MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

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.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

A finished project!

Over the weekend I finished the crazy quilt barn landscape quilt.  Overall I'm pleased with it, but had I a chance to do it over I would choose to use a darker thread to do the machine embroidered seams.  Initially I didn't want the seams to be the focal point and take away from the barns....however, now I look at it I think it would have been okay to use a darker thread.  Next time I'll know!


I think you should be able to click to
embiggen these so you can see the
details a bit better



And, just to remind you of what the original photo looked like...

- Today I'd like to announce that Stephanie of 'The Enchanting Rose' is currently taking sign ups for her latest exciting teacup and/or mug swap.  I've taken part in the last two she had and I can tell you that it's a great deal of fun! This is the twelfth time Stephanie has hosted the swap and she's a wonderful hostess.  You can find more details HERE.  

- Last time I gave you a link to dyeing yarn in a crock pot and now I've found a couple more interesting articles about different variations.  Go HERE for how to speckle dye and HERE for how to gradient dye.

- I got excited when I saw THESE - I usually put my pin container beside my machine when I'm sewing and can't guess how many times I've managed to upset it.  One of these would be SEW handy!!

- THIS intrigues me too - it serves a double purpose.  

- HERE is a rather nice sewing tote organizer - another great use for small amounts of fabric!

- And HERE is something else that would be really useful!

- Today's quote comes from two favourite characters..."How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet).  "You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).



14 comments:

  1. WOW... your Barn Quilt landscape turned out beautiful!

    That mug rug and tea cup swap sounds like fun!

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  2. I love your CQ Barn quilt. It looks beautiful and I think it looks way better than the original photo you worked from. Congratulations! Fun and practical links. I LOVE POOH and this quote is so sweet. Spring is near...I hope. <3

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  3. It's wonderful! I like that the seams are not done in too dark a thread. I love the colours. Really, really likey!!

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  4. Mary Anne you are brilliant at creating the barns. They are so realistic. How right Pooh's comment is.

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  5. Your barnscape come out great! I couldn’t understand why you called it a CQ but now I see!

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  6. Well done, I see from your cover photo, this crazy quilt barn is not your first. Maybe this will become a thing! Great job, you've inspired me.

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  7. Great interpretation and finish Mary Ann.
    The tips are clever. I like the bed side pockets, they'd be perfect for my
    grand daughters for their books and dolls.
    The quote is lovely isn't it?
    'You don't spell it, you feel it.'

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  8. Your barn is stunning. I especially like the embroidered details - they really give it depth! Plus!!! You find the best links! I love the little pincushions. I was thinking it would be great to make some for my classes. People are always losing needles.

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  9. Great job on the barns! Awesome! Those yarn dyeing tutorials are interesting. Thanks

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  10. Another awesome barn wall hanging! I think this one is my favorite so far. Great job, now what’s next?! Lol - it’s so fun to watch these come together!

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  11. This is just beautiful. You've really transformed that fabric into such a beautiful portrait. I love all the little stitching details - like little surprises throughout adding excitement and texture.

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  12. I'm behind on reading my blog list. I KNEW if anyone could make a beautiful crazy patch barn quilt YOU could. It's great. I love everything about it. I think I heard you crowing clean down here in Northern Indiana!
    xx, Carol

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  13. darker thread or not, this is completely stunning. I hope you gave yourself a huge pat on the back.

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  14. darker thread or not, this is completely stunning. I hope you gave yourself a huge pat on the back.

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