Wednesday, December 7, 2011

One Flower Wednesday # 13 (but who's counting?)

A short post for today.... 
I am delighted to say that I find endless joy and satisfaction in English paper piecing.  Each new flower feels like a discovery as the color play unfolds.  Thank you to Karen who has hosted a most wonderful website to instruct and encourage us as well as helping to build community.... Go see her site as well as all the fabulous flowers at  Journey of a Quilter sign in page

So here is number 13:
Thanks for stopping by... and have a great week!  B  

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

One Flower Wednesday First of Advent 2011

Winter has arrived.  Yesterday afternoon, in anticipation practically freezing weather, I picked some of my last roses.  I must admit though, they looked better from a distance than they did up close! 

On a different note, I am delighted to finally have been able to "grab a button."  I learned how from Konda Luckau from her blog Moose on the Porch Quilts.  The link takes you to her blogging tutorial, so be sure to click to get over to her blog too!  She has other tutorials and a stars quilt-along happening too. 

My life has been a bit discombobulated lately, so not as much sewing or knitting getting done, but I do have a new flower for my garden...

Take a look over on Karen's wonderful blog for more hexis... Journey of a Quilter; she also has a wonderful tutorial page with great links too.

For those of us who celebrate Christmas in the western christian tradition, this past Sunday was our entrance into the liturgical season of Advent.  The word comes from the Latin "adventus" meaning "coming."  Advent begins the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas day and ends Christmas Eve.  It is a season in which we renew our focus on our faith in anticipation of a new birth of God in our hearts.  Despite the hustle and bustle and distractions of my preparations for all our celebrations, when I take a moment, that feeling of being grounded in the great mystery brings me great peace.  Regardless of your faith tradition, I hope you accept my wish for you: May you be filled with "...the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding."  Surely our loving Creator desires this for each of us.

Peace, B

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Take a deep breath....

Thanksgiving has come and gone.... which means Christmas is fast approaching.

In years past I would make quite a lot of handmade gifts: knitted hats, scarves, cowls and Christmas stockings; reed baskets; linen and japanese print journal covers; pillows and other sewn gifts; spiced honey, vanilla sugar, decorated Moravian beeswax candles, della robia wreath candle holders out of salt dough, and North Carolina wreaths with mixed greens and natural cones with red ribbons.  Do you know when I REALLY want to start Christmas projects?  Right about NOW... and especially right AFTER Christmas... boy have I got a timing problem.

When I make gifts after Christmas, they are always long gone by the time Christmas comes around... so here I am on November 29, less than four weeks from Christmas wanting a hand made Christmas... but I can see on my calendar what is ahead: working more than full time, traveling week-ends and LONG days of continuing education (truth be told, I do get some knitting done while in class!)  Still, I guess there is still time to complete a few things...

So while looking around for seasonal images, I found this
Oh my, how cute are they?  And they are little (read quick.)  So, I think I may, I think I might have some little stockings to knit.... and just in case YOU too want to knit a sweet little stocking or two... here's the link:  Little Cotton Rabbits website with free super cute patterns...

So off I go to dig out my tee ninetsy double points... can't wait.

Thanks for coming by!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Poignant day...

Such a poignant day... Today has been a glorious fall day in North Carolina with many of the tobacco-gold colored leaves still on our trees, stunning when surrounded by the rich deep green of the pines and brilliant against a classic cloudless Carolina Blue sky... the temperature is cool and refreshing.  (Sorry no photos today.) 

A little over a week ago, a friend, Ann, sent a flyer to me announcing a sale of an individual's sewing goods (Joyce.)  In her day (only a little over a year ago), Joyce was a highly accomplished quilter and appliquer.  She did most everything "except the binding" by hand according to our mutual friend Ann.  Joyce designed many, many lovely applique blocks and was a leader of and very active in both of her Greensboro guilds.  An amazingly talented, vibrant and generous soul... and now, she is quite ill and is in a nursing home...

Her husband (and family) have had to make what I am sure was a difficult and emotional decision to open their home and allow folks to come and buy her fabrics, books, machines, furniture, partially competed projects, patterns and notions.  Before I left this morning to go to her home, I sat down and wrote a little note to the family.  I could not (and still can not) quite get past how very poignant and difficult this must be for them on so, so many levels... so I wrote a little note.  I want them to understand that she was well respected and many of us who take her things home feel privileged and will remember her and them as we use her things.

