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, January 18, 2019

A narrow escape (for now) and finality

Yesterday I had to go to the dentist - not something that's high on my list of things I want to do, but this time I was dragging my heels even more than usual.  I was scheduled to have a tooth removed, which isn't something anyone looks forward to.  The dentist, upon further perusal of my x-rays, couldn't see any issues with the tooth and he was concerned that I might have something called 'pain transference' (which means the pain is coming from somewhere else and not where it seems to be manifesting itself).  I came home with my tooth intact and we have adopted a 'wait and see' approach.  I know it's postponing the inevitable, but I'm enough of a wuss that I'm perfectly happy to put it off.

Today I will share the final project made from that piece of quilt I had in my stash.  I decided I would make a table runner that also featured some hunks of old doilies for additional interest.  That particular decision served a dual purpose - it not only used up the rest of the quilt, but also led to a reduction in the amount of lace I had.  Sort of a win/win!  
Before you look at the pictures, I have to tell you
that it's nigh onto impossible to get a decent
picture of a table runner!  
The edges, I assure you, are NOT
wavy, as they appear here!



The end.
No more quilt!!!

- Have a peek at THIS cute kitty tote pattern (thanks to Joan from Moose Stash Quilting blog for the head's up on this one....and be sure you check out the great version she made of this pattern in her blog post HERE).  

- THIS is a really cute idea for decorating for Valentine's Day (or you could use individual ones for gifts I think).  Scroll down for the tutorial.

- Sometimes I come across a little tip that makes me wonder why on earth I hadn't thought of it myself.  THIS is one of those things (and of course you're all going to tell me that you've been doing this absolutely forever and it's me that's behind the times!).  

- I can see so many uses (beyond what is intended) for THIS bag.  

- THIS would be so handy to carry in your purse! I think you could add a small handle and use it if you only had to carry a few things.

Today your quote is from Ann Landers...."Blessed are they who hold lively conversations with the helplessly mute, for they shall be called dentists"



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Pillow and flowers


First of all, I want to show you the amazing Amaryllis that has just burst into bloom in my living room.  It's absolutely stunning!  (Thank you MEK, who gifted the bulb to me for Christmas!!!)



While I was creating the pillow cover I showed you the other day, I decided I really needed to do a second one and this is what I came up with....



This was created using an orphan block which I subsequently added more 'gee haws' to.   You can embiggen the photos if you click on them so you can see further details.

Here's a question for you - do any of you happen to know of a  tutorial that can be found online to create a carrier that you could use to tote a single place setting of  dinner plate, cutlery, etc.?  I'm searching for ideas and thought making something like this would be useful for when you have to tote along your own dishes for a potluck.  Any ideas...or have you made one? 

- Be sure to scroll down to see all the amazing eye candy HERE!!!

- THIS is a really cute storage box you can make  (NOTE...there's an additional pattern piece to be found HERE). 

- And THIS is a wonderful organizer that would be handy for so many purposes.  And THIS one too!

- THIS is a great tote bag - perfect to use up some of those jelly roll scraps you have lurking in your stash!

- Sandy of Quill Cottage Studio is posting videos of her progress on the 'Just Junk Journal' challenge and you can see her first post   HERE(and can follow her subsequent posts as she goes along). 

Today's quote is courtesy of Maya Angelou..."You can't use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have"



Monday, January 14, 2019

Remember that quilt?

Well, it's not done yet!  Seven atc's seemed to manage to get made out of it too.  

Do you suppose there might be anything else?

I haven't talked about books here for quite awhile, but I've just finished reading two that I thought were worth sharing.  Most of you will remember having seen the famous photograph taken during the Vietnam war of the little naked girl running in the road after having been horribly burned by a napalm bomb.  Kim Phuc was that little girl and she has written the story of her life in a book called 'Fire Road'.  My friend and I went to hear her speak just before Christmas and she has had an incredible life.  She's an amazing speaker and her book is one I highly recommend that you read.  ('Fire Road - A Memoir of Hope' by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, ISBN 978-1-4964-2429-7, c 2017).  

The other book is fiction, but written in a very factual way.  It's the story of Alice who, at 50, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.  Her story of her gradual descent into the disease is at times hard to read (probably, in my case, because both my mother, my mother-in-law, and a  sister-in-law  had the disease, and currently one of our friends is dealing with it) but gives you a good insight into the gradual decline that the disease causes.  ('Still Alice' by Lisa Genova ISBN 978-1-5011-064-2, c2009).

- For some eye candy featuring etui's, have a look HERE.  

- if you would like to make your own etui, HERE is a tutorial for one.  And another is HERE (scroll down to see all the steps).

- I don't normally share a picture without knowing the source (and if you know who made this, please let me know so I can give proper credit) but I wanted to share it anyway.  Have a look at THIS etui - I love the pincushion!!

- If you have an over-abundance of fabric scraps (not that ANY of us do!!!!), perhaps there might be an idea for you in THIS lineup of projects.

Today, a quote by Albert Einstein..."Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought"



Friday, January 11, 2019

The quilt that just won't quit


Remember that quilt piece I've been trying to use up?  Well, some of it became the base for these postcards...


and while I was at it, I made these too...





- I don't know about you but I often struggle with attempting to turn a small fabric tube right side out...and there's a tutorial HERE that might help with that.

- Nice tutorial HERE to make your own etui box.

- HERE is another cute pattern that would be fun for Valentine's Day decor.

- And if you go HERE you can find links to a whole lot more!

- Have a look at the work by THIS artist!  Be sure to check out all her galleries.  Amazing!

This morning it's -18C outside (brrrr!) not including the wind chill which makes it much colder....so I found this quote that seems fitting for the day..."I'm not going outside until the temperature is above my age"











Wednesday, January 09, 2019

A cover - of the crazy quilt sort!

