Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B. shows us the Woven Cross Stitch this week.  I tried it with silk ribbon.  It looks okay, how bad can anything be when done with silk ribbon!

Monday, May 22, 2017

I heart Macro

Oh, how I enjoy photographing flowers!  Their beauty is limitless.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Painted Silk

Oh, silk is so luscious!  I have painted some silk fat quarters to sell in St. Jacobs next week.  The St. Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Festival is such a fun and busy time!  I have lots of bits and pieces to sell.  The Grand Guild of Fibre Artists will have a fabulous display at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.  Come and visit us!
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Journal Prompt #19

The quote this week was 'Get up an hour early to live an hour more.'  It will be no surprise to anyone that knows me that I did not use this quote for my journal page.  I admit that when I do get up early I get more done.  However, I believe I am a productive person and more isn't always better.

I went with the quote 'Allow your light and vision to shine.'  I  am learning to do that more and more. For this page, I used a color copy of a quilt block I created years ago. The piecing is far from accurate yet I still think it is beautiful.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

It is a little difficult to see but there is a tree outline on this block.  It is the same tree shape that I have used in the past.  Working in a series never used to appeal to me.  You would think that all the french knots I used to fill in this tree shape last month would deter me from doing another.  Nope!  I am having so much fun with this shape and will definitely be doing more.   This is my stitch a day project for May.  I am using only silk ribbon this time.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Here is my Beaded Oyster Stitch.  I think it worked quite well to add to my crazy quilt journal project.  Thank you, Sharon B for the excellent instructions.

Monday, May 15, 2017

I heart Macro

I can't imagine that I will ever tire of looking at flowers and photographing them.  Such beauty!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Last six inch square for the guild challenge

Our guild has really enjoyed working on these six-inch blocks (sinchies).  I took a mixed media approach to mine and have really had fun.  Tuesday the guild will meet to put together a display of all our pieces.  We plan to adhere them temporarily to a large piece of black fabric that will hang at the St. Jacob's Quilt and Fibre Festival.  I am pondering what I will do with mine once the display comes down.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Journal Prompt Week 18

The beautiful thing about life is you can always change, grow and get better.  You aren’t defined by your past.  You aren’t your mistakes.  Such a great idea.  I like to think that it is true.  I hope that even when I am very old I am still growing and getting better!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Oh, I am having fun with this one!  I have used some of my hand painted silks as the base of this crazy quilt project for May.  This block is bigger than my usual and therefore may take me longer to complete.  I may have to stretch it into a two month project.  I try to stay on top of the commitments I have made but I don't want to rush this one.  There is still a lot to do.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

I am so glad that I always leave a comment on Sharon B's blog when I do a TAST.  I really had no recollection of doing the Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole stitch.  I stitched it onto a substrate of painted tissue paper adhered to felt.  My comment at the time was that I need more practice to make this stitch look good.  I have not practiced it at all.  However, I don't mind how this stitch looks now.  It isn't nearly as nice and neat as Sharon's.  That's okay as it is interesting.  I was just showing this piece to a friend a few weeks ago.  She absolutely loves it.  She is such a dear friend and always so encouraging to me.  I plan to use this piece in a quilted book.  That will be another one for my trunk show.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Making Progress

I will persevere.  I will get this little quilt finished.  I will make it look good!  I created some 'rocks' with tyvek and stitched a few of them onto this quilt.  I am pleased with the placement on the lower part.  The right side of the waterfalls isn't quite right.  I think the rocks need to be smaller and possibly lighter in color and the placement isn't quite right.  Good thing they are not stitched down.  I can make this work!
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Journal Prompt #17

The quote this week is 'Old ways will not open new doors.'  It is a good quote.  It reminds me of the Einstein's definition of insanity.  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  However, I believe. that one needs to persevere and stick to it when it comes to being creative.
Pansies are in bloom right now and they are one of my favorite flowers.  I had fun creating this page filling pansy.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

The sinchie challenge with my fibre guild is blue and white for May.  The silver transfer foil I used is close enough to white in my books.  I am adding some hand stitching with white and blue embroidery floss.  All of our sinchies will be on display at the St. Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Festival in a few weeks.  It should be a really interesting display!
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Stitch a day

For the month of April, I stitched french knots.  Oh, so many french knots!  Not sure why I thought that was a good idea.  I do like the way my little tree turned out so it was worth it.  I should have counted how many french knots I stitched while stitching them as it would be interesting to know.  Not interesting enough for me to go back and count them now though.

