Saturday, April 11, 2015

Easy Dishrag - Mom's Favorite

Mom was traveling in Texas with my brother, Tom and his wife Eileen and wanted the directions for her dishrag since she didn't bring it with her.  It's repetitious and easy to stitch without having to  refer to the directions while stitching.  It's her favorite pattern and she was able to make 10 while RVing through Texas. So after pulling out the directions, I thought of posting it here for any future travels, as a reference and I could also use up a skein of Sugar and Cream at the same time.

Use size 7-10 needles (I used 7 Clover Bamboo and loved the outcome).
Cotton Yarn - Sugar and Cream is my preferred  and can get 2 dish rags out of one skein of yarn exactly.
This pattern creates a diagonal garter stitch pattern with a lace holed edging.

Legend as follows:
K = Knit   so  K2= Knit two stitches,
K2tog = Knit two stitches together,
YO= Yarn Over

Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1:      K one row.
Row 2:      K 2, YO, K to end of row.
Repeat Row 2 until there are 44 stitches.

The next rows are decreasing rows:   K1, K2 tog, YO, K2 tog, knit to the end of the row.
Continue decreasing rows until there are only 4 stitches left.
Cast off.


DH is celebrating his 62nd Birthday today but the family will be celebrating with him tomorrow. 
Happy Birthday Honey!  Love you!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Forty Diamonds Finished!

Finally...... the Forty Diamonds Quilt is done - DONE.

84" x 102"
Made of batiks with a Minky backing
Quilted with Superior Lava,  #210 Coconut thread for both the top and bottom threads
Notice this is being done free hand. 
Disregard the old lady's hands, who in the world is she anyway?

Continued quilting with my version of a feathered Fat Comma (coined by me) and the whole kit and caboodle is quilted.   Started out by marking the squares and had such a time marking them that I ended up just quilting by free motion quilting. 

Not too bad if I do say so. 

Used the Quilter's Tips for the first time too for quilting and found them helpful.  Would you believe my nails broke through two of them already so they don't last long but at least my hands weren't overheated and clammy while quilting, a huge plus in my book.  If you remember this quilt was already in our Quilt show in 2013 but the only quilting I did was to echo the sashings for the show.  I know, How Embarrassing!  I will never do that to myself again....EVER!  Only two more quilts that need more quilting now.  Think I'll pick up the Tweet Camping next when I return from the quilt retreat I'll be attending shortly.


Note to self: When using minky, it's directional so make sure to keep the nap in mind if a back needs piecing together. 

When bringing the grandchildren to school this neighbor's property inspired me to stop.

The front of my home this am: About 3 more inches of that white crap.  It's Pretty, but am tired of this color and am thinking of some lovely green would be perfect right now. 

Their Mom had one of her early days so they went out to follow rabbits tracks while Meme made their pancakes. 
This is our back yard at 6:30  am.  I did take a couple of photos of the grandchildren out there too, but they were all too blurry so I deleted them. 

And yes Susan, this isn't a park but our back yard. We do appreciate it and love its' beauty when we rest since we're home gardeners and like to garden and landscape our turf.  We just don't care about mowing it all come summer since it takes about 4 hours+ to do with the trimming and we're not talking about the weeding yet.   We own a couple of waterfront acres in the Adirondacks, our slice of heaven (and sweat).   Notice the patio bar set lined up and waiting  under the eaves? 

Patience please patio stuff, not yet..... but soon....I hope.

Next on the agenda will be to use the hot tub.   It's close to 40 degrees outside  right now at 5 pm and besides being a really long day it'll be wonderful to de-stress.  I really don't know why I work myself up so over the quilting of my projects like I do.  TTFN....

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hanging with my peeps and Easter Joys

Plenty of Easter Dreams and projects were done with some pajama days thrown into the mix.......

There wasn't any school this past week so the peeps were around.  
Their schedule didn't have the typical dance and hockey practices but still we were busy.. Busy.....
Had loads of fun.

Their elder cousin stopped by to see them and play with their new to them toy.  He was giggling like a youngster which made my heart sing.  Wasn't too long and he was trying to do stunts with it which proved too much for the thing.  The track is now loose and Papa has another job on his to do list.