And now, just to prove I haven't given up on crazy quilting, how about this pillow cover that I just completed?  



You can see a small influence of the Cathedral Window quilt pattern on this piece - a challenge I thought might be fun after having seen several other people 'round and about the internet making them.  


- HERE is a cute project you might like to make for Valentine's Day.  And there's another great pattern HERE.  

- THIS is a rather nice pattern for slippers, but I think I would add something to the soles to make them non-slip.  And HERE is another one.

- There's some fun ideas HERE for creating lots of things using zippers.  

- Pam Kellogg has created some really pretty Spring-themed cross stitch patterns and you can find out more by checking out her post found HERE.

- Mary Corbet has released a really cute (free!) embroidery pattern HERE.  

- If you check out THIS link you will find all sorts of really pretty flowers you can make to enhance your projects.

- Have a look at the works done by THIS artist (be sure to check out her other galleries as well).

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Another anonymous quote..."Life is so ironic.  It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence"





Monday, January 07, 2019

More using up

Remember the chunk of a quilt I used to make some pincushions (previous post)?  Well, I also made these...


Eleven bookmarks.  Use part of quilt - check.  Use exactly all 11 'harvested' pieces of doily (flowers) - check.  Fussy cut bits of lace from a larger 'bit' - check.  Use bits of pink ribbon from stash - check.

Now, I wonder what else I might be making with that quilt??  Stay tuned!

The Resident Chef was gifted with a really amazing bread cookbook at Christmas and he's been merrily testing out a few of the recipes, as you can see from this photo...


The Resident Taste Tester has pronounced it good! 
(EDITED TO ADD:  The book is 'Bread Bread Bread' by Martin Johansson)

- I'm sure many of you have made something similar to THIS, but I rather like the combination of denim and fabric scraps.

HERE is a really cute edging you can use if you're making a fleece blanket.

- Go HERE for some fun eye candy (be sure to check out the other galleries too!).

- There's an interesting article HERE about the various uses of freezer paper in your sewing room.

- There are some really great ideas HERE for organizing in your sewing room.  

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Today's quote is from St. Francis of Assisi..."He who works with his hands is a laborer.  He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.  He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist"










Friday, January 04, 2019


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I was just typing a response to a comment that Sherry left on my previous blog post and it occurred to me that perhaps what I'm doing might be of benefit to some of you.  Some of you may know that I'm a compulsive reader of organizational books and may also know that not a whole lot of what I've read has sunk in and been acted upon, mainly because it's too difficult to be bothered with...or, just simply doesn't work.  Just prior to Christmas I found this book at the local library and couldn't resist reading it ('Decluttering At The Speed of Life - winning your never-ending battle with stuff' by Dana K. White).  The boil-down of the book for me was the thought that everything in your home should have a 'container' and anything that doesn't fit in that so-called container does not have a place in your life (there are many different definitions of what qualifies as a container).  For some reason that thought struck home with me and has sparked the current shovel-out of my sewing space, and has overflowed into other areas of our living area as well.  

As an example - I have a Rubbermaid tote that has been overflowing with lace 'bits' for more years than I care to count.  I have NO clue how long it's been since the lid would actually shut on that silly container.  And it's not the only one!!  So....I dumped it out and went through it all, piece by piece, and got rid of a lot that I knew I would never ever use (but was keeping, just in case a major miracle happened).  Now, wonder of wonders, the lid works (who knew?)!!  The simple premise in the book is that from now on no new lace can be added to that container without getting rid of something out of there so that it will never overflow again.  Simple.  Easy.  Doable.  

The book is very readable and filled with great suggestions, so I highly recommend it.  Now, onward to the next container!

As part of the ongoing destashing attempt, I came across a piece of a quilt that I had been bequeathed at some point.  It's a commercially quilted whole cloth so not a bad thing to finish cutting it up.  So far I've turned some of it into these...



Six pincushions!


I added a crocheted motif (originally made
by my maternal grandmother) to each one,
along with a fancy button from my stash.
Stay tuned for what else I might have
created from that chunk of quilt!

UPDATED TO ADD:  Kathy Shaw has announced registration for her FREE online beginner's crazy quilt class.  Go HERE for further info (and you only have a couple days to register so don't miss it!!).  

- Amazing eye candy HERE (be sure to check both galleries!).



- I can see numerous uses for THIS freebie - it's just so pretty!!!




- And for sheer jaw-dropping eye candy, have a look HERE (and be sure to scroll down).




- Check out the post HERE that has lots of links to great free printables for organizing in 2019.


- The San Francisco School of Needlework and Design has announced their latest challenge "Borders" and you can find more information at THIS link.  

Today's quote..."Friends are like the walls of a house.  Sometimes they hold you up.  Sometimes you lean on them.  But sometimes it's enough to know that they're just standing by"






Wednesday, January 02, 2019

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Over the past few days I've been undertaking my yearly deep shovel-out of my sewing space.  It's still ongoing but at least there's been some progress.  I would like to know why, though, that nothing looks as if it's changed!!!  

While I was shoveling, I also took time to do some using up.  I had a number of pieces of fabric that had been lurking in my stash for more years than I care to count, so I took some of it and actually DID something with it.  Voila.....


Nine pillowcases!!

- THIS is a nice pattern for a knitted scarf.  And there's THIS one too!

- HERE you can find dozens upon dozens of free sewing patterns.  Enjoy!

- Wow!  Have a look at THESE for eye candy!!!!  And they're fabric!

- THIS is a fun project (thrift store shopping, anyone??).  Link goes directly to the PDF pattern.

Today is another anonymous quote..."Four things you can't recover....the stone after the throw, the word after it's said, the occasion after it's missed, the time after it's gone"