For Christmas I made my daughters some bags with pockets inside to use for first aid kits. But these are really too much work to make a bunch or to teach. So I made a different pattern that is more like a book instead of a bag. Of course, I had to make it fancy cause I just don’t know how to do it easy.
Just recently I got back into embroidery. Are you like me and have periods of time when you concentrate on one skill or another? Well for me right now it is crewel embroidery and other fancy embroidery work. I am loving it, sitting in my chair and working away.
For a pincushion swap I made two pears made up in crazy quilting style. I have another one ready for the embroidery work. Here are some pics of those.
Then, I got an idea of how to make the embroidery work easier on myself. You see, to do the embroidery work on the pears, I sewed it all together except for the last seam. Then I had to struggle with the needle to get the knots and all hidden. I made a circle of pie shapes and embroidered that then all I had to do was gather the edges and pull them in to make a ball. It made a nice turtle shell for Millie. I think she came out so pretty. She sits on the arm of my chair and holds my pins. Her head and legs make a good place for my needles so they don’t get lost.
Did you ever run a diaper pin through your hair to make it easier to use?
Have you ever torn up rags to use as bandages?
. . . pulled your child in a red wagon to the corner store down the road cause strollers just were not in your budget.
. . . taken a taxi to hubby’s workplace to get the family car cause child woke up needing a doctor visit? (most families still only had one car apiece)
. . . had one doctor for everything, children, childbirth, skin moles EVERYTHING?
. . . boil baby bottles to sterilize them – the nipples too?
. . . made five pairs of pants all the same for your child cause that was the way things were – children did not have to make a fashion statement in those days
. . . cut your children’s hair, gave them perms and suffered the consequences (tears sometimes, happiness others)
Those were the days -times were not simpler or harder, just different.
In December I attended a retreat that was just wonderful. It was a all craft retreat and there were quilters there, scrapbookers, as well as a group of ladies who were doing a “Sue Circle”. That is to say they were all working on Sue Spargo embroidery work. They got my attention and made me hungry to come home and try some of the things they were doing.
Well, low and behold, Sue Spargo is teaching a Craftsy class and it was on sale as well. AWESOME! Of course I immediately signed up and the rest is history. I love it!
If you look up at the top of this page you can see a link to my crazy quilt that is an ongoing work in progress that I really don’t thing will ever get done as it is something you just continue to add to until there is not room for one more stitch. Anyway the embroidery work I do on it is really close to what I am doing with the Sue Spargo work.
I first made a small project and then made two pear pincushions for a swap and then got to work on the class project. I am loving it!
Here is the class project I am working on. I will post pics of the pear pincushions as soon as I hear that the recipients got them. I have completed more of it since the pic was taken and am almost finished with the applique part. Next comes the fun part of embroidery and embellishing.
It came to me that I was doing things the hard way because I thought I was too good to do things the right way. In the middle of cutting out some shapes by scissors, I realized that in Primary school they taught us to roughly cut out the shapes first and then go back and precision cut them. When I did that, it became so much easier and faster.
It made me wonder how many other things I was doing the hard way because I thought I was too good or too important or maybe too old to do things the right way. Of course I am not the only one doing that I am sure.
It is a dangerous attitude to have for sure. How about the driver who thinks they are too good a driver to go by the posted speed limits? Or what about the person who carries a gun in places that they are not supposed to? Or how about the person who feels that they know what is best for their children even though it has been proven that they are wrong?
A little bit of humble pie is good for the soul. It makes take a step back from the table of life and look around and check our attitudes and beliefs and re-evaluate our beliefs and perhaps change a few. It is also good to reaffirm what we believe in too.
For those local who were unable to come Monday, here is the handout.Sew and Quilt Club January 2015.pdf (6 downloads)
We had a great time though making the tied coasters was not as successful as it could have been. I had cut the strips just a little too wide at three quarters an inch. But the zipper creations were fun. Everyone went home with a sample I had made.
Lately I have been seeing posts on Facebook about Pinterest failures. That is, pics of what people did when trying out something they found on Pinterst. Well, I want to tell you that I have had lots of success with things I have tried off Pinterest. Basically, you have to know your limits.
