Sunday, November 30, 2008

Purse Panel

This is a front panel for a purse I have been working on. It has taken me awhile to finish it - more "slow cloth"! I think I am done now though and just need to sew up the purse. This will be another project off my to-do list.

My Sample Seam from Week 9


Well, this is my finished sample from Week 9 of Build a Seam. I added small gold seed beads to the short stitches in the buttonhole stitch. On the long stitches I alternated. On every other one I added a small pearl bead and three irredescent bugle beads in a fan shape. On the other ones I used a seed bead to attach small flower beads.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Build a Seam - Week 9

Sorry to be late but here is this week's Build a Seam. As you can see it is a long and short buttonhole stitch or at least that is what I'm calling it - lol. It is a basic buttonhole or blanket stitch with the stitches being alternatively longer and shorter in height. I hope you have fun with this one. I am so impressed with all the creative seams that are being done in this Build a Seam challenge! I'm learning a lot and am continually inspired by the samples I am seeing.
For the basic buttonhole stitch, if you are not familiar with it or need a refresher, check out this page on Sharon B's stitch dictionary:
As a last note in this post, here is the sample I came up with on Week 8. It is pretty simple but it did what I wanted in the space it was in so I'm happy!


Spider Web Quilt - Row X Row



I'm taking part in a Row X Row Robin on the Mailblocks quilting group - trying to get a little experience with "sane" quilting and building up my confidence with it. This is the first Row to come my way to be worked on. Bridgett chose the Spiderweb block for her quilt, providing the sheets for paper piecing it as well as the main blue colour fabric. Above you can see a sample of one of the 12" blocks I made for my row.

Here is the quilt top with my row added to the original one by Bridgett. These blocks were a hoot to do! I loved using all the bits and pieces of scraps of various quilting cottons I have around. It is a true scrap quilt - completely random - and I loved working on it. I think I will have to make one of these myself one of these days!




Thursday, November 20, 2008

Contest!

Visit Dana's blog at: http://uniquechristeninggowns.blogspot.com/
for a chance to win this beautiful handmade silk christening gown! Can't you just imagine what a family heirloom this will become?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas Cracker Swap



This is another bit of fun we are having at Crazy Quilting International - a Christmas Cracker Swap. These are the two that I have sent out. They are tubes wrapped in fabric and filled to overflowing with goodies that can be used in our crazy quilting pursuits. It is a lot of fun to see how much you can fit in the tubes! I have to admit I cheated and took two tubes for each, cutting them apart and then taping them back together overlapping to make a bigger cylinder. lol Just couldn't get enough in the regular paper towel tube.
Now, of course, more fun will come when I receive my Christmas Crackers in the mail and get to shake, rattle and roll then while I wait for Christmas so I can open them. This has become an annual event and I really enjoy it.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Build a Seam - Week 8

First of all, just a reminder of how the Build a Seam Challenge works. This is a challenge that I am doing on the CQI Novice Site and I am happy to share it here too. Each week a simple seam or framework is posted and the challenge is to see what else you can add to it to make it pleasing to you as a complete seam treatment. We are now in the eighth week but anyone is welcome to join in at any time for as long as you want, to challenge yourself with all of the seams or as many as you like. The block I did this one on is getting a little crowded so you will need to ignore the key charms and attached tassel as well as the double cretan seam down below. What we are looking at this week is the chain stitch zigzag on the blue & pink seam. You can do this either in chain stitch as I have or stem stitch or whatever you would like. The challenge is so see what you can add to this very angular seam to make it your own. Have a good week & have fun!

Build a Seam - Samples for Week 6 & 7

These are the samples I came up with on the Week 6 and 7 Build a Seam. On the first one, the woven stitch, I added a hand dyed lace butterfly in the center of the seam to cover where my hands were too rough and caught the fibers of the pink silk perle. Then I added the tiniest little sequins sent to me by a sweet friend. I usually attach sequins with a bead but these wonderful sequins are so small they would have disappeared under my smallest beads so they were simply sewn on with one strand of matching floss with small straight stitches.

With the tied cross stitch from Week 7, I stitched another row of the same stitch on either side and then and then added a gold bead at each intersection.


Both of these are simple solutions to the seam challenge but I like both of them!


And the Winner is.....!

With the help of dh who drew the name, the winner of The Art of Silk Embroidery is Pam! Congratulations Pam, and thank you to who everyone who took the time to comment and tell me their favourite thing about crazy quilting!

Pam, I have already taken the package to the post office so hopefully it will reach you before too long!

