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, April 29, 2024

Some progress

 Over the weekend I had some time to play about with the latest landscape and managed to get the sky quilted, as well as the grass area.  I've added some French knots and some other embroidery although the embroidery on this one will be minimal I think.  The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that I removed the tree branch because I felt it was a little much.  There's also still more work to be done on the truck itself.

- THIS caught my eye as a possibility for making a temperature quilt.

- Some of you might want to give THIS a try.

- THIS is definitely awwww-worthy.

- Some of THESE made me laugh and some are just plain cute (be sure to scroll down).

- Those of you who are attempting to declutter might find THIS useful.

Today's quote is from E.M. Forster...."I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars"

Friday, April 26, 2024

Lucky me!

 A few weeks ago I played along with the Villa Rosa Designs blog hop and ended up being one of the extremely lucky winners.  I had nearly forgotten about it and was surprised when this was sitting on my doorstep yesterday....

This is 12 fat quarters of hand-dyed Indah batiks!  Wow - I certainly wasn't expecting such a great prize.  Now to ponder what I might want to make with them!!

- I might have to make one of THESE for our littlest grandie.

- If you'd like to see some of the award-winning quilts from Paducah, have a look HERE.

- Many of the artworks by THIS artist made me smile.  

- THIS is another awwww-worthy thing!

- THIS is a rather nice table-topper.

The quote today is from Ricky Gervais..."The world began to crumble when feelings started overruling facts"

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Four equals eight

 Yes, folks, my math skills are correct (and I didn't need to count on my fingers and toes either!).  Four pairs of thrifted jeans do indeed equal eight different shades of denim for use in future landscapes.  See?....

- Have a peek through the galleries of THIS artist!  And THIS one too (note the raw materials he uses)!

- THESE are intriguing.

- THESE would be fun to make.

Today's quote is from Fred Rogers..."Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else"

Monday, April 22, 2024


 I've added a little to the landscape as you can see from the photo.  I ended up embiggening the truck slightly and, at least to my eye, it looks more in synch with the old schoolhouse.  

And, we came across this wonderful old barn in our travels over the weekend and you already know it's going to be fodder for creativity somewhere down the road...

- The knitters among you might find THIS useful.

- Have a peek at the colourful creations of THIS artist!

- I found THIS article to be quite interesting.

- THIS might be a fun project (and wouldn't it make nice gifts too?)

Today I thought I'd share this (found via Barbara's blog and situated in the Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve)... 

Friday, April 19, 2024

A day of....

 Spending a lot of time being social over the past few days has meant that there's been very little done in my studio, so you know what I'm going to give you...

- I think I'd go stir crazy if I tried to make some of THESE but they're interesting to look at.

- I've seen THESE before but not quite the same design overall.  THIS one is similar and includes rubberized shelf liner on the back which I think would be a good idea.

- Have a look through the galleries of THIS incredible artist!  And THIS one too (scroll down)

- Those of you who like hats might like to scroll through THESE pieces of art.

- THIS should take you to a short weaving video that looks like fun.

- THIS guy made me smile.

Here is another quote from Albert Einstein..."We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them"

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Hmmmm -

 Much contemplation of my navel happening here at Chez Magpie because I'm not happy with the proportions of the original truck in the latest landscape.  Methinks I shall embiggen it somewhat and see if it makes me happier.

Yesterday I taught a second workshop for our local guild and, amazingly, all seem to have survived the ordeal.

- Some of you might want to make one (or more!) of THESE.

- Or maybe THIS?

- It's coming into warm weather in this end of the world, so perhaps you could make yourself one of THESE.

- THIS little fellow made me smile so I thought you might like him too.

Today the quote is from Hans Christian Andersen..."The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things"

Monday, April 15, 2024 know....

 Yes, you know I've started a new landscape (this one will be my 51st) and this time it's inspired by a photo by Glen Bowe (and shared with his kind permission).  Here's his original...

And, this is how I've begun...

I snagged this fun little game from Boud's blog and thought it was worth sharing.  Please post your 'name' in the comments, just for fun.  Mine is 'Angel of Sacred Compassion'.  

- Perhaps you'd like to check out THIS online auction of some pretty amazing quilts (a fundraiser for SAQA).

- I thought THESE were really cute. You might want to use the 'translate' feature, but wonderful to see even without it.

- Have a peek at the amazing denim creations HERE.  

- And check out the various galleries of THIS amazing artist.  I love her use of colour!

Today's quote is from Abraham Lincoln..."We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice because thorn bushes have roses"

Friday, April 12, 2024

A pile

 I spent some time sewing tea towels (16 of them, to be exact) that are destined for the Christmas box...

Otherwise, there's been nothing on the creative front happening here at Chez Magpie.

- Have a peek at the gallery of THIS incredible artist!  Would that I could crochet like him!

- Perhaps making one (or more) of THESE would be useful.  

- Last time I was at a thrift store I noticed they had a pile of glass cases and had I thought of it I should have picked some up to make some of THESE.

- If you have some of the glasses you used to see the eclipse, check out THIS and consider donating them. (UPDATED TO ADD:  Please also see Boud's comment attached to this post for another suggestion of donation for the glasses).

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

A finish - a trunk show - and AWOL

 First of all, I have finished the latest landscape as you can see...


"Lonely Sentinel"
inspired by a photo by Dale Stewart,
and used with his always kind permission.
Measures approx. 22" square

Below you can see Dale's photo...

Yesterday I was invited to a quilt guild that's about half an hour from here to do another trunk show.  It seems that they, and I, managed to survive the ordeal.

