Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

A guild member suggested to me that I mount my bead journals on something bigger and thereby making them more important.  I like her suggestion and I am thinking about applying this bead journal to this.  This was just a little experiment with my hand dyed pieces of cotton.  I think this could work.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge

Sharon B has challenged us to use three stitches in a project.    I decided to add the Fly StitchChevron Stitch, and Long Tail Chain to my bead journal for April.  All those stitches are beaded.  The top photo is the whole piece.  The bottom photo is a close up of the beading.

Monday, April 24, 2017

I heart Macro

Another beautiful hydrangea.  This one is no longer at its peak yet I still find it beautiful.  Finding beauty in the aged is a theme developing in my life.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Just needs a binding

I am quite pleased with this little quilt.  I hand painted the silk top.  I hand quilted the three layers together.  I used silk batting, silk backing, and silk thread.  So luscious.  In the last month, I have finished or very close to finished 7 quilts.  I am a machine!  It feels so good!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Journal Prompt #15

Life is all about balance.  I agree with this statement.  I like to think that I have a balanced life.  I have time for work, volunteering and recreation, exercise and mostly eating right.  I have time with family and friends as well as time alone.  I am very blessed.
I made a color copy of a bead journal and used that for the background of this quote.  Quick and easy as I have had a busy week.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

This landscape quilt needs to be finished.  I have had worked on it on and off for years.  Parts of it I like a lot.  Other parts not so much and those are the parts that are keeping me from finishing this.  The waterfall needs some sparkly threads (there are a couple but quite hard to see) and beads, that's easy.  The tree on the right, well the whole right side of this quilt is not quite right.  I am almost tempted to slice it off but then the proportions would be wrong.  I would love to get this done so I can include it in my trunk show.  Any advice?
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge

Sharon B is taking a two-week break from Take a Stitch Tuesday to give people a chance to get up to date.  However, she has offered a challenge to those of us that are caught up.  Use any three stitches on a small project.  This is just perfect for me.  I have been wanting to combine stitches on my seams in hopes of being a bit more interesting.  Today I used the  Berry Stitch,  Feathered Chain stitch, and Fern stitch.  I think it works and I am excited to try more of this!

Monday, April 17, 2017

I heart Macro

They hydrangea flowers in New Zealand were giant.  I love the mottled color on this one.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

My April Bead Journal

This small quilt has been languishing for a few years.  There is nothing like deadlines to spur me on to completing something!  I have been booked to do a trunk show and I want this quilt to be a part of it.  I think it is an interesting piece.  I photographed beads and then manipulated the photo, printed it and quilted it.  I am now working on the beading.  I have used some of the beads that I photographed. Fun!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Journal Prompt #14

'No matter how you feel.  Get up, dress up, show up and never give up.'  Good Advice.  Honestly, giving up doesn't come naturally to me.  Last month, while in New Zealand we hiked a mountain.  Granted, it was a small mountain.  Good thing it wasn't a big one.  I know my limitations.  I am decently fit for my age but this hike was difficult.  It took us four hours to get to the top.  At that point, I was exhausted and my feet were blistered.  Nevertheless, I persisted and made it to the top.  Strike that off my bucket list.   It took three hours to get back to the car.  My feet were agony but I did not give up!  Yay me!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

My stitch a day project for April is french knots.  I am stitching them onto fabric I created with painted fusible web.  I have my favorite tree drawn onto the fabric and plan to fill it in with three colors of green floss.  I think it will look interesting when I am finished.  I am trying to analyze why I am not enjoying it so much.  It is not the repetition of the same stitch.  I quite like making french knots.  Possibly, it is because there is no room for spontaneity, I have already made all the decisions.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Double Whipped Chain Stitch is such a nice looking stitch.  Thanks to Sharon B for the instructions.  The last time I tried this stitch I added a bead to the whipped part.  Beads are always good!  This time I just used regular embroidery thread.  It looks alright but I think I might add more spokes to this.

