Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday

I started this landscape quilt quite a while ago.  It is painted, needle felted and stitched.  It is nearly finished.  I am not really happy with the tree on the right.  Actually, the tree is okay, I think it is the yellow in the background that I am not happy with.  The background near the top needs more needle felting and then I think it will be done.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Take a stitch Tuesday Crossed feather stitch

Thanks to Sharon at for the instructions for this stitch.  She also has the instructions for straight feather stitch and plaited feather stitch.  Since I am very comfortable with the straight feather stitch I jumped right into the crossed feather stitch.  I really enjoyed learning it and like the way it looks with the contrasting threads.  I will save the plaited feather stitch for next week.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Funky new stencils

I enjoy a good stencil.  They are so versatile and useful.  Clearly I have already been playing with the one the right.  I was playing with it in my journal.  It feels like it has been a while since I have got the chance to play in my journals.  I  use my journals for messing around and experimenting, no surprise there.  I don't feel like every page has to be a work of art.  It took me a while to get to that point but I am glad that I have.

Friday, November 22, 2013

playing in my journal

Last week I found some really cool glitter markers!  Yes, I am just a little girl at heart and glitter makes me very happy.  Of course I had to dive right in and try them.  Here is my simple journal page with lots of doodling and glitz.  Fun!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Work in progress Wednesday

This is my November block completed.  I am glad to get it done a bit early this month, that way I can get a head start on December.  There are so many other things to do in December it is easy to loose track of time.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Take a stitch Tuesday

I tried my hand at adding a bead to the Twisted Satin stitch.  I have to say that I like it a lot. It makes feel that the bead is very snug and secure.  I hate when beads pop off so this is a good way to make sure that doesn't happen.  Thanks to Sharon B at
for the instructions.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Infinity scarves

I am blessed to have wonderful nieces in my life.  They enjoy spending time with me and call me the cool aunt.  I LOVE that!  We got together this past weekend to create these fun Infinity scarves.  They were quick and easy.  We followed the instructions from my friend Kate Carder Thompson at

Friday, November 15, 2013

Gelli plate printed journal

Last week I had the joy of taking an art workshop with some friends.  I didn't learn anything new but certainly had fun.  We each created a journal from one large piece of watercolor paper.  The pages have fold outs and the cover wraps around.  Now I need to do something with this journal.   I was thinking the pages that fold out could be cut into more interesting shapes.  I was also thinking about stitching into the paper.  We will see, I don't have a lot of energy for such things just yet.  I need a couple of more days of recovery from this stupid cold.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Work in progress Wednesday

These blocks I have been working on for years.  It feels good to have the whole thing sewn together.  I have never completed a large crazy quilt so I am going through a learning proces.  I don't like that the seams joining the blocks are not covered so I will have to do some more stitching and embellishing.  That is okay as that is my favorite part of the process.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Take a stitch Tuesday Twisted Satin stitch

It felt really good to sit and stitch today.  I have had a miserable cold so very little energy for anything other than watching some chick flicks on Netflix. Since I am feeling somewhat better today I enjoyed learning this new stitch.  After adding it to my November crazy quilt block (top pic) I went on to add it to another project.  This stitch is simple to do and you can find the instructions at

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday

Yay me!  I have made a lot of progess on my November block so far!  It sure feels good.  Maybe I can get it done early and get started on the December block early as well.  Getting December done and out of the way would feel really good since December gets so busy.
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fun Day

Yesterday was the Inklinks art conference in Guelph.  I was able to take a brush lettering class in the morning.  I didn't do much lettering, big surprise.  The top two images are some of the brush work that I played around with doing.  It was great fun.

In the afternoon I taught a class to a great group of women.  The bottom image is what one of my talented students created.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Post my October block a day late

Here it is.  My finished block for October.  I added some flowers that I created with the fly stitch.  I quite like them.  On to the November block now.  I can hardly grasp that the year is almost done!  I have joined the crazy quilt journal project for 2014.  I had been thinking I wouldn't join this time around.  But then I had a brain storm and I am excited to start more crazy quilting for next year.