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Monday, May 26, 2014

A Blessed Memorial Day!


Today and always, we offer prayers and appreciation to all of our service members, past, present... and future. Without their sacrifices, our freedom and enjoyment of liberty would not be possible.

Today brought some sunshine too... so it was outdoors with the camera to take a few pics of some of the ways I've been enjoying my freedom...

The first is a needle pocket that is a design by Threadwork Primitives and exclusively offered through Dyeing To Stitch's "Ladies Prim Society". This is the front...


... and the back... I need to get more practice on whip stitching stuff closed after turning it right side out...


... looking back, I guess I should have stitched completely around the piece and then snipped an opening (for turning) in the fabric in an area that would have been hidden by the inside wool pocket...


I also managed a rather large punchneedle piece... this is a design by Vermont Harvest Folkart and is called "Spring Thyme In New England". It finishes up about 8" x 11" and has been stuffed with wool snippets and lavender buds... the backing is a dark brown wool.


And all of those wool snippets I used for stuffing came from my current hooked rug... this is an adaptation of an antique rug. I had purchased the pattern from Lori Rippey of Homespunprims. I hope to hook more of it today...

Please... throw tomatoes at me (I love 'em) for mentioning the word "Snow"... lol! But, I'd like to share the quilting that Karen Thompson did on my Snow Days quilt...




I opted for an overall design called "Will of the Wisp"... the pantograph reminds me of Old Man Winter blowing cold air from the clouds... the last pic shows the backing... a nice teal to compliment the embroidery floss (which blends from brown to teal) throughout.

So bring out the barbeque, watermelon, sausage & peppers and iced tea... and take time today to celebrate Freedom! And don't forget to proudly display your red, white and blue!!!

~Sharon

P.S. I'm starting on the "something completely different"... it will be in my next post... promise!


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Center Stage Quilt

Have you ever had a project that was so fun and interesting to work on... that it became nearly impossible to stop working on it (or even stop thinking about it) until it was complete? I just finished one of those! :-)

It was probably a combination of learning new techniques like fusible machine applique... piecing together long rows of flying geese... making hour glass blocks from two long strips of fabric and a cardboard triangle template... following a traditional quilt pattern rather than a BOM... and maybe simply it was just the pleasing visual of red and white together...


Minick & Simpson design and fabric kit! :-) The name of the quilt is "Center Stage" and it can be found in the February 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. The quilt finishes up at approximately 42-1/2" x 42-1/2".

Here is the best detail picture I could get to show you the stitch I used for the applique edge...


...my camera is not so good at taking close-ups. But, clicking the picture will enlarge it enough that you can maybe see the stitch takes two tiny zigs and then a deep zag... so, I'll call it my "ziggy zaggy blanket stitch"! ;-)

So now I have a hooked rug, a wool quilt, a punchneedle pillow, a cross stitch and "something completely different" all in different stages of progress... more finishes to show here in the near future! :-)

Have a glorious weekend!

~Sharon


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