Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Another Enchantment Bird

I just love this little bird appliqued with red silk my friend brought from India, a batik wing and wool tail. Valdani pearl cotton 8 was used to satin stitch the beak and tet le boef on the tail feathers with cast-on around the wing, drizzles on the head and bullion legs in Thread Gatherer silken pearl 5.  I think the bead eye is perfect.

Only 2 birds left to finish.  It's snowing today, giving me a good excuse to sit by the fireplace and stitch.

If you read this blog regularly, you will know that I love the Australian style of quilt making and especially the Material Obsession store.  Take 5 minutes and click Here to watch a short video. This looks like such a fun day!  It took about 10 minutes for my computer to load the video, just enough time to choose the bead for the bird's eye, then I played it through again without stops.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Back to Enchantment.

Another bird finished and 3 more to go.  My Enchantment project was set aside for a few months but it has reached "priority" status once again.

Last week I had class at my home and also taught Crazy For Embellishment at American Quilting.  The past few days have been spent writing a pattern and making kits for my MugWump block.  Next month I will be teaching this project at the American Quilting Retreat and I need to get the kits mailed out.  Students will finish the applique prior to the retreat so we can devote class time to embellishing with 12 fun embroidery stitches.

 I made my MugWump block into a notebook cover but it could be sewn into a variety of projects.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I'm Thinking Spring

This morning I hung The Honey Flow where its bright colors sing out to me as I move from room to room or sit to enjoy a little rest.  This has been an easy winter for us, as winters go, very little snow and not too cold.  That being said, it's still to cold to sit outside without a coat!

But........ I see signs of spring.  The crocus have bloomed, tulips and daffodils are following close behind.  Last week was President's Day which signals that it is time to start feeding the honey bees sugar water to urge egg laying and building up the hive's population for the big spring bloom and "honey flow".

The sun is shining bright, The Honey Flow brightens up my home, and friends will be here to stitch.  It's going to be a good day.

If you would like to make your own spring garden, The Honey Flow pattern is available in my Etsy Shop, just click HERE.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

Quilts In The Closet

Just take a quick look at Pinterest and you will see a lot of Pins about cleaning everything in the house and even making a journal about.  Sorry if I offend anyone, but is there a bigger waste of time than making a housecleaning journal?  Anyway, I got off track............ moving my sewing room forced me to do some sewing room cleaning (forget the rest of the house), and I found some quilts.

I'm calling this one Blackbird Pie and I made it at least 3 years ago but never had it quilted.  It's now quilted, bound, had its picture taken and can go back in the closet.

This is a Blackbird Designs pattern and I can't remember its name.  Again, made 3 or 4 years ago and just quilted and finished a few weeks ago.  Already in the closet.

As I look at these two quilts it's obvious that I love red, and I think they mark a time when my style was changing from dark primitive colors and designs to the brights that I love now. Or as I sometimes refer to it, leaving the dark side to see the light.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On The Road

Last week I joined my husband for a road trip to Mesa, Arizona to visit the Desert Wood Carving Show.  While he was busy with all things carving I visited Beads Galore and spent way too much money. 

We traveled on the "back road" through Kanab, UT and spent the first night of our trip at the Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation.  Not only did we have a very nice room, there is an amazing garden area and restaurant that boasts antique stained glass and a huge tin ceiling.  I was fortunate to watch a Navajo weaver working on a "Storm" pattern rug and was mesmerized at her skill. If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon area this is the place to stay.

Did I mention how nice the 80 degree weather was?  Did I mention having lunch in Sedona, sitting in the sunshine - without a coat?  Heaven comes to mind.

Speaking of road trips, I've been invited to teach at  Hens & Chicks Studio in Conrad, Iowa next October.   Yes, that's a long time from now but some of you live in the mid west and you just might want to travel on over, up, or down to Heidi's shop for her anniversary celebration.  Keep it in mind, and I promise to remind you as we get closer to that time.  But for now, dream of warmer days and check out Hen's & Chicks Studio Here and don't forget to look at the amazing retreat center with 18 beds!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Will I Ever Be Enchanted?

Several months ago my Enchantment quilt was carefully put away while I moved my sewing room, prepared for Christmas, and started even more projects.  Feeling guilty, I pulled it out and hung it on my design wall just to be reminded how much I want to get back to it.

Here's proof that if you don't like the color of the wool you used it doesn't need to be unpicked.  I had appliqued 3 orange circles here that just didn't do anything for me.  To the rescue was the new Single Loop from Painter's Threads.  I love the variety of colors in each packet/skein of Painter's Thread - sometimes just one little drop!  All 3 of these circles were covered with the same packet, each with different results but blending together beautifully.  

Remember, there is a 1" orange wool circle under each one of these.  On the upper left circle I started stitching down the Single Loop in the center and worked outward.  On the other 2, I started on the outside of the circle and worked towards the center, which I think gave a better result.  I stitched the Single Loop down with a size 8 pearl cotton but wish I would have used the #4 metallic braid for just a bit of bling buried down deep at the end of each loop.  This trim has been so successful that the supply is very limited but I have a few colors on hand.  If you would like to add this to your thread stash give me a call at 801-706-4671.

I think my "While The Cat's Away" BOM will have to take a turn on the shelf as I become Enchanted once again.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Update From My Sewing Room

 My "new" sewing room.  I love all the extra space, the super lighting, the bright wall color, the nice rug and my rocking chair that unfortunately, isn't in this pic.

 Here are my 6 ft. tables that are great to layout a big project, or best of all, room for 8 stitchers in class.  I started having a class here twice a month and 8 plus me work out perfectly.  I just love having these lovely friends join me in my home and we have had such a good time learning from, and being inspired from, each other.

I have been stitching on  this sunburst block from the "While The Cat's Away" BOM offered by  Material Obsession.  I changed thread color on each circle but finished each small circle with a simple buttonhole stitch and each large circle has buttonhole topped with colonial knots and added backstitch close to the outside edge.  I left the center un-embellished to leave a space for quilting.  I tried out size 3 Pearl Cotton on the smaller leaves and loved it and then switched to size 5 on the larger leaves.  Rousseau Pearl Cotton from Painter's Threads was a dream to stitch with.

 Center medallion detail.

Blocks completed to date.  Behind schedule by just 2 months!

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