Her grown daughter and son were there and I really enjoyed talking with them; they are both delightful and charming.  They did seem grateful when one acknowledged how sad this occasion is and how difficult this process must be for them.  There were times when I felt that her children might have been a bit baffled by her stash of fabric, books and patterns.  Those of us who do handwork and sew were less amazed by the stash than of how orderly everything was.  She had applique patterns and their templates all organized in 3 ring binders, with little envelopes attached to heavy notebook paper to hold the pieces that were cut.  Her original drafting of the blocks on graph paper was often included. There were notes about when the blocks were made, who was involved (even with email and phone numbers included); often they were guild projects.  She combined like projects in the same binder if room allowed.  She used some cool plastic things which allowed for booklets to be included in the binders (like in her Mola themed notebook.)  I sat in the floor for a very long time marvelling at her organization and attention to detail as well as admiring her exquisite taste.  She even had a binder with plastic sleeves in which there was a collection of oriental fabrics she had obviously used for fussy cutting.  Treasures all.

What was so difficult for me was realizing how so much of one's life can be dismantled in a matter of hours (not taking into account how long folks must have worked to get it all in order).... fat quarters all in boxes sorted by color (had she kept them that way?) small boxes priced with partially completed projects in them... grab bag like.

Now, I had to remind myself that her completed projects are in her childrens' homes, and many, many others have her creations... those will last; those will hold memories of her for family and friends. 

My sympathy for her family and the profound feelings of how transitory life is have slowed me down today...

After leaving about 1pm, I travelled from Jamestown down to Asheboro for the Randolph Quilters' Guild 2011 quilt show.  Really lovely, with some exquisite work... They have some amazing professional and amateur quilters... the tiniest flying geese blocks I have ever seen... one half inch, if that.

I also saw a wonderful Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt... I've been pondering how to finish mine and I liked this setting... double flowers, with connectors, and then 2 rows of outline connectors around the outside of the flowers in this largish throw.  The outer-most row was filled in with hexi's of the same color similar to the look of setting blocks... then the whole top was appliqued onto a border that was about one & a half times as wide as the one inch hexi's.  The corners were not 90 degrees, but rather angled, sort of like they were beveled.  I also realized I probably don't need as many flowers as I thought I would to do a large throw.

I got to see a lot of friends and was very inspired by the Guild's show.  I only bought one thing to bring home: a lovely rag throw rug for my guest room.  After being immersed in Joyce's family's sadness I realized (again) that I have a gracious plenty fabric.  I needn't buy another piece of fabric in my whole life and I still probably would not never use it up.  And, I haven't even mentioned my knitting stash!!!  Geesh.

I did buy a couple more tickets for their raffle quilt.  It is wonderfully HAND QUILTED!  (Please, please, please let me win it!!)   There is a big modern baltimore album style embellished basket with rouched flowers and embroidery... on black background and an appliqued and pieced border.  (I promise I would love and care for it... please?  I can be quite a lucky girl sometimes!)

So, as this day draws to a close, I think I'll head home for a quiet evening... and perhaps I best get on some of my UFOs! 
Thanks for stopping buy...  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Back again!

Well, long time, no see!  Being a CPA, I was swamped for the October 15 final due date for personal tax returns here in the US of A.  We even had some which were filed late!!! Eeeyikes!  This was followed by a complicated corporate real estate transaction... so no blogging, little sewing.

Still, now all's right with the world and I am resuming what I now consider "normal routine;" this includes blogging. 

Now, be warned, I think these photos were taken while I was in a daze, as they are a bit fuzzy...

Oh my gosh.... not only fuzzy, but where o where was my iron?
I also want to share with you all my mostest favoritest paper clips... they are rectangular, with a heart of sorts in the middle.  They are shorter than the normal "trombone" shaped clips, so they stay out of my way.  They are also a bit wider, so they hold my fabric a bit more secure.  One can get them at most office supply stores.  Hope you can give them a try sometime!

