Saturday, June 30, 2007
Then I played with one of my sets and OOOOOHHHHHHH had so much fun and just waiting for the violet fabric to dry so I can actually print this baby off! YEP I'm trying my first colour printed front from pics I've taken and can't wait to see how it turns out! Will keep you all posted and naturall will post pics when completed.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Here is my reversible "vest", possible with some friends saving and sending me their selvedges over the last six months or so plus I was cutting off whatever I could from one side of my stash fabrics. I had cut rectangle pieces of cotton batiste, drawn 45 degree lines for guidance, layered on top of wrong side of backing and started stitching from corner to corner on all four pieces and then cut out the vest and stitched together and bound the raw edges.
And here are the other two entries, coasters and holder by Dale Anne P and the apron and potholders by my sister Sylvia. Apparently the group will be enjoying another online "selvedge" challenge again this year.
Now here is another challenge "All Creatures Great and Small" that was hosted prior to the retreat with the winner decided by "Viewers Choice" at the retreat. It had to have an animal print, a crazy patched block and some embellishments of bone, horn, feather or shells (which was exempt if you were a firt time retreater). There were five entries and neither of us won.
Here's me working on the satin stitching down through the top, batting and backing all in one step and borders added on in that same process - fast and just great for small projects.
Now here are pics of my sister's challenge, basically a horizontal panel that she butchered up and turned it into a vertical one, removing the large eagle and replacing it with a smaller one from the "pillow panels" by the same designer. Then she made a crazy patch rock and stitched that in the foreground before anchoring the overlapping pieces in place - very ingenious I say!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
This is the pattern picture.
I can tell you this was harder than I thought as I was just starting into Hardanger back then and some of the embroidery stitches I had not done before. BUT the worst was the pattern instructions I thought were not so great to understand and some I had to improvise for. Now that I've a couple of lessons under my belt I'm wondering if I feel up to tackling it again or maybe try something new! Decisions!!!
Okay I've put in two days at work and so far it's been pretty good - BUSY for me - but no added stress so that is good. There are times when I think if I see another number (totally my job) I'll scream but then I just go for the mail or coffee/water or check my emails just for a change of pace and then I'm back at it again.
Now that I've had a number of vacations that were quilt related I really am looking forward to the time I can retire and pick and choose my quilting time. I've a number of "retired" friends that meet on a regular basis and are just waiting for my chance to join in. Also my sister Sylvia asked if I was interested in joining her in some eastern Canada or even US retreats - is she kidding!!! Sure I would, but I'd definitely have to plan for that! Guess I didn't scare her off travelling with me - even if I accidentally went through a red light (very little traffic thank God!). You never know, maybe one day I'll be in your area.
Retirement is coming - I just gotta hang in there for a while longer! LOL!
Friday, June 22, 2007
OHHHH I forgots to tell you about my "fright"! Nope not the incident of going through that red light - thank GOD he was watching out for me and it was a very very very quiet intersection or it could have been dreadful! No, this was about leaving Dale Anne's on the way to retreat and packing away my "special" fabric scissors, yep so well that I didn't find them until I got home and totally unpacked - yep nice and safe in the very bottom pocket - not the usual place at all.
ALSO, the worst was at 5:45 am I was going to transfer my car from the night spot onto the road (rented out during the day) and reaching for my drivers licence just in case and OH OH it's not in my wallet!!! So I just went out and moved the car and came back into to go to sleep, nope couldn't so unpacked my suitcase hoping it was in my pants pocket from when we went for a walk in Red Deer (always take ID with me) - NOPE not there and I was not about to go into the living room rooting with Sylvia sleeping - so crawled into bed and zonked out for 3 hours - finally considering I hadn't slept that whole night for some stupid reason!
So when I got up I told Sylvia and naturally she was worried for me but then suggested maybe I had put it in with the camera when we went for the walk and I said I thought so too and promtly searched for the camera bag. THANK GOODNESS it was in there - PHEW!!! Why oh why do I do this to myself????
