Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Works in progress...

It has been nice to have a long weekend, with the whole family together.  We got some sunny days and had a bunny in the garden.  An Oriole came and landed in our maple tree, which all of us saw.
 The Acacia tree is stitched.
Just have to work out, how to finish it.  It will be a Father's day gift.
Machine embroidered the big coin purse sides.
We will be making them this coming weekend.
It will be a first for me, working with the hardware.
Love Entwined, will be worked on next.  Some of the pieces which have been prepped. They will be applique, with lots of stems that need to be sewn in place first.
Last but not least, this baby hat and jersey got finished.  The leftover yarn from one ball of wool.  It still needs buttons.







Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Sunshine? we are waiting patiently....

Funny how eager we are all awaiting the sunshine.  We have had a lot of rain and then some more.  The weather forecast on TV keep on saying how much warmer and sunny it will be, yet when we reach that day, the goalposts have been moved again.  To a few days in the future, so all their models are not delivering, what they keep on promising.
Finished this baby sweater and hat, both went to Linda's niece, who had a baby girl recently.
Father's Day is coming up in June, have been wanting to stitch the Acacia tree for ages.
Started it, it will be part of a gift for Father's Day.
It came from this magazine.
These two patterns will be used for Christmas gifts, not as pincushions but as something else? One for a cat lover and the other who wants a puppy?

Diane's Jane got some more work.  This week has been a stitching week.  Back to patchwork and applique next week.





Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Spring Gardening season and some Sunshine.


 


We have beautiful green grass.  The birds outside are building nests and chirping away.  We hear them before it is even light outside.  A sure sign, warmer weather is on its way. As for the sunshine, we await it eagerly!
Did a bit more stitching on Four Seasons.

The bird got some more work.

Started another 5 hour baby sweater.
Used a lint roller to clean up the fluff on the top. What a quick and simple way to prepare the quilt top.

The 21st Birthday Quilt is basted, ready for quilting.
The quilting is done.
 The top, the light because of the overcast skies and rain, looks a lot darker, than it actually is.
 The binding and the borders.
 Diane's Jane Bannister got some more love.


Monday, 29 April 2019

Applique quilts.



Love Entwined got some more pieces prepped for applique, it is amazing how much is all in the tiny details of this quilt. It may take a long time to do, but it is worth it.  In between many other projects have been started and finished.


The 21st Birthday Quilt top is done, ready for the next step.  All the fabrics from the  The Hobby Horse Quilt Shop.

To know how to wash a knitted article, the temperature at which to wash it, is important information.  So the wrapper from the yarn, is given with the knitted item.  It has all this on the label for the yarn. All it needs is a scarp of yarn, a hole punched in the wrapper, with the yarn looped around a button, so it does not get lost along the way.  The other bit to add, is the size of the jersey.
 A seven hour toddler sweater, took longer, as I am a beginner.
The buttons got sewn onto the knitted dress and jersey.
 The back of the dress.

Finished a baby hat with the leftover yarn, the pattern can be found on Kate's blog.
Did some more stitching on my Four Seasons cross-stitch.
 The cardinal got some work as well.  This piece will go to one of the bird lovers in the family, we have a few of those.
Used Anchor variegated green thread from my stash, over the years we try different floss, so it is interesting to see what we have and how we use it.
 Marguerite made me this scarf.  She started weaving the last couple of years, it is made from linen and cotton.  It is super soft and it is a cuddle scarf.  One cannot but help just squeezing and wanting to hug it .  She was worried that I would not get a chance to wear it this season,  no chance of that happening, with this cold weather this late in Spring.  Put it on and wore it on Friday past.  It keeps one snug as a bug, without getting too hot.
As I was wearing it, one realize just how special weaving as a craft, is.  How it makes the world a better place, we definitely need more people who know this wonderful craft and to weave such amazing pieces.  They are works of art in their own right. What a treasure, a gift of untold wealth!

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Spring projects.



The Spring flowers is a joy to watch, as each flower unfolds.

Started the 21st Birthday quilt.  My niece wanted a pink horse. It is now ready for applique.

        

 This toddler sweater is almost finished.  It has been washed, dried flat.  It needs buttons, found this pom pom yarn in my sewing room.
 This little dress was started earlier this year.  The neckband and armholes are now done.  The back is sewn up, it still needs the buttons on the back.
The leftover yarn is being used to make a baby hat.
Also started another cross-stitch piece.
 
 It is "Tis the Season", from Blackbird Designs.
To help me with placement, I used a white "Stabilo" pencil and drew a grid on the the linen.
It will take me a while to do this, just wanted to make a start on it.
Spring flowers together in a pot, they are every shade of bright and colourful.






Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Smock dresses for Easter.

 

 In some parts of the world, smock dresses are worn traditionally at Easter time. In many parts of the world they are worn as party dresses or to wear to church on Sunday. They were worn by many generations, passed on from one sibling to another.  Many hope chests today, have these treasures, hidden inside, waiting for the next little girl, to give them a twirl.  Memories of spinning in circles, with the dress turning many a little girl into a ballerina comes to mind.
 These two dresses, are examples of just that.  Carole recently discovered them in her Mom's hope chest.  She even found a photograph of her, wearing one of the dresses.
 Carole is a grandma herself, so it is a testament to how well the dresses , stood the test of time.
 They can now be worn again.
 The smocking is beautiful.  The dresses made with lots of love and attention.
 Easter is a special time of year, for families to come together and celebrate.
 We baked yesterday.
 Chocolate chip cookies with chocolate eggs.
Have a wonderful Easter.