Thursday, April 24, 2014

This and That or Scattered Thoughts or Climb Every Mountain!

 Just when you think Spring is officially here things (the weather!) changes. One day we are at 80F and now there is a threat of 29F overnight. P-l-e-a-s-e! Make it stop. OK, I'm done with that little rant. I was remarking to myself on Monday (with a smug little smirk on my face I might add) that I had escaped illness all winter. (insert frown here) Well, I woke up yesterday morning a little more stiff than usual but it has been a busy week. Driving to an appointment with Mr. Sewtopia in rush hour traffic, I noted that my hands were very uncomfortable gripping the steering wheel. Upon return I was feeling worse and worse. Every joint was screaming and I was so cold. I promptly went to bed. The entire day was a total waste because of all this. I had pain where I forgot I had places! Today much better. Flu bug? Arthritis flare? The powers that be letting me know that NO ONE gets off without something.  Lesson here: keep your thoughts to yourself. 

And then there is this...............
I think about things like this, the waste! And this goes on all over the world! Can we make a difference by sewing our clothes? Should we be boycotting the retailers?  
One of those "can you believe this?" photo's on my Facebook Feed! 
Redress HK, Miele, Hong Kong, textile waste, clothing waste, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, zero waste, recycled fashion, upcycled fashion, recycled clothing, upcycled clothing
A 16-foot mountain of secondhand clothing, towering over Hong Kong’s Central Star Ferry Pier, is a sight to behold. But the white-peaked behemoth, designed to illustrate the Chinese territory’s textile waste, is just the tip of the precipice. The equivalent of 7.5 tons of textiles, the “3% Mountain” is only a percentage of the 253 tons of clothing Hong Kong residents throw away on average each day, according to the Environmental Protection Department.

And Now Lets Concentrate on The Good Stuff
Sometimes You just find a blog that is special. The whole cyber-atmosphere is so inviting that you find yourself  browsing around and large blocks of time are gone!  Such is  Fiber Flux Blog. What a brilliant presentation here. Patterns and ideas galore. Crochet dishcloths are the current talk over there. What an amazing collection of free patterns bundled here from great crochet sites the blog world over. Just click on the Link to visit and be inspired. From there just click on the title under each picture and it will take you to a free pattern! 30 of them!

Another place to find wonderful collection of free knitting and crochet patterns is the Red Heart Yarn site. Red Heart Yarn also has a newsletter that you can subscribe to for endless variety and yarn news and sales.

Today's Tune: Climb Every Mountain.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fashion, Royals, and the Rest of Us!

Stephen Lock / i-Images /
I, for one, am so glad that these two are becoming more visible in the world.  Versions of this dress are everywhere right now. Kate and Fashion are such refreshing alternatives to the current news stream. So lets just take a lookie, OK? The bracelet gifted to Kate from the natives is made from seeds. Doesn't this remind you of our Pandora bracelets?
Pretty dress, blue Wedge heeled shoes. I think if you can wear this look (one needs a slim ankle for these IMO.)  Head on out to your shoe store because these will fly off the shelves.
Classic look, Navy blazer, checked shirt.

Stephen Lock / i-Images /
cute little dress and the wedge heeled shoes
Stephen Lock/i-Images/
Made from seeds by the natives these are stunning! I am going seed hunting as soon as this rain lets up!
More Wedges in the Sand.

Summary Statement:
  • Navy Blue is THE perfect summer color
  • The style of Kate can be adapted to any budget.
  • Wedge heeled shoes are going to be popular this summer. *I suspect that she wore the wedges because she would sink in the sand and soft soil while walking about and visiting the villages, yes? 3 inch stilettos would be a real ankle snapper in that situation.
  • Kate could wear a burlap sack and look good.
  • His Mum would have been so proud!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Monday, Can't Trust That Day..............

On my last jar of parsley, good thing Spring is here!
  • Wow, another Holiday come and gone.
  • I always cook too much food. You never know when extra people will show up. 
  • Now everyone in attendance has enough food for three days, (breakfast, lunch and dinner) whether they want it or not.
  • I'll never get all my pie dishes or Lock and Locks back. I suspect they are gone for good. 
  • Good excuse to get new ones, do you agree?
  • My studio is a mess and must be dealt with this week. If I have an emergency they will label me a Hoarder! Not good. 
  • Killing off Will Gardener on The Good Wife was a mistake.
  •  Remember when I said I would work on only one project at a time, all that Focus business? I lied. 
  • I am starting to wonder what the "non-pathetic" people do for fun. 
  • In my town when you close a bridge or a tunnel our lives change dramatically. When you say you can't get there from here it is true. Quilt shops be aware.  
Little progress on this  Kaffe project. A visitor to Sewtopia said it gave her a bit of a headache. Um....what do you say to that?  This little beauty on the right has been tickling my brain. Linda finished this a while ago and said that matching up all those points was a little tedious but it really is so geometric, cute, colorful and the contrast is just perfect.  I have  three in progress right now, I am going to finish them....first....right? The Disappearing Four Patch, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Tune of the Day
The Mamas and Papas, 1966, Monday Monday

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

May this blessed Holiday find you in good health and much happiness surrounded by friends and family.  Thank you all for reading my little ramblings and I will see you Monday. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Last of the Show Pictures

Much to my surprise the photos I wanted to share this day were of a miniature quilt. Well fiddle-de-de Miss Scarlet they did not show up on my download and were deleted. Do I have a camera glitch? Maybe the it just gave it up since I was snapping away the other day. Even camera's have their limit I suppose! I will see if I can recapture those.  In place of that series I pulled up some of the quilt show lovelies. This quilt was a winner. A fundraiser for a local community library I think it is a stunner. It is large, very large. 