Friday, April 7, 2017

April guild challenge

Purple and green are the colors for our April sinchie challenge.  My base is fabric, paper, and paint.  I drew on the leaf but then didn't know what to do next.  This morning I saw something done by Kim Thittichai.  She loves all things glitter as much as I do!  I was inspired to get out my glitter and transfer foil.  It has made the five-year-old inside me very happy.  Now what else can I glitter?
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Journal Prompt #13

'Some days you need to create your own sunshine.'  This quote speaks to me of being proactive.  I like to think of myself as proactive.  I am not one to sit around waiting for someone to make me happy.    I choose to fill my days with beauty.  Even when dealing with serious life issues there are ways to create joy and sunshine.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Stitching on my crazy quilt block for April.  I am not too sure about the placement of that lace.  It is probably going to have to move.  I can hardly believe that it is April and this is the last month that I have anything definite planned for my CQJP.  I am leaning towards doing a CQ book.  I think someone else participating in the project is doing a book and I really like that idea.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

I decided to try the Whipped Spoke stitch on handmade paper.  I haven't work on it for a while.  Obviously, not every stitch will work well on paper.  I think this one works alright.  Part of the circle I whipped three times but could not continue all the way around because the thread would not pass.  I didn't want to rip the paper.  I don't mind that it is uneven.  I kind of like that you can see the spoke stitches.  Thanks to Sharon B at Pintangle for the great instructions.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Stitch a day project

I am pretty pleased with myself.  I have managed to stay up to date with commitments and challenges.  No easy feat with having had a three week holiday on the other side of the world!  Admittedly, this stitch a day project got a bit stalled.  I took a package of silk threads with me on holiday.  They had been languishing for years and I decided it is time to use them.  I started stitching with said silk threads at the beginning of the month.  After about a week I realized there really isn't enough color variety for me.  They are all light in tone and for a work to pleasing there needs to be darks and mediums.  When I got home I dug out more silk threads and continued stitching.  Stitching silk threads onto silk fabric was lovely.
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Journal prompt #12

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
This quote says you reap what you sew in a pretty way.  I think that this has been proven true.  I hope that I am sewing flowers!   I fed my paper through the printer the wrong way so the quote is quite hard to read.  I used a colour copy of a stitched project for the background.   

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have managed to complete my March crazy quilt block before the end of the month.  Yay!  I really like when I can stay on track.  The first four blocks I am doing this year all have similar colours as I plan to stitch them all together.  They each have a bead journal project from a previous year incorporated into them as well.  I have been keeping the seam treatments fairly simple so that the beaded part will be the focus.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

This is my feathered up and down buttonhole.  Thanks to Sharon B for the instructions.  It seems that I have done this stitch before as I commented about it on Sharon's blog.  I actually have not recollection of it!  I used to have such a good memory!  It is a nice looking stitch.  I hope I can remember to use it again!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Guild challenge

Yellow and white is the color combination for March.  I used some yellow fabric that I sun printed.  I added the silver gear charms and white beads.  Silver is close enough to white in my opinion.  I really like gears but I am not really liking this piece.  It is okay.  Sometimes done has to be good enough.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Journal prompt #11

Next time you think of beautiful things, don't forget to count yourself.  Good quote!  Admittedly, it is a bit hard to read on the busy background.  Oh well.  I love the background!  I color copied one of my bead journals, also enlarged it.  Color copying is a great way to get two for one.
More and more I am learning to think of myself and my artwork as beautiful.  Adding beauty to this world is important to me.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

The top photo is my crazy quilt block for February.  A bit late but finished.  I have a good start on my March block and should be able to get it finished by the end of the month.

The bottom photo is my block ready to be sent to The Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt    I didn't plan for this block to be my bead journal for March but now it has to be.  I just don't have time to do another beaded piece in March.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B shows us the pistil stitch this week.  This is a stitch that I am familiar with and use regularly.  I tried to be clever and use it in a new way.  I wasn't particularly successful.  I added some french knots to it.  Not terribly impressive.  Oh well, I was in a bit of a rush.

Monday, March 20, 2017

I heart Photography

It is pretty hard to take a bad photo in New Zealand.  Such a beautiful country!  Hubby says he would move there in a heartbeat.  As much as I loved the climate and the beauty there is no way I would move there.  I am a Canadian girl all the way.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Stitching almost everyday

This is my stitch a day project for February.  I am so pleased with it.  It makes me happy to look at it!  I have been stitching for March as well but I am a bit behind.  I don't have much on my calendar for the next couple of days so I am hoping to get caught up and post about it next week.  There are a number of projects that I am behind on doing.  I am trying to not let that bother me.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Journal prompts 9 and 10

Week #9 the quote is 'A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures anything.'  Laugh and sleep are definitely good!  Not sure if they are a cure for anything but it is possible!
Week #10 'There is a lot that is good in your life - don't take it for granted.  Don't get so focused on the struggles that you miss the gift of today.'  Since coming home from holiday my heart has been overflowing with gratitude.  I am so very blessed.  I do not take for granted all that is good in my life!  And there is an abundance of good!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Almost done!  There are just a few little spaces that need some beads or stitching.   I have fallen a little behind on my stitching but a three week holiday on the other side of the world is a very good excuse!
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

It feels good to get to participate in Take a Stitch Tuesday again! Thank you,  Sharon B for the instructions to the Whipped Chain stitch.  I have a lovely collection of fancy threads and decided this would be the perfect time to use one of them.  I chose the very fluffy Estaz by Glisten Gloss.  I am not very happy with it.  The fluffies shifted and left bare thread in spots.  I guess the only way to use that thread is by couching it down.  Kind of disappointing.