Was up at 5:30 this morning, thus the darker photos.   It still is cold around here and would you believe we had a 1"-2" dusting of snow this morning!


Even though I know it won't last long.

Was able to finish sewing all 24 BQ quilt blocks with the Woodland Fairies Fabric line that I learned how to do at Lorene's class on Saturday.  Will share those at another time.  I think this may be wonderful project to take to my next retreat.  That will get it into the quilt top stage at least.  Another Dr's appointment in town so need to get going.  Enjoy your blessings.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

April and Q-2 2015 Goals

Slated for my April finish with A Lovely Year of Finishes will be the Tweet Camping Quilt.  It will be in May's quilt show and I need to get this one quilted to be totally finished.  

The white sections are quilted with circles.  Initially thought of naming this stacked and packed since that's the first order of business when going camping.  Those pebbles reminded me of Styrofoam peanuts.
The blue outside border is quilted with a meandered square and rectangle shapes.  

Only the Brown strips and bird fabric and those tippy inside boxes left to quilt.
Looking for ideas on how best to quilt this fabric.....Any ideas would really be appreciated! 


First up though is to finish the March's 40 Diamond quilt.
Today I will conquer 7 more colored sections.         Promise.

As for the Q2 challenge my selections are:

Tweet camping Quilt, pictured above
Mater Strip Quilt Top finished (hopefully quilted too!)
Top made of the BQ Woodland Fairies
Finish Lizzie Kate Winter Alphabet, this month!
60 degree bird table runner
Irish Patch-a-bilities wall hanging
Wool Heart candle mat
Summertime table runner for sofa table
Cut out Fox Quilt
Magic Eyes Bag
Fourth of July Pillow
A Patriotic Wall hanging

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Slow stitching Sunday again and it's still winter here....

Oh how quickly the time flies around here.  Can't believe it's Sunday again and not too much to share of what I've been able to accomplish this past week.  I hope to get my motor revved again to get done what I hoped to for March in the next few days.

Linking up with Kathy Quilts again today.  Finished up my bottom section of the Lizzie Kate Winter Alphabet which I had listed to get done this month (patting myself on the back here for a realistic accomplished goal).  Next month I hope to complete this design.  Only the upper two rows of letters left.

I did change the color of the smoke rising out of the chimney.  The design called for the aqua color which I thought that it was too pronounced, so changed it to a softer grey, DMC#452.  Looks better, there but not there.

The grand children received a new to them Snow mobile and are lucky enough that there is still snow to ride on.   Good for them, but I surely wished this white stuff would go away until next December, I've had enough of it and the cold.  Can you see that bit of brown in the background, I am hopeful that a tinge of green will be there in a week.

Both of them take turns and are becoming allies with this toy instead of fighting with each other.  It's nice to see them growing up and taking responsibility with their stuff.  The pink helmet came with the sled and their Mom had a leftover helmet from her days of playing like that which goes nicely with the little man's outdoor gear.  A huge plus of not having to buy additional gear to outfit them safely.

They'll come in after an hour or two with such rosie cheeks and sparkles in their eyes.  Am so glad the electronics are being put down, another win in my book!

Enjoy your day!  Jane

Monday, March 23, 2015

Day 7 - Tree Bird Hop and a cough recipe

Here is Day 7, the last day this hop is going on.

Monday, March 23

Thanks Lana and Madame Samm!  It's been a Hoot!

I ran across this recipe from Barefeet in the Kitchen so am placing it here for future reference.

homemade COUGH remedy (adapted from Good Food Matters)

2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg's if available)
2 Tablespoons Honey - Local raw honey is best
2 Tablespoons Water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Place all ingredients in a small jar and shake well to combine.  Leave at room temperature for a few days or if needed longer then refrigerate.  Shake well each time before use.  The spices will not dissolve into the liquid.  It will not be a thick syrup, it should remain watery.  Take as needed.
Dosages for adults is about 1 Tablespoon and perhaps 1 teaspoon for children 5 years old and older.  Use your discretion with children under 5 years of age.  

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Just bead it, Bead it

Happily singing my rendition of the Michael Jackson tune today while progressing on the wool table mat.   Beads are all on, next trim the cream color to attached to the harvest red wool bottom.

