A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Just one

Today I have just one seam treatment completed to show you (and at that I'm not quite sure that it IS complete - jury is still out!)....

This one is straight stitches (black); lazy daisies (green) and I used flower beads and seed beads to finish it off.  You could use French knots if you like.


- I guess, since this is my blog, I'm allowed some proud mama time?  Our #2 son and daughter-in-love are just launching their photography business and they have a lovely web site HERE if you're interested in seeing it.  There are a couple of pictures there of our grandson too (and if you go to the 'Contacts' page you can see a beautiful picture of our son and daughter-in-love).  

- Do you have a difficult time finding time for your creative pursuits?  Mary Corbet has written a really good article on time management on her blog and you can read her post HERE.

- Some more cute things to make for Easter - HERE, (site isn't in English, but there's a translate feature); and more  HERE

- THIS is a pretty crocheted flower you can add to your projects.

- If you're a cross stitcher, perhaps you'd like to check out THIS pretty daffodil pattern for spring.

- And for a non-fattening Easter egg project, go HERE

- HERE's a tutorial for an interesting way to make bag/purse handles.  

- and for the Lego lovers among us, there are THESE Easter-themed ideas.

Today your quote is from T. Gaskins..."You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce"

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It seems there's more seams

I finally got back to stitching on my courtship blocks and completed two more seams to show you...

This one is cross stitches (black and red; straight stitches (yellow); and lazy daisies (green).  

Cross & Straight stitches (black and green); rice and seed beads.


- If you have been considering purchasing any of the publications from Pam Kellogg (of Kitty and Me Designs), including the 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine, now's your chance to pick them up at 15% off  through her Etsy shop.  Go HERE for the details!

- Check out the post HERE to make a sweet little cardinal!

- For some amazing baby eye candy, have a look at THIS.  No pattern but wow!!

- HERE's a cute little white rabbit pattern just in time for Easter making. And a cute LAMB too (you'll have to scroll down for the pattern).  Oh, and HERE's another cute lamb!

- If you have a little girl in your life, perhaps she'd like a new Easter dress?  Go HERE for that one.

- Awhile ago I posted a link to a pattern for making Twiddle Muffs for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients and this morning I came across an idea to make Twiddle Mats (no pattern but easy enough to create) from THIS pin.  If you scroll down there are lots of further ideas for making the muffs.

Today your quote is from Rumi...."Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself"

Friday, March 17, 2017

I'm late!

Yes, I'm late to post today but better late than never (or maybe you think never might be preferable?).  Anyway...

Here's another seam treatment for whatever number courtship block I'm currently working on...

I have NO idea where that line appeared from!!

For reasons unknown, Blog-grrrr has decided to be a pain, and will not let me do anything I want it to do, so this post is going to be a crap shoot I fear!

As I would have liked to say above, the seam treatment is done using blanket stitch (black); straight stitches (green) and is woven with a metallic thread (pink).


- For those of you who have little girls in your life, perhaps you'd like to make them one of THESE.

- Kathy Shaw has opened registration for her free online class ICQC-104 Mixed Motifs With Fabric - but you do have to hurry because registrations are only open until tomorrow night.

- Sharon Boggon has a brand new crazy quilting book soon to be launched and you can read about that HERE (and perhaps pre-order your copy!).

- If you are looking for a new purse pattern for spring (or fall, depending on where you are), you might find inspiration HERE

- And THIS is a cute little pouch pattern that would be handy for so many things. 

The quote of the day is from Sandra Kring..."The next time you decide to unclutter your life and clean up your space, start with the things that are truly useless:  Like regrets, shame and anger"

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


....kaput, expired, done for, cadaverous, lifeless, departed, bit the dust, finished, obsolete, terminated, snuffed out and downright dead.

Yes, my beloved Janome sewing
machine has expired.
The dearly departed died of natural
causes after an unfortunate accident
involving a sudden contact 
with the floor.

The departed is resting in pieces.

We will now have a moment of silence.

On the bright side a lovely box came home with me today - inside was this....

