Sunday, July 15, 2018

Harris Tweed----Outstanding!

Check out how Harris Tweed is produced!  I would love to have a loom that I could pedal!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Christmas In July QAL!

There is a coolness in the air--that's right it's time for Christmas in July--
Not only is Hallmark Channel bring you Christmas movies in
July, Confessions of a Fabric Addict is giving you a free
sew along--

It could be a Quilt of Valor 
or
how about Christmas colors?
This quilt will measure 68" square

Each step will be revealed for twelve days--the designer
states you can do each step in an hour, if you keep up!

Gather your supplies:
Fabric:  Three different fabrics--Fabric A:  1 3/4 yards; 
Fabric B:  2 1/8 yards; Fabric C:  1 3/8 yards  
I plan to use fabrics from my stash--it might look scrappy.
Happy stitching beginning July 14!


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Absolute Slouch..................


Woolly Wormhead, one of my favorite hat designers is
offering another one of her knitted hat patterns
free of charge---have fun knitting a creative hat--
The hat is worked flat and seamed; it includes slipped
stitches and basic increases and decreases.
Visit her website to join her Woolly Wormhead Hat Society--
free of charge as these free patterns are exclusive to members
for a month, before being published on the free pattern page for
all access.
The next newsletter goes out towards the end of the month.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Let's Finish This!

There is a bin of pieces for a quilt--almost
looks like scraps--nope--these are the "parts"
for last November's Quiltville mystery
"On Ringo Lake"--it was free for several
months but not now--so glad I saved all
the monthly instructions/directions.
It looks like a mess--look again--there are some
assembled bocks--this clue is more time consuming,
the reason I put the box away

I was tired of working with all those small parts and pieces
Now, it's a go to a finish!  One small problem--can
you find it?
Blaring mistake once I begin again on this conquest--
the blue block in right hand corner is turned wrong!!
glad I found it!  It wasn't the only mistake either--

This is the finished block--all 50 of them!
I Have ONE!!  continue on....................
Here is my stack of 50 complete blocks--
now to find the next step in my files
to carry on!


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Well, OKAY--


When I was making this Texas Flag quilt for our son,
I cut WAY sooooooo many 5" squares!  I had a pile of
reds, whites and blues--and I'm thinking--
what do I do with these?
Idea hit me that a disappearing nine patch would be
perfect way to consume all those extras--so
we begin to sew! and sew! and sew!
Till I had a pile of nine patch of positive and negative
patches--next decision, which way to cut those blocks.
I decided on cut through the middle both ways
and now you have more blocks to deal with--
how to set them??


This one works for me--but I tried several other ways
to place them

We're on the track to create a Quilt of Valor.



Thursday, July 5, 2018

Quilting Time

Finally catching up with Fat Cat BOM for Christmas
and Halloween

Of course, a new pattern rolls around with the month--so
I'm not quite caught up!  These blocks are filled with
raw edge applique--which suits me just fine

This is the first block of the series--I opted to sign up
for reminders--only $5 for the year and each month,
there is a reminder in my email with each month 
listed with link--perfect for a slacker such as I
The camera eye sees colors different than your human eyes
When I decided to place the yellow "Y" on this gold
background, I thought it would work; once it's
photographed--not good!  will need to take it off
and replace with another color



Jingle! Jingle!  all the way!  Love her tree!

Hello Halloween--these mice are just so cute!

I don't do much purple-- but this ghost is ohh
so ghostly!! 


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Silken Works



For Years, In the back of my mind, I've thought of a silken pillow case--one
that will feel so soft. and smooth.    If I could spin the silk for that pillowcase,
I would be so happy.  Spin the silk, weave the yardage--
what a goal!!
Any idea how much silk it takes to weave a pillowcase?
Me neither!  I know I can do it--I did spin a brick of  bombyx 
for daughter's wedding dress--that was 30 years ago.  I know I can
spin silk again--it's just time consuming; little bit at a time--
I spin!  The bobbins fill slowly.......

This is plied from two bobbins that were spun several
months ago


My make do "lazy kate"--works well--a good way to
ply when on the road......
ahh, silk through the fingers--such a lovely feel and
I keep thinking about that silk pillowcase that my head
will fall on.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Blue Hands!!



I'm anxious to get those Indigo Blue Hands again!  Doesn't matter if I wear gloves--I still
get blue hands!  Enjoy these videos on Japanese Indigo Dyeing!


Why the interest in Indigo dyeing?  Every year our expatcher quilt group shares birthday
fat quarter fabrics with each other on our birthdays.  One of the girls has asked for Indigo
fabric for her selection--here comes the dye pot for her!! And my handspun cotton towels on
the loom--






Friday, June 29, 2018

Let's Learn As We Knit


Solene Knits has created a stranded knitting challenge--I'm 
 ready for another challenge.  Visit the website for 
further information.  The project begins NOW!

 And Away we Go!! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

July Snowflake Quilt



Quilting Jet Girl is hosting a free quilt along July 1-
December 1.  Although not, a mystery, she has revealed
the finished project.

The material list is up now--this is a generous quilt
at 72" x 88"--perfect for some fancy quilting in the
solid areas.  

