Sunday, October 15, 2017

CoCheco Quilt Show 2017

I recently read a blog post by Frieda Anderson who urged people to support their local quilt shows.  She was urging people to make it to the IQF in light of the recent troubles caused by the hurricane.  I then read a an email from a local guild member alerting me to a show in Rochester NH sponsored by the Cocheco Quilt Guild.  I had to check it out.  My mother came with me because she thought she would enjoy the drive.  While I went into the show, she  amused herself by reading in the car.  I really enjoyed the show.

At the entrance was a car with a quilted cover that came from the New England Quilt Museum  that greeted you to the show.  Hung behind the individuals collecting your entrance fees was a Dear Jane quilt.  I walked around the perimeter to decide upon a strategy for viewing the show. The vendors were set around the perimeter.  The show had a number of exhibits alongside the quilts.  There were  exhibits of Challenge Quilts.  One was  based on a Robert Frost poem.,

There was a Special Exhibit.
This included a display of the artifacts of quilters other creative talents.  On display were some mystery novels from a quilter whose day job was writing mystery novels.  Such a talent pool. 

There were several Meet the Quilter displays which included an autobiographical message.

Their creations were on display.  This quilter participated in several quilting adventures including a quilt across America and several trips to Hawaii.  It was great to see the inspirations for the quilts on display.
There were a number of scrap quilts.  I recognized this rendition of Bonnie Hunter's recent Mystery quilt En Provence.

There was a hugs and kisses little bow tie scrap quilt.

And one made from small 4 patches set on point.  I keep looking at the scrap quilts thinking I just do not have enough lights to make it work.
There were a several wool applique quilts.  There was one wool on wool.

But most were wool on cotton. This one was from a pattern that I had longed to do.
 This one I admired because I am working on a wool project myself.  My circle flowers are just randomly placed.  She used clumps of color families that I quite liked.

I took close ups of the stitching that I might use as a reference.  I should print them off as a collection and put them with my embroidery books.

This quilt was made to acknowledge the fact that the quilter and spouse had climbed all the mountains of NH (I'm guessing they were a certain height category.) Each mountain is embroidered with its name.
 I remember watching a Fons and Porter episode demonstrating a wagon wheel pattern like this one,
This quilt is a Karen K Stone paper pieced quilt that was made from flannels.  I have inherited a bunch of homespun and flannels and thought I may do this.

There was a Civil War inspired Row by Row with hand written messages.  I quite like quilts with writing.

 I need to seek out more local quilt shows to support.  It is worth the effort.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October OMG

My goal for this month is to finish the exterior of quadrant 3 and half of quadrant 4. That leaves the rest of quadrant 4 and all of the embroidery on the houses plus the sandwiching and quilting to finish the project. I am contemplating the quilting.  That is still quite a lot to accomplish.  I would really like to finish this quilt before the end of the year.  I anticipate holiday adventures interfering with the time I have available to work on this.

The pattern has an inner narrow raspberry border and a large blue print border.  It is to measure 65 inches by 65 inches.  That is a large wall hanging.  I could hang it over the back of a sofa or love seat and use it as a lap quilt instead of a wall hanging or I could throw it on a bed covered by a pillow sham.  Something to think about.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September OMG

I am making progress on Round the Garden.  This month's adventure included a lot of stitching fun.  The pine tree next to the lighthouse in the pattern looked like it was stem stitch, but a closer look at the original in the magazine showed me that the designer had actually used another stitch.  I decided to due laced herringbone. Part of the pleasure of this pattern is the room for one to do their own thing.  I also decided to design a different lighthouse than the one in the original. I went looking for images of actual lighthouses using my browser.  I found one that had diamonds with an anchor on it.  Here is my rendition in wool of that lighthouse.  I wanted to do something other that a tan lighthouse.  I quite like it.  

