Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Creative Daily Giveaway.....

Lorraine Stobie over at Creative Daily has a wonderful giveaway happening......

A beautiful selection of her hand dyed threads.....

and, a sampler designed by Rebecca of Dropcloth on Etsy to use them on......

Wow...I would so love to win both of these.

The giveaway is open until December 4th so go on over and enter at Creative Daily:)

Take care.

p.s. I won:) 

Almost Wordless Wednesday......

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Finished...for now....

As mentioned in my previous post I thought that I would attempt one of the smaller projects from Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting book. I did learn quite a bit while doing it. Most importantly what not to do for one thing...LOL . Always good.

Here is my finished Dreaming Maiden. I could and may add a few more details but for now she seems to be done. I wanted to use what I hand in house without buying anything new. It was a bit of a challenge not having the called for interfacing etc but I went ahead anyway.

I decided to do her in shades of white as her pose reminded me of a bride.

I really tried to get some good pictures. It's very difficult to take pictures of white. You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Some of the white trim has a bit of sparkle in it .  I bought it in Micheal's scrapbook department last Christmas.

Now I need to find an appropriate background to applique her to.

Well that's it from me.....I'm joining The Needle & Thread Network today....go over and see what my fellow Canadians are up to.

Take care:)

Saturday, November 9, 2013


I bought myself a new book in April called Allie Allers Crazy Quilting. I've looked at it several times trying to get motivated to finally try crazy quilting......ho hum.

I looked at it again yesterday. It wasn't a very nice day weather wise and I was at a loss as to what to do with myself.  I flipped through the book, as one does, and decided to try one of the smaller projects in the book....Crazy Quilt Soft Doll - The Dreaming Maiden.

I dutifully followed all of the instructions...well some of them:) The main bits anyway. But, then I went off on my own tangent when it came to the face and hair. I started out with the original plan but then I decided her hair was way too big so I picked it all out and started again. I realize that part of the big hair will be turned under when it's appliqued onto a background but I'll figure that out later:) Also, I was originally using embroidery thread and then switched to a chenille type yarn.

The face is embroidered so that was a challenge on such a tiny face.....approximately 1 1/8 inches. The mouth in particular... so tiny....done in satin stitch.

This is my piece so far...after much picking out and a few swear words.

I've learned a lot so far and will use what I've learned the next time I do this. There will be a next time as this is really lots of fun.

One thing is that I'd do the face as a separate piece from the neck. I think it would be more visually appealing.

The crazy quilting comes in when I make the bodice and the skirt. I have lots of small pieces of  fabric to choose from so really I just have to decide on a colour scheme.

The hardest part for me will be the embellishing I think. I'm going to have to hone up on my embroidery stitches. I 've been looking through Pinterest to get some ideas and I set up a board for crazy quilting..... gather ideas for future projects. There are some very talented needlework artists out there.

Take care:)