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.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Progress and a duh moment

You know, sometimes my stupidity exceeds even my own expectations of myself!  I have been muttering for at least a couple of years (yah, I know...these things take time) about the fact that my categories in my blog sidebar weren't easy to sort through.  Other people had them in alphabetical order on their blogs and I wanted the same for mine.  Having them all jumbled up in order of the number of posts that had each label just wasn't doing it for me.  So....I actually attempted to DO something about it and went into my settings and lo and behold (!!) all I had to do was push a teeny tiny little button and it was fixed.  Now, tell me, WHY didn't I figure that out sooner??!!!!!!!!!!  See the first sentence in this post for further explanation!

Over the weekend I spent some time working on the latest CQ project and completed a few more seams...

AND, folks, now that I have fixed my sidebar issues, you can easily find, and click on, my seam treatment patterns and have fun making them yourselves!  

- HERE is a really easy and quick to knit lace scarf pattern.

- I've been seeing the wonderful crocheted motif patterns all over the internet - the colours of some of them are completely amazing.  HERE is a link to the PDF for a pattern to make one of your own.

- I doubt I would ever make THIS, but it made me say 'awwwww' right out loud! While you're visiting the site, be sure to click on the links at the top to free knitting and crochet patterns.  She has lots to choose from!

- If you love to read, perhaps you might find the 2018 reading challenge of interest.  Go HERE for further information.

- For those who like a large shawl/wrap perhaps THIS pattern might intrigue you.

Another of the anonymous quotes..."We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, and you don't believe in miracles?"

Friday, January 19, 2018

Another glimpse

A few of the seam treatments are finished for the current crazy quilt project.   I'm working them entirely in black, for reasons which will be explained later.  All are my own designs, done using the waste canvas technique.  

For those of you who are new to my blog,
if you look for 'seam treatments' in 
my sidebar it will take you to a 
number of designs that are free
for you to play with.

- Although we are in the middle of winter here, perhaps you might like to consider collecting the fodder to make some of THESE for your summer garden.  And if you want to see some more great ideas for garden art, have a look HERE.  Be sure to scroll down!

- If you like to burn candles (the ones that come in the jars) have a look at the tips HERE for re-purposing those jars.

- If you've ever had occasion  to sew with that lovely-feeling and oh-so-soft minky fabric you'll know what a pain it is to work with.  There are some helpful tips HERE that might go a long way towards cutting down on the angst!

- For the quilters, perhaps you'd like to have a peek at all the fun star patterns available HERE.  

Today the quote is from an anonymous source..."Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry, kiss or dream?  Because the most beautiful things in life are not seen but felt by the heart"

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A new project

Yesterday I scrounged around in my stash and came up with some fabrics to start creating a new crazy quilt project.  At least I think it will be a project - might turn out to be a dog's breakfast (of the regurgitated  My stash rather lacks in oranges and yellows so it was a challenge.

Once again I'm going off into uncharted territory.  Like I said,  dogs and breakfasts is a definite possibility!  Stay tuned.

- THESE would be nice for Valentine's Day, but I think they would work year 'round in so many different ways.

- There's a nice tutorial HERE (part 1) and HERE (part 2) for a sweet little needlebook.  Hexxie lovers take note!  HERE is tutorial for another one (perhaps you could combine the nicest elements of the two?)

- For the cross stitchers .... there's a cute cupid pattern HERE  that would be nice for Valentine's and how about a floral bunny pattern for Easter found HERE.  

Today your quote is from Abraham Maslow..."In any given moment we have two options:  To step forward into growth or step back into safety"

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Something a little different

I spent the last few days making some sleep pants for our #1 son (special request for his birthday next month).  Both of our boys are very tall and have long legs which makes buying commercially made sleep pants frustrating because they're all too short.  So I used this pattern... make three pairs (two in flannelette and one in fleece)....

First time I've tried making them in fleece and I suspect it might be my last.  That stuff isn't easy to work with and it 'fluffs' all over the place...they'll be nice and warm though.

- If you know a fan of Star Wars, perhaps they would like one (or several!) of THESE.

- Suzi has created some of the most amazing papers and you can get the how-to in her post HERE (along with seeing the amazing things she made!).

- Kathy Shaw has opened registrations for her FREE online crazy quilting class for beginners.  You can find the information HERE  but you will have to hurry because the window of opportunity closes Wednesday at midnight.

- If you happen to like corgi's, then you will want to see THIS tutorial (well, you will want to see it anyway because it's so cute!).

- HERE is a nice tutorial for embroidering silk ribbon daffodils.

- The Crazy Quilting International Group has announced a Valentine's theme fabric postcard swap and you can find further details HERE.

