Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Another Raised Applique

I thought I'd do another raised applique to add to one of my CQ blocks. I decided to do the little cat that was part of the class material.

It was not easy turning the little head and trying to get it through that little neck. There was a bit of swearing done:)  I used felt again which wasn't really a good choice. Next time I think I'll use a very thin knit...a t-shirt weight maybe.


The Intermediate CQ class is made up of several individual task units. At the end I hope that my three practice blocks will end up looking somewhat complete and with a certain amount of flow. Here is my "silkie" block so far. I still have a lot of touches to add.



I thought I'd join up with The Needle & Thread Network today.

The N&TN is a forum for Canadian textile artists and today is their 3rd year for weekly linkups. Please come over and visit and see what my fellow Canadians are up to.

Take care:)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilt Class - Task # 10 - Wisteria

I have never actually seen wisteria growing but from the pictures I found on Google I'd say it's pretty spectacular.

I was at a loss as to where to put my wisteria vine and in the end decided to do it in the middle of my fan block.



I made a trellis out of some very narrow white ribbon and used some variegated embroidery thread as the  woody vine.

Take care:) 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Task #9 - Spring Garden

I really enjoyed doing these sweet little flowers.

The tulips were a bit difficult and may look a bit fat...lol....but for my first effort I think I did pretty good:)


Friday, September 12, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting - Task #8 - Dimensional or Raised Applique

This was really a fun task. We had a choice of three appliques to do. I decided to do the white bunny.

I made it with some white craft felt that I bought at Michael's. Originally I had just put it on the block with some bits of grass embroidery but it didn't look right. It looked lost and lonely.

I had some pale green fuzzy fibre that I had also bought at Michael's in their scrapbook section.

I couched it down and when I placed the bunny there it looked much better. After appliqueing him/her down I added some greenery and a wee bit of colour.


Much better.....

The next task is more silk ribbon embroidery that is so pretty. I just have to decide what block to put it on. Stay tuned.

Take care:)

Monday, September 8, 2014

TAST Status......

So far I have done 24 out of the 123 stitches on the list.....only 99 more to go!!!!!


Since Deva's stay at the vets she has decided to spend more time with me lately. I have a short set of storage drawers on wheels that I have to put beside the window. She's quite insistent about it.

She snoozes there.

She has gotten a bit chubby too.

If there is any action outside she can go behind the curtain and sit on the window sill. Very convenient:)

Take care.

Intermediat Crazy Quilting - Task # 7 - Silk Ribbon Embroideried Frame and Cluster.

Oh how I dreaded this part. I can't go to the next task until I do this one. I procrastinated as much as I could...but.

I find silk ribbon so hard to use. It hates me!!

Here is my block before......





Here is my "silkie" framed with silk ribbon embroidery. The colours in this block seem to be tending towards green, rose and pick so I think I will continue with that in my seam treatments as well.


Here is my grape block before.....


...and, my silk ribbon cluster in the corner of the fan.


Take care.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

TAST Challenge Blog

Just for the heck of it I have created a blog to track my TAST challenge. I am by no means an expert. In fact I'm quite the opposite. I can do basic embroidery stitches but I have never done anything out of the ordinary.

So far I have posted about the first 15 stitches in the challenge. Some have been easy and some not. But, I will say I'm enjoying it a lot and will keep plugging along:)


I don't know if it's me but I have found some of the instructions a bit confusing. So I'm very grateful to Mary Corbet and her How-To Videos. They have been so helpful.

I was also very happy to find a great stitchery resource at Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials. 

I've made little swatches with the stitches on them. Nothing too fancy or complicated. I will eventually put them into my stitch diary as a future reference. 

Anyway I'm determined to finish all 123 stitches on the TAST list.

Take care:)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Task #6 - Monogram

Man it is hot, hot, hot outside. It is about 34C on my back porch with a humidex of over 40. Canada is the only country that uses humidex. If your interested in what it means you can go....here:)

We are not used to this heat as we have had the worst summer ever...cool and wet. Today is the type of weather we should get in August. Go figure. It's almost September and now we're getting summer? Better late than never I guess. But as I type this the sun has disappeared and clouds are moving in....again:(

I'm speeding along with my CQ class with Kathy Shaw and am almost caught up with the assigned tasks so far.. I have just done my very first monogram. At one time it was very common to monogram various personal items but I guess the fashion gradually died out. For CQ work though, monograms are perfect for filling up an empty space.

I found some free alphabets on Mary Corbet's site and used a simple script for what I planned to do. Nothing complicated as my embroidery skills don't go there.

Yes I know I said back when that I was going to do TAST on Pintangle but I got side tracked. I am definitely going to do it so I can use more that four stitches....or is that five?