When people post pics on Pinterest usually they are not your everyday simple items cause lets be honest, we post things to Pinterst that we are proud of and want to do a little bragging about. I’m OK with that, I want to see what you have done and I want it to be the best you have done not some everyday ho-hum item.
BUT when we try to duplicate complicated items, we just might be stepping beyond our abilities and then we blame Pinterest or the pinner for our failure. Yes we need to push ourselves and no we should not quit before we even start. But we should be a little sensible about it also. There is no way I am going to be able to paint a masterpiece just because I saw it on Pinterest. But, I can paint a simple little image or graphic if I work at it a little.
It seems that we have been conditioned to expect success. Those little blue ribbons and trophies we get for just participating have made us complacent. They might make use feel that if we are not succeeding it is not our fault, there must be something wrong with the instructions or the materials used. Just a thought.
Anyway, here is my latest Pinterest fun. I found a pin with cute marshmallows that looked relatively easy to do. I wish I could find the web page of where I became aware of this delicious treats, but after searching for over an hour I figured it was not going to happen. But, basically, you put sticks of some kind in your marshmallows, roll them in melted almond bark and then pour some kind of sprinkles or candy over them. They really looked awesome in the photos and are easy to make. It just takes a little time.
The first batch I made for the ladies Christmas party at the quilt shop. I made them with the giant marshmallows like the recipe stated. Well, they really looked awesome and came out so pretty. BUT that giant marshmallow was too much. So the second batch I made, I used regular sized marshmallows and they really worked great. It took three hours to make three bags up. They were taken to the quilt retreat I went to in mid December. They were loved.
The hardest part was finding containers. I kept the tops bare so they could rest upside down in the containers but it took tall containers to hold them. After a hour or two they set up like candy and were not messy at all. After a day or two they still were great to eat and serve. I am going to try and remember these for the future as they make an impressive item to take somewhere.
We live on a corner lot that is a little funny shaped. The corner where the two streets meets is shaped more like a peninsula instead of a quarter circle. Also on the side where our yard meets the neighbors we have two neighbors and none behind us. Anyway there is a bit of nature on the corner and on the sides. Part of that nature are mice and their predator, snakes. The snakes are not poisonous just bull snakes and the like.
Well, last month just before it started getting cold, we get someone at the door late in the evening. He tells us he saw a snake coming across the street into our yard and he chased it down, but does not have anything to kill it with. So he wants to know what to do with it. Hubby was irate and said leave it alone! After the stranger left, hubby went out and found the snake at the end of the driveway and brought it up to the side of the house and put it in a protected area. But it was too late and the next morning the snake was dead. All we can figure is the stranger had drove his car over the snake. Poor fella. Actually poor stranger to have such a hatred inside him.
We see this all the time don’t we? Unreasonable hatred for people or things because of a label. Snakes are bad so lets hate them and kill them whenever we can. But some snakes are good, they keep the mice population down and take care of other issues. Some people are good no matter what label they have and should be judged by who they really are not who we think they are because of unfounded beliefs and labels we put on them.
I am posting it here that I want to be better at blogging. Yes, you hear that all the time from lots of bloggers and then nothing changes. Let’s see if I can change a little.
To start the new year, we had an awesome dinner. Hubby put a ham in the smoker and I made homemade yeast rolls in addition to frying up some cabbage and opening up a can of black eye peas. Oh, and we had corn bread as well. It was an awesome meal and I totally ate too much!
Let’s see if I can get it right. The black eye peas are for money, the corn bread for gold, cabbage for green cash – then add in the yeast to make it all grow and perhaps we might have a prosperous year –LOL
I just love going to quilting retreats. I get so much done and have a lot of fun. When I go to a retreat I like to make a little something for the other participants. It adds to the fun for me.
In March I made these needle books that really were more work than I should have done, but I loved how they came out. All the ladies loved them.
The inside pages consist of a whole page of felt and one of linen. I added a aida cloth square to hold needles and then a fancy trim and buttons for holding some pins. They were really not too hard to make, I just would do it differently next time. I made 28 of these little gifts, but did not need but half that many in the long run.