Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vacation Stitch Results - 1 1/2 Blocks

I didn't make as much progress as I had hoped on vacation, but I did get some stitch time in and had a wonderful time visiting with family and seeing the sights of Oklahoma, and over to Arizona and back to Iowa.  The changes in the terrain always amazes me in its diversity.

The two blocks I worked on are shown here.  I tried to correct the colors which are the same I have been using for all my blocks to date.  Now that they are uploaded they don't look right.  It is difficult to get color perfect when there are so many.  The stitching is the main thing and it does show.

I really enjoy working on these blocks.  They are small and easy to stitch and using one color of floss makes it even easier to take along on trips.  If you click on the block you should be able to get a closer look.

I will post some photos from my vacation soon.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On the Road Again (with more of my CQJP 2013 blocks)

As posted previously, I was creating a mini CQ with my CQJP2013 blocks.  I needed to do four a month since they were approx. 3 1/2" square each.  I didn't need all 48 blocks for my mini CQ, so got half way through July and finished the mini quilt.

I did finish about a half dozen additional blocks which I haven't sent in photos yet and haven't made into anything.  We are going on another road trip and I decided to piece the remainder of my required blocks to work on while on the road.  I think I am finished up to September so far, maybe the middle of September.  I still don't know what I am going to make with these remaining blocks, but I am into finishing what I started mode right now.  I'm taking baby steps.  When the blocks are all stitched I hope to have inspiration for completing some project(s) with them.

So my blocks, needle, floss and scissors are packed and ready to go.  We leave soon for Oklahoma City, OK, Albuquerque, NM and then to Arizona.  We are hoping to find some warm weather and sunshine while we are there.  I'm not sure exactly when we will head home, but that is the great thing about retirement.  

Hope your days are filled with sunshine!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lavender and Green CQ Christmas Pillow Completed

I've been having those moments where I ask myself "Why didn't I do this as soon as I finished my block(s)".  I can put these together in just a few hours and the more I do the quicker they go.  This block and the block on the last post have been sitting around since 2011.  They were created for Pat Winter's Crazy Quilt Gatherings publication (Issue 4, WI 2011).  I know many (if not all) of you interested in CQ are familiar with Pat.  If not, you must link to her HERE!  She is so talented and so sharing in her knowledge.  Pat was a huge inspiration to me when I began my journey in CQ.  Warning:  Lots of photos below.

This block is dripping in sequins, pearls and lots of sparkle.  I wish I could convey it in the photos.

I wanted to go for a non-traditional Christmas color and this postcard was my inspiration.  Lavender being my favorite color also made it easy to decide.  I also loved that this postcard had holly and violets together.

My mother-in-law had given me some Christmas fabrics when she moved into an apartment and I found these three small scraps of purple poinsettias.  I literally used all there was on this block and as you can see that wasn't much.

I pulled some other related colors and wanted to add a contrasting color but not yellow.  This is more of a subtle amber contrast color, fabric left over from my fall pillow.

I know most of us like close-up photos, so following are lots of photos showing close-ups and before, during and afters.

I do want to mention that the beautiful snowflake shown directly below is a blog prize I won from Marie Alton.  It was perfect for this block which has a snowflake theme.  Her blog is  

See...2011!  Maybe I should change my ways ~ lol.

Some of my snowflakes came from scrapbooking embellishments.  There were beads that are lightly wired and I simply stitched them on.

I am happy to announce I only have one more pillow to complete for my finished blocks.  I am going to be doing some more mini blocks for two reasons: (1) I want to finish my CQJP2013 commitment and (2) we are planning a trip soon to Arizona and New Mexico and these are super 'take along' pieces to work on while travelling.  We are hoping the weather in Arizona and New Mexico is warmer and more pleasant than here in Iowa!  We are ready for a break from this as are most others I know.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Paper Crafting

My entrance into the world of paper crafting.  I've been designing dies for AccuCut and now have several that I've designed so decided they were doing me no good without a machine.  I ordered the Sizzix Big Shot.  And no, I am not being compensated by either AccuCut or Sizzix to mention this on my blog.  It is exciting for me to use these dies.  I'm just not sure I needed another distraction ~ lol.

Below is my first cut.  It will be fun to have some friends over for a paper crafting party. 

We are talking about a trip to warmer climate for awhile so this may have to be put on hold.  I also can't give up my needlework.  Oh my, oh my, which way do I go?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Another Crazy Quilt Pillow Completed

This is one (of two) of the Christmas blocks I had created a couple of years ago.  I finally got around to creating a pillow with it.  It feels good getting some of these projects made into actual items.

Christmas is over for now, so I'll probably put this elsewhere until Christmas 2014.  My next project will be a green and lavender Christmas pillow I created around the same time.

Here are some close-ups...

Below is the postcard image.  I stitched a wreath around the center oval layering multiple green shades of floss.

The candle was made using a piece of red metallic ribbon with metallic gold edges.  I love how my little row of angels turned out.  I created them using tiny pearls for the heads and simple stitches for the remainder, lazy daisy wings and gowns.

Little red beads created the berries and the stars are simply star shaped beads.

Chickadee is an applied embroidered piece I had in my stash.

Two pillows to go!