Monday, March 13, 2017

I heart Macro

While on holidays I found this beautiful flower to photograph.  The color is exquisite!  No matter where I go I find myself wanting to get up close to the flowers.
Even though it is pouring down snow, it feels good to be home!
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Happy to be home!

Our New Zealand vacation was all about this guy.  My favorite man!  My sweet husband was able to cross off a number of things from his bucket list.  I am so very happy for him.  We climbed a mountain together.  Mount Dun on the south island of New Zealand.  That is one off my bucket list.  I am glad to say I have climbed a mountain and now I am done with that.  I won't say never but climbing another mountain is not high on my priorities.
I am delighted to be home.  I was not homesick while in New Zealand in part because New Zealand didn't feel much different from Canada.  The people are kind and polite.  All was good.  I am very happy with my home and my life.  I am amazingly blessed and this vacation only reinforced that!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A quick note

I am having a wonderful time in New Zealand.  The warm weather feels so good!  I am not getting nearly as much stitching done as I thought I would.  However, we are doing a road trip today so I hope to do some stitching while in the car.  
Pop over to Sharon B's blog to read an interview that I did with her.  It was very interesting to me to see the work that she chose to feature.

Friday, February 17, 2017

My Crazy Quilt Block for February

I haven't got a lot done on this block yet.  I plan to do the hand stitching on the plane.  Plus we have a long layover in LA so I expect I can get a lot of stitching done then as well.  I hope I can sleep tonight!  New Zealand here we come!
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Journal Week #6

The quote this week is 'Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.'  Okay so it is the week with Valentines and she was going for romantic with this quote.  Again, I wasn't keen on this quote and decided on this one.  'Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.'  Ralph Waldo Emerson.

My background was done with shaving foam marbling.  The foam wasn't very foamy so it didn't work great.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am working on a six inch block for the The Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt  I suspect there will be many beautiful blocks submitted.  Mine is rather simple.  I plan to fill the leaf shape with stitching and beads.  I love my country and really want to be a part of this quilt project to honour Canada!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday and A Year of Stitches

Top photo is my progress on stitching everyday.  I am loving it!

Bottom photo I added the Basque stitch to my butterfly.  Thanks to  Sharon B  for showing us this stitch!  Sharon is amazing!  I have learned so much from her!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

I heart Macro

I have a good and loving husband who buys me roses for Valentine's Day.  I am embarrassed to say that I wished for different flowers!  I was thinking roses aren't that interesting to photograph.  That is not my usual attitude and I did change it quickly.  I decided to try to think of a different  way to shoot a rose.  This isn't all that original but it is different for me.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

February Guild Challenge

A six inch block using blue and yellow was the challenge for February.  I used some fabric I painted/stamped myself.  Since I am never shy to use metallics I decided gold threads would act as my yellow for this challenge.  This isn't a block that makes me go WOW but I do like it.
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I used a variety of Kreinik gold threads for this.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Journal Week #5

The quote this week was "I am not fat. God gave me airbags because I am precious."  I know that humour was what they were going for with this quote.  I really like humour but this is not what I wanted for my journal.  I used the quote "I am learning to love the sound of my feet walking away from things not meant for me."  I printed that quote on top of a gelli print.  The print was not particularly successful but it makes a good background for a journal page.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Likely this is the earliest I have ever completed a bead journal project.  I did push to get it done.  I like my little tree.  I had a lot of fun creating it and can see that it may become a series as I have so many more ideas.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday and 1 Stitch a day

The Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole stitch is the stitch Sharon B shows us this week.  I have pictured mine from the first time I tried it.  This is a nice looking stitch and I need to remember to use it more often!
The top photo is from my stitch a day project.  It is early in the month so not a lot to see just yet.  I am having fun with it though!

Monday, February 6, 2017

I heart Macro

I am struggling to come up with words for this one.  It isn't a particularly great photo.  I just like it.  That is enough.
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