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.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The mystery is over!!!

Just a few minutes ago I put the finishing stitches in 'the mystery project' that I have been teasing you with over the past while.   A number of you tried to guess and nobody 'got it' and I'm sure you are going to be quite disappointed when you see what it actually is!


Finished measurement approx. 33 x 24"
(the brown around the outside in the photo is the carpet on the floor)

Another quote from an unknown source..."Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared and scars mean you lived"

Monday, January 29, 2018

Nothing to

I haven't shared a recipe with you for awhile so how about this quick and easy one...


1 large can EACH navy white beans & favo beans*

1 lb. hamburger 

1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large can crushed pineapple
1 c. BBQ sauce
2 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. EACH salt & pepper
     Sauté beef with onion & garlic; drain.  Combine 
with remaining ingredients. Simmer 30 minutes.  
Serve over rice.

·         Use any combination of beans you prefer

Your quote of the day..."Fear has two meanings - Forget Everything and Run OR Face Everything and Rise.  The choice is yours!"

Friday, January 26, 2018

More progress

A bit more progress on the current project....

The colours in this picture certainly aren't 'true' - I'm using oranges and yellows throughout.  At least for now.  Things are about to change.  I think.

Another anonymous quote for you today..."It's not about perfect.  It's about effort.  And when you bring that effort every single day, that's where transformation happens.  That's how change occurs"

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Some more seams

There has been more progress on the latest project....

Today, for a little break from just looking at finished seam treatments, how about I share a couple of the patterns?

This one is made up of straight stitches (black & red) and woven thread (blue).

This is a modified chevron stitch (red) and straight stitches (black and green) and French Knots.

Cross stitches (black); straight stitches (red & green) and French Knots.

If you'd like to see more of these seam treatments (and perhaps use them in your own work), simply click on 'seam treatments' in my sidebar.  

Another quote from an anonymous source...."Time decides who you meet in life, your heart decides who you want in your life, and your behavior decides who stays in your life"

Monday, January 22, 2018

Progress and a duh moment

You know, sometimes my stupidity exceeds even my own expectations of myself!  I have been muttering for at least a couple of years (yah, I know...these things take time) about the fact that my categories in my blog sidebar weren't easy to sort through.  Other people had them in alphabetical order on their blogs and I wanted the same for mine.  Having them all jumbled up in order of the number of posts that had each label just wasn't doing it for me.  So....I actually attempted to DO something about it and went into my settings and lo and behold (!!) all I had to do was push a teeny tiny little button and it was fixed.  Now, tell me, WHY didn't I figure that out sooner??!!!!!!!!!!  See the first sentence in this post for further explanation!

Over the weekend I spent some time working on the latest CQ project and completed a few more seams...

AND, folks, now that I have fixed my sidebar issues, you can easily find, and click on, my seam treatment patterns and have fun making them yourselves!  

Another of the anonymous quotes..."We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, and you don't believe in miracles?"

Friday, January 19, 2018

Another glimpse

A few of the seam treatments are finished for the current crazy quilt project.   I'm working them entirely in black, for reasons which will be explained later.  All are my own designs, done using the waste canvas technique.  

For those of you who are new to my blog,
if you look for 'seam treatments' in 
my sidebar it will take you to a 
number of designs that are free
for you to play with.

Today the quote is from an anonymous source..."Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry, kiss or dream?  Because the most beautiful things in life are not seen but felt by the heart"

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A new project

Yesterday I scrounged around in my stash and came up with some fabrics to start creating a new crazy quilt project.  At least I think it will be a project - might turn out to be a dog's breakfast (of the regurgitated  My stash rather lacks in oranges and yellows so it was a challenge.

Once again I'm going off into uncharted territory.  Like I said,  dogs and breakfasts is a definite possibility!  Stay tuned.

 Today your quote is from Abraham Maslow..."In any given moment we have two options:  To step forward into growth or step back into safety"

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Something a little different

I spent the last few days making some sleep pants for our #1 son (special request for his birthday next month).  Both of our boys are very tall and have long legs which makes buying commercially made sleep pants frustrating because they're all too short.  So I used this pattern... make three pairs (two in flannelette and one in fleece)....

First time I've tried making them in fleece and I suspect it might be my last.  That stuff isn't easy to work with and it 'fluffs' all over the place...they'll be nice and warm though.

Another quote from an anonymous source..."Think as little as possible about what other people think about you"

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Done! Finis!!




Here is the original photo I used as inspiration..

Today your quote is from Greg Anderson..."When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life"

Monday, January 08, 2018

One foot forward and one foot back!

No, I'm not talking about any sort of exercise program, unless you want to think about my fingers.  Hey, come to think of it - that's the kind of exercise I LIKE!!  Anyhoo....

