Thursday, 13 December 2018


Everyone has something special at which they are good at.  Some knit, weave, sew, quilt and do embroidery.  We all have friends who inspired us with their passion for their craft.  So much so that some even get bitten by the bug and take up another craft, not daunted by the scale of learning something new.
Scary,  as that may be, we take the first step, on a journey and a discovery with an adventure of a lifetime.  It would be easy to give up, if one felt intimidated by others, whom have been doing the craft for years.  Sadly this happen to a number of people, what they do not realize, just how much pleasure and friendship they miss out on, in the long run.  Today, I would like to share with you a little bit of my friend Lori's Stitching.
This sampler is also filled with the family's initials, doubling as a family tree.
One can frame all the pieces, which could become costly.  Some finish very many pieces and keep them stored away,  in a cupboard.  Stitched pieces can be used to add to personal details, decorating every part of a home.
No spot is off limits.  Rotating pieces every year, using them on the mantelpiece this year and next year on the Christmas tree.
Adding other treasures, along the way.
Christmas joy, with words and pops of colour.
A tree filled with pieces, stitched over many hours, over the years.  A treasure trove, for generations to come.  Thank you Lori, for allowing me to share your beautiful work. 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Kids wax crayons and paint.

At this time of the year, everybody is busy with some craft project, just in time for Christmas.  Over the years, ours kids collect art supplies, which they need for projects at school.  Then one day arrive and they no longer need them.  They leave the nest and the parents are left with this treasure trove of goodies.
Over the past weekend, my white wax crayon, ran out.  One use this as the base, before using the colour crayons for tinting.  Not only could I dig through the art supplies, it was fun and brought back many happy memories with the kids.  So glad to find just what I needed, yet I am grateful for the time and the many hours we got to spend, creating together.
Also got to wash the batiks for Simple gifts.  Had a colour catcher and tossed it in the wash with the fabrics.  Did not think there would be a colour run, so glad I did.  The colour catcher did its work.  It use to be white, it is on the left in the photograph, above.
This block just need the green leaves and the ladybug needs some small embroidery details.
With the overlay in place.  Using this means the pattern can stay in it's envelope.  All the details are numbered on this protective sheet.  Serving a dual purpose.
Love Entwined, has the pixies, tulips or in my case hycanthis.  A spring bulb, which comes in white, pink and an intense blue/purple colour.  This quilt will take many years to finish, it is about the journey, not the destination. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Relaxing time.

This year being very organised paid off.  Not only did I make the gifts, they got posted and will arrive in time for Christmas.  The last week was one of relaxing and baking. Family birthdays and now its is time to get back to doing a lot more everyday stuff.  With the cold weather, we can now get to sort out the inside of the house. Including hand quilting a lap quilt or two,  over the course of winter.
 Tried this recipe, was not sure if it would work, it did.
Traced the Christmas tree, it is now ready to for colour tinting, it is done with wax crayons (see how, here). Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for tutorial.
Also pulled some older patterns out, it is time to do these.
 Traced the outlines on freezer paper. Normally it is traced directly on to the heat and bond, before it is ironed on to the back of the fabric.  Forgot to do this.
The grey yarn arrived.  Will spend some time next year knitting with this yarn.  It feels like bamboo once it is knitted.
Chocolate in the winter, is a great idea.
...especially when it is snowing.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Santa Claus Parade

 It is almost the end of November, cannot believe how fast this year has flown past. This past weekend was the Santa Claus Parade, it was held at night time, so that was a bit different.  To start it all off, we had a big snow storm just a couple of days beforehand.
The theme this year was Vintage. Old truck, on one of the floats, decorated with lights.
A  Model T all dressed up in festive lights.
Last but not least, Santa on his sleigh.  By this stage, most of the kids had burned off the excess energy and was tired enough to go home.  Content to have been able to see Santa and to give him their letters, which kind mail carriers collected along the route.  We were all ready for a cup of hot chocolate, to warm us up.
The Snow arrived.  Turning the world white again.
 Finished two more NWC wallets.
 This one for a budding cook, with a love of pink.
This one was an experiment, with a different stabilizer on the outside fabric.
 Two more beanie hats had to made for some of the guys.
 Retreat bags, all gifts for Christmas.
The matching purses with the bags.
They have all been sent to there new homes, to be opened at Christmas.
Old man Winter is here, with a blast of cold.
Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the USA.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

A learning curve.

The last while, has been a learning curve.  Playing with more detail and quilting to make a baby quilt panel more interesting.  The other how to install hardware on purses.  A golden rule, is to always test the screws and that the hole actually have the thread to grip the screws.  Doing this tiny test, will assure that the hardware is not faulty. 
 Quilting in the ditch, then around the shapes.  Added more shapes to the elements.
 Making the sun even more happy.
 Birds got wing detail. Flower centers with stars.
Butterflies always have so much patterns on their wings.
Quilted all the backgrounds with stipple fills.
The complete quilt, ready to go to a new baby girl.  The panel is called "Anna's Garden" by Patrick Lose.  Very apt, as the new baby's mom is called Anna too!
 Diane finished her 2017 Stitch-a-long.
Those purses are done.  Only one more to go.
This is what they look like open.
 The zipper pocket all have special theme's.
 This one is for someone who loves silver.
 The big five.
They were made from the leftover fabrics from the retreat bags, which they received as gifts for Christmas last year.  One way to make sure the leftovers get used up in a very creative way.
Applique can be used to add so much to a project...