You can check out other folks hexi postings at Karen's One Flower Wednesday page on her fab web site Journey of a Quilter  Don't forget to click on her page One Flower Wednesday (different than sign in page) for fantabulous tutorials which ensure elegant and wonderful hexi flowers.  Thanks Karen!
Hope you are all well.  See you next week!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

One Flower Wednesday Week 10

Well, I am excited to see my garden grow, but now I feel like I want to start to see them joined together.  I've been debating about this a bit.  They are scrappy and I want to ensure they look balanced once put together... So I don't want to start yet.

Still, I have some of the joining hexi's made.  I think I'll start making them each week... but not until AFTER October 17th (the final tax filing date for indiviuals in the US.)  I am an accountant and can hardly do anything but work for the next week and a half.

See all the wonderful hexi's folks are making by visiting Journey of a Quilter where the wonderfully generous Karen hosts us all. I had to laugh, that after writing about having a desire to start joining my hexi's several of the posts showed how they are joining theirs!  One person had just this week started that process, so I guess I am right on time.

Hope all's well in your neck of the woods!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

First One Flower Wednesday of Autumn 2011!

Last Friday was the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of Autumn.  Autumn, a pensive second spring wherein the earth explodes in color, bearing seeds and fruits, all in anticipation of Winter: a season of rest... well, I don't rest in Winter, but if I took my cues from Mother Earth I would!

Still, I love the warm colors of Autumn.  I love how the light is different, with the sun in a lower trajectory the air seems clearer, brighter.  I bought local honey and quilted crystal jars to make up spiced honey for gifts for the fall.  Well, I could go on and on... perhaps another day.

For now: One Flower Wednesday!  Please check out Karen's inspiring blog where you will find great information about how to do English Paper Piecing as well links to the wonderful flowers posted this week... Click here for Karen's blogs with links 

And here are my flowers for today.  I usually do 2 row flowers (19 Hexi's) but I'm a bit over-extended, so I have two 1 row flowers (14 hexi's) this week. 

Hope you have a wonderful week!  We are expecting some cooler weather... and our trees are beginning to change... all good!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

We have had a change in season here in North Carolina.  Today we are having a wonderful rain... soft, steady, refreshing our dry soil and rinsing the dust off of our plants and trees...most welcomed.  It is a bit cooler also.  So my desire is for fall colors, comfy sweaters and a good book.

Today is also our weekly check in for One Flower Wednesday hosted by our dear Karen... stop over at her blog and take a gander at the great English Paper pieced flowers folks are posting.  Karen's blog

This past week, my public English Paper Piecing has garnered lots & lots of interest... I gave a mini lesson to folks in my 3rd Monday applique group, and generated interest Tuesday while attending Sew Original's Block of the month.  This makes me so happy... I feel like an English Paper Piecing evangelist!  Join the fun!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My new companion

I can count on this friend... dependable, predictable, gentle, low-maintenance, effective... what? effective?  yes:
One of my Hop To It blocks had been doused with ice which had fallen into my purse while in the kitchen at Church.  I didn't realize until I got home.  The darkest aqua color ran all over the white back ground.  (When I photographed it, it just looked like a shadow, so didn't include in post.)

Kathleen, my applique guru advised Oxi Clean.  Trusting her implicitly, I bought some.  Generally, I use cold water to remove stains, but the directions advised warm to hot.  I used warm, adding the recommended quantity of the powder, immersed the whole block in the solution and allowed it to sit for maybe 20 minutes.  I rinsed thoroughly (took several times to get the slick feeling out of it.)  I hung it to dry.  Later, after a thorough inspection, I ironed the block (upside down on top of toweling.)  Not even a shadow of the color-run remained.  Now, Oxi Clean has the prized place of honor on my cleaning shelf... my new friend and companion.  I also like that is does not use harmful bleach, but rather enzymes to do its magic: easier on the fabric and no color fade.  I still need to do the research to see how environmentally friendly it is. 

And I have learned a lesson.  I know there is some debate as to whether one ought to wash fabrics prior to sewing with them.  When I buy yardage or fat quarters, I always wash them first, but when I bought kits I have not.  Well, I think that is going to change.  Now, I think I will sort the fabrics in the kit and then gently soak them in the sink for a bit to see if they run before including them in my project.

A happy ending for me.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

One Flower Wednesday... A weekly event!