Monday was our local quilt guild meeting and of course I was hopeful that the AWOL landscape that disappeared when I did the trunk show for them would reappear but sadly such was not the case.  I guess, much as I dislike to admit it, that I will have to now assume that it was stolen.  All I can say is - I hope they enjoy it.

- Have a peek through the portfolio of THIS amazing artist!

- I don't know if you've noticed all the posts 'round and about the internet talking about the Emotional Support Chicken, but if you haven't HERE is the link to the pattern.  

- THIS would be a pretty accessory to make for summer.

- All I can say is wow over the creations of THIS incredible artist - be sure to hover your mouse over each and you can see what he used for the background.

Today's quote..."Did you ever think all those stars are porch lights in heaven, waiting for their loved ones to come home"

Monday, April 08, 2024

Better late than never

 Finally finished knitting Resident Chef's new socks that I promised him at Christmas....

If you, like many of us, are attempting to declutter, perhaps this quote from Dana White (author of 'Decluttering At The Speed of Life') might be useful... Embracing the Container Concept means looking at every space that holds stuff (a container, a shelf, a drawer, a closet) as a limit and filling it with favorite stuff first. The size of the "contain"er determines when enough is enough, and that makes it easier to get rid of things that don't fit. It's not about deciding whether something has value or is worth keeping, it's about not keeping more than will fit.

- THESE gave me an awwww moment.

- I like THIS but I wouldn't have it hanging in my car because I don't think it's overly safe.  I think there are lots of other uses for it though.

- Have a peek through the gallery of THIS amazing artist.

- And THIS one too!

Today's quote, once again from an anonymous source..."This, my dear, is the greatest challenge of being alive:  To witness the injustices of the world, and not allow it to consume our light"

Friday, April 05, 2024

A couple of you guessed correctly!

Unfortunately there's no sun here today (again...what's new) so I couldn't really get a decent photo of the progress on the landscape so you will have to use your imagination to know that it's made using denim.... 

- I found THIS article interesting.

- And THIS too.

- THESE are rather cute and would use up yarn scraps.

This made me laugh (but how true it is!)...

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Now, what do you suppose?

 Here's the beginning of a new landscape and I wonder if you can guess what I might be adding next?  

- THIS is one of those wow things!

- Have a look through the galleries HERE.  Lots to see!

- Those of you who like to play with paper might want to try THIS.

- For those who live in the US, perhaps you'd like to sign up to celebrate your birthday at some of THESE places.

Monday, April 01, 2024

Mostly mumblings and a little housekeeping

 I think I mentioned awhile ago that I was undertaking a 'houseclean' of my blog posts starting from my first post in 2006.  As of now I've completed 2006-2019 and have removed 'dead' links as well as added labels to some that got overlooked.  If you're interested in any of the categories in my sidebar feel free to click on them and go exploring.

Sometimes I wonder at the mysteries of life that seem to happen with alarming regularity.  A few weeks ago I told you that I was doing a trunk show at our local quilt guild and sharing my collection of landscapes.  I brought them home and put them away.  It wasn't until I got them out again to prep for the second trunk show that I realized that one was missing.  I called the venue and nothing had been turned in.  A plea subsequently was sent out to all the guild members but so far the lost hasn't been found.  I seriously hesitate to point fingers and think that someone has stolen it and am choosing to believe that it was inadvertently scooped up and taken home by someone else who hasn't touched their things since then and therefore hasn't noticed.  T'is a mystery that I hope gets resolved at the next meeting in a couple weeks.

I don't often do any sort of book reviews (why, I don't know) but have to point out two that I've just read that I highly recommend.  First, I finished Ken Follett's 'The Armor Of Light' and this is what 'Goodreads' says about the plot... The Spinning Jenny was invented in 1770, and with that, a new era of manufacturing and industry changed lives everywhere within a generation. A world filled with unrest wrestles for control over this new world order: A mother’s husband is killed in a work accident due to negligence; a young woman fights to fund her school for impoverished children; a well-intentioned young man unexpectedly inherits a failing business; one man ruthlessly protects his wealth no matter the cost, all the while war cries are heard from France, as Napoleon sets forth a violent master plan to become emperor of the world. As institutions are challenged and toppled in unprecedented fashion, ripples of change ricochet through our characters’ lives as they are left to reckon with the future and a world they must rebuild from the ashes of war.

And the second book is 'The Women' by Kristin Hannah.  It wasn't an easy book to read but I would put it in my top 10 best books list.  Here's what 'Goodreads' has to say...  Women can be heroes. When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath hears these words, it is a revelation. Raised in the sun-drenched, idyllic world of Southern California and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing. But in 1965, the world is changing, and she suddenly dares to imagine a different future for herself. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path. As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is over- whelmed by the chaos and destruction of war. Each day is a gamble of life and death, hope and betrayal; friendships run deep and can be shattered in an instant. In war, she meets—and becomes one of—the lucky, the brave, the broken, and the lost. But war is just the beginning for Frankie and her veteran friends. The real battle lies in coming home to a changed and divided America, to angry protesters, and to a country that wants to forget Vietnam.

- I try not to send you to too many commercial links, but I have to say the cross stitch designs HERE are absolutely awwww-some!

- My goodness, I can't imagine being able to crochet THIS small!  (be sure to scroll down)

- Those of us who suffer from depression might want to read THIS and make up little therapy kits that are similar.  Perhaps you know someone who is battling mental health issues and who might benefit from the gift of such a little kit.

This simply made me laugh out loud so I had to share...