Monday, May 1, 2017

I heart Macro

Looking through my photos this morning this one made my heart skip a beat.  The soft blur is so dreamy.  It speaks to me of a Georgia O'Keefe painting.  There is a display of her paintings at the Art Gallery of Ontario right now.  I really must make plans to get there.
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Friday, April 28, 2017

April Crazy quilt Block

I am not completely happy with this block now that I am looking at a photo of it.  That lace is still bothering me.  However, I think it can be fixed.  Once this block is sewn to the other three blocks I think it will all come together.  On a positive note, these colours make me really happy.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

A guild member suggested to me that I mount my bead journals on something bigger and thereby making them more important.  I like her suggestion and I am thinking about applying this bead journal to this.  This was just a little experiment with my hand dyed pieces of cotton.  I think this could work.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge


Sharon B has challenged us to use three stitches in a project.    I decided to add the Fly StitchChevron Stitch, and Long Tail Chain to my bead journal for April.  All those stitches are beaded.  The top photo is the whole piece.  The bottom photo is a close up of the beading.

Monday, April 24, 2017

I heart Macro

Another beautiful hydrangea.  This one is no longer at its peak yet I still find it beautiful.  Finding beauty in the aged is a theme developing in my life.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Just needs a binding

I am quite pleased with this little quilt.  I hand painted the silk top.  I hand quilted the three layers together.  I used silk batting, silk backing, and silk thread.  So luscious.  In the last month, I have finished or very close to finished 7 quilts.  I am a machine!  It feels so good!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Journal Prompt #15




Life is all about balance.  I agree with this statement.  I like to think that I have a balanced life.  I have time for work, volunteering and recreation, exercise and mostly eating right.  I have time with family and friends as well as time alone.  I am very blessed.
I made a color copy of a bead journal and used that for the background of this quote.  Quick and easy as I have had a busy week.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

This landscape quilt needs to be finished.  I have had worked on it on and off for years.  Parts of it I like a lot.  Other parts not so much and those are the parts that are keeping me from finishing this.  The waterfall needs some sparkly threads (there are a couple but quite hard to see) and beads, that's easy.  The tree on the right, well the whole right side of this quilt is not quite right.  I am almost tempted to slice it off but then the proportions would be wrong.  I would love to get this done so I can include it in my trunk show.  Any advice?
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge

Sharon B is taking a two-week break from Take a Stitch Tuesday to give people a chance to get up to date.  However, she has offered a challenge to those of us that are caught up.  Use any three stitches on a small project.  This is just perfect for me.  I have been wanting to combine stitches on my seams in hopes of being a bit more interesting.  Today I used the  Berry Stitch,  Feathered Chain stitch, and Fern stitch.  I think it works and I am excited to try more of this!

Monday, April 17, 2017

I heart Macro

They hydrangea flowers in New Zealand were giant.  I love the mottled color on this one.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

My April Bead Journal

This small quilt has been languishing for a few years.  There is nothing like deadlines to spur me on to completing something!  I have been booked to do a trunk show and I want this quilt to be a part of it.  I think it is an interesting piece.  I photographed beads and then manipulated the photo, printed it and quilted it.  I am now working on the beading.  I have used some of the beads that I photographed. Fun!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Journal Prompt #14

'No matter how you feel.  Get up, dress up, show up and never give up.'  Good Advice.  Honestly, giving up doesn't come naturally to me.  Last month, while in New Zealand we hiked a mountain.  Granted, it was a small mountain.  Good thing it wasn't a big one.  I know my limitations.  I am decently fit for my age but this hike was difficult.  It took us four hours to get to the top.  At that point, I was exhausted and my feet were blistered.  Nevertheless, I persisted and made it to the top.  Strike that off my bucket list.   It took three hours to get back to the car.  My feet were agony but I did not give up!  Yay me!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

My stitch a day project for April is french knots.  I am stitching them onto fabric I created with painted fusible web.  I have my favorite tree drawn onto the fabric and plan to fill it in with three colors of green floss.  I think it will look interesting when I am finished.  I am trying to analyze why I am not enjoying it so much.  It is not the repetition of the same stitch.  I quite like making french knots.  Possibly, it is because there is no room for spontaneity, I have already made all the decisions.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Double Whipped Chain Stitch is such a nice looking stitch.  Thanks to Sharon B for the instructions.  The last time I tried this stitch I added a bead to the whipped part.  Beads are always good!  This time I just used regular embroidery thread.  It looks alright but I think I might add more spokes to this.

