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.

Thursday, June 30, 2016


...well, the votes are in and all three of you voted for a little seam treatment series, so that's what I'll do.  For those of you who don't care about seam treatments, serves you right for not voting...hee hee!

This one can be worked either using waste canvas or 'by eye', depending on which you're most comfortable doing.  I began by doing two rows of buttonhole stitch (red in the diagram)...then I 'whipped' the base line of the buttonhole stitch with some gold (green in the diagram).  For the center part I wove silver and gold through the buttonhole stitches (blue & yellow in the diagram).  It's an easy one to do, but looks like braid when it's finished.  

Hopefully this little diagram will help make it clearer for you.

Today your quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson (someone I would have loved to meet!)... "Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting"

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

And now - for something the same, but different...sort of.

Before I get to that though, I did promise I would show you the project I was working on the other day.  Now that it has been gifted to Irene for her birthday, I can show you....

This is a little cloth basket
that she can use for whatever
strikes her fancy.

And now, for the 
same, but different part of 
this post..

This is a seam treatment I used on the 'secret' project I'm working on.  I thought I would break it down for you so you can see how I did it.  

First I worked a row of cross stitches which I topped (and bottomed) with rows of back stitch - both worked in embroidery floss.  I finished that off with two rows of fly stitches worked in metallic thread.  

Hopefully this little diagram will help you to see what I did.

Now, the question arises - would you like me to continue with this and do a little series of seam treatments with the instructions to make them?  Or are you beyond bored with my embroidery?  Stand up and vote and we'll see what happens!

And, just for fun....

A bird-shaped ice cube in Jack's iced tea!

Finally, your quote for today is from Rumi... "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself"

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sadly disappointed, I'm sure

Today I have the reveal of the 'mystery project' I was working on (and before you go and get all excited about it, I'd better warn you that it's not half as exciting as you might have been led to believe).  All I can say is into each life a little disappointment must fall!

And now, on to the reveal (and I seriously hope you're sitting down, because the sheer amazement of this should be too much to handle)...

Yep.  I told you.  I can hear you all now - "what in the world IS that?".   Well, as you know there's a new grandbaby appearing in our lives in the next little while and this is a form of soft 'high chair'.  Very portable and easy to tuck in a diaper bag for those occasions when you want to pop into a restaurant (or grandma's house) and there's no high chair available.  I know it's hard to tell from the photo how this works so perhaps this will help...

Photo from Amazon
(sorry, but can't get the link to work)

The pattern I used was a free download from 'Canadian Living' magazine, but it appears they have since removed it from their files.  
We had one of these when our boys were small and used it a lot, so hopefully it will come in handy once again.

Today your quote is from Winnie The Pooh - "Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart"

Friday, June 24, 2016

A slight change of gears

Today I actually did some sewing and made something that I can't show you - yet.  Perhaps I will be able to next week sometime...hopefully.  Or maybe not hopefully - depending on your viewpoint when you actually see it!

However, I CAN show you this...

Now what do you suppose this might be
the pattern for?

I haven't had to create a pattern with the drawn-out grid method for a very long time.  I remember now why it's a complete and total pain - literally.  

Today your quote is from Ellen DeGeneres.... "We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world.  I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common -  which is - we all want to be happy"

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Drumroll.....tah dah.....number nineteen!!!

Here's the last in the series of crazy quilt postcards - number nineteen.  That's not to say there won't be more at some point, but for the moment I'm postcarded out and need to switch gears and work on something else for awhile.

Sorry the colour is a bit 'off' on this one - it actually has a white background.

Today your quote is from Rachel Carson... "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter"

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Number 18

As promised, here's number 18 in the series...

As of this moment, they are all complete - stitched and sewn up ready for mailing.  I have one more to show you, but I'm going to make you wait until tomorrow for that.

My next crazy quilting project has to be a secret one because it's for the magazine and you'll just have to wait until the winter issue to see what I do - if, of course, it turns out!! 

Your quote for today is from Neil Gaiman....."Whatever it takes to finish things, finish.  You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished"

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Some announcements (thinly disguised as mumblings?)

- Just a wee note to say that I have finished all nineteen postcards in my series and now it's on to the finishing touches.  Will post pictures later this week of the last two in the series.

Today your quote is from Napoleon Hill... "Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success"

Monday, June 20, 2016


Over the weekend I completed #17 of the postcard series.

Only two more to go!

It's turned hot here over the past couple of days and today is supposed to be a scorcher.  I really don't mind the heat, but I must admit that today might just be a little much.  If the humidity level would stay down it would be so much better!

Today your quote is from James Dent... "A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken"

Friday, June 17, 2016

Let's see - all fingers and toes are aligned....

....ah, yes.....this one is number sixteen....

Today your quote is from Bill Watterson.... "Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless"

Go do something pointless,
and be sure you love every minute of it!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The mail and some mumblings

My copy of Kathy Shaw's latest crazy quilting book arrived in the mail yesterday and I must say she's outdone herself with this one.  Of course I have had a sneak peek at it all prior to publication (being a proofreader does have its perks!!), but it's a thrill to see it all together and looking so grand.