Friday, September 22, 2017

My New Favorite Thing

 I went to JoAnn Fabrics recently to look for a variegated Perle Size 5 for Quadrant 3 leaves and stems.  I decided to take advantage of the current sale on sewing supplies.  I found this hummingbird threader.  So cute and it works!!
This threader has a notch like the ones I used to use for crewel work or needlepoint.  They were much larger and meant for chenille or tapestry needles  This one works with small needles.  Hooray!  Hooray! Hooray!  I have been having trouble threading my needles and even my most thinnest wire threaders were not working with the needles I was using for my 100 weight silk thread.  The wires would break or get stuck when trying to thread my needles.  I did not think protuberance was small enough for my needles, but look.  It is.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Wow Halfway or Not

Things are moving right along Round the Garden.  I was thinking I was halfway around so I thought I would note the progress.  However, I just realized that I have yet to stitch the door knobs and window panes on the houses.  I cannot claim I am halfway done with all that stitching left to do.  I have been using quite a bit of DMC Size 5 Perle Cotton.  I am thinking about buying a set of all the variegated.  I need some green variegated for quadrant 3 to finish that off.  I decided to check out my local sewing store and look to see if I can find a skein before I invest in another hunk of money into 36 skeins just to have in case I want them.  My mother already thinks I am nuts for my current thread inventory.   Back at it.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Lighthouse Substitution in Round the Garden

The lighthouse in quadrant 3 pattern was created from stacked alternating light and medium tan trapezoids. Quadrant 4 lighthouse pattern is stacked white and red trapezoids.  That would mean that it is similar in color to quadrant 2 in color and similar to quadrant 4 in shape.  I went to my browser to search images of lighthouses.  I saw a blue and white stacked trapezoids with an anchor painted.  I saw another blue and white diamond patterned lighthouse.  I  decided to make a diamond lighthouse with an anchor.  I drew my version of a lighthouse so that it would conform in height with the pattern.  I used the top section of the pattern and placed it on top of my diamond patterned column.  I have still to add the embroidery elements to finish it off but I quite like the result.  Now to fill in the houses and blossoms from the lighthouse in quadrant 2 to the lighthouse in quadrant 3.

I have been working on this for 3 months.  I anticipated completing a quadrant a month but that is not happening.  Now I am hoping to be done before Thanksgiving.  That seems like a reasonable target.  So far I have most of the interior of quadrant 3 completed.  I decided to wait on the blossoms until I get the exterior  of the quadrant done so that the color choices work well.  I am headed back to quadrant 2 to work on the exterior houses and their associated blossoms.

Saturday, September 2, 2017


I joined Quiltville this week and found out that they have too many requests.  I answered the questions in the quiz.  I mentioned in one of my answers that I enjoy listening for my sister's name to be mentioned during Quilt Cam.  I was approved this time.

I also added the Quiltville button to my blog in honor of my acceptance.  I forgot how to do that.  After a few failed attempts. I managed to figure it out.  I am certaininly not a bloggin' expert but I do like learning how to do some things.

Birds Eye

The background looks so is not.  The directions on the magazine insert pages say that the eyes are made with a lazy daisy stitch.  The picture shows a circle with a dot in the center.  That does not look like a lazy daisy stitch.  Hmmmm.  My first attempt was a small circle of white wool with a colonial knot of blue in the center.  The piece of wool is miniscule.  I decided to attach the threads by stitching from the center to edge.  I pierce the wool where I want the off centered pupil will be. located in the end.  I go over the edge of the wool and come up 180 degrees from where the needle went down.  I thought if the stitching lines were visible that would look like the radiating lines of an iris.  At some point in time I may try that an choose a thread color and weight that is meant to be seen.  For now I am sticking to matching silk.  
 I made the mistake of placing the knot in the very center.  It looks much better off center.  Even though the white patch was little I thought it stood out too much.  I looked up pictures of eyes on blue birds and saw that the irises were colored.  I saw this bird with yellow eyes so I made a bird with a yellow iris and a blue pupil.
I liked it.  I also added a tail to this bird.  There is not one in the pattern but the other birds all have tails so I made one for this guy as well.  I liked the yellow better that the white.  Then I saw the bright green in with my florescent wools so I switched to green,  I realized that in the grand scheme of things NOONE will ever notice white or yellow or green.  It will make no nevermind.  But I say to  it is all about the process and in this case it was worth my time to learn how to better make eyes.  Back to birds on a branch.

