MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A small change


Woke up to lots of snow yesterday - and didn't get the heavy rain they predicted.  Right now there's more snow piled up in the parking lots than there's been all winter.  Where, oh where, is spring?

At least the conditions outside meant that I could be working on the house project, as you can see from this...


- For those of you who like owls, perhaps THIS handsome fellow will catch your eye.

- There's a really pretty sweater pattern HERE

- THESE are for the Harry Potter fans!

- THIS is a beautiful cushion - but you could also use the flowers in many other ways.

Another anonymous quote..."God gave us mouths that close and ears that don't, that must tell us something"





Monday, April 16, 2018

A start - and a stop


We have had a most interesting weekend (and it's still ongoing)....freezing rain, ice pellets, snow, rain, heavy wind.....you name it, we've had it.  This morning we awoke to what some would call a winter wonderland with all the trees covered in ice.  It may be pretty, but it's downright dangerous.  Fortunately the power, at least here, has stayed on, but that's not the case for many other areas in southern Ontario.  The weather people are now saying we're in for very heavy rain in the next day or so - which is going to create a whole 'nother sort of havoc.  People are being strongly advised to stay home and off the roads, which is precisely what we're doing.  It's better to stop and stay put, rather than risking our lives (and that of others).  

So....being housebound means I can get some work done on the house project.  Over the weekend I laid down the basic pieces of fabric and came up with this...

At this stage I always wonder why I'm even attempting to do this.  It looks awful.  I know it will get better (at least I hope it will!).

And....if anyone is interested....the piece (below) is for sale.  Drop me a message and we'll talk.




- If you know a little someone who likes Babar The Elephant, perhaps one of THESE might be something that would be well-loved.

- Unfortunately our youngest little one is now too big for THESE!!!

- There are a lot of quite interesting household tips HERE - some are quite ingenious!

- If you plan on doing any traveling perhaps you'd like to make one of THESE (there's multiple other uses for it too).  

- Kathy Shaw has opened registrations for the second in her series of free crazy quilting classes.  Go HERE for further info, but you'll have to hurry because it closes tomorrow!

Instead of a quote today, I found this interesting tip....


My question is....
how am I supposed to remember
to clench my fist??

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Committed!

And yes, I already know what thoughts are going through your mind!  Some would say it would serve me right...ahem.  Anyhoo.....

The person who purchased the barn (from my previous post) has commissioned me to recreate their house in fabric!  My first commission since I embarked on this landscape caper.  They live in an amazing old farmhouse that is a perfect place to visit (actually our #2 son and daughter-in-love were married there).  I really hope I can manage to do this house justice!



- There's a free online quilt magazine available HERE.  You can upgrade to the paid version (which includes more content) if you would like.  If you sign up the issues will be delivered to your inbox automatically.  I subscribe to the free version and there's lots of content.  AND, I just found out that they're celebrating their birthday and  if you buy a subscription (normally $10/year) before midnight on Sunday Apr. 15 and use Coupon Code   FB01C  you can get it for half price!

- I simply cannot even begin to imagine knitting THIS small!!!

- THIS is a rather cute wee pincushion.

- If you like hats and would like something pretty to wear this summer, how about THIS one from a free pattern?

From an anonymous source..."When my arms can't reach people who are close to my heart I always hug them with my prayers"








Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Finished - and Sold!!!!

The latest barn is finished - and, wonder of wonders, it promptly sold!  And....even more amazing....it could have sold twice over.  Still reeling from that one!  





Now, if I could only sell the crazy quilted one I'd be definitely over the moon!  

- THIS man does amazing metal sculptures!

- There's a really cute pincushion featuring wool applique  tutorial/pattern HERE.  

- I rather wonder if the sloth is going to be the 'new' rage?  At any rate, there's a free pattern for a really cute one HERE.  

- A pattern HERE to make a handy garment bag.  

- THIS would be a handy organizer (instead of using an old Pringles can like I do!).  

Today's quote is from Eleanor Brownn..."Clutter is not just physical stuff.  It's old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits.  Clutter is anything that does not support your better half"




Friday, April 06, 2018

A little more done

I've been able to spend a couple of days at home so got a bit more done on the latest barn....




And here's a close up so you can see some of the details
(you can click to embiggen if you'd like)



- There's a good chart HERE to give you a general idea of how much yarn is required to make all sorts of different projects.

- I know THIS is a commercial site, but the creations made me smile so I thought you might like to see them too.

- Just a note to let you know that Kathy Shaw has opened registrations for her  FREE online class 'Silk Embroidery and More' and you can get details HERE.  Better hurry though, because registration closes tomorrow!

- One of the little-known facts about me is that I love stained glass so I found the work of THIS artist amazing. 

Another anonymous quote..."Words are like keys.  If you choose them right, they can open any heart and shut any mouth"



Wednesday, April 04, 2018

A finished project!

Over the weekend I finished the crazy quilt barn landscape quilt.  Overall I'm pleased with it, but had I a chance to do it over I would choose to use a darker thread to do the machine embroidered seams.  Initially I didn't want the seams to be the focal point and take away from the barns....however, now I look at it I think it would have been okay to use a darker thread.  Next time I'll know!


I think you should be able to click to
embiggen these so you can see the
details a bit better



And, just to remind you of what the original photo looked like...

- Today I'd like to announce that Stephanie of 'The Enchanting Rose' is currently taking sign ups for her latest exciting teacup and/or mug swap.  I've taken part in the last two she had and I can tell you that it's a great deal of fun! This is the twelfth time Stephanie has hosted the swap and she's a wonderful hostess.  You can find more details HERE.  

- Last time I gave you a link to dyeing yarn in a crock pot and now I've found a couple more interesting articles about different variations.  Go HERE for how to speckle dye and HERE for how to gradient dye.

- I got excited when I saw THESE - I usually put my pin container beside my machine when I'm sewing and can't guess how many times I've managed to upset it.  One of these would be SEW handy!!

- THIS intrigues me too - it serves a double purpose.  

- HERE is a rather nice sewing tote organizer - another great use for small amounts of fabric!

- And HERE is something else that would be really useful!

- Today's quote comes from two favourite characters..."How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet).  "You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).



Monday, April 02, 2018

A little something



Over the weekend I stash dived and came up with enough yarn to make this...
He measures about 6" tall and the pattern is the 'Little Bigfoot Monkey' by Sharon Ojala and can be found HERE.  


- If there's a little one in your life who likes to play dress up, perhaps making THESE might be just the thing!  Or maybe a Superhero cape and mask found HERE?

- And how about THIS gift for little ones who like to camp out?

- Check out the amazing art THIS person creates!!

- Another great tutorial HERE for hand dyeing your own yarn.

- THIS is one of the things that just plain make you say 'awwwww'.

- THIS concept is intriguing, especially if you have a large wall space to fill. 

Another anonymous quote..."Beautiful has nothing to do with looks.  It's how you are as a person and how you make others feel about themselves"