Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hello........

Hello everyone :)

I haven't been around for a bit as I've had influenza since the end of December. I still have a lingering cough but I'm finally on the mend.

I borrowed this video from another Blogger....Plays with Needles....as I thought it was lovely. All the amazing hand work. Sigh.


I have some deadlines I have to meet sewing wise for the end of January so I better get BUSY!!!!

One thing is the CQJP2015 challenge. Fortunately I took the time to put my 12 squares together before I got sick.

Thank heavens I did because I don't think I could face that at the moment. My enthusiasm and energy level is at a big zero :)

Looking at them now I must have been in a beige frame of mind. Never mind. I'll bling them up :)


I have a new little camera and we aren't friends yet. My old point and shoot died after I dropped it...twice :(  My new camera is not as intuitive as my old camera.

I'll just have to read the instructions I guess. What a concept.....read the instructions...har har. Oh I shouldn't laugh because my ribs hurt from coughing...ouch.

Ah well:)

Take care I'll be back soon to show you what I've been up to.



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December has a lot of special days for me......


December 1st......the anniversary of my retirement.....6 years ago.
December 9th....my husband's birthday....he's very old.....(he reads my blog...ha ha).
December 23rd....my birthday....I'm 65 years old this year so now I'm officially a senior citizen.
December 28th.....my 4th year blogoversary.
December 30th...the 11th anniversary of my mum's death....she was 90. 
December 31st...would have been the 76th wedding anniversary of my parents.

A month for reflection for sure but a whole brand new year is about to happen with all kinds of challenges and possibilities. I can't wait!

So..... I'd like to wish you all a Happy Hogmanay.....and a Very Happy New Year......all the best in the new year to come.

January 1st
Take care:)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas Everyone.......

To you and yours from me and mine....wishing you an extra special holiday time!!!!!!!!!!

Small Santa Claus and his helpers


Take care:)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

After all that......

Recently I've been reading the posts about the CQJP2015 project over at Block Talk With Gerry and she makes some very good points.

One thing she talks about is comfort zone as far as your pallette choice. While I'm crazy about colour and I did pull out a pile of  beautiful fabrics in the end I decided that my best choice would be neutrals.

I used to belong to the Monthly Far Quarter Club at Sew Sisters and every so often there would be a beige bit. I put them in one shoe box and there they have sat unloved.

See.....

I very rarely use beige in my sewing.

My rationale for my choice is that my aim in doing the CQJP project is to learn and become more proficient at seam treatments. That will be my ultimate focus and challenge.

So all my agonizng over palette choice is over and done with.....sigh of relief:)


Gerry said that she will talk about template selection in her next post....good.  I need all the help I can get.

I looked on Pintangle and there are 79 templates......79!!!!!!!!!!!!

Take care:) 








Friday, December 12, 2014

CQJP2015......


(go to the link on my left hand side bar for more info)

I'm having such an interesting time trying to decide what I will do for the Crazy Quilting Journal Project.

I have so many ideas that's it's very hard to just pick one:( 

Block shapes.....there are tons of possibilities......hexes, hearts, circles, diamonds, squares.

Do I want a theme to cover all 12 blocks or just do each one as a separate idea?

Should I use "silkies"? I spent all day yesterday looking at free images to print out.....arrggh...I just can't decide....LOL

Then there is the colour palette. Should I use pastels?....or my favourite forest colours?.... or should I go out of my comfort zone and pick colours I wouldn't normally use?

Decisions...decisions.....

I did remember one site that I found last year called Pallette Builder.  It's very cool. You can upload an image and it will give a palette of Hex values, Kona cottons or Aurifil threads.

Play Crafts: Palette Builder

Here is what I did with one free image I found.



You can choose to go up to 10 values (I only used 6 here). However when you go to save the pic it cuts off part of your list on the right side if you use the full 10....bummer. 

If your interested here is another site where you can build a palette as well......

Big Huge Labs: Color Palette Generator

....and, one of my favourite places to search for colour ideas.

Design Seeds

You can waste a lot of time there just enjoying the pictures never mind the colours.

Source
I love purples and blue greens.........this may be too dark for CQ though....but I love it:)

I better get my act together because I should at least be making block one very soon. January isn't all that far away.

Take care:)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers:)

I hope you and your families have the most wonderful day.


Victorian Thanksgiving Postcard
Source: Graphics Fairy

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian followers:)


I made my usual stuffing...sausage meat, celery leaves, onion, fresh sage and parsley from my garden, garlic, basil and oregano plus my all time necessary ingredient Paxo.  I stuffed and cooked my first turkey when I was 16 so I've been using Paxo for at least 50 years:) I've tried other stuffing products but they aren't the same at all. 

The original Paxo stuffing I first used was made in Great Britain but now it's made here under license to Campbell Soup Company by Pepperidge Farm.  I don't think there is much of a difference to be honest.

The recipe was originally created in 1901 by a butcher from Eccles (near Manchester) called John Crampton.

Mmmmm.....the turkey is in the oven and now I can smell it cooking......yum yum:)

Have a great day everyone. 

Take care.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Task #13 - Embellishing a "Silkie"

I think there are two more tasks left. I'll be very sad when the class is over as I'm enjoying it very much. The good news is that Kathy is working on some advanced classes for those of us who want to continue.

This task was to take our block with the "silkie" and embellish the picture using machine embroidery thread, beading thread or silk thread. I of course had none so I used a single strand of regular embroidery thread. I think silk thread would have been preferable but I didn't want to go out a buy more stuff.......I have TONS of embroidery thread.

Before..........

My "silkie"was very pale and hardly showed so I cheated a bit and coloured it very lightly with my water colour pencils. I use them for doll faces so I figured it couldn't hurt:)

After..........

I picked out my stitching several times as I was undecided  as to how much to do. I think it's possible to overdo it. She stands out much better now I think.

Take care:) 


Friday, October 10, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Task #12 - Kathy's Rose


This rose is so beautiful if it's done right:)...take a look here.

I see now where I went wrong in laying down my petals. But whatever...next time I'll do a better job.  The trouble with silk ribbon is that if you do a stitch wrong it's mega difficult to back it out.

Take care:)

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