Yesterday was the day that the goose needed to get into it's Christmas attire, so I spent the afternoon in my studio sewing up a Santa suit. The orange pumpkin suit just wasn't working for this season of green & red. The suit & hat are underlined & lined to add weight to it - not to warm the goose! it gets quite blustery up here on the hill. The goose is made of concrete so it moving is not a problem but it does face north & will soon be coated in snow.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Block number 4 completed & number 5 started. This is more work than I thought--in 'one flower' there is a circle(love my Mylar circle markers),followed by another smaller circle,followed by a flower, followed by another circle, followed by another circle that has a piece of batting in it, so it looks more dimensional. And that was just one...yes, my applique skills are improving on leaves & circles :)
Monday, November 21, 2011
This photo was used as our Christmas card 2010.
I've been busy in different directions lately. I enjoy doll making & have always wanted to make this workshop Santa. His vintage black cut glass eyes, twinkle when the light hits them & his wee nose is a wooden plug. The hair was from Katie's rug pullout, she was going to trash it as it was just bits--how fitting for the beard. I'm using the rest for needle felting little sheep, polar bears & white highlights, as intended, somethings just happen with a pleasant outcome. I gave Santa some helpers, a pair of gnomes I knit a few winters ago, he also has a burlap bag with treats that's not in view, behind his chair. Out of sight--out of mind for Diesel, the Siberian Husky, he loves opening things! Santa's leather boots are from an old wool tweed coat's under collar & the green tweed leggings are from the underlined part of the coat that cannot be cut up for rug hooking, these fused interfaced pieces I use for wool appliqued quilts that are machine buttonholed. As one girlfriend keeps telling me--you waste nothing! Showing you can make something from nothing! One of my favourite children storybooks--Something From Nothing, a quilter's delightful read of a grandfather's love for his grandson.
Friday, November 4, 2011
I was a little restless with so much applique & put together this wool acorn pillow from the Rabbit's Gift -Trio by Claire Denny. The pattern center was not enough as I enlarged the background size to accommodate my Mustang lounge pillow, so I added 4 acorns from the other pillow design. I loved the cardinal fabric so I quilted it using painter tape as the grid guide. Everything was done on my Babylock machine, so it went together quickly. The acorn wool was my week's find, a blazer from England for 3.95, it took 1 1/2 hours to take it apart to be hot washed, the outcome was so worth it, it's beautiful fabric, the brown is from one of my favorite wool skirts that I wore in the early 80's. I was much smaller back then, if I knew then, what I know now...I would have admired my 26" waist more!
My admirer's, I just feed & walk them & they follow me everywhere ;)
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
This is my grandpup Diesel, he's a beautiful 2 year old Siberian Husky & will be living with me & my pets for 6 months while Mitchell, 2nd youngest son, is attending Durham College in Toronto.Mitchell is completing his elevator licence. Diesel has been coming here since puphood & has stopped nibbling on the house now. He & Boris do their ruff housing in the house till I use my mommy voice on them & they retreat, Boris to his Moses baby basket & Diesel to a full lie down on the floor. This is his 2nd week with me & has graduated to getting comfortable on the couch!
Tommy on the couch, when Diesel's not around.
My 1st hooked rug...I'm a Hooker!! It was a real joy going to Miramichi every Thursday to learn this art, thank you ladies for all your help & suggestions to make my idea come to life.
This is the backside, I used twill tape for the binding & now will stitch it down with upholstery thread. I think I'll wait a bit before drawing up another design, so many UFO's right now. A creative mind is seldom tidy & I need to take the time to get things in order in my studio. Then I'll create!! & not even notice the mess : )
This was a pillow pattern given to me for my b-day this year, thank you Elizabeth, so on my 'sit-stay' 15.5 hour car ride home I started it. It will be made into a pillow for the cottage's new screened in porch 2012. The thought of being outside on a beautiful day & not chewed apart by biting bugs! really makes me smile & the hand sewing or rug hooking or reading a good book, or just learning to play guitar, in that beautiful screened in porch. I've been to Epcot-Disneyland & the motto there is... "If you can dream it, then you can do it!" Oh so true.
When I was at the summer house last season, my husband painted my city house bedroom with the paint we bought but ran out of time to do. There's always that 'round to it list'! He had quite the chore, this room has a 12ft cathedral ceiling. The rest of my area isn't organized & just had the new ceiling lights installed last weekend. It's a wonderful feeling to go to bed & during the day I just take in the feel of the colour with the sun on it.
I've chosen a softer palette for my room with the bedding & drapes, it's inviting & oh so soothing. Thank you my sweetheart for all those weekend long distance Skye calls, it's been soooo worth it ;)