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.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Necessity...and mothers...


Yes, they say that necessity is the mother of invention.  So....out of necessity.....I invented....


I think if you click on the picture it will embiggen enough for you to see the barnyard gate I finally created.  Took me a lot of navel contemplation to finally decide on what to do.  Took  some bubble, bubble, toil and trouble in the cauldron in the kitchen to brew up the proper colour of paint to then immerse two different weights of cord into.  Once that dried it was stitched into place and then highlighted with more paint to make it (hopefully?) look rusty and aged.  There's also been some more paint applied here and there to create more shadows and highlights.  Now....to quilt!!  I won't be finishing it into a wall hanging this time because my customer wants to get it framed.  

THIS is an interesting version of a tote bag - love the coffee cup (or water bottle) pocket.

- Here's one for the quilters - if you are contemplating making a quilt for a man, how about THIS one (there's a clickable link there for the PDF pattern)...the red plaid is pretty cool!

- And another quilt - THIS one is for the Star Wars fan!

- For the crocheters - there's a beautiful afghan pattern HERE.  If you scroll down you will find links to the individual blocks.  Also go HERE to see it in different colourways.

- There's a tutorial HERE for a really practical zippered pouch (stash buster perhaps?)

- For those of you with little ones to entertain over the summer holidays, perhaps some of the Lego ideas HERE might be fun for them to do.

- There are some really nice printable bookmarks available HERE

Today I have another quote from Winnie The Pooh... 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 





11 comments:

  1. Wow oh Wow!! All that belly button contemplation has produced a most glorious barn, Mary Anne. Can you hear the resounding applause from way down here. Me thinks this is my favourite!!

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  2. Hi Maryanne your barn is looking fantastic you sure have a wonderful talent my friend xx

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  3. The fussy cut leaves look great! Everything has come together. Looks great. Thanks for the links.

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  4. Wonderful gate. Looks great, and all those leaves were worth the time cutting them out - they look so good. Your client will be so happy.

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  5. Just awesome..the leaves are perfect:)

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  6. OMGosh! Your quilting involves cooking too!! Who'd a thunk it, lol.
    xx, Carol

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  7. That fence definitely looks rusty! How clever!!! And the leaves! They look wonderful. I'm in awe. Again. :)

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    1. Thanks Becki! It's fun to try to create the different effects altho' sometimes I'm more successful than others.

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  8. I think it is brilliant Mary Anne! Hugs Christine x

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  9. It boggles my brain to even think how you come up with these techniques. Once again, amazing... It looks sooo good. I still have no idea how you made the change behind the embroidery. MEK

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    1. it's too hot for mind boggling! Glad you like it. (and to answer the change question...pencil crayon).

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