Monday, October 21, 2013

JOY - Paper Piecing Done!

The paper piecing is now put together in this small wall hanging that looks like a placemat. It was way too much work to have it on the table! the borders are a labour of love, each block & there's 12 per row! finish at 1 1/2"! I was pleased at the effect when each block was joined.
This project was a kit I brought with me in the summer of 2009, it's now off my UFO list AND...
I was able to make three from this one kit. Connecting Threads always has such generous kits, for example this 11" x 18 1/2" wallhanging  was mostly done with fat quarters & with one fat quarter you were to cut one 'J' or the tree trunks at the base of the trees. So with so much fabric left I just pushed it to make three! The backing was from left over fabric from other projects. 

You could say it put the JOY-JOY-JOY...down in my heart, where? down in my heart! LOL
Gives me a bit of a Christmas head start on gift giving too!

Where? Down in my heart! Speaking of heart, here's a pet near & dear to mine...

 My handsome 'Little Man' Boris Loree, is taking on such a mature look these days.
 I just love the look of him & hope to capture him on canvas one day.
 So I take many photos of Boris Loree, to capture all his markings, my handsome ' Little Man'.

 I've been working on the rug hooking in the evenings, AND wow does it ever get dark fast now!
 I added the stars to the ground because that's how they hang in the sky on the east coast! When I'm back in Ontario in the populated city of 365,000 people, I don't see the stars the same as here.
I also added the sun & blue moon, in my world if you have 'the sun, the moon, & the stars' you have it all, so this rug shows it all!
I also added a rooster as I was born in the Chinese 'Year of the Rooster', that could explain why I love the mornings so much. The rabbit was already printed on the Lib Callaway design & that was perfect as my husband Bill was born in the year of the rabbit! I'm working on the pineapple that I added, a pineapple is the symbol of hospitality, so it's next to the house. I'm doing both wool strips & Briggs & Little yarn on this rug.

My first acrylic painting is now done & tomorrow I start a new project on flowers. I'm going to do a rose & apply the techniques that I had been taught this summer with rug hooking. I just love how colour & design lend themselves to one another.

Summer sure has come to an end & the trees are getting bare & I can see into the woods for the first time. Fall is upon us now.
But when the sun shines here it's still so beautiful & the air is cool & fresh as you inhale the Fall air it into the lungs, it's rejuvenating.

Hope you too are enjoying the Fall days...wherever you are.


  1. love the "JOY" wall hangings.. your rug is coming along good & the painting is beautiful... will try it one day....soon, I hope

  2. Hi Cynthia, your Joy wall hangings are spectacular as all your handiworks are. You sure do some intricate work. It would bring Joy,Joy, Joy in my heart too....

    You got lots done on your rug and I like that you are putting your own personal touch to it.

    Love your painting. My sisters paints but I never seem to find time for one more hobby, maybe some day. I have an easel, brushes and some acrylic paint but no spare time. My friends are taking painting lessons.

    It's unbelievable how quickly time flies when one is busy.
    We are having some rain today and had to come in from working outside cleaning up at the farm.

    Have a good week Cynthia with your handsome boy Boris.