Monday, June 25, 2018

Recycle--Reuse

these “recycled” denim fibers are leftovers from the “makin’ o’ the blue jeans” at the mills. Fibre Garden has a photo of the waste before it is
processed into roving
I know this fiber was popular many moons ago and
recently when I was stash diving, I found a hank of this 
lovely soft fiber--aha, it was time to spin for my
handspun cotton towels that are on the loom--
they need more blue and I wasn't in the mood
to set up an indigo vat


It spins up nicely--
One bobbin finished and balled!

As you can see, some of the singles plied on itself--
I put too much twist so it was a
challenge to ply and get an even yarn--
but I did it!!


Saturday, June 23, 2018

On The Loom...................

From my cotton handspun bin I'm using every one of
plied cottons I have to warp my loom--I had indigo dyed cotton, white
cotton, brown cotton and some blue jean cotton ( recycled stuff)
The handspun cotton bin is becoming empty--
means I must begin spinning cotton again
and SOON!

This warp is tied on from the previous warp, which was
random  commercial 8/2 cotton warp -but, there is nothing
like natural cotton-- love the
look and feel of real cotton

The best part is knowing I spun all this fiber--

There is no rhyme or reason to the way the warp is set up--
just random--I like to do that with my warps--
weft is handspun cotton--right now, a shot of brown
and a shot of white--threaded 1-2-3-4 with direct tie-up
so if I want to do a twill I can.
Plain weave for now--
love it!!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Scratching My Head...................

I've been going through my handspun stash; looking for singles to
ply for future projects.  One major problem--I'm not sure what
the fiber is!  Well, when I spun it and placed it in a special bag,
I didn't label it--I said to myself "I'll remember what this is"
Now, we are several years down the road and
guess what, my memory has failed me!!
Why didn't I write on the bag what the fiber was?!!
Stupid!  So now, I'm playing a guessing game


This is plying up nicely--good feel to the fingers--
can't be linen--I hate to spin linen!


We're going to do the burn test --Maybe,
it's hemp--I do KNOW it's a natural fiber--
all the manmade fibers are in another box...
oh, well...we'll see soon.  

Now, THIS is silk!! That I know for sure--
and it's dyed with indigo!  Singles and
what a mess!  What happen with this ball?!
only the fiber goblins know--
I'll try to ply--if not, I can use it as singles--
silk is strong and almost unbreakable.

I'm off to dig in my stash again--wonder
what finds are there?  

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Traveller..................

Do you know the song "The Traveller" by Chris Stapleton?


The words to this song is the way I feel!  We have been travelling lately...........WHY?

We spent several days in New Orleans--traveled there so we could see and hear the above man--along with the King of Country--George Strait!

We stayed in hotel on Canal Street near the Mississippi- River-the view from
our corner room was fabulous--we could see the river, the great chicken bridge,
people walking along the streets below, hear the calilpore from the steamboat, 
watch the rain clouds move in and out as we viewed
barges being pushed into dock.


We had fireworks over the river one night in celebration of the birth of New Orleans--
300 years old!  We heard many jazz songs as we walked the streets and
saw sights we want to scrub from our mind.
The handmade ceramic oyster dishes in Royal street shop window--
lovely!  A visit to Central Grocery for that famous olive salad
for our Muffuletta sandwiches.  

This is not our first visit to New Orleans--we lived in Baton Rouge for 20 years
so made many trips to New Orleans.  

The concert was excellent!  That is a good reasons to travel!

So, we are travelling on to our next spot for the summer--see you down
the road.
Happy travelling!






Sunday, June 17, 2018

SOUTHWEST GOURD FINE ART SHOW

What is a Gourd anyway?!! 
Gourds on display at Cambridge, Massachusetts
gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae, particularly Cucurbita and Lagenaria or the fruit of the two genera of Bignoniaceae "calabash tree", Crescentia and Amphitecna.
The term refers to a number of species and subspecies, many with hard shells, and some without. Likely one of the earliest domesticated types of plants, subspecies of the bottle gourdLagenaria siceraria, have been discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC. Gourds have had numerous uses throughout history, including as tools, musical instruments, objects of art, film, and food.
When you visit this exhibit being held now at Kerrville Arts/Crafts Center you
would never think that someone could take a simple plant and
create such marvelous art pieces!   But, here you have a super
great exhibit of creativity! 
"Tres Amigos" by Judy Richie


"Mountain and Mesa" by Becky Klix

"Butterfly Cannon Ball" 

Artist Bill Decker


"Patina Pachyderm" by Mike Peyton

"Geometric Goose (Lift Off)"
Mike Peyton

Just think of the hours and hours of work on
just this one piece

There are several tables of small pieces--
All gourds don't forget!!

I like that there are a couple that feature
weaving techniques

This is "Hanging Out" by C. C. Rice

"Inspired by Mata Ortiz Pottery"
Yoshie Green

"Red Sunset" by Joanne Tompkins

Dyed, manipulated fabric, coiling and beads!!

This takes your breath away!!
"The War Bonnet"
Becky Klix

Thirty individual feathers carved from gourd
and painted with acrylic dye.  constructed using
traditional methods and decorated with horse hair,
beads and animal pelt--just absolutely smashing 
piece of art!
These are just a  small representative of the
work--a must see exhibit in my books!