Saturday, October 20, 2012

Kathy's Stocking

Kathy's stocking has arrived!  I am waiting on 7 more stockings to arrive.  Then it is the BIG swap!!

 The Lion

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Little Reminder

I have this quilt that my grandmother made when she was 13 years old.  It is a beautiful red work quilt.  This was my dads mother and she is gone now God rest her soul.  The below picture reminds me of that quilt.

For the ladies who did not have the money or access to the cigarettes silks of the day they would do red work on their crazy quilt.  I know this as my grandmother told me so.  Growing up during the depression you had to improvise on quite a few things.  That went for your hand work also.  The red work and the embroidery makes a wonderful change from the silks don't you think.  It adds character and makes every quilt unique.  The stitches on the seams in this picture are just beautiful also.  Bringing the quilt all together in beauty.

Have you ever thought of doing a crazy quilt featuring red work?

The Lion

Fly Stitch Lace

  As some of you may have observed I have had a rough past few weeks as you see me on my computer quite frequently at 2am.  This morning on my adventures in computer land I have found some Crazy Quilt pictures that I will be sharing with all in the next few weeks.  My question to you tonight is:  Have you ever tried Fly Stitch Lace on your CQ block? I have and do stitch it when ever possible.  It makes for a stunning seam treatment.

Take a look at this picture.

The stitching on this vintage CQ is just gorgeous!  See the fly stitch lace on the bottom of the picture? Beautiful isn't it?   Not only the Fly Stitch Lace but look at the flowers!  Beautiful use of the lazy Daisy Stitch, Stem Stitch and Feather Stitch.  I love the use of the colored floss on this piece it ties in with all the colors of the fabric.  It all together makes a wonderful piece of eye candy!

  But try the Fly Stitch Lace on your next block.  You will love it!

The Lion

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Stocking Update

Today when I got home from work guess what I found?  Eileene's stockings.  I opened up the envelope to 4 BEAUTIFUL stockings.  The note from Eileene told me that one was for me!  WOW!  Eileene I chose the one that said sisters forever.

I will post pictures of them Saturday!

The Lion

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pillow Swap

On StitchMap we had a swap over the summer.  It is a door hanger pillow swap.  This swap was chosen due to being able to use any needle technique on the pillow that you are to give away.  This is so that EVERYONE can participate in the swap.  No matter what needle technique you specialize in.  For this swap I chose to use silk ribbon embroidery on the pillows.  The theme was fall.  When I told my friend Shari the colors I chose to work with I thought that she wanted to strangle me.  I think what she really wanted to say to me is "No, you can't use pink this is a fall swap!"

What everyone has got to know is I live in Bastrop, Texas.  Bastrop is located right smack in the middle of the great big state of Texas.  What we have for fall colors is very different from the colors that people get say in Main?  Very different from the colors that you get in Colorado.  Heck our weather is just a tad warmer than those two locations for fall.  If we get rain we have the color green it is almost like spring.  If we don't get rain then things are VERY dusty here.  So mainly fall colors here in Central Texas are faded summer colors.  Those are the fall colors are what I chose to work with.

Here are the pictures of the two pillows that I made to send off:

See faded, muted colors.  My pillows come with some yellow for "POP"!  (Rag Weed is so prolific here in the fall!)  The best thing of all these are very Victorian colors!

The Lion