I guess. I mean, I don’t know. I haven’t blogged lately because I have so much going on that I have to really focus on. I’m supposed to be talking about quilting and cross stitching so here’s some pictures:
Endless appliqué with frequent cuddle breaks with Janis Joplin the cat
This Carnival pattern by Carolyn Manning Designs is complete but I intend on getting it professionally framed. Soon. Or someday. Whichever comes first.
Started Rosie the Rivetor. A kit by Gecko Rouge designed by Point Blank Art and Design. It’s a difficult one.
I also EPP regularly but hand stitching is slow so we’ll save progress pics for another time.
I miss my dog. But there’s spring around us so I dip my hands in dirt each day to feel whole, transplanting, seeding, thinning and building. Life moves steadily onward.
I have finally made some measurable progress on the tattoo quilt. I initially began by make a gray starry background using very traditional piecing as you’ll see further below. Once this came together, I decided it was way too busy and bought the hand-dyed blue batik background you see behind the sun/moon.
The fabric colors change depending on the time of day.
I will use the gray starry quilt as another quilt. My husband says he really likes it but it doesn’t really elicit any excitement from me. Sometimes things don’t turn out like the picture in your head. However, I am very pleased with the sun and moon on the blue fabric. I have some ideas on adding color to the borders so we will see how that turns out.
I got this Kaffe Fassett top finished. It is so lush and beautiful. I’m still thinking about how I should back and quilt it. Any ideas are welcome. It is quite big.
I had this grand idea to make potholders and sell them on Etsy. Not so grand actually. These potholders are for sale on Potholders Listing but I’m not excited about selling them. I was really meticulous about the quality and they took me many hours to make so I feel like I’m selling part of my soul for $12.95. If you buy them, you will get a superbly made product that is really gorgeous.
This is stitched from Carolyn Manning Design’s pattern Carnival. I’m 3.5 pages done of 9.
I’m hand piecing this quilt using a Tula Pink English Paper piecing kit called Marquise. I am over half done finally. Of the kit at least.
Since the last time I blogged, I have had a few finishes. The first is this Queen Anne’s Lace cross stitch project designed by Nora Corbett for the April 2016 issue of Just Cross Stitch. It was my first time beading in a cross stitch project and I truly enjoyed it. It opened me up to an entirely new sector of the cross stitch world!
Last time I had a finished top and this time I have a finished quilt! I stitched in the ditch for quilting and did a scrappy binding. This is a picture of the quilt after it was washed so it’s all wrinkly, just the way I like quilts! This quilt will be donated to Camp Heartland (www.oneheartland.org) in May. I am doing a quilt and pillowcase drive for 120 camp participants. I have the quilts pretty much covered as I am teaming up with quilters involved with Quilts Beyond Borders. Camp Heartland fits in their mission because they serve kids ages 7-15 experiencing homelessness who have HIV or AIDS. I do need some help with the pillowcases, however. If you want to help, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. So far I have 24 pillowcases collected. Delivery will be in early May.
And finally, there is one last finish. Charlie, my bestest friend, died last week. He was 12, blind, diabetic and arthritic but otherwise completely happy and the best companion. He had lost a little weight recently but from Sunday to Monday he went from a happy mobile dog making snow angels to unable to walk, eat or drink. After some tests, his doctor said she thought that he had some underlying disease or cancer that he wouldn’t recover from because it was making his diabetes (and many other bodily systems) out of control. I can’t remember all the terms she used. His health had been compromised already from two previous surgeries and he was in so much pain that day. He died in my arms while I was kissing his forehead. It hurts just to write this. I still don’t entirely believe he’s gone. I donated his stuff to the humane society yesterday and I couldn’t even look at other dogs. I think Janis Joplin, our cat, will be going solo for quite a while. Losing a pet is so incredibly painful. I’ve cried more for Charlie (I’m in tears typing this) than I have any human. He was by my side constantly for the last 3.5 years that I’ve had him. He loved car rides, vacations, day trips and walks. His favorite place to be scratched was behind his ears near his neck. He would let out a euphoric groan when you scratched there. His fur was so soft it felt like you were petting a fluffy bunny. He hated wearing clothes and would growl if I tried to put on booties or a jacket on him. He was totally loyal and would only walk with me or my husband. I never boarded him or left him behind in the 3.5 years we were together. We did everything together and my therapist said he could definitely be certified as a therapeutic animal. But he was more than “an animal”. He was Charlie.
I LOVE cross stitching. Like L-O-V-E. LOVE!
When I was 15, I was in the middle of a move. My family had most of the house packed up and I was waiting for the moving truck to return. As I was packing earlier, I came across a holly and ivy small counted cross stitch ornament kit. I had set it aside and, now faced with hours before the truck returned, I picked it up.
It felt like I merely blinked once as the hours slipped pass. In a few short hours, the ornament was stitched and the moving truck was ready for another load. I was hooked.
Cross stitching helped me cope through many moves over the following years. It got me through college and into my first home. It was so therapeutic to select colors and fill areas with x’s.
This was pre-internet and I lived in a rural area so in my early years I bought Paula Vaughan books from Walmart and stocked up on DMC floss. I eventually found a cross stitch magazine at a bookstore and entered into the world of mail order (Herschners!).
Now here we are in the middle of the technology and information age! And I want it all! Yet I am still finding gaps in what I am looking for even though I have the world at my fingertips. Gradually, I hope to fill those gaps.
I will naturally dye needlework fabric and design patterns that I can’t find anywhere else. I want patterns that are scary, weird, exciting and totally different. I want to create stuff that isn’t pretty or cute, that is challenging, that explores artistic concepts. This is only the beginning…