Monday, April 19, 2021

Another Month Gone By

So much to show after a month!

This is probably the finish that has been the longest in the making -

This is my version of the Pieces of Time quilt by Lori Smith. It started as a block of the month with friends in 2013. I have had the blocks made for a while and had to start on the appliqué border. I finally realized that it would never get done and a finished quilt would be better than blocks sitting in a box, so I added sashing, corner blocks and a border and finished it up. I am happy with how it turned out, and more importantly that it is finished.

This is how the quilt was supposed to look.

I did some more cross stitching using some fabric and floss that I had dyed. The motifs are from the Ultimate Sampler Motifs Source Book by Brenda Keyes.

The pin cushion on the left started out as an old thread spool and two circles of wood-
I covered the circles and added mother of pearl button to the bottom one.
And glued and stitched everything together.
I was inspired by something I had seen on Pinterest.

I finished a few more pairs of socks (all from handspun yarn) -

Socks are the only thing I have been knitting recently.

Finished weaving another set of tea towels-

The pattern is from the January/February 2015 issue of Handwoven Magazine.
These are woven with 8/2 cotton. One has white cotton for the weft.

I tiled the backsplash in the laundry room-

The cross stitch pictures on the little door are ones that my Dad stitched (all garden themed, and since the laundry room is also where the grow lights are it seemed appropriate).

I started a couple new hobbies recently (something I definitely don't need, but I love learning new things)-

One of them is wood carving! I received some knives and a spoon blank for my birthday and carved my first wooden spoon - we were surprised with how well it turned out (lots of sanding really made it nice). It was so much fun and easier than I thought it would be - it helped to have the proper tools and the wood was a soft hardwood.

Photos from around -

A Starfish cactus bloomed under the grow lights (the flower is about 15" wide, and so stinky!).
Best friends!
Enjoying the shade on a hot day.
We had a whole year's worth of weather in the past month - all the snow melted, to +20ºC sunny days enjoying cold drinks in the sun room, 
to more snow than we has all winter in a couple of days last week.
We are back to waiting for all the snow to melt and things to dry up again.
The dog is not allowed upstairs so the cat sits just out of her reach.

All the best!♥︎

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