With the aid of tweezers in one hand and masking tape in the other I was able to remove all the tissue paper 'bits' in the sky.  Of course the minute I finished that, I did some internet surfing and came across the tip of cutting your pattern from freezer paper, ironing it on and then stitching around it.  Easy removal.  Why didn't I think of that??!!  

Then I attempted to do some free motion quilting on the lower bits of the sky.  After much #*%$@$* at my lovely, wonderful, beautiful ^%#$@&$^ sewing machine, I reverse stitched all that too.  Finally had some success with straight line quilting the grass area but by that time the level of frustration was exceeding my patience so I gave up.  All the attempts to both FME and FMQ the smaller sky sections now means that the fabric looks like swiss cheese and will now have to be replaced.  Sigh.

Today the quote, quite fitting to my attempts over the weekend, is from Bo Bennett..."Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success"
Hmmm....I do know one thing....I AM 
positively frustrated!  

Friday, January 05, 2018

Just too darned cold!

Staying warm these days isn't the easiest thing to do!  Woke up to -27 degrees Celsius this morning and that was enough for me.  Did NOT want to add on the wind chill factor to get the true temperature!  DH felt that the car should have a wee run this morning to keep the battery charged - it started but you could tell it was under duress.  Drove like a tank for a little while!  It's in weather like this that we miss having a garage.  

Nothing of note has happened in the sewing room here at Chez Magpie - nor has anything been happening with either my knitting needles or crochet hooks.   I'm doing my usual thing at this time of year and snuggling in my easy chair with a good book (or seven).  A week or two of sloth, particularly with it this cold outside, is about all I feel like doing. 

So....I went back through my pictures and realized that I had neglected to share this wee project with you before Christmas... 

It's a card I created to send to my Australian cousin who recently got herself a little Scottie puppy.  Thought she'd get a kick out of the image I chose!

Today, rather than a quote, I have this...

Stay warm and safe those of you that live in the cold climates and for those of you currently enjoying the warmth.....pfffffft.  

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Progress....of a sort

I have accomplished a teeny bit more on my barn project (in between sneezing and nose blowing as I deal with a grandson-shared cold).  Never let it be said that I'm afraid to show my work in ANY state of disrepair (as this photo will attest!)...

My free motion quilting abilities are more than abysmal so when I was pondering what to do about the sky area I decided the best form of attack (and...hopefully....with the least amount of reverse stitching involved!) was to print off some cloud-like shapes on my computer, trace them onto tissue paper and then stitch through the tissue.  Well, it worked....and then didn't.  I remembered to crumple the tissue paper well before I pinned it in place which does make the removal a bit easier (and the tissue is less apt to tear when you're stitching if it's softened by the crumpling).  However, removing the tissue entirely is a bit tricky and will involve the judicious application of a pair of tweezers over the entire thing.  Hmmm.  Reverse stitching vs. tweezering....definitely a thing to ponder further.
But, on the good you see the door?

Today your quote is another from an anonymous source..."Always end the day with a positive thought.  No matter how hard things were, tomorrow's a fresh opportunity to make it better"

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

A little look back

I've noticed a number of bloggers have been posting a look back at what they've accomplished over the past year and so I decided I might do that as well (mainly because I have nothing else ready to show you today).  So, here goes...


I spent much of January working on the 'Courtship' crazy quilt series which ultimately became a large-ish wall hanging.  January I also shared a number of seam treatments with you.


Much of February was taken up with continuing with the 'Courtship' series and I shared a fair number of seam treatments as shown above.


In March I continued with the 'Courtship' series and shared more seam treatments.  I also took time to make a crocheted baby gift.


In April I had fun making a whole series of felt foods for our #1 grandson and also carried on with the 'Courtship' series.


In May there were two finishes....the 'Courtship' wall hanging was completed and I finished the bulky knit sweater I was working on.


In June there were a couple of finishes - a stained glass effect crazy quilt and I was working on making several baby clothing props for our son and daughter-in-love's photography business (


In July I completed my first barn themed fabric landscape - a reproduction of the family barn belonging to my d-i-l's parents.


In August I went on doll making kick and created four of these that were gifted to my friends to give to their granddaughters.


September was obviously a good month for creating!  I completed my second barn project, made myself a new carrying case for my circular knitting needles and made a new window valance for my sewing room.


October the making of Christmas gifts was in full swing and one of the things I made was this wee yo-yo dog for our #2 grandson.


November was more Christmas creating....lots of knitting and a fun fleece owl pillow.


December saw some more knitting completed for Christmas gifts, and a first foray into making our own melt & pour soap.  It also was the beginning of Barn # 3.

NOTE: I've made all these pictures small, but if you'd like a better look you should be able to click on them and they will enlarge.  If you want further information on any of them, just click on the month in my sidebar and scroll through my posts.

Today your quote is from Carl Bard..."Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending"

Happy 2018!!