Friday, September 1, 2017

September OMG Making my way Round the Garden

I am making my way Round the Garden.  Quadrant 1 is mostly done.  There is embroidery on and around the houses that is not complete.  The pattern calls for stitching on the windows and doors and I there are some butterflies and bees that are yet to fly around there.  I am going to work on the interior of quadrant 3 and the exterior of quadrant 2.  I have commented previously that I am going to work on the blossoms under the houses as I go along.  The process is more enjoyable for me that way.  I am going to skip over to the interior of quadrant 3 because I need some blue for the birds and I want to use some of that same blue on the exterior of quadrant 2.  I will continue to contemplate the quilting.   There is very little open space in this quilt.  I am contemplating tying the quilt.  When I first started quilting that is how I quilted all my quilts.  I used yards of six strand DMC.  I am wondering if I could knot by burying thread as I make sequential colonial knots.  I also wonder what bat I should use.   I bought a board of a silk bat.  I think that would be a good choice.  The wool on top and the silk innards need the same laundering care.  I think that would be a good choice.

Come on over to Elm Street Quilts and join us by committing to monthly goals for our quilting projects.  See what the other goals are being made this month.  This process is essential to my completing all my UFO's and which includes all those projects that I purchased fabric and supplies that are residing in containers.  While I have not ruled out making purchases for future projects, this is helping me to be realistic about how much one can accomplish is a lifetime.  Enjoy your passions.  Having too many projects in the pipeline can cause undue stress.  Thank you OMG.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

OMG Time

I am making my way Round the Garden.  This month my goal was to fill in the blossoms in the inner ring in the first quadrant.  I managed that and started the exterior  of quadrant 2,  I am now contemplating how I may quilt this when the applique is done.  I saw a ribbon winner who had completed this pattern in a palette of mostly greens   It was very nice.  They quilted it by straight lines radiating from the center.  That appeals to me.  It emphasizes the circle but is subtle and lets the applique be the star of this quilt.  The background fabric has a pattern.  I have also thought of stitching over the background motifs.  What to do.  I will have to keep my eye out to see what others are doing.  Come on over to Elm Street Quilts and join in the gang who make out monthly goals for our quilting projects.

Friday, August 25, 2017

What No Blossoms Round the Garden!

The maker of this ribbon winner substituted a ring of flowered fabric where I am placing my blossoms.  I understand the edit.  I have an applique pattern that has thousands of leaves on it.  Boring.  I intend to edit that one.

I did all the houses in the first quadrant of my version of Round the Garden and this month's OMG was to insert the blossoms.  I am working on the houses in the second quadrant now and it is a pleasure not a chore if I do the blossoms as I stitch the houses.  It is like planting a special garden for each of the houses.
Monotony and repetition is sometimes a wonderful thing to settle a restless mind and sometimes just a drudge and time for something else instead.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Round the Garden Lighthouse 2

I got tired of doing blossoms in the ring.  I am close to finishing the first quadrants Blossoms to meet my OMG.  I decided to work on the houses in the next quadrant.  I put the lighthouse in the corner first so that I can space the houses.  First I had to go search for the wool for the lighthouse.  The photo in the pattern shows a tan wool.  I found this wool with a diamond pattern which I quite liked.  There were a lot of loose fibers on the edge of the piece.  The silk whip stitch contained them nicely.  I need to do the embroidery stitches yet.  On to the houses.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bugs in the Garden

First of all the bee made from a 2 wrap French knot, 3 bullion knots and a straight stitch on a piece of yellow wool.
The ladybug is from Sue Spargo's Creative Texturing book.  
This ant is also in that book.  Mine is a might catterwaunpous.  Maybe the next one will be better.  It is made with bullion knots and straight stitches with some single wrap French knots on the ends of the antennae.  
I tried my browser to find more hand embroidered bugs but did not find much.  I did find this image on a blog.  I quite liked it.  Below is my version.
I might try this again in another color way and position the French knots a bit differently.  I was trying to think of the name of the bug.....wooly something or other that is said to predict the severity of the upcoming winter weather by measuring the width of the middle band of white.  Maybe I should make one like that.  I wonder what they are called.  I used to know.  My mind is failing me these days.  Back to blossoms in the inner band.