Karen's One Flower Wednesday is so helpful!  A week can easily slip by if I don't have something to help me keep track.  See more folks' flowers at Karen's wonderful website here:  Journey of a Quilter... and if you have any interest in English Paper piecing... even if you are already doing this technique, check out her page with all the weblinks by clicking on the One Flower Wednesday button.  I love the How-To Hexigon Flowers Part 2 instructions  Link to favorite Hexi instructions.  I probably do too much work, itsy bitsy whipstitches (@ 18-20 per inch) using a buttonhole type stitch (see instructions link above) and knotting at each corner, but the neatness & results front and back give me great pleasure... plus I think it will really hold up over time and use.  Hope your garden is growing!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


A friend, Mrs. Goodneedle, has used this word "Stewardship" in several different contexts.   (For link to her wonderful blog,click here) One, is a new idea for me: our use of time.  I've always thought of the giving of time to Church or charities as a response to Stewardship campaigns (such as in "Time and Talent" info given to Churches and actual work in committee and service work) but I never connected the dots that how I spend ALL my time falls within the context of Stewardship.  Doesn't this just seem so right though?  Our lives are a gift to us, how we use our time can be an intentional response to that gift.

Some of us are joining our friend as she shares her personal experience in bringing her use of time into this realm of the Spirit.  Periodically, I'll post my response to this journey.  Peace, b

Monday, September 12, 2011

Hop to It: Block 8

I am having a bit of a tussle with this one fabric... the lighter green print used in the stems and Calyx.  Everytime I use it, I am surprised by how it behaves with others, despite auditioning; it is a morphing fabric.  It changes between auditioning & stitching; sometimes it changes its color family... going too olive, sometimes (often) it changes value.  Even in this photo is shows up differently than in real life... The photo has more value punch than when viewing the block on the design wall (after stitching, it was fine in audtition.) I had really wanted the value of that second set of stems to be in between the dark fluid stems/leaves and the rest of the block so that the beautiful movement and interaction of the stems would be the predominate feature of the block.  Ah well.

One thing I have learned is to "move on."  I used to rip out everything I didn't like or just abandon the project all together.  Consequently, few projects were completed.  Now, I ascribe to the principle: "Done is better than just right."

I can't claim them as "humility" blocks, as I understand that humility mistakes have to be INTENTIONAL!  (Can I just tell you how much I admire the spiritual maturity of those who, in an effort to keep their pride harnessed, will add an intentional and noticable pattern error.  Bless them, bless them.)

Back to this quilt... I think I will not use that fabric again.  Still... Block 8 done in time for next week's workshop! 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A solemn anniversay

I just returned from a lovely retreat with 15 other Episcopalian women from around the state... We met at Avila Catholic Retreat Center in Durham.  What a wonderful place for reflection and renewal.  Avila Website  I am refreshed and restored.   They are such sincere and thoughtful women who have great capacity to love and are willing to plumb difficult questions.

Following the retreat, three of us talked about a book we had read in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of 9-11; written by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Cantebury: Writing in the Dust.   He was in Manhattan that morning, at Holy Trinity Church. Two years later, he wrote this book. It is no longer in print, but we found excellent used copies. At less than 80 pages in length, it is profound. Although very articulate, he makes no attempt to simplify the issues, if anything he communicates how complex our reactions and the ramifications are... much food for thought as we look back to that fateful day and then forward to put the last ten years in perspective.

Although horrific, the stories of how people acted with such profound selflessness and generousity lift my soul.  I am reminded of Lincoln's first inaugral address... modifying it slightly:
The mystic chords of memory, stre[t]ching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus..., when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

If you lost a friend or loved one in that devastating series of events, or have family or friends who have paid a price in our country's military response, my prayers are with you. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hop To It: More Blocks

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful week-end... it is still a bit hot here, but absolutely beautiful...

I've taken a couple of photos of earlier Hop To It blocks... so here goes:

Block 1
Block 3
Block 2 photo didn't work, so will post that later...