Friday, April 7, 2017

April guild challenge

Purple and green are the colors for our April sinchie challenge.  My base is fabric, paper, and paint.  I drew on the leaf but then didn't know what to do next.  This morning I saw something done by Kim Thittichai.  She loves all things glitter as much as I do!  I was inspired to get out my glitter and transfer foil.  It has made the five-year-old inside me very happy.  Now what else can I glitter?
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Journal Prompt #13

'Some days you need to create your own sunshine.'  This quote speaks to me of being proactive.  I like to think of myself as proactive.  I am not one to sit around waiting for someone to make me happy.    I choose to fill my days with beauty.  Even when dealing with serious life issues there are ways to create joy and sunshine.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Stitching on my crazy quilt block for April.  I am not too sure about the placement of that lace.  It is probably going to have to move.  I can hardly believe that it is April and this is the last month that I have anything definite planned for my CQJP.  I am leaning towards doing a CQ book.  I think someone else participating in the project is doing a book and I really like that idea.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

I decided to try the Whipped Spoke stitch on handmade paper.  I haven't work on it for a while.  Obviously, not every stitch will work well on paper.  I think this one works alright.  Part of the circle I whipped three times but could not continue all the way around because the thread would not pass.  I didn't want to rip the paper.  I don't mind that it is uneven.  I kind of like that you can see the spoke stitches.  Thanks to Sharon B at Pintangle for the great instructions.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Stitch a day project

I am pretty pleased with myself.  I have managed to stay up to date with commitments and challenges.  No easy feat with having had a three week holiday on the other side of the world!  Admittedly, this stitch a day project got a bit stalled.  I took a package of silk threads with me on holiday.  They had been languishing for years and I decided it is time to use them.  I started stitching with said silk threads at the beginning of the month.  After about a week I realized there really isn't enough color variety for me.  They are all light in tone and for a work to pleasing there needs to be darks and mediums.  When I got home I dug out more silk threads and continued stitching.  Stitching silk threads onto silk fabric was lovely.
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Journal prompt #12

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
This quote says you reap what you sew in a pretty way.  I think that this has been proven true.  I hope that I am sewing flowers!   I fed my paper through the printer the wrong way so the quote is quite hard to read.  I used a colour copy of a stitched project for the background.   

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have managed to complete my March crazy quilt block before the end of the month.  Yay!  I really like when I can stay on track.  The first four blocks I am doing this year all have similar colours as I plan to stitch them all together.  They each have a bead journal project from a previous year incorporated into them as well.  I have been keeping the seam treatments fairly simple so that the beaded part will be the focus.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

This is my feathered up and down buttonhole.  Thanks to Sharon B for the instructions.  It seems that I have done this stitch before as I commented about it on Sharon's blog.  I actually have not recollection of it!  I used to have such a good memory!  It is a nice looking stitch.  I hope I can remember to use it again!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Guild challenge

Yellow and white is the color combination for March.  I used some yellow fabric that I sun printed.  I added the silver gear charms and white beads.  Silver is close enough to white in my opinion.  I really like gears but I am not really liking this piece.  It is okay.  Sometimes done has to be good enough.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Journal prompt #11

Next time you think of beautiful things, don't forget to count yourself.  Good quote!  Admittedly, it is a bit hard to read on the busy background.  Oh well.  I love the background!  I color copied one of my bead journals, also enlarged it.  Color copying is a great way to get two for one.
More and more I am learning to think of myself and my artwork as beautiful.  Adding beauty to this world is important to me.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday


The top photo is my crazy quilt block for February.  A bit late but finished.  I have a good start on my March block and should be able to get it finished by the end of the month.

The bottom photo is my block ready to be sent to The Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt    I didn't plan for this block to be my bead journal for March but now it has to be.  I just don't have time to do another beaded piece in March.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B shows us the pistil stitch this week.  This is a stitch that I am familiar with and use regularly.  I tried to be clever and use it in a new way.  I wasn't particularly successful.  I added some french knots to it.  Not terribly impressive.  Oh well, I was in a bit of a rush.

Monday, March 20, 2017

I heart Photography

It is pretty hard to take a bad photo in New Zealand.  Such a beautiful country!  Hubby says he would move there in a heartbeat.  As much as I loved the climate and the beauty there is no way I would move there.  I am a Canadian girl all the way.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Stitching almost everyday

This is my stitch a day project for February.  I am so pleased with it.  It makes me happy to look at it!  I have been stitching for March as well but I am a bit behind.  I don't have much on my calendar for the next couple of days so I am hoping to get caught up and post about it next week.  There are a number of projects that I am behind on doing.  I am trying to not let that bother me.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Journal prompts 9 and 10


Week #9 the quote is 'A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures anything.'  Laugh and sleep are definitely good!  Not sure if they are a cure for anything but it is possible!
Week #10 'There is a lot that is good in your life - don't take it for granted.  Don't get so focused on the struggles that you miss the gift of today.'  Since coming home from holiday my heart has been overflowing with gratitude.  I am so very blessed.  I do not take for granted all that is good in my life!  And there is an abundance of good!