rejected by 23 publishers.  The 24th publisher sold 6 million copies"

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Yeah, I know...

don't I do anything else with my life
than stitch seams??
Sure doesn't look like it!

And, from Julie Ridge...
"It seems necessary to completely shed the old skin
before the new, brighter, stronger, more
beautiful one can emerge. I never thought I'd
be getting a life lesson from a snake"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

and more....

Here are today's seam treatment efforts...
some of designs are based on ones found
in the 'Embellishing Crazy Quilts'
book by Kathy Shaw (Shawkl)

"All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it"  - Samuel Butler.

Monday, February 10, 2014

a finished project, and more seam treatments...

I just realized that I had forgotten to show you one of my latest completed crazy quilt projects.  My double-point knitting needles needed a new home, so here it is...

 I also just realized that it's REALLY hard to
take a picture of it, but hopefully you
will be able to get the general idea.

Over the weekend I managed to complete a few more seams for my purses...

These were done using the 
stencils created by 

Today's quote:
"Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen"  - Mark Twain

Saturday, February 08, 2014

And now....for something a little different

We are expecting our first grandchild in 
June, and what can a grandmother do except 
make things to welcome the little one?

This is a crocheted afghan - pattern is 'Snuggle Up' from 'Best of Terry Kimbrough Baby Afghans' published by Leisure Arts. 

Today's quote is by Don Herald..."Babies are such a nice way to start people".

Thursday, February 06, 2014

are you sick of this yet??

Ooops....just realized one of these seams was already
on the blog.  Oh well...

All of these are, again, designs
by Pam Kellogg

And from Betty Smith...."Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.  Then your time on earth will be filled with glory."

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

And more....

More seam treatments,
a la' Pam Kellogg!

It's been yet another miserable snowy day here.  Cleaned about 4" off the car this morning, and it's continued to snow the rest of the day.  Enough, already!!  I'm cryin' uncle (and aunts, cousins, inlaws, outlaws, and the neighbours!!).

And, from Ann Landers.... "Know thyself.  Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful".  


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

It seams black

There are a few of the seam treatments I completed over the weekend.  All of them are Pam Kellogg's designs - can you tell I love working them?

Today's quote - "Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and easy.  Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy, but my friend, these I reckon will give you a good life."    Abraham Lincoln.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Needle Roll and Pie??

I just finished working on my sewing needle roll and here it is, rolled up...

The entire thing, when open, measures approximately 4" x 34" so it will hold a LOT of needles!!   The other day  I posted pictures of the outside and here is the inside (as usual, you can click to embiggen)...

You just have to imagine all these sections joined together!

The design was based on one I saw in the Summer 2012 issue of 'Sew Somerset' magazine, created by Trudi Sissons.


This is what just arrived in my doorway!!

Lemon Meringue Pie!!

Today's quote, by Ralph Waldo Emerson...."Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail".