Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Take a Stitch Tuesday top knotted buttonhole

Again, another new stitch.  I struggled with getting the tension and spacing correct.  However, I really do like the stitch and will add it to other blocks.  Eventually I will get it right!

Monday, April 29, 2013

My May classes



May 11
Print making in many forms will be our play for the day.  We will be experimenting with transfer prints/paints as well as a number of other forms of printing.   A mixed media delight!  I LOVE print making, there is so much potential and it is oh so fun!

May 22
I am teaching for the quilt festival in St. Jacobs.  We will be creating funky fibre beads.  

http://www.stjacobs.com/sites/default/files/Quilt%20Festival%20Calendar%202013%20Page%202_0.pdf

Friday, April 26, 2013

fun finds

The table cloth with the blue hand embroidery is so gorgeous!  It is almost too good to cut up but I don't have a round table to use it on.  The bracelets I will definitely take apart to use the beads.  Oh how I wish I had the time today to stitch!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Work in progress Wednewday

This is the my May crazy quilt block.  I love that I am working ahead now!  I started the year off kind of slow but I have it in gear now.  There is still plenty to do though.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Take a stitch Tuesday scroll stitch

Another new stitch to me.  I really like this stitch a lot.  I will definitely be adding it to future crazy quilt blocks.  My tension certainly needs work but that will come with practice.
Thanks to Sharon B at http://pintangle.com/ for the instructions.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Another opening reception to attend

Today I plan to take my Mom to the opening reception for the Grand National even though I don't have any work in that show.  I am curious to see what is there!  Saturday April 27 I will be attending the opening at the Button Factory.  I have two pieces in that show.  I hope to see many friends there!

Friday, April 19, 2013

fantastic finds

I have fallen into a rut, I mean pattern.  Posting about my thrift store finds is kind of fun for me!  These particular finds all work quite well together and I look forward to creating something beautiful with them!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Work in Progress

I added a bit more stitching and some pearl beads.  I think I will call my April block finished.  I can always go back and add something later should I decide to do that.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Take a stitch Tuesday Raised Cross Stitch Flower


Love this stitch!  I stitched directly to a cq block even though it was the first time trying this stitch.  It looked easy to do and reminded me of making that children's craft called a gods eye.  I made loads of them when I was a child.  I also added the woven detached chain stitch.  I need to finish adding that stitch to the rest of the flowers.  Thanks to Sharon B at http://pintangle.com/ for all the instructions!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Opening reception

I have two pieces accepted into the Quilts, Fibre Art & Wood Carvings - "Birds & Bees" Exhibit at the Stratford Perth Museum.  The opening reception is this Saturday April 20  from 1- 3pm.    The piece below is one of the pieces accepted.  It sure feels good to have my work accepted into shows.   Here is the link to museum's site
http://www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca/page/1/home.php

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Feeling loved

My sweet friend Nancy returned home last week.  She was in Morocco.  She is such a doll.  She always brings me back treats from her travels.  I am so blessed that she is such a kind and generous friend.  The turquoise leather slippers sparkle so they are absolutely perfect for me!  The pink toilet paper she had a hard time squeezing into her luggage.  Can you imagine she left some clothes behind to make room for it!  What a hoot.  I have never seen such brightly color toilet paper before!  Love it!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Thrifty finds

Again, I found some beautiful vintage linens at the thrift store.  How don't understand how people can let go of these beauties!  Oh well, I am glad that they do.  The intricate handwork is so delightful.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is my block for April.  I didn't get a lot added to it in the last week.  Some French knots around the silk ribbon roses and a few more stitches on the seems.  It is almost finished but needs some beads!
Thanks to Sharon B at  http://pintangle.com/ for keeping me on track.  Even if the progress is minimal at times.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Take a stitch Tuesday

I have to say that the instructions for the Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole Stitch made no sense to me.  I ended up getting a chain stitch attached.  It might be because I had dental surgery yesterday and I am not firing on all pistons!  I think I managed to get it to look like it is supposed to.  I probably should have waited another day or so to try this!

Friday, April 5, 2013

The mother load of glitz

I have been doing some volunteering at the local Bibles for Missions thrift store.  I have to say that I really enjoy it.  Aside from finding cool things and helping a good cause it is a good chance to connect with a friend that also volunteers there.  I love having friends!  Especially friends like Lynda that know me so well.  She saw these gorgeous fabrics being donated and thought of me immediately!  So fun!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

work in progress a day late again!

I made more progress on my April CQ block.  I am moving along fairly well on this one!  Still the weeks seem to be flying past faster than normal right now!
Thanks to Sharon B at http://pintangle.com/  for helping me to stay on track.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Take a stitch Tuesday diamond stitch

This is a new stitch to me.  It looked like a tough one to learn so I just worked in on a loose piece of fabric.  I didn't have the confidence to try it on one of my crazy quilt blocks.  I am glad that I didn't as I think it will take me some practice to get it right.  I probably should have worked on aida cloth or similar.  It would have made it easier to keep things even.  I do like the stitch.  Thanks to Sharon B. at http://pintangle.com/ for the instructions.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Crazy quilt block for March

It feels so good to complete a block each month.  I know at the end of the year I am going to be really pleased to have twelve blocks to stitch together!