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


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


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!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Are You A Hooker--rugs that is!

Are you a hooker?  A hooker of rugs that is!  well, this is right up your alley--

Cindi Gay will have free online video lessons beginning August 1 with Creative stitches beyond the loop
Join her Facebook group

Maybe you just want to learn something new--hop on board.  I have a couple of pieces that I would like to finish so I'll tune in to get motivated.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Color is PURPLE!

I'm not a purple person, but I have so many friends that are!

If you have been following along, you will find this is the sixth bear in the
colorful game from Clever Chameleon--

What does it mean if you like purple?  Dress in purple?  Eat purple foods?
Dye your hair purple?  Just love the color Purple with all your might!!

Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.
The color purple is a rare occurring color in nature and as a result is often seen as having sacred meaning. Lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are considered delicate and precious.
The color purple has a variety of effects on the mind and body, including uplifting spirits, calming the mind and nerves, enhancing the sacred, creating feelings of spirituality, increasing nurturing tendencies and sensitivity, and encouraging imagination and creativity.
Purple is associated spirituality, the sacred, higher self, passion, third eye, fulfillment, and vitality. Purple helps align oneself with the whole of the universe. Different shades, tints, and hues of purple have different meanings. Light purple hues represent feminine energy and delicacy, as well as romantic and nostalgic feelings. Dark purple hues evoke feelings of gloom, sadness, and frustration. Bright purple hues suggest riches and royalty.
Light purple or lavender is a feminine, graceful, elegant color that has long been associated with refined, wealthy women. While the color purple represents royalty, lavender represents beauty and femininity. Lavender is considered to be the “grown-up” pink. Its lighter lavender shades have a sacred place in nature, with lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers considered delicate and precious. The color lavender suggests uniqueness and specialness without the deep mystery of the color purple.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Fall Into A QAL

Summer days are long and HOT!
Here is a quilt along that might give you some
'cool' thoughts as you work your way through
the blocks

Inquiring Quilter is hosting summer long whimsical
blocks, which are released from a different designers
every two weeks 

Just take a look at this hedgehog--isn't he cutest thing?!
fun to create and the idea came from Vanda imagination

Janda Bend has designed a harvest basket--what will fill your

Saturday, June 9, 2018

EPP--We Might Join In..................

Oh Boy!  I'm in trouble!  I saw this delightful EPP 
(English paper pieced) block on Temecula Quilt Company
blog--love their creative quilts--mostly small wonders!

Not only was the block fascinating, but when you look at 
the overall quilt--WOW!  remarkable!--
We have a couple of our expatchers doing EPP, but they
are doing hexagons--you can get some great looks
but  EPP didn't turn me on until I saw this!
I found a couple of You Tube videos that are
helpful with the stitching--

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Are You A Block Head?

Here is Round 2 of Block Heads--I didn't participate in the
first round, but this sounds like a fun way to sew this summer.
Each Wednesday for the next few weeks, a different designer
will post their design for the week--
WOW!  Such a chance to make some wonderful blocks
from creative people...

Moda Block Heads 2 Details:

  • Free PDF patterns post every Wednesday beginning today, June 6, 2018
  • The Moda Cutting Table blog will direct you to the designer’s page who will be sharing that week’s block
  • I’ll be posting my version of the week’s block each Wednesday.  On the week’s when the block is my own design I’ll also be sharing tips and tricks for piecing and fabric selection. (The other designers will share those ideas when they post about their block designs).
  • There is also a Basic Instructions PDF you can download now with instructions for some of the techniques used in this year’s blocks.  Find it here.

Here is the first block--continue onto Lynne's blog
to pick up the PDF

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Tour De Sock is off and knitting!! 

Have fun and raise money for a worthy cause in this speed-knitting competition based on the famous bike race with a similar name! Competitors will race to finish a pair of socks in each of six stages earning points for finishing the fastest. Registration fees (less paypal and shipping expenses for prizes) will go to Doctors Without Borders to help continue their excellent work of providing medical care to those in need around the globe
Please join us in the Ravelry Group for any off-season news. Registration for TDS 2018 is open!
Such fun knitting socks as fast as you can--prizes are involved too for the finishers.  I'm not much into winning prizes--I just like the chance to knit special patterns by great designers and assist in a worthy cause--Happy stitching, y'all!!

Thursday, May 31, 2018


We all have treasures--to each person a 'treasure' means something different,
unusual, very pricey or antique, something passed down generation to

Judy M places some treasure on this batik quilt that
she made for herself!  she is always sewing for someone else,
so she says, "This One is For Me!"

This was a free pattern she got from 

A definite treasure is this kit from Brenda's Mom,
who passed away.  Brenda found it in her Mom's

Oh, such rich reds!  

Already to be sewn together--it will be a treasure for
years to come--when Brenda can bring herself to work
on it--her Mom is missed so much!

Sandy was sharing her latest 'treasure'--
her cat collage that she learned from a recent class
under taking.

Finished!  This little hanging is worth  a 1000 words

A placement of flowers, butterflies, and special fabrics
bring this guy to life.

Here is a photo of Sandy beginning this adventure.

The pattern came from Laura Heine

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Another Cowl, It Is!

I'm working on this Japanese knit pattern from Deborah
Tomasello--I think I'm addicted to this way of knitting.
You get cables without a twisting the stitches, you get lovely motifs
I'm using my handspun cotton with size 6 needle.
Pattern Cowl #46, 104--This is so much fun to knit--
I've put off knitting other patterns just to sit and do this!

I'm getting a very lacy look with the size 6 needles so I
decided to go down to #2 to see what happens.
By using #2 size needles, I'm getting a much closer knit and
I think I like the look

Notice the cable running up the middle--The question was
asked "What makes this Japanese knitting?"
1--Unlike the western use of written instructions, the Japanese use symbols and graphs for all of their knitting and crochet patterns. This means that their patterns can be read universally with no language barriers.

2--twisted stitches, manipulated stitches, wraps… where the ‘stitch’ may take several rows to be realized. Also, the Japanese knit cables have special patterns in and around, more so than more common cables with say, reverse st st around. 

3--The Japanese interpretation of knitting stitches.” Many of the stitches are similar to other stitches found in Western stitch encyclopedia’s, however, in many cases, the finished product looks just a little bit different than others. This is also the case with Estonian knitting. The Japanese tend to use mock cables to a much greater extent than most, and, often in a slightly different way, so that they create a “texture” look 

Sunday, May 27, 2018


Drum roll please!  I have a couple of WIPs--works in progress--

Our son, last fall, said to me, "mom, why haven't you made
me a quilt?"  Well, I have made him quilts--but not lately.

He said, " I've seen all the quilts you make for charity and
for my sisters--"  
I said, "I didn't know you wanted a quilt.  What design do you want?"
His answer:  A TEXAS FLAG!

Okay, easy to do--just takes many reds, blues and whites is all--
I was going to Wing the pattern, but got bogged down in the
measures etc--So, instead opted to purchase a ready printed
pattern from Aspen Tree--Am so glad I did!!
She has the applique for the stars--that would have been
a devil to figure out--there comes a time when it makes
sense to purchase a pattern--even if the design looks simple!
But, it took me six months to gather the fabrics I needed and
to actually cut and sew this flag!  Off to the quilters it goes.

The other day, I told him I'd finished his quilt and started 
to pull it out, but his reply was "no, I want to see it
when it's completely finished!"

This is one I enjoyed sewing!  Great pride in our country
and this quilt will be on display for several months
as we venture through our patriotic holidays--
I had the reds, whites and blues from the
Texas flag quilt
Here is a photo of the front of the pattern