Thursday, October 6, 2016

Girl with Butterfly...

One day last winter, me Mum saw a counted cross stitch pattern that immediately made her think of her niece/my cousin, Barbie. She ordered the kit, but soon found that she was unable to do the work as nicely as it should be done...as nicely as she once had been able to do.  Because of her Parkinson's Disease, her fine motor skills have deteriorated greatly.

She asked if I would do the piece for her and, of course, I told her that I would.  So, I did.  Then I framed it.    

Here is the finished piece.  The frame measures 8 x 8 inches.

This is the story behind it...the reason this pattern brought Barbie to Mum's mind.

"Barbie's 7th birthday was coming soon and all she talked about wanting was a butterfly net.  Nothing but that would do.  Her mom and dad were a little skeptical as to how their little sprite was going to catch a butterfly in a net.  But, they decided to get her what she wanted.  

On the day of Barbie's birthday party, as the family was gathered around the picnic table, Barbie opened her gifts.  Just as she opened the gift from her mom and dad, a beautiful Monarch butterfly came flying right over the table!  Barbie was off and running...."

Barbie told me that she did actually catch that butterfly!  (Did you notice that I put a few orange stitches on the butterfly's wing?)




"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, September 26, 2016

Snow Days Quilt Top is FINISHED!!!

Yup.  That's right!  I am done!  Finished!  

I am so pleased - with it AND with myself - I can barely stand it! This quilt top has taken a very long time to complete.  I started it in March of 2011...5 1/2 years ago.  And, now that I am this far, I would love to have it custom quilted; therefore, I need to save some pennies (dollars!).

But, hey!  You don't want to hear all of that...you want to see it.  Right?

Okay,  here we go...

(be sure to click on the photos to get the BIG picture)
66 x 66 inches
  
bottom left
middle left
top left
top right
middle right
bottom right

So.  There you have it.  What do you think??


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Fruit Vendor...

Once upon a time, I was engaged to a man from Canada.  I wrote a bit about Dwayne here.  In the summer of 1973, my family drove to Calgary to meet his family.

While there, Mom bought a needlepoint canvas and the wool yarn needed to work it.  "Marchande de fruits"...roughly translated, "The Fruit Vendor".  I remember that she spent a LOT of money for it. She worked on that needlepoint on and off for several years.

Until she set it aside and didn't pick it up again.  Time went by. Years.  One day, she thought about it and dug it out of wherever it had been packed away.  Knowing that she was then unable to work it, she turned to me.  Would I please finish it for her?  Of course, I would.

But, I put it aside because I had other things keeping me busy.  

Fast forward to present time...time to get it done.  There is probably less than 5% to work...Mom put a lot of time into this piece.  

I am very much looking forward to finishing it for her.  


(be sure to click on the photos to better see the details)

Most of what is undone is on the upper right side and on the basket.


Some filling in of black on the basket is needed.

Upper right corner...are you able to see the areas of  the bare canvas?

A photo of a professional photo that was taken of Mom in December, 1997.

I will more than likely make this needlepoint into a pillow cover. I am not going to tell Mom that I am working on it, because I am sure that she has completely forgotten about it.  Her birthday is in about 5 weeks and I think this will make a lovely birthday gift for her.  Don't you? 




"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Feelin' Good...

So happy to be able to cross 2 quilts off my list of WIPs.  

First up is HST String...I started this in February at the urging of my friend, Brenis.  She was here for a visit and helped me get started.  (Thanks, Bren!!)  It was very easy to put together and I enjoyed working on it immensely.  It measures about (not quite) 60 x 72 inches.  Yellows and grays.  LOVE it!


Of course the backing is pieced!!!

And then we have this one.  I absolutely adore this one.  Anna Maria Horner Pretty Potent fabrics with a Kona Cotton Solid in Charcoal for the backing.  This one is vying for the title of "favorite quilt to keep on the ottoman to cover up with while watching tv".  Measures about 57 inches square. Simple patchwork.  


No pieced backing?!  Gotta change it up sometimes, hey?


I am still working on Snow Days.  I have just a little stitching left to do.  As in embroidery. Backstitch.  It's looking good and makes me super happy to be almost done!!  

Have a good Friday...almost the weekend!!


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, September 19, 2016

Snow Days...Closer and Closer!

Still moving along on my Snow Days quilt.  I finished the center section last night!!! I did a happy dance...believe it!!   ~grin~

Here is the center section...

It measures 36 1/2 inches square and was made in 5 sections.   There are 46 elements to this center section...Squares, HSTs, Flying Geese, Churn Dash blocks, Cut the Corner blocks (33 pieces to each of these blocks), Martha Washington Star blocks (28 pieces to each of these blocks) and Pinwheels.  I am in the process of sewing the borders on, but had to stop because there was a bit more stitching (backstitching - as in embroidery/stitchery - that is) to do. A tree that was on the outside edge of the bottom border extends onto the inside edge of the right border.  You will see what I mean when I post the finished quilt top photo.  

I can see the finish line!!!




"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, September 16, 2016

Snow Days - ALMOST DONE!!!

I put some time in and finished all of the blocks for the center of the Snow Days quilt!  I cannot quite believe that I am this close to finishing!  And, it didn't seem like as big of a job as it did any other time I thought about working on it.  I guess I just had to have my head in the right place, hey?  

Here are the rest of the blocks...
Cut the Corners block 12"

Cut the Corners 6" and 9" blocks

Martha Washington Star block 9" block

Martha Washington Star 12" block

Martha Washington Star 6" block




These blocks took a lot of time to make...and some patience. Each Cut the Corner block consists of 33 piece and each Martha Washington Star block consists of 28 pieces.  That is a lot of cutting and piecing!  They are lovely blocks, though, don't you think?   

These next few days are busy, so I am unsure of when I will get the center pieces (all 46 elements) put together.  It will, no doubt, take a lot of arranging and rearranging and I want to take my time with it.  

In the meantime, I did a lot of chain-piecing yesterday...
More on this next time.

Today is Friday...have a great weekend!
 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

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