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Sewing Retreat – New Project

Last weekend we had an all-day sewing retreat at a local township hall. I have had a project in my mind for a while ever since I saw the Stonehenge Gradation charm packs up at my local quilt shop. They are absolutely gorgeous Fabrics.

I love the richness of the colors and the movement in each piece. No two 5 inch pieces are the same. I got several of the charm packs, a strip set, plus a skinny roll of black strips at Christmas time. (And then ended up buying more!). I played around with a couple of ideas before deciding to make a ton of Half Square Triangles with the charm packs. I’ll end up with approximately 747 HST.

Aren’t those just absolutely gorgeous? I had quite a few of them made already before the sewing retreat so I packed everything up along with my machine and off I went.

I decided to do these an easy way where are you put two fabrics right sides together and sew along all four sides. And then you cut on the diagonal and end up with 4 half Square triangles.

If you have 5 inch charms you can sew them together like this and end up with approximately 3 inch half square triangles. They are not perfectly the same size but at this point I really didn’t care. I wasn’t aiming for a certain size.

Then I had to decide how I wanted to put them together. I laid them out in a couple different configurations.

Then I did what I do often and I just Winged It.

Then I looked at it again, grabbed the rotary cutter and a ruler, and made a slice diagonally across what I had just put together. I added some black strips between the pieces and around the block. I made another block, sliced it a couple times and added black strips between and around. Then I grabbed one of my Stonehenge strips and put them all together.

And this is what I ended up with for my first section of the quilt that I am going to make with these Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s not perfect… if the quilt police were to look at it. But I have the quilt police banned from my house anyways. 🤣

The sections are not going to be identical. I will just put the squares together until I reach a size I like, and then start cutting and adding the black. Eventually I will have a quilt top made in a stained glass type idea using gorgeous Stonehenge Fabrics.

Did you make anything this weekend? Have you gone to a retreat lately?

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More Woodburning

I’m addicted. There. I said it. I’m addicted to burning pretty pictures into a slab of wood! It’s fun, relaxing, detail – oriented and some would say tedious but I like that type of crafting.

I know my last post I had decided on the next project and had it traced and ready. But my second project ended up with me deciding to use the same pattern as my most recent needlepainted iris. Different shading though.

Then I decided to do the landscape that I had already traced for project #3. I’m still experimenting with shading and getting my lines smoother.

I’m real happy with the water and rocks, but not as thrilled with the trees. Practice needed!

Then it came time for #4. I had two contenders, and two hunks of wood, so I got both traced out and decided to start with the easier one. This one is still in progress. I found the drawing online. You should be able to see the artist name in the top corner of the picture (too small on my phone to see it right now). I also saw the same drawing with other artist signatures so…. I’m not sure who the original artist is.

It amazes me how much depth you can get with the various shading on these.

I think #5 will be the following picture, but after tracing it out earlier I think it’s got a lot more to it than I realized. It could be the trees…I need practice with those.

What’s your latest craft addiction? Trying anything new?

Learning Woodburning

One of my 2018 goals is to learn Woodburning. It’s a craft I’ve wanted to try since I was a kid. The local gallery in town had a class last weekend and of course, I made sure to be there! 

The instructor used to be a teacher at my high school (we won’t talk about how long its been since I graduated). As I was wandering the gallery waiting for class time I heard a familiar voice behind me.  My Aunt P and cousin E’s wife were there to take the class as well! Then my Aunt L and Uncle L walked in to take it as well. 

I LOVE woodburning. It reminds me somewhat of embroidery.  Slow,  steady, and detail oriented. 

Here’s my first piece:

I picked out my next project tonight. So far I have just the tracing done. Hopefully I can start burning it tomorrow. 

I think I will also do one that matches the needlepainted iris I did a couple months ago. 

Do you have a goal this year to learn a new craft? 

Rose Trio – DONE

2 years of on and off stitching on this,  thousands upon thousands of stiches,  probably 100+ hours total hand work, and my Rose Trio is finally done! 

It turned out mostly as I imagined it.  I did make a few changes along the way,  adding in a couple more greens and a brown to the stems, and adding some extra stitches at the end to the pink rose to get it more in line with what I wanted. It’s amazing how a few stitches (or 20) can slightly change the look. 

 Before:

After:

There are a few wrinkles I need to steam out then get it framed,  but it is DONE! FINALLY! 

Am I excited? You bet! Now to pick my next needlepainting project.  

My current thoughts are drawing this out and needlepainting it: 

Or doing this one as needlepainting:

Or a  few other ideas that I have pictures of buried deep in the almost 3,000 pictures on my phone. Decisions.  

Hexie Craze

Well, it appears that the hexie bug has hit my house.  No known cure. The symptoms can vary but may include looking at fabric in different ways, cutting out hexagon shaped pieces of paper, cutting out circles or hexagon pieces of fabric, mixing and matching the sewn pieces, and more.

My mom has been making hexies.  Lots and lots of them (over 2,500 just for ONE project).  I enjoyed arranging them, but resisted the bug.

The hexie bug did infect some of our friends. They started making their own hexie.

Then it happened. My immune system must have been compromised.  The hexie bug hit. I grabbed fabric.  I borrowed a hexie paper punch. I punched and cut and sewed.

My pile grew and grew.

Then! A project idea hit my brain!

I’ve been working on it here and there when I’ve had small breaks between clients.

I’m attaching the final round then I need to make a backing piece that fits this size, Sew them to batting, add darts, and it’ll turn into a hexie soup bowl cozie!
Hopefully.  🙂

Just a Quick Update

Last week on Friday we had our artist reception up at the gallery.  I took lots of pictures, with my regular camera,  intending to share them here.

Hm… i don’t have an SD card slot on my desktop or my new laptop. My old laptop won’t recognize the SD card as being connected. 

I have lost the cord to the camera that would let me connect it via USB.

/sigh.  So,  you’ll have to wait a bit for the pictures from the gallery until I figure this little dilemma out.

I do have an update though for the silver-blue-rose. 

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I’m a little further along now than that picture.  I can’t wait to see how it looks on the black background!

I’ve also been working on a couple more drawings for future needle paintings.

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Can you tell by now that I’m partial to roses? 

Ready, Set, Panic

That’s how my weekend was!  The craft group I’m a member of, Fiber Art Junkies  (recently changed from Eye For Fiber),  we are having an art show at the local gallery, Gallery 194, and we have all spent the last week and weekend frantically getting things ready for our deadline.

We had to drop off all our Fiber art by noon yesterday.  I was up until 3am Saturday night/Sunday morning!  But I was able to have 9 embroidery projects and a few wall hangings ready. 

Now I’m sitting here thinking. .. now what? 

Well,  I think I’m going to do another needle painting using my own drawing again.

This is a rose I have been fiddling with:

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I don’t know if I want to stick with one range of color,  like an all yellow shaded rose.

Or. .. i do love the looks of rainbow roses.  So i made a second copy of my rose and grabbed the colored pencils:

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What do you think?  Rainbow rose or pick a color and stick within that range?

I’m also working on a drawing of a tiger lily.  This is the rough draft of it so far:

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