Sunday, April 23, 2023

Stained Glass & Pets

This week I made a piece of stained glass for over the kitchen sink-

Inspired by pieces on Pinterest (I am trying to use up glass). It is about 6.5"x38".

We had another snowstorm this week, Molly was enjoying herself.
She hears voles under the snow.
Maggie keeping an eye out.
Afternoon walk.
Doing her best to avoid puddles.

All the best!♥︎

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Some Finishes and WIP's


I finished weaving a set of towels.
These are some tea towels woven with 2/8 cotton and some hand towels woven with 100% cotton chenille (all on a warp of 2/8 cotton).
It is the first time I have tried chenille and it makes a nice hand towel.
I finished knitting a hat made with some yarn I won last year.
This was my car knitting project, no pattern.

Works In Progress - WIP's (I like to have different types of projects on the go for variety)-

On the loom I have an overshot table runner,
woven with handspun linen for the warp and tabby weft, and handspun wool for the pattern weft.
Hand sewing some hexagon flowers.
and machine appliquéing them to 10" squares (the hexagon flowers started years ago).
This will be a queen sized quilt one day.
For a new car knitting project I am using the leftover yarn to make the Wolkig cowl (a free pattern by Martina Behm).
I finished the outer border on the long term cross stitch project.
Using the Featherweight to sew Drunkard's Path blocks (one day this will be a bed quilt too).
There is some more linen on the spinning wheel (this linen is bleached).


All the best!♥︎

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Slow Stitching

This week I tried some 'slow stitching'.

Slow stitching is about using needle and thread to create art. It is also about using what you have.
I used remnants from crazy quilt projects I made over 20 years ago
I made some things with embroidered/lace handkerchiefs from various family members (for various family members and a couple of the pieces have come back to me over the years).
Since I only used a corner of the handkerchiefs for the projects there were pieces leftover.
I started by laying remnants over a layer of plain cotton with a layer of thin cotton batting on top.
Raw edges and everything. The layers were basted together (removed as the embroidery progressed).
I used different embroidery threads for the stitching.
Added some old mother of pearl buttons.
I stapled the piece to a stretcher bar frame.
It was lots of fun to stitch. I like how the cotton batting created some nice texture.
I kept the stitching really neutral because I wanted somewhere to keep pins I have collected over the years (also why I mounted it on stretcher bars so there would be room for the pin backs).
The finished piece is 11"x13".
I also made a couple of very tiny quilts using acrylic templates my son cut out for me (using a laser cutter), just to try them out. These two are from the skewed tumbler and tiny equilateral triangle.

Photos from Around

Sunrise this week
Miss Maggie
Miss Molly

All the best!♥︎

Sunday, April 2, 2023

New Little Quilt

This week I made a really tiny quilt-

This is 8.5"x18.5". The pattern is 'Garden Trug' from Kim Diehl's Simple Whatnots #12 (I made a few changes). It was a fun little quilt to make.
I used a magnifier attachment on the sewing machine when stitching the invisible machine appliqué, it worked really well.

I also did a bit of work for my parents-

Free motion quilted (with a simple meander) a baby quilt that my Mom made.
It is such a cute quilt (it is a kit from Connecting Threads)
And turned a couple of pieces of cross stitch that my Dad stitched into little pincushions (stuffed with crushed walnut shell lizard litter from the pet store).
I forgot to show this one here last time, another piece I finished for my Dad (it is a Blackbird Design pattern stitched on even weave with DMC thread), stuffed with crushed walnut shells too (it was a 10lb bag, so everything gets stuffed with it - makes for a really nice finish).


Molly napping on the new pillow.

Maggie keeping me company while I sew - napping too.

All the best!♥︎

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