Isn't this one beautiful? I love the geometric play against applique.
A star of any kind is always beautiful. In addition, the colors in this quilt are timeless.

This reminds me of a Spirograph I once had so much fun using.Circle shapes are very popular quilt elements these days.
More stars, leaves and square in a square.

Now this one is some serious color and pattern.

I am absolutely charmed with redwork, this one has a coffee theme! Two loves, one quilt!
Only You, The Platters the music of my past. 

Are you a fan of Victoria Magazine? The elegance and stunning photography transport me to a much more elegant life. Now, the publisher of this and other magazines that feed the feminine spirit has started a blog. My first view of this was today and I know it will soon be very popular. The look of the blog is lovely, the photography is stunning and the text guides the reader to a serenity that we all seek in our day to day lives. Phyllis Hoffman-DePiano is the lady who resurrected Victoria, publishes Tea Time, Cottage Journal, Southern Lady and more. She also took over Sew Beautiful a few years ago but it was not listed in her bio. Need to research that. Her first magazine was Just Cross Stitch! Do you remember that one? I still have piles of them on the shelves. I was a real cross stitch fan back in the day. To introduce you to this bright light in the blog lands I have included a link to the site, enjoy! The Ribbon in my Journal

Thursday, April 17, 2014

More Sew and Sew News

There was so much going on at the Sew and Sews this week that I just had to share some more great items. I have said it before and I will say it again. what a great group of women. I am downright privileged to be in their company. And you know we had the little looms going here and there as well. And of course next week will be more amazing projects. Tomorrow I have something in miniature to share. I have the passion for the mini's but I am slow to start. Lots of big ones to keep me busy for a long time to come!  
Marilyn also brought in this scrappy little quilt from the late 1970's or early '80's. Notice the colors. Different greens are also different values, the reds too. But just look at how amazing it is. In addition, these are all half square triangles with a square in the center. Love it! And check out the placement of the sashing half squares. With the white background this quilt looks modern and like it was made last week, doesn't it?
A closer look shows just how well the colors work together. One of our occasional members started her long-arm business about this time and Marilyn believes this is the first quilt she worked on.
nice meandering loops
Another quilt from this era mixes 9 patch and snowball blocks. The colors are graduated from top left to bottom right, dark to light.
And of course, Mary Jane, is our official rescuer. These little blocks were part of a set of blocks someone started and never finished. She has resurrected blocks like this in the past, can't wait to see what she does with these!
The 'Angel' of wools, Merino Roving. Jenny picked this up at the Knit and Crochet Festival a month or so ago and is doing a really fantastic job spinning the wool to yarn. This wool is so well prepared that it looks like it spins effortlessly. The spinning spindle is like magic.*Jenny Doan is peeking out from under the roving. She seems to be impressed as well!
Just look at this beautiful yarn. I am so impressed!
Looking for a little chuckle? Check out the Peeps Diorama Winners!
Getting ready for the Easter Parade? Bing Crosby croons the tune!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lace Easter Eggs and Other Brilliant Ideas

Another great idea for egg decoration. Using lace you can glue a strip of lace or cut out little motifs to mount to the egg. (Use non-toxic washable glue or use eggs with blown out shells, even wooden eggs) Secure the motif, dip in your dye, place on a rack to dry, then carefully remove the lace. I have made these in the past using old curtains that were destined for the bin. I would stretch the lace tightly over the egg and secured the fabric with one of those little wire twistie ties from the bread bags. It took me a while to gather the ties because I bake my own bread. But it worked nicely. Only flaw was the impression, in the back. where I had gathered up the lace. Solution, make that side the back side. Of course, Martha would not have a bad side!
Last week at our Sew and Sews Group we were discussing alternate ways to Hang our quilts. If you want a new idea, no sleeve, no warping, no poufing and waving here is a great idea. Now remember this is for Wall Quilts, decorative pieces that will not likely be used for anything other than this purpose.  Marilyn brought this little beauty to our group yesterday. It is a  Stack-n-Wack pattern, beautiful colors, stitch in the ditch quilting. 
Now, our little Marilyn has apparently forgotten how nimble I am with a camera in hand! You can hide behind that quilt Marilyn but I still see you :) 
Beautifully executed borders and sashing, nice square corners, this would look so good in my entrance hall, just saying.
So here is the back shot. Mounted on a simple wooden frame, stretched taut and balanced with a couple staples in the edges to hold firm. What a great idea! I am in the process of exploring a technique called Snippets. I purchased a book a long time ago and always meant to try it out, we all know about this, but never got around to it. So last week Rose brought in two more Snippet books she picked up at the Salvation Army Flea Market. I studied them all week and the ideas are percolating as we speak, then when I saw this hanging technique I was sold. More on that in the future. I have two quilts I MUST finish first.

Did you see the blood moon the night before last? We had very heavy cloud cover so my viewing was a misty looking sort of pink thing floating in the sky at tree top level. I didn't stay up for the eclipse, I didn't wait for the clouds to clear, I went to bed, slept like a rock. In honor of that I searched for some music to commemorate the occasion, all I could come up with is  Blue Moon, The Marcels, 1961 *turn up your speakers ladies!