Thursday, March 15, 2018

Clearing Out Storage Cabinets

In the past week I've made two trips into Boise to the Apple Store, spent over three hours with a tech and my iPhone still will not send pictures to my computer. Very Frustrating !!

I've been taking my frustration out on my storage cabinets and have been clearing out lots of old stuff. Of course I've found some treasures that I won't part with, but the majority is going away. I found some cross stitch pieces I started fifty plus years ago, finished the last one in the 90's and have never done anything with them.

They are birth records of my three children, the first two were done right after their birth but the last one took over twenty years to do. Then I folded them up and put them away, I think it is time to do something with them. I'm just not sure what.

I've pulled out old samples for classes I taught, lots of old pieces that I look at and think, "What was I thinking?" I pulled out more plastic bags than I'll ever need and a stack of journal quilts from 2001 - 2003, there are more of them around but they haven't surfaced yet.

There's also a stack of books. I have friends coming over for lunch tomorrow so they get to go though  them before I take them to the Library for the book sale.

The only sewing I've done is the hand stitching on my weekly and daily projects.

The 2018 Weekly Leaf #11

2018 Daily Stitching days 68-74
Lots of french knots and some background.

Yesterday was my birthday and I finished my 71 Days of Marks on Tuesday then did an extra on my birthday.

I've completely filled the notebook and have no real inclination to continue. I don't think it will become one of my regular practices, but I did make it through the 71 days.

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Another Donation Quilt

I've done very little sewing this week, but a whole lot of time on the computer with Apple Support. One of my problems solved, another I figured out myself and the third one I'm hoping will be taken care of tomorrow when I go into Boise to the Apple Store. Ugh!

I did finish up another quilt top, got it and the one I showed last week layered and ready to quilt, I just haven't done it yet.

2018 Weekly Leaf wk10

2018 Daily stitching days 61-67

Lots of french knots and more background done.

71 Days of Mark Making days 60-66

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Thursday, March 1, 2018

And the stitching goes on...

I pulled out scraps again this weekend and pieced another donation top.

The stripes are pieced and were originally made for something else at least a decade ago, feels good to actually use them. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever run out of scraps.

Weekly Leaf wk#9

Another one from the dyed soaked paper towel.

2018 Daily Stitching days 54-60

The upper right corner and some background.

71 Days of Marks  days 53-59

I'm running out of pages in the sketchbook, so I'm doing more than one per page and using a different pen. The last four were done with a Micron 05. Only 12 days to go.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday stitching"

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Am I the only one that struggles with a title for each blog post? I find it hard enough to write a post let alone title it, so no title this week.

Last week I had a plan to do a quilt out of some of my hand dyed shibori fabrics, I even drew out a pattern for it, but it was just not coming together. Over the weekend I decided to scrap the whole thing and while I was cleaning up my mess came up with another idea. This one came together in about an hour.

I just have to sew on the facings, add a sleeve, title it and take a decent photo so that it looks as square as it is. I plan on entering it into a call from SAQA with the theme Metamorphosis.

Weekly Leaf #8
Since I ran out of eco prints last week I had to come up with something else for my leaf. I still have a very large bag of dyed paper towels left over form my dying days. I used them a few years ago in one of my daily stitching projects, you can see it here. I pulled out some fairly muted colors.

Decided on the green, ironed it and put misty fuse on the back.

Before stitching

After stitching

I can do several leaves out of this on piece of paper towel so you will probably see it for at least the next three weeks.

2018 Daily Stitching days 47-53
         More background stitching and another spiral.

71 Days of Mark Making days 46-52

Only 19 more days to go!

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Second donation quilt done

I pieced and quilted the second donation quilt and it's in the pile ready to go. I had a piece of teal flannel that was used for the back and binding.

My little cat is always looking for things to get into, I came downstairs yesterday morning and found this.

Actually thats only part of it. She had taken a ball of pearl cotton from the studio to the dining room, wrapped the chairs and then across the room and around a few more legs. Although you can't see it, that glob of thread also has the needle in it. I keep a threaded needle with each of my balls of thread and had obviously forgotten to put this one back in the covered container when I was finished using it. From now on I'll remember to put it safely away.

Weekly Leaf #7

before stitching

After stitching

Thats the last of my eco/botanical prints until the leaves grow back on the trees. Next week I'll be using one of these paper towels left over from when I was production dying and also left over from the daily stitching a few years ago.

2018 Daily Stitching days 40-46

Red dots, green french knots and some more background stitches added.

71 days of mark making, days 39-45

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday"