20 June 2011
19 June 2011
14 June 2011
The little squares are 1" and the larger ones are 1 1/2". The tiny size means these are nicely portable projects. In a sandwich bag, I can tuck a stack of fabric pieces, the tiny card stock template, a needle and bobbin of embroidery thread as well as a small pair of scissors. It fits nicely in my purse or my work bag and means I can use spare minutes stitching!
I hope to make at least 4 stars for this quilt.
08 June 2011
No new stitching to show today, but I did another watercolor and ink sketch! From time to time I participate on the Wet Canvas scavenger hunts. Every 9 days they put out a new list of items to draw and I've been using that list to motivate me to get back to sketching!
07 June 2011
05 June 2011
There is even a bit of knitting in the mix. I started this light shawl a year ago. It is so soft and lovely to work with, but I have a long way to go! It's a good project to pick up and knit a few rows on each day.
I just love white painted furniture with glass knobs! And I love that all the old character remains in this piece even after all the sanding and priming! I should mention that this dresser used to be dark brown with metal hardware. I'm loving the transformation!
02 June 2011
Often, what takes me the longest when working on one of my crazy quilt projects, is coming up with what to do on each block. Since this is the 4th block, it's even harder, as I want everything to go with all the work that has been done before. I spend more time mulling over what to do, looking at the blocks, looking through books, photos, blogs, stash, etc. Then suddenly, it all seems to come together and progress makes giant leaps forward!
As I look at all the blocks together, I'm so pleased to see this getting towards completion! At first, I thought I would add corner squares to the border, but as I look at it with the filet crochet rose trim in place, I'm thinking it doesn't need them, just some nice creamy fabric under the lace to make a nice border.
It has been lots of fun looking through the old embroidery transfers. I've been gifted with so many over the years and have used them for so many things. Remember all those embroidered jeans and work shirts in the 1970's and 80's? One of my treasures is this set of transfers from the early 1900's. Way back when, I placed them on these photo pages in order to preserve them. Of course, now I know that the "stickum" used is not good for them. But they are well stuck, so one of these days, I will scan them all in order to make sure they survive for posterity. One of the butterflies turned out to be just perfect for Block 4!
While most of my transfers have been gifted to me, I also keep my eye open for them whenever I am out antiquing. There is something about these lovely old designs that I love. So graceful! I love to think of women taking the time embroider these lovely bits on their undergarments and baby clothes!