Thursday, November 8, 2018

Making more botanical print cards and a quilt top

The week seems to have just slipped by, where did it go, what did I do with that time? I did make a quilt top out of a pack of 10" squares, I think I'll also add a border to it.


This was probably not my best use of time, but hey, a girl has to just sit and sew sometimes. I have no plan for this, it might end up as a donation quilt.

I turned some more botanical prints into cards and went through the pile and found more that will work. I've got about 40 made, I think I'm about out of envelopes so I'll have to stop soon go shopping.


2018 Weekly Leaf  week #45



2018 Daily Stitching #3  days 44-50
Most of my stitching on this was orange and blue french knots.


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

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Botanical printed cards

Thank you to all who wished me good sales at the Art and Craft show, I've got 2 more weeks to go . The dates of the show are November 16 and 17.

This week I gathered up all the botanical prints that had been done on paper and made cards out of them. Here is a sampling.
I'm very pleased with how they came out and I finally found a use for all the prints. I originally did on paper because that's what I had instructions for, but since I normally play with fabric I experimented and found out what works on fabric. I even had the card stock and envelopes, so another project done using what's on hand.

2018 Weekly Leaf #44
botanical print on silk broadcloth



2018 Daily Stitching #3 days 37-43





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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Autumn leaves

I take a walk most mornings shortly after I get up, lately it's been very dark and I've just been focused on where I'm walking so I don't fall or run into something. Yesterday I decided it was time to take a second walk in the afternoon when I could see, and look at what I brought home with me.


I miss all these beauties in the morning. I do love some leaves with color.

Next month I'll be participating as a vendor in the annual arts and crafts fair here in town, after saying  I'd never do it about 13 years ago. I spent 16 years as a vendor at Quilt shows around the West selling hand dyed fabric and burnt myself out and the local craft shows were never a good option for me. But as I go thru all the stuff I've made and have sitting around here I thought it might be worth a try.

I found a stack of journals that I have received over the years and never used so I'm making covers for them with a zippered pocket. I have four done and 2 to go. These are the only new things I'll be taking.


I knew I had some scarves that I had dyed and when I dug them all out I was rather shocked to find that there were 35 of them. Silk ones and rayon ones, some were blanks that had already been hemmed, but several were just long strips of torn fabric with very soft frayed edges. I like soft frayed edges so that's the way they are staying. Those will all be for sale. I also have several small quilted pieces that have been mounted on canvas, those will also be for sale.

2018 Weekly Leaf #43
Back to the botanical prints for the next five.



2018 Daily Stitching #3 days 30-36

The top section is all filled in.



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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

New page of leaves

I finally put up a new page with all the weekly leaves from this year, you can find it just below the header at the top of this page, or you can click here. It would have been much easier if I had started at the beginning of the year and just updated it every week, but it's done and I will keep it updated.

I did get the little square wooden blocks pieces painted for the Art Guild to sell at the Art and Craft show in November.


Back in early September we had a small disaster in our kitchen, the refrigerator water filter leaked and warped the wood floor. We took out the pieces that were damaged, but since it's old we can't match it so new flooring was ordered. The flooring finally arrived, so this weekend I get to help remove the rest of the current floor. On Monday we have a friend coming over to help put down the new floor. This time it will be vinyl planks that look like wood and won't be destroyed by water leaks.

2018 Weekly Leaf wk#42




2018 Daily Stitching #3 days 23-29
Lots of french knots.



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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Miscellaneous items

I thought I would start off my post with a few of the miscellaneous items that are happening around here. We have had two rainy days in the past week, the first real rain since last spring and now frost is a big possibility for tonight. So my zinnias and other plants are looking good right now, but who knows what they may look like tomorrow.




The scarlet climber that was planted last spring is doing really well but the red trumpet shaped flowers that are supposed to attract hummingbirds haven't shown up yet and the hummingbirds have been gone for a month.



The red flowers that are at the base of the plant are from other plants that the vines have covered up. The second reason I plant this is because of the leaves, well maybe that's the first reason. I love the leaves.

Yesterday I delivered a few quilts to a local museum for the annual quilt show coming up this weekend. I took the scenic route home and had to stop in the middle of the road when I came across this.
There were flowers coming out of this all over it. I do a calendar every year for family and this will be the October picture.

Most nights I have a cup of Sweet Dreams herbal tea before bedtime. There are rose hips and hibiscus in the tea and the bag gets a pinkish color to it and I love the color of the stains it makes. So I've been keeping a piece of an old linen tablecloth folded on the end table to put the bag on and I think it might be ready for some stitches.
I don't know how light fast the color is and I also know that if I were to wash it the pink turns grey.

The last miscellaneous item is a before and after picture of my drafting table. The before picture was taken last spring and the table had actually gotten quite a bit more cluttered.


It now looks like this, I sure would like to keep it this way because it can actually be used for its intended purpose instead of being a dumping ground.
The small pieces of wood on the bottom left are going to have quilt block patterns painted on them and will be sold at the Art Guilds annual Art and Craft Show in November. All the members were given a few to paint.

2018 Weekly Leaf Week #41



2018 Daily stitching #3 days 16-22




As usual I will be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, October 4, 2018

SAQA Auction

I've been remiss in mentioning the annual SAQA Auction that has been going on for the past two and a half weeks. There are still several wonderful pieces available (including mine) in the third section.
This is the piece I donated.

Poplar leaves

I gathered a bunch of leaves again this past weekend and did a bit of printing. First were some gelli prints on muslin.

Second group is botanical prints on silk broadcloth, except for the 2 on the left which are on scraps of vintage linen tablecloth.

I love how the leaf outline printed on this one.

I also did some finishing work on a group of last years weekly pieces. These were done in groups of five called "Signs of Life: the five universal shapes"
Today I hung it in the Art Guilds display area at Weiser Classic Candies.

2018 Weekly Leaf  week #40




2018 Daily Stitching #3 days 9-15


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