She's a lovely little Bernette 20 by Bernina.

and just have a peek at this...

There are sixty (60!!!!) different stitch
functions on this little beauty - at least
twice as many as my dearly-departed

Even better?  
She was on sale for a great price!


- Karen Ruane, embroiderer extraordinaire, has just announced her latest online class and you can find out more by going HERE.

- There's a cute hummingbird cross stitch pattern HERE.  And there's another one HERE (it's a PDF file).

- For the crocheters, there's a great market/beach bag tutorial HERE.  

- If you're a coupon clipper, you might like THIS.  

Today's quote is from Oliver Wendell-Holmes:  "Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by.  Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery"

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

On cheese and whine

And before you wonder, yes, I do know how to spell!  Yesterday was one of those days.  You know the ones - the kind of day where you should have stayed in bed.  The ones where not a single thing you planned happened.  The ones where everything that could go wrong did.  The ones that the author Judith Viorst refers to as 'terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad days'.  

My first mistake was to get up in the morning.  Second mistake was listening to the weather report where there were dire predictions of a big snow storm headed our way.  Third mistake was deciding that my plans needed to be changed and errands needed to be run, instead of my much-anticipated day to sew...because who knows how much snow we'll get and how long it will be until we can easily get out.  There went the morning.

Ooh - there's still the afternoon.  Right??? 

Who was to know that my much-beloved Janome sewing machine would decide that it would be fun to take a nose dive onto the floor and bounce around a bit?  Who was to know that said machine really wanted a holiday and decided that doing push ups on the floor was too much and flatly refuse to work?


Who me??

No matter - I have a back-up machine.  Wrestled it onto the table and cleaned it up.  Watched in utter amazement as the belt shredded itself before my very eyes.


Who me???

So - as I said - a little cheese with 
my whine would be welcome.

Thank you.
Now, on to the mumblings of the day...

- We didn't get as much snow as the dire predictions said.  Yay!

- How about THESE cute little Easter baskets?

- If you go HERE (and scroll down) you will find several really pretty free crocheted flower patterns.

- Check out all the wonderful links to be found HERE to make some really pretty (some quite unusual) aprons.
And just to prove that I've been doing something beyond breaking sewing machines, how about these...

The dress pattern is from HERE and the hat is from HERE  (I added the flower).  It still needs buttons for the back closure and I think I'll add one to the middle of the flower too.

Your quote for today is not a quote, but I think you'll understand when you see it...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Knitting content - who knew?

Yes, something else besides crazy quilting does happen here at Chez Magpie, and here's some proof....

These little charmers are going along with two baby gifts I've been putting together - one for a wee boy and the other for a little girl.  They're knitted using sock yarn and the pattern can be found HERE.  

We're battening down the hatches and laying in supplies - the weather man (rot his socks) is insisting that the biggest snow storm of the season is headed our way.  I'm so done with winter!!

How about some mumblings?

- THIS is a nice knitted baby sweater that would be ideal for a boy.

- In my current search for a good way to join yarn, particularly in the middle of a row, I came across THESE hints and thought I'd share. 

 My current project on the needles is to make one of these...

 It's one of the Mary Maxim kits made from super bulky yarn and is a special request from our #2 son.  Of course he's the one that's 6'8" so there will have to be lots of extra length added!

- For anyone who wants to whip up an Easter-themed cross stitch, how about THIS?

Today, instead of a quote, I have this...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Block 5 begins

Finally got some time to stitch and completed a couple of the seams for block five...

Straight stitches, lazy daisies, cross stitches and either French knots or beads.

Straight stitches, cross stitches & lazy daisies. 


- There's a wonderful (and free!) quilt magazine available HERE.  There are a number of great articles and patterns that the quilter community will find interesting.

- Dollmakers will like to check out the online classes available HERE.  I drool over these, but so far haven't succumbed.  And if you want to get lost in some fascinating doll-themed pinterest boards check HERE.

Today's quote is from Marjorie Pay Hinckley...."The trick is to enjoy life.  Don't wash away your days, waiting for better ones ahead"