Monday, April 7, 2014

Good Weather

In the Maritimes, we have one sure way of knowing that spring has arrived.  The temp is up to 44F, we have 6 foot snowbanks and people are wearing shorts!  It's true lol :) And, I do have my shorts one, some windows open...still can't hang clothes on the clothesline yet cause the snow is still too high.

But now, I have Maxine's problem:) LOLOL





Happy stitching and God Bless! ..now where did I put those razorsPhoto: Time to get out the hedge trimmers. Yeah, I haven't shaved my legs since November.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Winner!

That was an amazing hop of flags on a stick....so many beautiful flags, so much inspiration.

I put all the names of the commenters in a basket and hubby pulled the winner of the Notebook cover.
The winner is nlcalendar, who said "Love your flag. It will be so nice when you can display it on the lawn. Thanks for the giveaway."

Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who left such wonderful comments. Each and every one made my day:)

Happy Stitching and God Bless:)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Thursday 27, My Flag

As we are in the midst of "crippling" blizzard (honestly, that's how the news people stated it lol), and the lights have been flickering, I figured I had better post my Flag on a Stick today as there is no guarantee that we will have power later or tomorrow. The wind is really fierce and being as we live in a heavily tree'ed province, it's not unusual for the trees or large branches to come down and take out power.   SO, WE ARE GOING TO PRETEND THAT THIS IS THURSDAY, MARCH 27, MY DAY TO WAVE MY FLAG!
Of, course, for most everyone reading this, it is actually Thursday...hope you are not confused yet :)

Thanks so much to Ms. Thearica for hosting and cheering us on, and to Madame Samm for the blog hop idea. And a big round of applause for our Sponsors, Flags on a Stick,  and Flag Outlet .

Here's my flag! I absolutely love it. I am and not ashamed to admit it lol! It turned out much better than I thought it would. It measures 12.5 x 18. My flag hanger is buried under 3 feet of snow so I had to lay it out on the floor :(
My back...some fabric that I had with quilting notions and words on it, and my hanging sleeve is there at the top but it is hard to see as it blends in.
A close up look...
My process....I knew from the first that I wanted my flag to represent the fact that I am a quilter and stitcher. I spent weeks just thinking how I could effectively do this, what elements were important enough to me to go on the flag, what kind of a look I wanted to go for...bright and cheery or country folkart; and finally, what would the final construction process be for joining the front and backing.

After several weeks of thinking and decision making, I knew four things: I wanted country colors, a spool block, a crow, and needle and thimble. Could I fit all these elements onto my flag?

Out comes the drafting paper:
I think I changed the shape and size of that spool block at least 4 times before it felt right. I let the sketch sit for a few weeks, coming back to it to see if I still liked it. Mentally, I re-arranged a few things.
Then, to start pulling fabrics to audition:
I knew I HAD to have red and that went into the spool. Funny enough, lots of blues here but they really didn't end up playing major parts in the design.
First, I made the spool block and attached it to the grass and flower bottom. Then as I started to place the applique elements around I realized that I wanted their placement different than my sketch.  A girl has the right to change her mind, eh?! lol That's where the rick rack suddenly came into the picture. And this is Vintage Rick Rack...I collect them and even have a vintage Rick Rack Box to store them in.
Look at the price..29 cents!
To put my front and back together, I fell back on an old sewing staple from the "80's...see, there's no such thing as an outdated stash lol, eventually, you will find a use for it :) I used Pellon Heavy Duty Wonder Under Fusible to join the back and front of my flag. I wanted something really stiff so that the flag would have a better chance of staying down. I store my fusibles in plastic ziplock bags to keep them from drying out and pulling away from the paper.After fusing, I machine blanket stitched all around the outsides edges of my flag. I like it..I would do it again.
Well, if you have patiently read this far, you deserve a chance to win an award lol. I have this cute little notepad cover to give away. If fits in your purse and is so handy for writing down all your to-do's.

To enter, just leave me a comment, YOU MUST LEAVE ME A WAY TO CONTACT YOU IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A BLOGGER ACCOUNT! will pull winner at the end of this blog hop which is april 3.

I really enjoyed taking part in my first blog hop with Madame Samm. If you haven't done one yet, go ahead and sign up! Well....what are you wait'in for lol!
Please go visit those who are also waving their flags today!

March 27th

Bumbleberry Stitches

Quilted Delights

Red Quilts

On the Banks of Frog Creek

Words & Stitches

K and S Sweets and Stitching

The blizzard is raging here, total whiteout conditions. Please Lord, let the power stay on!

God Bless and happy Stitching :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Waving Our Flags!

 
 YES!! It's time to wave our flags, March 25 - April 3, with Madame Samm's "Flag on a Stick" blog hop, running from Sew We Quilt . We have the lovely Ms. Thearica from www.pigtalesandquilts.com as our wonderful hostess and she's been a trooper getting us participants on track:)  Don't you love the name of her quilt site :) ...I can just imagine little piggies running in and around quilts hanging on the clothesline heehee...you MUST run over and visit her and then stop on over at Madame Samm's to see all the wonderful fun she has there.
"I just need a quilt, red with polka dots will do, oink oink :)"

March 27, Thursday, that's the day my flag will be waving and I am dancing around the sewing room with excitement. But please be sure to start hopping around tomorrow to see everyone's flag. I am sure there are going to be some wonderful ones and lots of inspiration for everyone!

Come back tomorrow to see the schedule for hopping!

God Bless and Happy Stitching!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Aging Primitive--before and after

Dug out another weed from the storage room to work on. I have had these handmade Prim Annie's for years..bought them at a sale for a song at $4.00 each, clothed...I know, they're naked here lol. The clothes I took apart to use as patterns for new clothes, more prim looking. The old clothes were poly and still have their nice bright color..not what my decor is now. The Annie's were too cute to toss and I've been wanting to age them, like, forever!
Here's before:
yech, too bright muslin..
Here's after:
Much better :) Now, I used the same solution on each Annie and can't for the life of me tell you why one turned tanner than the other but I like the looks of both. Now to sew clothes so the Annie sisters don't stay "nekked" as my three year old used to say lol

Outside my door today, yep, another blizzard...


God Bless and stay warm or cool or whatever...at this point I give up lol!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wool in a Vase

When the Spring issue of Primitive Quilts and projects came out, my friend Janet and I immediately spied a project that we just knew our friend Amanda would love; and, as Amanda's birthday was coming right up, we decided to tackle the project together. I did all the wool applique and Janet did the sewing.  It was fab fun working together on this project and we think it turned out perfect. Amanda loved it!!