Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Red and White is going up.

All around us, houses and gardens are being decorated with red and white.  Canada Day is coming up, on July the first.  This will be the first long weekend of summer.  Fireworks will be going off, so expect bright sparks of colour to light up the night sky.
 My niece's baby quilt is quilted.  The binding just needs to be sewn down, on the back and a label.
 The backing is a soft grey.
 The little baby sweater, is done.  (Perfect for a tiny baby?).
 Jack's Tree Farm, the barn.
 The Christmas Garden has been started.
 Diane's Jane Bannister, some  more progress.
 A Raffle Quilt, made with Timmies T-shirts.
Just in time for Canada Day!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Works in progress...

The weather is great.  The sun is shining which means we are enjoying being outdoors.  Walking, gardening, swimming and meeting up with friends and family.
 The leftover yarns, practicing knitting and crochet with the help of You-Tube.

Some knitting, a baby blanket and a jersey. Stitch markers are a great notion.
 The dreamcatcher baby quilt is finally the size, it needs to be.  The fabric is printed from selvedge to selvedge, which means if one wants the pattern to be seamless length wise, it needs to be cut in sections and joined until one gets to the required size.  
 The crib bumper cover, my niece wanted one that goes around the whole way.  It took a bit of playing to do this.  First one I have ever made. 
 We did a mini field trip, a few bits followed us home.  Trying my hand at fancy floss?
A few patterns, had these threads in my sewing room.  Going to play with the Cosmo Seasons for the barn/house and the deer.
 Jane Bannister 1855.
Diane's Jane Bannister.  Try as I might, it did not want to turn the right way.  It wanted to be sideways.
At the garden center, a creative way to display a planter.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

New starts and dreamcatcher's.

 My niece is having a baby girl. The fabric arrived for the quilt. 
 It has dreamcatcher's on the fabric.
 It arrived sooner than expected. 
 The instructions said to wash it before using it, which I did.  It did not run and it has a lovely feel to the cotton fabric.The grey is the backing and the diamond print, the binding.
Finished the tiny baby sweater.  It was just a fun project to see, if I could use up all the leftover yarn.
It is here with the toddler and baby sweater.
It is not very big.
Next  to the baby hat, it was made with size 11 needles.
Love Entwined got some more leaves.  Prepped a few more blocks, ready for stitching.
All the corner blocks are now ready for, applique.

Diane's Jane Bannister 1855 is growing.
One strand of floss over two threads.
It is amazing to see it grow.
Cats and their treasures....

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Chasing our tails...

Life can keep us all busy, taking the cat to the vet.  Cutting the grass, cleaning the house, shopping for groceries.  Once in a while, we get a chance to celebrate milestones, with friends and families.  This past weekend, we got to do that with Diane.

 Diane has been stitching Jane Bannister, 1855.
This sampler is even more beautiful, in person.
This is the outside for the bag.  It is a detachable piece.  The wings on this fairy was suppose to be a creamy colour, called parchment (1184).  Except in the list of colours a gremlin crept in and changed it to: 1148?  with the words parchment next too it. Pulled the colours a while back, only got to it this weekend past to embroider.  On the tan fabric, the plum colour looks much better, than the cream would have looked.  Design opportunity?
Parts of the bag prepped, quilted.
 Had one ball of this yarn, which was used to create the 5 hour baby sweater and hat with. 
My friend Kate, gifted me another of the same.  The leftover of the first ball was put into action for the 7 hour toddler sweater.  Then the second ball was added to the mix, to complete the sweater.  By this stage, I did not think there would be any leftovers?  It turned out there was, so another 5 hour baby sweater was started, using size 11 knitting needles.  It is going to be a tiny sweater. 
Kate also gave me these balls of yarn and the pink one, with the baby sweaters above.  Two friends, one who is new to knitting wants to try and make a 5 hour baby sweater, the other can knit and want to do the same.  So this week we will be showing them how to do it. 
Anita, is busy with her grandbabies, like all new GrandMa's, she had good intentions to smock dresses for her grandaughters.  Time spent with them is so much more important, she passed on these smocking patterns, book, notions and a dress she started.  With so much time spent the last couple of years fixing our house, not much time was spent smocking. It is time I got some of the dresses sewn up and finished.  Thank you for sending these gifts (yarn and fabric) my way.  All of it will be used to create and none will be ending up in a landfill.
We want to make sure future generations, can enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

                                                            Happy Birthday, Diane!