Pincushion

When I saw this candy dish in the store it shouted pincushion at me. So, this weekend at a stitching retreat I was at, I finally finished it! It was a lot of fun and worked out pretty well as I planned. I traced a dinner plate to get a large circle which I pieced and embellished. Then I sewed it up like a yoyo, stuffed it and placed it in the candy dish. I added a beaded fringe and some trim and ta-dah! Done! It is a belated birthday gift for a stitching friend which I hope she will like.
This is the view from above, showing the crazy quilted cushion portion.


This pincushion was inspired by the beautiful pedastal and beaded pincushions produced by Gerry K. ( http://www.victorianpincushions.com/ ). Please check out Gerry's website if you would like to be truly inspired!






Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Giveaway - The Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery


My first "favourite author" when I became interested in crazy quilting was Judith Baker Montano. Learning she was brought up at the Bar X Ranch near me in Alberta, Canada, added to my admiration for her! I have an extra copy of her book, The Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery, and would like to share it with another crazy quilter. If you would like to put your name in for this draw please leave a comment on this post telling me what you enjoy most about crazy quilting. I am heading out of town for a stitching retreat this weekend so will make the draw on Monday. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Build a Seam - Week 7 (Woven Stitch)



Sorry I am late posting this week's Build a Seam! I have been having a few minor computer problems and need to dedicate some time to it.


But here is the seam at last. It is a woven stitch. You start by making small straight stitches on either side of the seam, being careful to make sure the stitches of the second row are exactly between the stitches of the first row. Then it is just a matter of weaving your thread through the straight stitches. I've drawn a diagram to follow:
I hope this helps but, if not, don't despair - there is a very good example and explanation by Lynn Schoeffler in the January 2008 issue of CQMagOnline at:
This should be a fun seam - it opens up the possibilities of using threads you would have to couch down, for example. Also, the loops are perfect spots for beads or embroideries. Have fun!


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Scissor Case


These are pictures of a small scissor case I made for a friend's embroidery scissors as a small token of friendship and appreciation. It started with a small square lace doily I came across in the thrift store - it jumped out and shouted scissor case at me! It was fairly easy to come up with a plan to do it. First I took a piece of burgundy velvet and sewed it to one side of the doily, turning the edges of the velvet over and leaving a plain lace section for the flap. Then I folded two "kitty corners" of the doily together and hand stitched it together from where the corners met down to one point. So, now I had a small scissor case, lined in velvet, and the fun part could begin - the embellishing. I sewed a button to the flap and then sewed a loop of gold trim to the front of the scissor case so the flap could be buttoned closed. The ends of the gold trim were buried under the next layer - more lace bits. On top of that went ribbon roses, silk ribbon leaves, a few small loops of pearl beads and a few single beads. It was still lacking something so I strung larger loops of beads and attached them to the bottom.
It will be a surprise when it arrives but I hope my friend likes it!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Christmas Ornie from Annie



I am taking part in a Christmas Ornament Swap at the cross stitch group on Stitchin Fingers. This is the one that I received from Annie - just gorgeous! Thank you so much to Annie for this lovely addition to my tree as well as the lovely cross stitch pattern she sent along! I am still working on the one for Annie but will post a picture of it as soon as it is done. I still have a couple weeks before it has to be in the mail.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Pinkeep from Debbie H.

I took part in a Pinkeep swap at CQI recently and today I received my Pinkeep from Debbie. I just wanted to share a picture - it is such a great under the sea scene. My favourite part are the fish at the top. I haven't figured out how they were done yet but I really like them! Thanks Debbie for the pinkeep and to Lyn for organizing this whole swap!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Build a Seam - Week 6

This week I wanted something lattice-like, so finally settled on Tied Cross Stitch. It is quite different from the others we have done so far but I thought lattice would lend itself well to floral additions. Just a thought , of course! The picture doesn't show up well because of the colours being so similar but if you click on it to enlarge it, it should be fine. I have also included a stitch diagram to help clarify it.I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with - the samples I have been seeing are wonderful!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

More Build a Seam Samples

I thought I would share a few more samples of what people have come up with in the Build a Seam. This first one is Thelma's seam for week 3. I think it is just gorgeous!
This second one is the sample Kathy did for Week 4. I think this would be beautiful on a block. I love the elegance of it with just two colours and the matching beads.


This last one is really special. The seam is from Week 1. Linda has decided to use the seams on pillowcases. I think they will be beautiful with the rows of seams on them - what a great idea!
If you have a seam to share please leave a comment with the link to your blog or flicker pictures - wherever you are keeping the photos of your seams. Thanks!