Am linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday's on Kathy's blog.

Enjoy your week, I'm hoping mine will be somewhat productive.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Day 6 of the Tree Bird Hop

Stitcher's Meet and Greet 2015

Happy Spring!
Thanks for stopping by and to see bits about my needle passion.  It's nice to have you stop by for the visit and I just poured tea and laid out a couple of biscuits to enjoy.

My Name is Jane
              and I love needlework.
                                        Of All kinds........

See I could belong to a QAAA.  
Quilters, Stitchers, Needlewoman Anonymous Addiction Association.  
Okay then, NAAA.

What I'd love to share today are a few of my favorites from the years.  A mix if you will of items I created and treasure.

Blackbird Design- Easter Parade - 2012

Detail of the frame.  It's absolutely gorgeous and with the aged brassiness and elaborate carved designs reminds me a bit of Romantic times especially with the color mat selected to go with this piece.  More information is here for the Easter Parade.

A new to me stitch, the Smyrna Cross and I actually changed the design in this counted Cross Stitch Pattern to depict the Holiness of Easter with three crosses, one larger for Jesus  instead of the published squares in an X pattern.

Another from 2012 First Biscornu

I gave this to my Mom since she has a hot pink aka: fuchsia color in her sewing room and a lime green and burgundy in the living room.  Oh yeah, she's afraid of color- NOT!

Secret Needle Night Kit, Lil Peep - 2010

 This was a kit I purchased through ebay initially made available through the Silver Needle.  I chose to finished it off as a flat fold and did a ruched silk ribbon edging and used a soft pastel print fabric for the backing. To learn more you can click on Lil Peep.

Joy finished in 2010.
Was a quick happy stitch where I didn't deviate from the recommended threads, linens or design.  

Winter Whites finished in 2010

I used a wooly white for the sheep in this piece.  I love to do alphabets with cross stitch for some reason.

I don't know the name of this piece, just know I finished it in 1991.
 How do I know that?  I actually stitched it into the cloth between the bears front paws,
J EMERSON     1991

Then some of the quilts I've created and loved...

Field of Flowers - 2013
Made for my only grand daughter

with the Pompom Blog Hop Pillow of the same year....

Both of these were quilted by me.   Doing my Happy Dance just thinking about it.

The Alien Invasion Quilt - 2010
 Started this without a pattern, just using nine patches and rail fence blocks alternating with a solid background.  I also have seen this same pattern numerous times and everyone calls it somehting differnt but it all started after purchasing a jelly roll of Alien Invasion fabric line then I dove into my stash.

Had enough of this star fabric for the backing and did a meandering star quilting design on my home sewing machine,
 a Bernina 170,  fondly known as Janina.

The piece de resistance is this......what I did with the BACK!

Funny looking alien ain't he?  LOL  Took me awhile to figure out what I was going to do and then figure out how I was going to do it.    Doing another Happy Dance remembering and it resides in the youngest grandson's bedroom.  Luckily I found a "Toy Story Alien" version lamp which goes well enough with it and it was all gifted together for Christmas one year.  Which reminds me, there is a CARS strip quilt started around here somewhere, I best get to it for his bunk bed before he hits his teens.  lol

The Nile Quilt (shown in the camper while we still had one.) - made quilt in 1999
This was NOT quilted by Me but by Leslie Armando in Glens Falls, NY 

The label sharing the particulars of the quilt.  I drafted a Pyramid design to stretch the eye with a perspective drawing.  Doesn't show too well here but if you expanded it, it would be more evident of rays emitting outward from one central point.  I was playing around trying a new technique using Cheryl Phillips book about adding perspective.   

Lavender Fields - 1999
A color wash Irish Chain
This is a king quilt and it is covering my sleeper sofa.  My home isn't large enough to get a good picture of this beautiful quilt.
It also won Viewers Choice at a quilt show back in 1999.   

The RUN of color in the lavender Fossil Fern fabric

Back then making a four patch posie configuration style pillow to complement the quilt,
but it's not matchy matchy if you know what I mean

Even then I'd make 2 pillowcases to go with a quilt.
Same fabric as the four patch posie styled pillow.