This is volume II of what is planned to be a series of four.  (Volume I - Beyond The Basics;  Volume II - Ribbon Embellishments;  Volume III - Magnificent Motifs;  and Volume IV - Beyond the Expected).  You can purchase your copy via Amazon.

Today your quote is another one from an anonymous source... 
"Fabricologist Resource Centre" - that sounds more impressive than "fabric stash"

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ran out of fingers and toes....

Well, it's obvious I did that very thing!  Because the postcard I posted yesterday was really # 14 and it appears I can't count!!  Oops!  

So.....this one is number 14 then, or it can be 15....or whatever you want it to be, because obviously I haven't a clue!!  (All I know is that there are four more to go and I can count those on one hand...phew).

Today your quote is from Arundhati Roy... "To love.  To be loved.  To never forget your own insignificance.  To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you.  To seek joy in the saddest places.  To pursue beauty to its lair.  To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple.  To respect strength, never power.  Above all, to watch.  To try and understand.  To never look away.  And never, never to forget"

Monday, June 13, 2016

# 15

Over the weekend I finished postcard #15 in the series I'm working on...

You will remember, no doubt, that I made a pirate costume for our grandson to wear at his second birthday party on the weekend...

Despite taking a ton of pictures, this is the only one that shows the costume - I either got a picture of the costume and a blur that was our grandson, or I got him and the costume was a blur.  My picture taking abilities obviously are sadly lacking.  Mind you - having a whirling dervish grandson certainly doesn't help matters!  Two year olds are busy!!!  

Lastly, my heart and prayers go out to the people in Orlando - a tragedy beyond compare.  

We Remember Them…

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
We remember them;

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We remember them;

In the opening of buds and in the warmth of summer,
We remember them;

In the rustling of leaves and the beauty of autumn,
We remember them;

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them;

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them;

When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them;

When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them;

So long as we live, they too shall live
For they are now a part of us as
We remember them.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Postcard # 13

I finished postcard # 13 this afternoon so thought I'd share a picture...

There have been a couple of queries about what I plan to do with these pieces so here's the scoop - they will be stiffened with some heavy interfacing and backed with fabric that has been rubber stamped with the words 'Post Card'.  Once done, they will be sent through the mail (inside an envelope for protection) as little gifts.  Hope that clarifies my plans!

Today your quote is from the infamous anonymous.... "A careless word may kindle strife.  A cruel word may wreck a life.  A timely word may level stress.  But a loving word may heal and bless"

Monday, June 06, 2016

You all know.....

...that the regularly scheduled programming on this blog just HAS to involve some mumblings.  Right?  Alas, there hasn't been enough stitching of any significance to post any pictures, so instead I shall mumble once again.  I know - poor you!

Friday, June 03, 2016

And now - back to the regularly scheduled doses of mumblings

Today there was some stitching - a big difference from the past couple of days which were spent doing things that weren't the least bit productive (but my shelves are looking a whole lot neater). 

This afternoon I finished stitching on postcard # 12

Today I came across this quote about gratitude and thought it was very fitting right now.  The author is unknown.  "Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness"

Believe me my friends - our family has felt your breeze and can't thank you enough.  Bless you all.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

an update and thanks

I know this blog has gone off the normal mumblings, but today I want to extend my personal thanks, as well as those of Winnie and Shawn, to all of you that have us in your thoughts and prayers.  They mean more than you can ever know.  When we come together to hope and pray for a common good, we bloggers are a powerful force.

The latest update is this:  Last night Winnie was taken by ambulance to another hospital which has a very up-to-date neo-natal unit and a team of specialists.  The decision by those doctors was to operate to insert a drainage tube into her gallbladder which will need to remain in place until the baby is born.  The surgery was successful but the trauma started contractions.  The doctors were hopeful that they would stop on their own and at about 2 am they did.  

Winnie has been in pain since Friday and Shawn has had virtually no sleep in all that time.  As of a few minutes ago he was heading home to grab a few hours sleep before heading back to the hospital.  The next step is for her to try to eat something (she hasn't had anything since Friday, other than fluids through the IV) and if that doesn't trigger any undue pain, she might be able to go home tomorrow.  

Once again, thank you all for your concern and for caring about my kids.  Bless you all!!

This blog will return to the regularly scheduled mumblings tomorrow...

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Prayers, please

Most of you know that our #2 son and daughter-in-love are expecting a baby in September and that the wee one is definitely a miracle after they tried to have a baby for so long.  

Right now our daughter-in-love is facing imminent surgery to remove extremely painful gallstones which the doctors have decided have to come out.  She's been on morphine for the pain, which is also risky for the baby.

I know not all of you are believers and I normally don't say too much about my beliefs, but in this case I am.  If you pray, please consider adding Winnie and Shawn to your prayers and if you don't, please hope for the best.

Thank you so much.