Friday, August 29, 2008

Sneak Peak

I must confess! I got side-tracked this week and started something new, again! I've been toying with the idea for this design for quite awhile, and I wasn't in the mood to do any applique, so I decided to get it started. What can I say, I have a short attention span! LOL It's always fun beginning a new project, pulling and playing with different fabrics, until you get just the right combination. Here's a sneak peak.

This part is only glued, ready to sew, so I don't know when I'll be able to show you the whole thing, as I really need to be disciplined and get back to the Vintage Tiles. I want to have it finished, ready for quilting, sometime in September.

I thought I would have a lot of sewing time when DH and DD were in Scotland next month, but last night we found out that Zoom Airlines has stopped operating, and all flights have been cancelled. Hopefully we will recover the money we paid for their fares, it's in the hands of the credit card company now. We checked the other airlines this morning for available seats but they all seem to be sold out for September. I have a very disappointed family right now. We'll have to see if they can reschedule their holidays and maybe go over in October.

Have a good weekend everyone. Bye for now.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Just a quick post today. This past week has just flown by, and I don't know where the time has gone! I didn't get nearly as much accomplished as I would have liked, but I did finish two more of the Vintage Tiles blocks.

I'm almost ready to start putting it all together. Normally, at this point, I know what the border will be, but I keep changing my mind on this one. I think I will have to get it together before I'll be able to decide.

DH and DD are getting excited about their trip to Scotland, and I'm trying to figure out how to talk them into picking up some fabric paints for me. I've been hearing some great reports on fabric paints by Stewart Gill They are located in Fife, Scotland, and since SIL and BIL are planning to golf at St. Andrews it wouldn't be out of the way for them to stop there. Don't you like my logic? Do you think it will work? I'm hoping it will, I'd really like to try out these paints.
Bye for now.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Productive Weekend

It was a very good weekend. The sun was shining and it stayed dry! It's funny how the weather can affect your mood and productivity. I find I have to really force myself to do things, even things I like, when it is gray and wet outside, but on a sunny day I feel so motivated! This weekend I completed two more blocks of my new Vintage Tiles in Neutrals design, glued two others ready to sew, and even managed to complete a few "must do" things around the house.

Here are the two I completed.

I'm hoping I can keep up the pace and get this one finished by the end of the summer, I have another idea in my head that I want to get started on. LOL The wheels never stop turning!

Chat with you later.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Looking For Thimble

While I was leafing through Issue #122 of Quilts Japan I noticed an ad for some quilting notions on the back page. One of the items advertised was this thimble, it looks to be either leather or rubber.

Does anyone know where I might be able to purchase a thimble like this? I have tried all kinds of thimbles and haven't been able to find one that works for me. The closest I've come is a metal thimble, but I find my thread breaks because of the rubbing against the thimble. I've pierced the end of my finger with the eye of the applique needle, again, and my finger is getting very sore!

I've been working on my Vintage Tiles In Neutrals, and have a few more blocks completed. Here's a photo of one of them. I'll try to get more photos later.

Chat with you later.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Pixie Perfection

The weather cleared this afternoon so I got a chance to take some photos of my new design, called "Pixie Perfection"

Didn't Vikki do a fantastic job with the quilting?
Chat with you later.
I was hoping to get outside to take a few quilt photos to show you, but the weather hasn't co-operated. It's been a very wet weekend (Again!) and the weather has cooled off considerably! On the plus side, I've never seen the grass looking so green in August, and the tomato plants are HUGE!

The pixie quilt came back from Vikki on Friday and the quilting she did is magnificent! I spent the whole day yesterday sewing on the binding and the sleeve, and hopefully I will be able to get some photos to show you soon. I've decided to name it "Pixie Perfection" which is close to Vicki's suggestion of "Perfectly Pixie".

I'm still on the hunt for a supplier of sensuede, so if anyone knows where I can get some to try, please let me know.

Chat with you later.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I'd like to thank Sunny for nominating me for this award. She writes a wonderful blog and I'm very flattered that she thought of me. You can find her blog here .

The rules for receiving this award are that I'm supposed to nominate 7 other blogs, but there are so many wonderful blogs out there that I enjoy, it wouldn't be fair to choose. Also, I know some of you don't wish to be awarded or want to go through the agony of trying to choose other blogs to nominate, as I have been doing for the past few days! So I'm going to follow Knot Gardens' example say if you read this blog, whether you comment or not, I appreciate you, and if you'd like an award, consider it yours.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Needlework - Old & New

There hasn't been too much activity on the quilting front this week, so I thought maybe I would post some photos of some needlework projects I have completed over the past few years.

Both of the cross stitch were made as gifts for my Mother. The floral vase stitchery was done on a 22 count evenweave with 1 thread, and wrecked my neck! I had to go for physio for months. I think it was worth it though, my mother just loved it. I made the Teddybear for a class I was teaching in Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

Here are photos of needlework done by my Mother and Grandmother that are two of my most treasured possessions.

The Sampler was made by my Mother in 1939. I think it was a project for her 2nd year in college. I'm not sure when my Grandmother made the other one, I think it might have been in the 40's or 50's. During the war, when needlework supplies were difficult to get in England, my Grandfather, who worked for a flour mill, would bring home flour sacks, which my Grandmother would bleach and use for her needlework.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Chat with you later.