My love of the needle started when I was young.  Before attending any school and I loved to help my Grandmother who would treadle on her machine making nightgowns and other goodies.  I helped by keeping her pins the same depth on the pincushion and/or keeping them all in a line or remembering sitting beneath her machine asking if I could pump the foot petal.    The pin organizing is a family trait that I happily watched all 4 of my grandchildren do the same thing with  my pincushions.

As I was growing up, I sewed often even competing with Mom for time on the Singer sewing machine.  It was a Singer featherweight long before they became a popular commodity like they are today.  I actually made a drawstring bag to hold my curlers when I was 7 and then shortly after that learning to knit.  I remember around 4 or 5th grade knitting a dusting mitten sewn with extra yarn latch hooked onto one side to catch the dust. What colors did I pick at that age - Royal purple and Lime green.  Then knitting numerous slippers for gifts, dishrags and then a cape to wear to football games in my teens. OMG those shoulder seams I sewed together were all wrong and I hated to wear it though I had learned how to change colors for the Greek key pattern near the bottom edge and the fringe I placed on it. You can tell it was made in the late 60's and early 70s.

If I couldn't get to the machine when I was around 9 or 10, I did counted cross stitch, crewel, needlepoint and knitting for my needlework fix.  While in Junior High a friend, Patti and I would skip lunch and save our lunch money so we could go to a fabric store downtown and purchase a McCalls, Burda or other pattern buy fabric and any notions needed so we could make a dress that night and wear it to school  the next day. We had a blast being creative and the amount to do this was a savings instead of buying clothes off a rack. She was my BFF in sports, band, chorus, Honor Society, cheer leading, etc....  Unfortunately her family had a tragic car accident and that friendship ended abruptly with her demise at age 16 while we were Juniors.   But thankfully I learned early on how much fun crafting with like minded individuals was and knew those special times were ones to cherish.

So after that and college and even marrying my High School Sweetheart, becoming pregnant I wanted to learn how to Crochet so Grandma gave me some instructions and there I went. Baby Booties, more dish clothes, a ripple baby afghan and then those granny squares.  YUM! ( I actually made a crochet granny square afghan all edged in black along with a carnival of leftover yarn colors and scraps, but it was destroyed in a flood many years ago.)  Always sewing however I could.  Embroidery, linens, Household items, Strawberry Shortcake Bed Canopy, Roman shades, 3 pairs of Colonial Muslin, Double Ruffled with Cluny Lace trim, coveralls, guns bags, tool organizers,  etc...
I wished I grabbed a photo of the Ornaments I sewed when I was first married too.  My son, age 40 has them all and places them on his Christmas tree each year.  They are made of felt, sequins and beads in many shapes and colors resembling:  Santa, a candle, gift packages, a jack in the box, drums, a nutcracker, toy train engine and other decorative items seen during the holiday season.  I think it started with a kit from Hershner's Catalog.  Such fussy work when I look at them now that I think I must have been nuts!  But realistically we were just starting out and since my husband worked nights and I worked days I found the evening long so enjoyed the quiet with my needle after the babe went to bed.

Present day imagine that, it is something I still enjoy.   Currently here is what I'm focusing on this month:

In the counted Cross Stitch arena: Winter's Alphabet designed by Lizzie Kate

Working with Wool and probably Beads for this candle mat designed by The Little Red Hen:

Machine Quilting on my Bernina 440: The 40 Diamond Quilt based on the 10 minute block pattern.

Thanks for stopping by.  I've enjoyed your visit while sharing our passions for the needle.

Thanks Madame Samm for brainstorming this terrific idea of this Stitcher's Meet and Greet for 2015.  Make sure you check out these others who are part of this Springtime Gathering of the Stitcher's Meet and Greet.

List of 35 Blogs of our today's "Meet & Greet" .
You may need to right click your mouse on the person's name to be taken to a new tab/window of their web address.  

cross stitcher

applique and red work

cross stitcher

applique embroidery

cross stitcher and applique


cross stitcher


cross stitcher


cross stitcher

cross stitch

cross stitch

cross stitch and applique


cross stitch with decorative seams

wool applique and cross stitch

cross stitch