I decided to do my monogram on my "Grape" block....I'm calling it that for obvious reasons:)



I had some fibre that I bought at Michael's in the scrapbook section. I tacked it down using matching embroidery thread. I then added some pearls which I may or may not keep.

There you go...."M" for Mary Ann or Mum or whatever:)

I'm joining up today with The Needle & Thread Network where my fellow Canadians show their current projects. I haven't done so in ages so I thought I'd go over and see what's up....see you there:)

Take care:)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Task 3: Trees, Task 4: Spider's Web With Vine and Task 5: Spider - Completed


I decided to do my twisted tree on the "verging on ugly" block. I used chenille for the trunk which I twisted and then couched down. Chenille is not the easiest material to work with but I persevered. I chose it because I thought this block needed substance....nothing too lacey:) I then tacked down my silk leaves. 

Still verging on ugly.
The embroidered tree was a piece of cake after wrestling with the twisted tree and the chenille. I used two strands of embroidery thread and some seed beads.



There will be other stuff added later:) I might also add more leaves.
Task 4 and 5 were done together as they are a unit....a spider's web with vine and the spider to go in it:)



I'm going to add a few flowers to the vine but I thought I'd wait to see what else I'm going to put on this block. I had originally chosen the beads you see as my spider's body but in the end I decided to use a much smaller bead for the head. It suits the scale much better.


I wasn't enthused about putting a spider on my CQ block but it's a traditional motif.  I absolutely hate spiders with a passion ever since I had a run in with a Tarantula. A friend had one as a pet and as a joke put it on my arm when I wasn't looking. I think everyone in the neighbourhood must have heard me scream. I cringe every time I think about it. Yuck!!!!!

So I'm off to do Task #6 which is a monogram.We've been given lots of choices and we have free rein on method and materials.

Take care:)


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Intermediate Class Crazy Quilting.....Tasks 1 and 2 completed and Task 3 in progress

I'm SO behind in my CQ class. I have a lot to catch up on so I better get my act together....eeeek!!!

Task #1 Colour and how to use it

Kathy gave us a mini course on colour. Very very interesting. Here is what I showed the class after reading the material she provided.

Photo 1: Using  A Focal/Focus Fabric
I often use this method when choosing fabrics in my doll making. The selection below is for a doll I'm making at the moment. The focus fabric in the middle is her body and I've gathered fabrics and trims to compliment that fabric. I won't use all of them of course:)



Photo 2: Using Colour Schemes
I chose the Monochromatic Scheme. The colour and texture of the fabrics appealed to me.


 Photo 3: My Personal Choice
I love autumn colours...shades of the forest:) I tend to use lots of rusts, greens, browns and such in my creations.


Task #2 Piecing:

Here are my three blocks that I'll be working on.

The first one is just random pieces of fabric......

I'm not in love with this block. It verges on ugly but I will stick with it:)

The second has a "silkie" in the middle. I really had some trouble getting the picture that we were given to print dark enough. I have a new cartridge so that wasn't the problem. Not to worry. This is really only a practice block to learn new skills.

 The third is a bit more formal in style. A traditional Fan block.


Task #3  Trees: 

So next I have to do two types of trees. A twisted tree that I have decided to put up the side of block one. I'm going to use rusty brown chenille for the tree trunk.

What an artiste...hee hee...you get the idea I hope:)
I also have some silk leaves to use on my tree...


and.....I will be doing an embroidered tree on block two.


Kathy suggested that I do my tree in the upper right hand corner in whites, pinks and silver. As soon as I finish both of them I'll post pictures so you can see how I did.

Did I say I was behind in this class?......eeeek.......LOL


Take care.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Personal Note......

I don't often talk about personal stuff on here because it isn't my thing but a recent occurrence really made want to share something that happened to me.

I don't know why or what triggered a sudden influx of letters addressed to me directly about Endometrial or Uterine cancer. It might be my age and the fact that effective January 1st, 2015 I officially become a senior citizen...according to the government that is:) I sort of ignored the letters and tossed them out.

After about the sixth one I did a wee bit of research and discovered that the most common age for this type of cancer to occur was between 60 and 70 years of age.

I asked my family doctor to send me to a specialist. That was in June.

You've guessed it......I had a problem. The doctor told me that he was very happy that I went to see him when I did. A biopsy was done and then the real hard part. I had to wait three weeks to find out the results.

The tests came back negative.....sigh of relief. I was very very lucky.

It wasn't over for me yet though. There was a benign polyp that needed to be removed. I had that surgery yesterday. So from now on my condition will have to be monitored. That's okay. I don't mind a bit.

So what I want to say to you all is go and get tested for cancer no matter what age you are. I was very blase about the whole issue but not anymore. It really came home to me about how very fragile we are.

Take care:)


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