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, November 14, 2018

Yet another alas and alack....

My fingers have been busy, honestly they have, but unfortunately there's not one single thing that's quite ready to be revealed at this moment.  So...I will show you a picture of the next 'barn' (although this one features a house!) I will be working on.  The pattern is all drawn up and I'm chomping at the bit to get started!



- If you happen to have a collection of wine corks floating about (or feel the urge to buy some) you can find a really adorable Christmas use for them HERE (scroll down!).  These would be perfect for little favours at a Christmas dinner.

- At the quilt guild meeting this week a mention was made of jelly roll rugs - of course I hadn't heard of them and wanted to learn more.  Thought you might like to see what I found, so go HERE.

- There are lots of ideas HERE for creating fun shadow boxes for gifts.

- HERE is a cute wee thing you could knit that would easily use up small amounts of yarn.

- And another idea for using up fabric and creating something useful at the same time can be found HERE.

- THIS is a great (and free!) online knitting magazine.

Finally, I want to share my sorrow and grief at what is happening in California right now.  Words simply can't express the sheer magnitude of the loss.  God bless the people who have lost their lives, the people who have lost everything, and the fire fighters who risk their lives every moment of every day.  Winston Churchill, although referring to another type of devastation, said this..."We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival"






15 comments:

  1. What a fabulous quilt your next project is going to be. Love the house BUT oh the car, won't that look fabulous interpreted on fabric!!

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  2. California is completely devastated. I have distant family who live in Paradise and got out with just their lives and nothing else. They were some of the fortunate ones...sadly. Your next barn looks very interesting with the old car in the field. I am so very grateful to be out of California. Prayers and Healing Energy for everyone...

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    1. I'm so sorry about your family Sherry - I simply can't imagine what they must be going through. At least they survived when so many didn't. I imagine you are hugely relieved that you no longer live in that state. (btw - your comments aren't arriving in my inbox again, so I'll respond here)

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  3. Oooh... I can't wait to see this next picture as you work on it. I'm curious about the car. Is that just a picture photo-shopped in, or is that a print on a piece of fabric? That is a very appropriate quote for our fellow Americans in California. It's hard for this midwestern flatlander surrounded by cornfields to comprehend the loss and devastation forest fires wreak.

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    1. Hmmmm - I guess you could call it photo-shopped if printing two pictures and then cutting out the car and using my trusty glue stick to affix it is counted as photo-shopping? Definitely low tech here at Chez Magpie!

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    2. lol. That would be exactly my speed in the photo-shop department. Okay... so at the heart of my question was how you were going to put the car into the quilt. I'm really excited to see how this works!

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    3. You guess is as good as mine! There will be a lot of naval contemplation over it, I expect. I have a thought in mind that I might like it to be trapuntoed somewhat but not sure how I'll accomplish that. And.....the plot thickens.........

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  4. Oh wow! Can't wait to see what you do - love that old car!! Cute idea for the wine corks - I haven't seen that one.

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  5. That jelly roll rug is cool. I might give it a try. I made something similiar years ago but instead of batting I used very thick upholstery cord. The type that is like rolled batting. It comes in different sizes. Here's a pic of what I mean......https://www.michaels.com/upholstery-piping-cord-12--1-lb/D008083S.html#start=2

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  6. The next project is going to be exciting for you! The car addition is great.

    My grandson has been looking for property in Oregon. He's been visiting here but took a side trip to Florida to meet Alyssa's family. The other day we spoke on the phone and he is having second thoughts about settling in the Oregon mountains because of the Paradise Fire. He visited that town in California shortly before he began the trip home and can't believe the entire town is gone. He's got a lot to think about. These fires are terrible and it seems they get worse each year.
    xx, Carol

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  7. Ooooh, this one is going to be fabulous! I love the old car in it. Can't wait to see your work, my friend :)

    Wishing you a wonderful day! Hugs!

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  8. Love the new house! The old car is perfect. I look forward to seeing you quilting. It will be a stunner for sure.

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  9. Looks like a great challenge for you with the house and car - eciting! We have seen all about the Californian fires on the News here - it look terrible and so sad for people. I am getting more and more interested in doing a jelly roll rug - it looks fun - that post was quite informative.

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  10. Love the new project Mary Anne! It is heart-breaking to see all that destruction and loss of life. So sad. Perfect quote! Have a good weekend! Christine xx

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  11. Can't wait to see what you do with this photo!! Jelly roll rug is NOT in my future (grin).

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