Thursday, June 14, 2018

Feeling uninspired

If it weren't for the bit of daily and weekly stitching that I do, I would have nothing to share. I've been lacking in motivation the past couple of weeks. I've had some ideas for projects and have even gotten out what I would need to get started, but end up putting everything away and doing nothing. Actually I've been on the computer doing jig zone puzzles and solitaire, not a good use of time!

SAQA has a call out for work using repurposed materials called Upcycle, I immediately thought of three different things that I have that could be used and at various times have gotten the stuff out, but nothing seems to be jelling into a complete idea. Maybe I just need more time to work it through.

2018 Weekly Leaf #24

Before stitching

After stitching



2018 Daily Stitching #2

A bit of background and some new shapes






I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Quilted, Reversible Rug

Last week I showed the start of my quilted reversible rug that is going to replace my old rag rug. It has been in place since Sunday and I love it. Here are both sides of it.



It was quilted with a variegated thread in close horizontal lines, very boring to do but I like the look.

It replaces this rug that has the edge that is in very bad shape up against the wall so it can't be seen.

2018 Weekly Leaf #23

I've done a few more botanical/eco prints and that's what I'll be using for the next few weeks.




2018 Daily Stitching #2, days 8-14






Today I'll be driving into the Boise area for our regions first SAQA meeting, yeah! Gail Hansen is hosting it at her house, and hopefully we can set up some sort of regular schedule for meetings. We live a bit of a distance apart and there aren't many of us, so this can sometimes be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to it.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Another daily stitching started

Blogger has made some changes that have to do with the European Privacy issue and of course I have no idea what to do. I've always gotten an email when someone leaves a comment on the blog, I'm no longer getting them. I have to check the blog for comments and then answer on the blog which I find cumbersome, but I guess I'll just have to deal with it and stop complaining.

I did start a new daily stitching, number four in my series of 10 inch squares. This is how it looked before any stitching.


This is the back, with a 10 inch square of felt fused to it. I use felt to give it body so I don't have to use a hoop.

Here it is after the first 7 days.



2018 Weekly Leaf #22




I'm also making a small rug to go under the kitchen eating area table. The rug that is currently under the table is a rag rug and it's been there several years and is coming apart. I've shopped around a bit and haven't found anything that I really like that is the size I need. So I'm making a quilt to go under the table, my hubby thinks it's a strange idea but every rug we have is fiber of some sort. I'm also making it reversible .

So this is one side, a very simple design in browns.

This is the other side made with the leftovers. It's not completely pieced yet so the picture shows it laying on my cutting table.

I plan on doing very close horizontal lines of quilting. When it's done  I'll get a picture of it in use.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Daily Stitching #1 done

This morning I finished the stitching on this years first daily stitching project.


I knew I would finish this morning so yesterday I painted the canvas that it will be attached too.


Then after stitching this morning I cut a piece of black fabric and sewed it to the stitched piece right sides together. Trimmed closely and carefully cut a slit in the black fabric and turned it right side out.
Here's the back after trimming, you can just barely make out the stitching line around the edge.


The finished piece  backed and ready to mount.


Placed on the canvas but not yet attached, that will happen later this afternoon.


Here it is with the two pieces that I did last year.


Now I have to get the next one ready to start tomorrow.

2018 Weekly Leaf #21




I have one more green gelli print to stitch and then it is back to botanical prints since there are now fresh leaves available.

I also got the last donation quilt finished this week.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pulling Weeds and Planting

The title of my post pretty much sums up my week. I spent a whole lot of time pulling weeds, I will admit that it's my fault, if I hadn't put off doing it for a few years it wouldn't have been so bad. But now the backyard is looking much better and some of my garden has been planted.

My sewing machine has not been turned on in over a week, so nothing new to show.


2018 Weekly Leaf #20




2018 Daily Stitching
days 131-137
some background and a couple of fish

Just the one corner left to stitch!

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Textiles in a small town High School

Earlier this week I drove north about 50 miles to the small town of Council, ID (pop. 850) to visit with Jodi Cook, the very dynamic textile teacher at the high school. She had asked me to come visit to help her make decisions about some of the donated fabric they've acquired. This is the only High School textile program that I'm aware of in the entire SW Idaho region. My jaw dropped when she took me into the classrooms, one room holds the three long arm quilting machines, another has stacks of fabric, and the main room has a row of Bernina machines, cutting matts, ironing boards and a very large variety of cutting tools.

The problem that she needs help with is that although she feels extremely blessed to have the abundance of fabrics that people have donated, a very large percentage of the fabrics are really not suitable for quilts, especially youngsters learning the craft. So my task is to help find places or people that could use them. There is a large selection of t-shirt knits and ribbing, lots of silky polyester fabrics and some very heavy knits. I was hoping to find a group that sews for children that are placed in protective services, but so far no luck. I'll be expanding my search to the Boise area, we are trying to keep it relatively local due to delivery issues.

While there I got to see some of the work the students have done and I was very impressed. She currently has 28 students and they average 3 quilts each per school year, some of course do several more. They also make quilts to donate locally, have used batting scraps to make pet beds for the local veterinary clinic, and bags for various projects. A very successful story when most school are doing away with any type of sewing program.

I finished piecing the donation quilt I started last week.

Then all the odd leftover scraps plus some larger pieces from my stash got pieced together for the back.

Now it just has to be quilted.

2018 Weekly Leaf #18




2018 Daily stitching days 125 -130

The bottom left corner is now done.



I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching", go check them out and see what lots of others are doing.