Okay, I think I've uploaded my pics, read my emails, sent my emails and now the BLOG, so it’s time for my book, feets up and a marguarita to wait out these ongoing storms - not including Tuesday! Take care and happy stitching!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Now I totally forgot to take a picture of the shaved down top for the nice rounded edge, this is a might messy as it's regular cake and not as compact as the fruit or pound cakes. This is then coated with a watered down buttercream icing, allowed to dry, then iced with regular consistency buttercream icing which I added some Mrs. Brown's Classic Chocolate Cocoa for taste and set aside to dry 20 minutes. I knew I could not smooth this to perfection with my spatula so I cheated and used a paper towel and softly smoothed down the icing and leaving a slight pattern - hey ground is not smooth right!
Here I've used a shell tip and added the bottom border.
Then came the fun and games and guesswork of where and how to do the vine work up from the bottom, think it turned out okay.
Talk about trouble!!! With this humidity my royal icing drop flowers even with 4 days to dry were still sticky and soft and needless to say a pain to lift off the board and attach to the vines without dropping or breaking them.
Phew that's finally completed and now the tiny leaves to add helter skelter. Then I looked and something is still missing and the base looked funny with only the one stem from the ground so I practiced and made the ferns. I think that looks mucho better.
Okay, now for the supports for the cake top but wait I don't have the cake top so don't know the size, will have to wait till I get this baby to the hall and then will know where to insert the supports.
Now ain't they cute! I think I did an not bad job of matching the colours!!!
And here is a closeup of the cake and top only! I sure hope that Carla and Dwayne like it!
Friday, June 08, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Well I perservered and continued with my original "idea" that had popped into my head when I read this swap theme. It was a might tricky as I really did not know what I was doing but slowly but surely it evolved. Hope you gals like your "BUTTONS"!
Well here is the one of various suggestions I gave upon request and what Linda so determinedly searched and found for me. I've always loved to watch and photograph the Herons we see at our lakes and rivers, sometimes to my own detriment and threat of a camera bath too! It is so lovely. Also I love the scrapbooking stamps you've used on the back. Thank you Linda.
Then here is Adeline J's "fourth" postcard and it has a spider and web in my own mini crazy patch!!! WOW! She says it's made with Saudia Arabia fabrics and yellow strip Indian pure silk! And I for the life of me do not know how this precious lady does such exquisit hand embroidery and so delicately placed too. If I get a chance this summer I'll zip out to Kenora and take in a "private stitching class" - so be on the lookout Adeline, I'm giving you fair warning!
Monday, June 04, 2007
Not sure if these pics will open up to an enlarged screen (having problems with that) but the outer edge is Brazilian dimensional embroidery - bullion knots - which my class instructor and various other embroiderers have mentioned that the only way to perfect this stitch was to do hundreds in a row. Well after the hearts for Norma and these two I think I can honestly say I've done many in a row and might have the technique under my belt now.
Another quilter mentioned how to put shank buttons onto artsy quilts but I can tell you bending these metal shanks on the larger buttons failed badly - yep snapped right off. The lifesaver is that between the individual sparklies there were holes that a beading needle could go through so I sewed them into place all around. I'll have to practice "gently" next time so I still have a shank to hold the button in place. Thank you Dianne LJ for that tidbit of information.
Okay, onto the FAPC "Buttons" postcards (were to be mailed also on the 30th) and hopefully into the mail mid-week. Then I'm caught up on postcards until after the retreat!!! Thank goodness, now I have to learn some "restraint" and not sign up for more than I can honestly get out on time!!!
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Well I don't know about hot outside, but with no AC in the window as yet it is very warm in here, especially with the Ott Lite and iron going cause I just finished sewing up the 3" mystery quilt blocks up to and including #22 - wonder if there's more - well guess there has to be as I've more precut pieces in baggies!!! I'm kinda sorry about the "light" fabric I chose - in some of the cut up pieces it hardly shows up next to the dark! Oh well lesson learned!
Now I've taken a bit of a break and had a Fresca float and then gone back to my Brazilian dimensional embroidery and hopefully finish off these just late postcards. Then I have a set of postcards themed "buttons" that I've got to finish this weekend also! Hope I can pull this off cause I'm running out of time to get ready for my retreat. I also pulled out my atlas to track of Alexandra's travels up from Twin Falls Idaho, but will have to find it on the MapQuest as I can't follow maps that have states listed alphabetically and not joined. I need one on one page or two maybe! Will find something on Monday.
Hmmmm I've really nothing finished for show and tell to take to the retreat - what will I do?
Friday, June 01, 2007
Sorry for no "work in progress" shots, but I'll post pictures once I've completed the projects.