MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

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.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Next steps

 Another step in the quilt I'm making using vintage linens.  The center block is supposed to be a dresden plate but my stash didn't lend itself to that so I'm using this pretty piece of embroidery that my maternal Grandma made instead....


The colours are perfect for what I've already done too, so that's an additional bonus.  I certainly didn't want to cut into this one so it's nice that I could use the whole thing.  

And, there's been some progress on the landscape.  I finished embroidering the snowflakes on the border and it only took me four days!! 



- If you happen to be searching for a fun stitchalong to participate in there's a huge list HERE of various ones that are happening around the internet world.  There's bound to be something there that will tickle your fancy!

- THIS is a cute little crocheted toy that has lots of personality.

- Have a peek at the work done by THIS artist.

- You can go to THIS link and see a number of different artists listed - simply click on them and you will be taken to their galleries.  

Today's quote..."You can't control anyone else, but you can control yourself, your thoughts, your words, your choices, your actions, your reactions and your future"

19 comments:

  1. Those snowflakes do look very involved! That embroidery looks like some that I have from one of my Grandmothers. I have cut a few and made them into postcards for family members so the we can all have a piece of her work.

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    1. Postcards for family members is a good idea - my scraps of vintage linens are dwindling fast so I don't know if I'll have enough to be able to do that when I'm done with this project.

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  2. those embroidered snowflakes really add to piece a lot...very nice...hugs, Julierose...

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    1. I thought the snowflakes were needed to give it a finished look - even though the entire thing is a long ways from being called finished.

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  3. Love the fact that you are using your Grandma's embroidery in your quilt and I love your barn.

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    1. I'm happy that I can use my old linens too - not necessarily ending up using up stash though because I'm simply replacing one format of stash for another!

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  4. I foresee a beautiful heirloom the entire family will want. I know what you mean about cutting up special pieces. I made a memory quilt that included a baby dress she wore in a picture I saw everytime I went to my grandmother's. I finally took it apart at seams and appliqued all the pieces to the quilt. The gathered skirt ended up laying flat the entire length of the quilt!

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    1. I'm not so sure it will be something the family will want - neither of our boys is the least bit interested and our daughters-in-love aren't into that sort of thing either. No matter, I'm having the fun of making it.
      What a wonderful use for a treasured baby dress - I'll bet your quilt was lovely.

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  5. Love the trees. The pretty snowflakes are perfect on the border. A very nice idea to use the old embroideries for postcards to share with family. A question! How do You stop the clock to get so much done in a day? I'm keen to know.

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    1. Hah - the clock keeps ticking despite my best efforts to slow it down! I guess I get so much done because I have Resident Chef as a willing partner. The fact that I don't have to get meals means I can just submerse myself in my sewing room for hours at a time. Not being a tv watcher at night means I can putz with knitting or crochet for at least two or three hours. And the covid lockdown helps too - even though it's not the way we want to do things.

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  6. Wonderful that you could use the entirety of your grandmother's piece. You can appreciate the time that she put into creating that, just as you're putting so much love and time into your snowflakes. Your quote today is similar to another one I saw recently which makes me stop and pay more attention to the message.

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    1. Actually I think that particular piece of linen was only half of the original - I think it probably was a dresser scarf and the same pattern would have been on the other end. Don't remember now what I used that piece for. She made a lot of these types of things and also had a large collection of pretty hankies that I was lucky enough to inherit. Over the years I've used a lot of it and now only the dregs remain so I'm happy to be able to find enough for this project.

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  7. Such a pretty embroidered linen, but this time your landscape has made my eyes rest a while on the elements. Love the different fabrics used for the snow; they are fabulous. The trees stand tall and majestic but it is the splashing of snowflakes which adds particular delight. This landscape, is going to be a beauty!

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    1. Thank you Kim - you're good for my psyche!! There's a long way to go for the snow area yet - quilting it will be next I think.

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  8. I really love this Barn Landscape on your new banner. Love the embroidery for your quilt. I think four days is quick to complete snowflakes on your border. Love this quote. Enjoying this slower time of year.

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    1. Thank you Sherry! The snowflake border isn't all that large so it seemed to me that it took a long time to do.

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  9. Now we know where you got your creative talents from - good old Grandma!
    Happy creating!
    Wren x

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    1. Actually I got them from both my Grandma's I think. Both of them were quilters and my maternal Grandma also knitted lace among other things. My mother knew how to knit, tat, and also was an amateur watercolourist.

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  10. I'M REALLY BEHIND IN MY BLOG READINGS! And hit caps by mistake! Oh well, it's that kind of evening. Your landscape is coming along. Nice snowflakes and snow.

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