Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
I have been knitting socks for my one daughter for a couple of years. She loves the handknits. I had to stop knitting for awhile as it was making my arms sore.... but I have picked it up and doing a bit at a time...... finally finished... Took this picture 6 times and it's still blurry!!!!! sorry!!!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
3.Lay out some wool rovings and begin.
8. After I get the tree in place, I go back to the wool rovings and put some leaves on the tree.
This is the beginning of another card where I sketch out what I want on the pellon and go from there.
Punch, Punch, Punch...
Saturday, December 20, 2008
This miniature I call Umbrella Girls.. It measures
6 1/2" x 8" and the blocks measure 1 1/2".
I tried to get the picture larger and lost the first post!!!!
The blocks are hand appliqued with a blanket stitch.
I made a full sized quilt which I have on the bed in the guest bedroom. I had a quilt my gramma made like this, but when it got worn I got rid of it!!!! I was young and did not know anything about quilting then...Oh how I wish I still had it! When I made the bed sized one I was thinking of Gramma the whole time hoping she would forgive me!!!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This one is in a private collection.
This little quilt measure 9 inches square. It has 49 blocks that measure ONE inch each.The design is "Pineapple" and is paper pieced, and there is 1250 little pieces sewn to-gether. It took quite a long time complete this little work of art. I am known around here for my miniatures, and the smaller the better.
The title is "One Thousand ,Two Hundred & Fifty Pieces Of Amish Pineapple"
Stay tuned for more.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The leader of the group Normajean Brevik has just published an apron pattern called" No Strings Attatched" and this was the pattern we used for the trade. You can get her pattern here.
The apron is made from a tea towel and because my towel was quite large, I used part of it to make pockets...... what is an apron without pockets!!!!
I used my embroidery machine to embellish with a few Xmas motifs....
I hope my trade partner likes it.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
These are three postcards I just finished..In addition to the design being done with wool rovings, I have added some embroidery by hand and machine... as well as some beads. Landscapes seem to be a never ending source of Nature's beauty.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I spent the week-end at a retreat with 30 quilters.I was tired out from all the fun but when I got home this award was waiting for me... Did that ever jazz me up!!! What a surprise! Woo Hoo!!!!
The generosity came from Jenna Louise. Be sure to visit her Blog.. Lots to see there.Thanks Jenna Louise for your kindness. I surely appreciate it.Now I must pass this honor along.....
The Rules of this award are :
1. 5 People are allowed to receive this award
2 4 dedicated followers
3. 1 New follower to your blog who lives in another part of the world.
4. Please link back to the person who gave you this award.
So here are the friends I am passing this award along to...
1.Jackie at Beadin' Gram
2.Phyllis at Carolina Arts
3.Tammy at Crooked Heart Art
4.Judy at CJ Stitching and Blooms
5.Miri at Milk and Honey Quilts
Monday, November 3, 2008
I was asked to do a piece for a fund raising silent auction . This is what I chose to do. I was inspired by the delphiniums in my garden...
I used some wool rovings to create the basic shapes using my embellishing machine. then I went further with some detail using dozens of french knots. The cloisonne butterfly seemed to be the icing on the cake..I wanted the frame to blend with the piece and I tried to make it look old, so I crackled and sanded until my arm nearly fell off!!!!
I think I like it!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
They brought some of their wares to sell . The proceeds help their village in Africa
These are some of the quilts in the show made by the African quilters
This was the workshop I took. The teacher was from Africa, but she was born in Enland.
I made one doll in an African theme to use for a draw in my class and one of the african ladies won it. she was thrilled
One of the local quilt shops called Cotton By Post presented an African Gala last week, which I was involved in
The village is small(pop.600) but the enthusiasn is big.It took Suzanne and Garnet Smalley, the owners of the shop 1 1/2 years preparing for this event, including a trip to East Africa, where they met available teachers willing to come to Canada and teach workshops.
I was invited as a Canadian teacher to do a 2 day doll workshop with a Canadian theme.
I also took one of the workshops which was an appliqued wall hanging (2 african women pounding grains for flour) The class was the last one of the week and the teacher had a draw for an african story wallhanging and I WON!!What a treasure.
The wind up was on the Saturday night . All the African teachers were dressed in their native costumes...Beautiful... There was an African Band and African food tasting including goat stew. DH wouldn't try it but I did and it was delicious. It tasted a bit like lamb...African beer and wine was also served.All in all it was a very exciting week to meet these people and to learn a bit about their culture. Last year it was Russia(previous post) and next year it will be Ireland.Enjoy the pictures..