Friday, November 7, 2014

FIF and Catch-up

Stitched and waiting for inspiration
I did finish the stitching on this as hoped but I was sitting in the hospital that weekend with my husband (he’s ok) so I didn’t get it soaked in water until later. But it did work and it has been dried and then damp stretched. Great! Now the embroidery is on my design wall waiting for inspiration. I’m thinking I may want to fill in some of the areas with free-form stitching. I’m also considering making it the center of a quilt that will feature my scribbling stitching.
Speaking of scribbling, my use of scribbles for embroidery is somewhat humorous and not very “artsy” to me. I started scribbling as “art” work when I was a child. I picked it up again when I reached 60+ (is that called becoming like a child again?). Then this last time I was at the local hospital I walked a corridor and glanced at the art work on the wall. To my surprise I saw scribbles incorporated in collages. Suddenly I don’t feel silly using scribbles as a basis for my embroidery work anymore.
Hospital Collage Art Work using Scribbles

Now for some catching up, I’ve been busy making things for my new granddaughter Samantha! First while I was still at the hospital I started making a cupcake hat for her (she hadn’t arrived yet). 
Crochet Cupcake Hats
I started using a pattern I found on Repeat After Me and used it as a guide for the top part. For the bottom (the brown section) I decided to do my own style using a crochet ribbing stitch. And I eliminated the earflaps also. If I make another one I think I will make some more modifications. I finished three tops while at the hospital (since that was all I had with me to work with). Later the bottom was added to one. 
Then after she was born I made a receiving blanket using a method a quilting friend had shown me (I also watched a Youtube video  by Missouri Quilt Company that my friend recommended. Actually I watched it several times and the only thing I can say is the video says it will only take about 10 minutes and my feeling is that may be true after you have made a dozen or so. 
Cupcake Receiving Blanket
So since the fabric was cupcakes and I had already made the cupcake hat of course I had to continue the theme.
Cupcake Sleeping Beauty

Yes that is my sweet Miss Samantha!
And then I moved onto roses.
And then she needed some mittens to keep from scratching her face.
And of course a sweet little yoyo and button band for her head can next.
Some sweet stitching for Samantha
Plenty more ideas of things to make but for my finish it Friday I think I will try and complete the other two or three cupcake hats I started while sitting in the hospital.

Happy Catching Up and Finishing Friday!

Rose

Friday, October 17, 2014

FIF - Not a Total Finish but

So I don’t think I have anything to completely finish today but I am hoping to finish the stitching on this today so I can soak it in water and see if the printable sticky fabri-Solvy by Sulky really disappears. If it does then I can move onto the next step in my Boutis quilting project.
Bathing Elephant Scribble and Embroidery


Happy Finishing Friday!

Rose

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WWW Check In

Just a quick peek at some of what I’ve been working on lately.
Bathing Elephant Original Scribble and Embroidery

First there is the scribble Bathing Elephant embroidery that I’m almost done doing the basic lines. After that I will soak it in water to see how the wash-out printer interfacing works.
Fabrics for Mystery Quilt

Then I’ve also been pulling fabrics to consider for the Bonnie Hunter's 2015 Mystery Quilt. I’ve never done a mystery quilt before so this should be interesting.
Homemade Libby's Pumpkin Cookies

Finally cookies wound up on my plate today. I was hoping to get my thee year old grandson involved with the baking but instead I had to go it alone. These are mainly for a stitching group I belong to. We meet tomorrow and it’s my turn to bring the snacks.

A little bit of straightening up has been happening along with cutting 5 inch fabric squares for a quilt for my grandson.

Happy Stitching (on Wednesday and every other day)!


Rose

Monday, October 13, 2014

Golf Tee to the Rescue!

What? A golf tee? But I don't golf!
Extra Long Golf Tee
Okay, I know you all think I’ve lost it but I was doing some work the other day with a small item that needed to be turned right side out and this is what happened. I turned the item and then needed something to push the corners out, etc. I just happened to have an extra long golf tee that was sent to me in an order of regular tees (these tees are used in my Needle Nabbers which by the way will be on sale in my shop until the end of the month. Need to clear the way for a new and improved design!).
Pink Needle Nabbers
I grabbed the extra long golf tee and it worked perfectly! Didn’t poke through the fabric, it was great.
Then I had to stuff the item (remember it’s small as in the pincushion for my Close at Hand wristpincushion).


Close At Hand Blue Pincus
How’s that two plugs! Well I again grabbed the golf tee and used the top where the golf ball sits to push the stuffing and the bottom to get the stuffing up into the corners.
.I also used it as a scoring tool on some card stock! Who knew such a simple item could be sew handy!