- At first glance I was sure THIS was edible - but it's soap!!!

Another quote from an anonymous source..."Think as little as possible about what other people think about you"

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Done! Finis!!



Here is the original photo I used as inspiration..

- For the quilters - HERE is a great free pattern that can be used in so many different ways (be sure to scroll down!).  There is also links HERE to a number of heart themed quilt patterns that would be perfect for Valentine's Day.

- For the knitters and crocheters, you can find some really great charts HERE to keep track of your projects throughout the year, as well as one to inventory your needles AND your stash.  Very handy!

- There's a cute tutorial HERE for making pacifier clips for babies. 

- HERE is another great item that quilters might like to make for themselves!

- If you are interested in smocking, there's an excellent article HERE about using your sewing machine stitches along with smocked fabric.  Rather ingenious!

Today your quote is from Greg Anderson..."When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life"

Monday, January 08, 2018

One foot forward and one foot back!

No, I'm not talking about any sort of exercise program, unless you want to think about my fingers.  Hey, come to think of it - that's the kind of exercise I LIKE!!  Anyhoo....

With the aid of tweezers in one hand and masking tape in the other I was able to remove all the tissue paper 'bits' in the sky.  Of course the minute I finished that, I did some internet surfing and came across the tip of cutting your pattern from freezer paper, ironing it on and then stitching around it.  Easy removal.  Why didn't I think of that??!!  

Then I attempted to do some free motion quilting on the lower bits of the sky.  After much #*%$@$* at my lovely, wonderful, beautiful ^%#$@&$^ sewing machine, I reverse stitched all that too.  Finally had some success with straight line quilting the grass area but by that time the level of frustration was exceeding my patience so I gave up.  All the attempts to both FME and FMQ the smaller sky sections now means that the fabric looks like swiss cheese and will now have to be replaced.  Sigh.

- With the bitter cold here at the moment, it makes my thoughts turn to warm and cozy things, so how about THIS pretty crocheted afghan?  Or maybe THIS one (that conveniently uses up scrap yarns!).  Maybe THIS one (also a scrap user-upper).

- Or maybe a hat might be just what's needed in your life?  Maybe THIS one, or THIS one, or maybe THIS?  Or perhaps THIS?

- Mittens are never a bad thing either, so maybe THESE or THESE  or THESE?

- And what about some warm cozy socks?  Like THESE?  Or maybe THESE?

- And everyone needs a nice cozy scarf like THIS one or THIS one, THIS one or THIS one.  Or maybe your preference runs to cowls like THIS, THIS  or THIS one might make the man in your life happy.  THIS one is rather nice too.

- Maybe a warm shawl might be something you'd appreciate...perhaps one of THESE or THESE.

- And for a change of pace, I stumbled across the amazing weaving work HERE.  Be sure to scroll down!

- HERE is a free pattern to make a wallet - good for stash busting!!

Today the quote, quite fitting to my attempts over the weekend, is from Bo Bennett..."Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success"
Hmmm....I do know one thing....I AM 
positively frustrated!  

Friday, January 05, 2018

Just too darned cold!

Staying warm these days isn't the easiest thing to do!  Woke up to -27 degrees Celsius this morning and that was enough for me.  Did NOT want to add on the wind chill factor to get the true temperature!  DH felt that the car should have a wee run this morning to keep the battery charged - it started but you could tell it was under duress.  Drove like a tank for a little while!  It's in weather like this that we miss having a garage.  

Nothing of note has happened in the sewing room here at Chez Magpie - nor has anything been happening with either my knitting needles or crochet hooks.   I'm doing my usual thing at this time of year and snuggling in my easy chair with a good book (or seven).  A week or two of sloth, particularly with it this cold outside, is about all I feel like doing. 

So....I went back through my pictures and realized that I had neglected to share this wee project with you before Christmas... 

It's a card I created to send to my Australian cousin who recently got herself a little Scottie puppy.  Thought she'd get a kick out of the image I chose!

- HERE is a link to a list of cross stitch stitch-a-longs that are happening. 

- Kathy Shaw is taking registrations for another of her FREE online crazy quilting classes for ribbon embroidery and you can find more info about that HERE

- If you, like a lot of us, struggle with making French Knots, Mary Corbet has a great article on her blog about how to get them perfect every time.  Have a look HERE

- There's an interesting post HERE about choosing colours for making a temperature blanket.  I've toyed with making one but just haven't gone so far as to get the yarn I would need.  I do love the concept though and maybe someday I'll get around to it.  She has also written a great post HERE about them.   Hmmm - might just make this NOW to keep me warm!!

Today, rather than a quote, I have this...

Stay warm and safe those of you that live in the cold climates and for those of you currently enjoying the warmth.....pfffffft.