The Shop Hop was a lot of fun and the stores really did knock themselves out.  I got to all of them & turned in completed passport... Plus I bought tickets for all the Raffle Quilts on display.  So, unless my luck has run out, I out to win SOMETHING!  I'd certainly love one of the machines, as the one I am using now is not computerized, so no needle down... still it sews well, and I am grateful for that!  One of the raffle quilts was hand quilted... so lovely... fingers crossed!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

One Flower Wednesday Loving English Paper Piecing

This week's flower:
Hmm, my screen shows the center hexi fabric a tad on the blue side, but it really is more of a lilac, less of a lavender color.  Occasionally, the Ralph Laurenish ribbon fabric lines up where the hexi's meet giving the illusion of a continuous line.

Here in this neck of the woods, we are gearing up for our first quilting Shop Hop with 8 stores participating. The stores are a bit far ranging: one is @ 25 minutes southeast of there, another is @ 40 miles northwest.  Since I can be a very lucky girl, I'm going to try my best to make them all because of the possible prizes: a Bernina 430, Baby Lock Sohia II, Janome Sewing Machine, or a Sizzix Big Shot cutting machine... any one of these would be a well loved tool in my home!

Happy stitching... and if you too are going to be on the road... Travelling Mercies!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Itza picture time.... Through the Looking Glass Clue 2 Fini!

The Mystery Knit Along pattern is unfolding and I am delighted.  (I will remove the yellowish lace life lines later in the process.)

  In the photo the shawl is accompanied by a lovely illustration by John Tenniel in Lewis Carroll's book and by some of my favorite flowers:

Lavender berries from an America Beautiberry bush: a little clipping from a bush given to me by Pastor Rinn from Augsburg Lutheran here in Winston.   The bush is the child of the mother plant brought by Pastor Rinn when he moved here from Texas.  Not even mentioning the fabulous and startling clussters of lavender berries, one of its most endearing qualities is that the Mockingbirds love the berries!  Mockingbirds do not frequent feeders, so having one singing and snacking at my back door after the leaves are all gone is sweet indeed.

The stems of beautyberry are joined by a sprig of buddleia (butterfly bush); a plant given to me by my adored sister. It is a wonderful jewel-toned complex red violet.  For those who know my Southern Album quilt, you'll recogonize the color.

  And last, and certainly not least, a cluster of blossoms from a valiant old English Rose: Alchemist.  Her citrus and honey fragance drifts arounds corners in a home (or an office!)  The lovely apricot blossoms are the very essence of femininity.... such a delight.  In the spring, the blossoms are frequently 4 inches across resembling a peony more than a rose, which when combined in a vase, flatter each other splendidly.... and aren't they so smart to bloom at the same time?  One Mothers' day, I counted 147 blooms and blossoms on her (lots of her apricot petty coat had to be showing for me to add a bud to the count!)  In the fall, she also has stunning bright, big orange rose hips.  Right now her leaves are almost blemish free... quite an anomalie here in zone 7 since I do not spray and it has been a particularly humid, hot, and did I say long? summer.

So my shawl-in-progress is all dressed up... I am loving getting back into knitting and have had the great good fortune to fall into a wonderful group of gathering-in-public-to-knit ladies who meet a couple times a week!  Yeah!  I am reminded of my friend Mrs. Goodneedle's daily saying... "Life is good!"

Sunday, September 4, 2011

KAL Through the Looking Glass. Clue 2 done!

So happy that this section has been easier. And, delighted that I am ready for Thursday's next gathering!

I am a bit disappointed that my attempts to post the photo using mobile blogging is not working yet. I take consolation that lots of folks are having trouble.

I'll post photo once I get to wi-fi connection.

For those in the USA, hope you have a great Labor Day holiday. B

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One Flower Wednesday A growing garden

Another flower.... Two of the best things about Hexi sewing are that they are very portable and always a conversation starter.  Some folks say they do not have the patience, but really, I find I gain patience... I am not just waiting in a long line to check out, but working toward getting another Hexi basted!  Makes me happy, stolen moments add up! 

The light color is not as light as it appears in photo.  It has small coral dots in tiny flower shapes.

Have a great week!

