Isn't this a pretty sunrise? I took this photo this week - more snow again! I think spring will never come. I am heading off this evening for a couple weeks in the Maritime Provinces - hopefully we will have a bit better weather there. I'll be back in a couple weeks with lots of photos and stories to share from Embroidery Association of Canada's National Seminar. I have signed up for three classes and am VERY excited about them! See you when I get back - take care!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
One of the groups I belong to is Mailblocks on Yahoo. Every month they have a block lottery and when I have time I try to participate. You can make up to five blocks of the designated pattern (this time it was Box Kite) and your name goes in the draw once for every block you pledge. For an aspiring traditional quilter like me, it is a great way to get a bit of practice in making blocks. I have managed to get all five made for April's lottery. Cross your fingers for me - the winner gets enough blocks from everyone to make a nice sized quilt!
I should mention also how very sweet and supportive this group of talented quilters is with beginners like myself. My points don`t always match and I often have lumps and bumps but they take these best effort of mine in good spirits without complaint.
Some of my lumps and bumps will press out hopefully!
I think the block looks wonderful with an Asian print. I think I would like to make a whole quilt from this pattern. Then again, every time I go in the lottery I fall in love with the block involved! lol
This give you an idea of how the blocks will look put together. I love the secondary patterns that come out!
Just to give you an idea of the size of the moose, here he is when he came home. It was quite the job to get him up on the wall, even with three of us!
Friday, April 15, 2011
This is what my living room looked like this afternoon at nap time - three dogs and dh all flaked out on the couch at the same time! lol So, that's how I managed to get some sewing done.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
This is the block I embellished for Ritva in the Tea Time 2 DYB (Do Your Block) Round Robin at CQI. In DYBs, each participant in the round robin makes six 6 inch blocks and as they progress around the round robin each person will fully embellish one block for each other stitcher. So, this is the one I have done for Ritva. There is a bit of everything in this block I think - two BAS seams (the butterflies and the tete de boef), couched ribbon, buttons, charm, hand dyed lace, trim, silk ribbon flowers and the cross stitch tea cups.
Monday, April 11, 2011
First of all, thank you to Vivienne for this butterfly seam treatment and for allowing me to use it for our 67th instalment of the Build a Seam challenge.
To see a much better example of the stitch as well as Vivienne's excellent tutorial, please check out her blog. Have fun!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
My DD, Katie, has little interest in stitching of any kind so when she requests something made I like to jump right on it to encourage what little interest she has! So, she had brought me some of her souvineers from Brazil and asked me to make a denim crazy patch cushion with them. Here is the block I made which incorporates the logo from a t-shirt as well as a baseball cap. I will get this embellished next for her and sew it into a cushion to match one I made for her when she was away in Brazil as an exchange student when she was fifteen.
I have just finished my friendship heart for Hideko. Members of CQI are making these hearts for our crazy quilting sister, Hideko, as a tangible show of our love and support for her and all people of Japan in the wake of the terrible earthquakes they have been suffering. Hideko lives in Sendai so she has felt the full impact of the devastation.
The colours used are mourning colours of black and grey for the loss of lives in Japan and the small red petit point flower in the center is a bright spot to symbolize the hope for a brighter future.
If you would like to find out more about how you can use your art and skills to help the people of Japan please read the earlier post about Hearts and Hands for Sendai. Thank you!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
So, I pieced my block for the Hearts for Sendai using jewel tones and some kimona fabrics I had.
her blog, we are making the hearts in mourning colours of black and grey.
I got myself the job of making the nametags for this year's CQI retreat in Colorado. So, between us we decided to piece cq nametags that the attendees can have beforehand and embellish themselves for retreat. These are a couple examples but I've made over 20 over the last few days. I think this will be good fun - hope everyone else likes the idea as much as I do!
oops! Looks like I have run out of room for photos! I'll have to show you the rest of what I did tomorrow...
Monday, April 4, 2011
April showers bring May flowers? Well, not here in Alberta they don't! lol This is what I woke up to a couple mornings ago - a snowstorm! I had heard the announcer on the radio the day before say that we must be having the spring thaw. I think he jinxed us! So, here we are, back in winter for another while.
There is a shot of the thermometer. Not all that cold, hovering around the freezing mark. Cold enough for the snow to come down and stay though. DD was stranded in town for 36 hours before she could get home and my granddaughter was stranded at our place for a day or two longer than planned. She was visiting for spring break and barely made it back for school restarting. Everyone is back on track today even though they still haven't plowed my road. This grey weather is really starting to get me down though - it has been a very long winter.