Monday, 5 October 2015

Three more slow stitching finishes

Got my latest three Bitd Dance blocks finished to a point.

But I've decided to add a bit more colour and am waiting on threads. I used two different colours for the woven picot beak on this one.

Making lots of Drizzle stitches.

Even more Bullion knots.

I'm waiting on some chartreuse threads to highlight the fabric wing inset.

Love the textural details in the designs.

The dark turquoise thread is Blue Seas Silken thread, love the highlights in it.

Love making those wonky feet and legs with Bullion knots.

Love the throw back your head attitude of this guy.

Very long Drizzle stitches for his topknot.

Italian border knot around his wing and pistil stitches along his chest.

Those feet again.

Here are three photos I took in March 2014 of Sue's Bird Dance quilt.

Lovely machine quilting a. It of chartreuse along his collar in this picture.

You can see the chartreuse bullion knots along the fabric inset on the wing that I hope to add.

Lots more stitching to come.
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

More Slow Stitching.

Last Monday morning I woke up with a nasty respiratory virus. I've had almost no energy and lots of coughing so slow stitching on my Bird Dance blocks is just the right speed to go.

I was also waiting on some threads which I got on Wednesday so I could finish these ones off.

The variegated purple was one I needed. Along with 8 weight of the brick one.

Lots and lots of different sized Bullion knots on these birds.

Fun whimsical shapes designed by Sue Spargo.

Loving all the different layers of texture.

Simple French knots and straight stitches can become pretty accents.

Having fun making feet and legs.

Backgrounds of Creative Textures with stitching and different fabrics.

Drizzle stitches of varying lengths, along with back stitching and French knots.

Cotton and silk threads for another visual layer.

Birds all in a row, having fun. Busy with the next set of three.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

First Day of Autmn..

Arrived in the wee hours this morning. Time to hang my Primitive Gatherings crow and pumpkin banner.

To keep my Primitive Gatherings Strutter, aka Turkey Sandwich company om this sunny day.

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Prepping and planning.

Prepped there more of my Bird Dance blocks. Background details done.

Cotton appliqué done.

Wool appliqué done. Now to add some creative stitching. Stay tuned.

Prepping for the first day of Autumn on Wednesday. Our long hot dry Summer with water restrictions is a memory. Grey, windy and wet weekend happening with much cooler temperatures.

Looking forward to Canadian Thanksgiving the second Monday in October.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Slow stitching and a purchase or two..

Prepping some more Bird Dance blocks this past week. I'm not going to square these up until they are finished as the linen ravels a lot.

Love this one's body language, looks a bit mischievous.

This guy's topknot is a bit different don't you think?

Got a package in the mail yesterday love the red and turquoise combination.

I couldn't resist the owl bobbin and scissor minder. It has a suction cup that attaches it to your sewing machine! I had to load it up with bobbins and these cute scissors I found at a local garden shop of all places! I have two sewing machines that I use on a regular basis so it will be fun to take it along to retreats or use it at home on the other machine.

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Row by row, flowers and quilt,

On Friday Rita had a small group of us over to stitch.  We've done two row by row shopping trips together and she pulled out her collection to show me what else she has.  A friend of hers got her some licence plates from Idaho and B.C., Rita got one from Maine and the others are from Washington and Oregon.  I just noticed her one of hers is missing that I got her in Portland.
 This is my collection, these are from Washington, B.C. and Oregon.
This group is from Oregon, one from Washington and B.C.
 This last group is from B.C. Washington and Maine (courtesy of Rita!).
Walking down to Rita is one of my favourite flowering trees, several years ago they had to replace it but I love the Pink and blueberry colours of the blooms.  They are like succulent leaves, very fleshy.
 The star shape is so pretty.
 But look there are also white blossoms on the same tree!  They are more like usual petals you see on a flowering tree.  See the pink one in the foreground.
 Rita leads a quilting group at a local seniors centre and she took the last stitches on her Underground Railroad binding while we were over.  Originally the group was going to make 16 blocks but stopped after 12.  It is very lovely in person.
 I thought I'd share a few more of the lovely dahlia garden from Port Gamble, I love dahlias, but find their fragrance a bit off putting.
 Part of the garden was in shade and the other in sun the colours are so lovely.
 Reminds me of a beautiful quilt.
 Tiny centre peeking out.
 Love the soft yellow blush coming from the centre of this one.
 Different shades of pink.
 More of that yellow/pink blush combination in another petal formation.
 One of my favourite colour combinations.
 Pure yellow, I love it.
 Delicate spiky petals.
 A flower inspector checking for quality.