Monday, August 29, 2011


"You ought, perhaps, to include a larger allowance of prose in your daily study; too much poetry may be unsafe."
Ms. Anne Elliott to Captain Benwick in Masterpiece Theater's movie based on Jane Austen's Persuasion

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One Flower Wednesday, becoming routine

One Flower Wednesday is now part of my routine... a happy part.  I love going to participants' blogs, looking at their truly inspired and exquisite work, reading their captivating thoughts and ideas, admiring their great photos and absorbing their warm kindness.  Here is the link to Karen's wonderful blog where we all post our links... enjoy!
Journey of a Quilter  Click on One Flower Wednesday tab & follow the numbered links to other posts.

Last night @ Kernersville Bee, two ladies were working on Grandmother's flower garden hexi's.... one using tee nintsy templates... maybe half an inch?  the other using 3/4 inch hexi's.... she said she'll need over 2 thousand hexi's... but then she completed a Dear Jane quilt in a year, so there's no question she'll succeed.  I wish I'd thought to take a picture... next time.

For now, here is my latest flower for my garden: 
I'm venturing into scrappy with a lighter value center & the darkest on the outside.  This will be a lap quilt, so I only need 32 [corrected math!] double-row flowers.  Seven rows: four rows 5 flowers wide and three rows 4 flowers wide and their connectors of course.

Thanks for stopping by & hope your week is a great one.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sew Original Block of the Month 2011 to date

We've been rocking along for 7 months now with a great Block of the Month group at a local (fantabulous) shop:  Sew Original.  Click here: Link to Sew Original's website
Since this is the 150th anniversary of the start of the US Civil War, I chose to use the reproduction fabric colorway.  Here we are so far... (sorry @ poor photo quality & wierd rotation.)

I was surprised to find I had collected quite a few reproduction fabrics prior to this project... it is the movement in the fabrics I love.

Thanks so much for dropping by!  Hope you have a great week.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Through the Looking Glass.... KAL Clue 1 completed

Well, you would have thought I had never knit lace as many times as I knit, unknit, reknit this project.   Never the less, part 1 done.  The green-yellow stripes will come out.  They are what are called "life lines."  When knitting a pattern with yarn over's and combination stitches, a defensive move is to periodically run waste yarn through a row of stitches that ends a section which contains no errors.  Then, should one have to rip out, you can safely rip back to a place that has no errors and also maintain the integrity of the stitches and pattern.

So I am ready for Thursday's gathering at Knit Picky for Clue # 2.

O BTW... had a really wonderful visit with my oldest Grand-daughter this past week-end; she is beginning her studies at UNC-Charlotte.  We couldn't be more excited.  She will do well!  I did count the hike up the 10 (yes, ten!) flights of stairs to her dorm room as exercise!
Happy Stitching! 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Through the Looking Glass KAL with The Unique Sheep & Knit Picky

One of our wonderful LYSs (Local Yarn Shop) Knit Picky is hosting a KAL (Knit ALong) using fabulous yarns hand-dyed by a couple of Indi Dyers known as The Unique Sheep.  One of these talented ladies began her career here in Winston-Salem.  Her color sensabilities are sublime and her production of high quality yarns is most reliable.  They have brilliantly created a line of hand dyed yarns in which a gradual color progression is dyed into the yarn... you select the set of skeins (4-6 in the set) which take you across the colorway, including value changes sometimes... no fuss, no muss.  The biggest decisions you have to make are: which fabulous set will you choose; then which of the the range of values will you use at the beginning of your projects, and finally, how many blended rows (if any) to use between the skeins.  Easy peasy.
Here is photo of the beginnings of my gauge swatch with the full range of the gradients:

The KAL kick off party was last night... and as always with those gals, it was fun with fab food, door prizes, and celebration.  We are all making a shawl... with or without beads and or nupps.  Here's photo of project from Ravelry: Janine Le Cras's pattern 

How many hours do I have in a day?  I really need more than others have since I have tons of interests, and am not fast in execution.... Still, it was great to see all these wonderful folks again.  I am looking forward to our gatherings... (every other week to keep us on track for pre-Christmas finish.) 

