Tuesday, February 17, 2015

whats old is new

I call this block whats old is new, the reason for the name is this,

the bird on red silk is a part of the first (?) OK second)
cq block i ever made, as is the bit of stripey green and lavender under (in this case next to) it.

I had long ago chopped away at pieces of this block because it was not designed very well to begin with
but I couldn't get rid of that bird or the strip below it.
That part, at least looked like it belonged together.

and after almost 20 years of being shuffled from place to place being neglected and abused i finally figured out what to do with it.

make it into a whole new block! of course, duh!

anyway it's the perfect showcase for my fiddly fumbly beginning cq to my now cq. also the ribbon showed up one day in a package from my mom that was perfect for framing the seams.

so by now your wondering about the rest of this block.

SO! all along the top left hand side is a dragonfly out of dagger beads and bugles,

seam 1 a zigzag feather stitch with black lentils and lazy daisies and seam 2 a double herringbone with glass flower beads.

in the left bottom corner a red felt mushroom with a gnome peaking out from behind it.
to balance all that orange
I made a daisy chain curly-q in the upper right hand corner, added a few purple flower beads and a blue bird to balance the big blue patch at the bottom right
where I stuck a pink(ish) lace flower motif that I dyed myself and art deco-y looking satin stitched swirls and more lentils.
now that I look at it I need to practice satin stitch more, those swirls are lumpy!

so anyway, old and new.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Black Byrony Faerie

lest you think I have lain Idle whilst eating bonbons and watching endless reruns since i last posted, I have been busy, it just doesn't seem like it from blog posts.

I have finished sewing a a few things

and started a few more

 when I have this many projects I tend to do them in tandem and it seems

(to  me) that nothing is getting done.

 when in reality a lot is being accomplished it just seems like slow motion

 the Black Byrony Faerie is an example

didn't the swans turn out sweetly?

I took this piece to work on when I was in India last year and finished it at home.

don't ask about the trip it was great and awful at the same bewildering time.

 I haven't quite wrapped my head around it yet.

but this block turned out well so I'm a bit pleased, chuffed even, with myself.

and if you are here for the grow your own blog party you can find it here,

or just scroll down a little more, it's not far....

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow your blog party!

welcome to all those who enter here!

I am going to cheat a little
since i have in the past given little home mini tours I am going to give links to those previous tours here and here and here.

I know I'm supposed to give you all a little blah, blah about who I am and what I do, but those probably do it best.

as for what I am working on now well that's anyones guess! I have a boat-load of UFO's to catchup on, new projects, monthly doings i haven't even started on, a class to teach and 1/2 finished projects, that I'm feeling quite snowed under!

what was I thinking????

  anywhoo, welcome to

Uncle Monk's coat of arms

bird embroidered pin cushion

where I embroider,

Heritage CQ

  crazy quilt,

Pineapple quilt

                                         sane quilt,

Oceans lady whole cloth quilt

 out of Whole cloth

Bead journal project

garden and bead myself into a fine frappachino

much of this is just what comes to me at the time,

 some is sent on the wings of inspiration
Appleblossome Faerie

Violet faerie
  Some I find I've wanted to do for years

Therisa's grandma's grand green bug

and just thought now is the time to start

Still others are just appropriate to the spot
BJP   2013

   some projects come in a series

BJP 2013
BJP 2013

and some are all alone

but all are me in some way!

Friday, January 23, 2015

CQJP blocks and ....

I wanted to start my CQJP blocks earlier

I thought I had enough of that paisley fabric to do at least one block but no

I couldn't even find a lousy scrap to show
 what I was looking for!

Then whoopiee!
Of all places, I found it at Jo-anne's, at a deep discount! yay!

So I could finally start on the silly thing.
I got 2 blocks done yesterday, with more to come.

Because well I hate this part. it's a chore, that once done the fun can start!

While I was at it, I finished another little purse

Oh! I was published again, in Canadian embroidery, in Kerry's article on bullion stitch!
So, lots of stuff happening.

But that's the way it goes isn't it?

Sometimes, it feels like you can't get a single thing done and then bam! everything, all at once!

Now I need to start on the BJP and a RR I just got into, maybe do laundry.........

Friday, January 16, 2015

Roring 20's purse

 and away we go!

another 20's inspired purse

with a jitterbugging (or charlston) couple

a big rhinestone motif

a night train racing through town

zig zag buttonhole stitch to denote how busy everyone is having fun!

another dancing couple

rhinestone ribbon and some very nice lace

a little bit of SRE to set it all off

Saturday, January 3, 2015

more purses

I have become a purse making fool
Red and blue purse inside and out
Pink dragonfly purse outside

and yellow inside
I will be directing an embroidery class/stitch n bitch at gathering fabrics quilt shop in Woodinville the 2nd tuesday of every momth and this is one of the sample purses 


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