And one final (for now) use: use it to hold your fabric (like a stylus, I think there’s another word for this but I can’t think of it right now – lol!) as you are feeding it through your sewing machine.


Happy Stitching and Crafting (You never know what you’ll find around you house to use as a sewing/crafting tool!)


Rose 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Done and Done

Sorry I didn't post last night. The Love embroidery was completed and hanging on the wall but we had a storm blow in and so I didn't get it photographed and posted. The dozen Needle Nabbers were almost completed, just needed to glue the pot to the base. That was finished this morning and so now a dozen are ready for packaging.

Love Embroidery



A dozen Needle Nabbers
Rose


Friday, October 10, 2014

READY – SET - GO!!!

What I hope to finish today
Finish It Friday. I'm thinking this should be easy today. I plan to frame my Love embroidery in the oval hoop. Then I need to crochet two more doilies for my Needle Nabbers, starch all the doilies and then slip them on their flower pots and glue the pot to the painted disks. Oh yes and put the felt on the bottom of the disks. The Needle Nabbers will be packaged and sent to Hawaii for sale in a quilt shop just as soon as I can get new ink for my printer and print the insert and header cards that go with them. I may even get that done today!
The quilt blocks in the background are for the Wounded Warrior quilt I am assembling and I hope to get some additional squares ready for working on tomorrow. Saturday is my Sabbath and I like to work on “doing good”. I think making quilts for WW and others will count as “doing good”.

Happy Finishing Friday!

Rose

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hello there! WWW

Well I haven’t posted a WWW (What I’m Working on Wednesday) post in like forever – well not since May anyway. Does that mean I haven’t been working on anything? No of course not and if you’ve visited my Finish It Friday posts you know I’ve been doing a little bit anyway.
Okay so what have I been working on since May? Here’s a brief (I think) rundown of some of the works:
  1. The butterfly vest – all embroidery is finished. I just need to add some sequins, beads, and maybe a few more stitches, and then maybe line it.
  2. The monochromatic bird nest – some stitching has been done on the bird nest part but I haven’t worked on it in a while.
    Bird Nest Embroidery
  3. The summer hexagon wall hanging – the hexagons have been stitched together and now I’m working on adding some border half hexagons etc. Again I put it aside for a while. I’m debating my choice of fabric for the final round. I thought it looked like shiny, sparkly beach sand but now I’m not so sure. I plan to use the same fabric for binding.
    Summer Hexagon Wall Hanging
  4. The crazy quilt elephant block – a lot more detail has been added but I still have more to go. It gets picked up every now and again. I finally had to print out a copy of it and scratch some notes on it so I could remember what I planned to do to it.  Notice the upper left corner tie fabric. I couldn’t decide what to do on that seam allowance and so I tried to imitate the fabric. This is an idea I’ve been toying with, it isn’t perfect but it’s a great future reference.
    Notes
    Elephant Crazy Quilt Block
  5. The crazy quilt blocks for “She Colored Everything Yellow” have also had a little detail added to them (well to one of them). Bullion loops, French knots, buttonhole stitch and more. I really need to get busy and give them some undivided attention.
    She Colored Everything Yellow Crazy Quilt Block
  6. Embroidery has really taken over my creative life lately. Can you tell? All of my Finishes have been of small embroidery.
  7. I’ve finished embroidering the Love sampler, just need to put it in the framing hoop and I’m done!
    Love Sampler Embroidery
  8. The scribble “Elephant Bathing” that I did when I was a teenager has taken on a new life as an embroidered piece. Right now I’m just using it to test out a product. I have a feeling I will be doing more than one or two pieces based on that scribble.
    Bathing Elephant Scribble
  9. In the mix is a scrappy quilt for our guild’s “wounded warrior project”. I agreed to do one that was all cut out from donated fabric. The pattern is Bonnie Hunter’s Pineapple Blossoms.
    Wounded Warrior Blocks in Process
  10. What there’s more? Yes indeed. I have been busy making little tiny crochet dresses to be used as favors when my granddaughter gets introduced to the world (well to friends and family of the mom). She’s due to arrive in two weeks! Her ‘met the baby’ party won’t be until December though.
    Mini Crochet Dresses
  11. Also crocheting some tiny doilies to finish off some already made needle “nabbers”. They just need to be added to the pots before they are glued onto a wood circle and little ladybug buttons need to be glued to the flowers. Then they are off to a quilt shop in Hawaii!
    Mini Crochet Doilies
  12. Okay I need to make this an even dozen. What else is there? Oh yeah that’s right, I worked on trying to make my daughter a sleep mask. Wasn’t too successful in that department. The first one was too small and the second one was too tight.
    Sleep Mask

Not to worry though there are more projects waiting in the queue!

Happy Stitching (on Wednesday and every other day)!


Rose