Have a great week-end!  I know I'm going to be stitching..... applique (Hop To It), sewing (Sew Original's Civil War fabrics Block of the Month) and Knit Picky's KAL (Through the Looking Glass.)  for breathers I better get out in the yard & tame the weeds!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hop 2 It

We have wonderful teachers here in Winston Salem.  One, named Kathleen, has been my teacher since 2006.  She teaches quilting and applique, plus so many fun little projects: needle keepers, pin cushions, applique roll keepers.  I am often in two of her offerings, one being a monthly workshop in which we are currently working on a quilt called Hop To It.  I think she may have 4 different groups doing this quilt.  Many local blogs are showing images of our projects.  Here is a link to the designer's website:  Edyta Sitar  And here's a photo of my 7th block.  The fabric the block is resting on is fabric I will use for the widest border... I have a very dark aqua to use for the inner border.

Here is a close up of my Bumble Bee, perhaps the black sheep of her skeep?  (don't you just love bees?)

I'm thinking I may add some little embroidered antenna....

I am happy to say that I have completed all the blocks (1-7) she has taught us... working on Block 8 for September workshop.  I have started on the sashing (square in a square.) [More photos later.]

Thanks for stopping in... Happy Sititching! (or knitting or crochet...etc... etc)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The beginings of a garden...

The weeks just come flying in!  I still need to add many things to the blog:  web links in many places & the lovely One Flower Wednesday badge, blogs I visit etc..... Plus, I think the colors can obscure the fonts... but I can't remember how I set it up.... patience, patience she says to herself.  Perhaps I can spend some time this week-end rather than trying to fix it after work... (a bit later:  I messed with template... so the writing shows up now, but I hope to get my own background added.... inch by inch.)

Now to the reason I'm here.... these flowers are so very much fun to make....  I have included flower # 3 with her older sisters in a photo as they audition their future connector fabric.

I can see clearly (or more precisely NOT clearly) that I really must learn how to take photographs if I am to continue blogging..... I always thought the light was good in my studio, but the camera needs more.... (sans shadow.)  Still, I love this project....  I treat it like dessert (or like I OUGHT to treat dessert)  do my other handwork first, then relax with paperpiecing....

See more folks' Hexi flowers at Karen's Fine Blog

 Hope all's well in your world.... good luck tending YOUR garden, in whatever medium you grow.  b

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

One Flower Wednesday... week 2

So, can't believe another week has gone by.  Just a quick post today... more later.  Hopefully, this link will work which is the fabric line I am using.   Gypsy Rose Fabric line  C ya next week!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

One Flower Wednesday... first post

As I mentioned in yesterday's post... I know nothing @ using bloggin applications, so bear with me... or perhaps check back in a month?

Apparently I am easily frustrated... based on this reaction: "O kay... so what's the deal with not being able to format where the photo goes? Also, I saved it as properly rotated, but Blogger doesn't care, it flips it.  Oh this is painful."  (a bit dramatic, but there's the juice!)  I think I better run the demo & get some of my fabulous blogging friends to give me a tutorial.

Well, at anyrate, live & learn (we can only hope!)

So, I have Fig Tree's fabric line called Gypsy Rose in jelly roll, pre cut 10", and some yardage that I've been using for applique.  (When I figure out how, I'll add link or photo of the fabrics I mention.) The jelly roll cut works great with 1" precut hexagon paper templates... so that's what I am using. I've been messing around with different combinations and like the 2 row flowers.  At first I was using the dark coral for all centers, but to enable me to use up more of the fabrics, I decided to be scrappier, with differing values as center, row 1 & then row 2... I most likely will use the darkest value brown fabric that has scroll in green & peach for the connectors to lend resting places for the eye.

Because I have a lot of projects going, I am not confident that I'll consistently get 2 row flowers completed weekly, but I'll at least get a 7 hexi flower completed weekly and try to get several of the second rows done each month.  Adding row 2 almost doubles the sewing... to make the central flower uses 7 hexi's, row 2 adds another 12.

I really do love this English Paper piecing technique using differing colors... it is an adventure as each piece is added.  Thanks for dropping in!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Blogging Take Two

O key Dokey... So, I want to participate in a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt along (One Flower Wednesday) and I can't figure out how to use Flicker, so I'm resurrecting the 2008 failed blogging venture... bear with me... there will be no formating, decent photos or links for a bit... still, everyone starts somewhere... and I want to do this English Paper Piecing quilt along with this great group... So today is the can I even get back in day venture... Tomorrow, I'll try to down load a photo... (poor one, not the phone's fault.) So dear ones, patience, patience.