Fall Placemats 

Friday night I really wanted to sew. You know that feeling. You just HAVE to sit down in front of the sewing machine and get to work. 

Helps if you have fabric too, of course.  ūüôā

I have some double-sided fusible placemats so I cut my fabric into strips and started sewing.  

Right now I only have one side done each on 4 placemats. I want to get 6 done in a fall theme, then the other side will be in another theme, that way they are reversible. 

Now to figure out two more patterns for the last two.  Then I can work on figuring out the other side.  ūüôā 

Are you working on any fall projects? 

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Yellow and Turquoise 2-color Block

Fiber Art Junkies monthly meeting was last night, so I can now post my latest block in our 2-color challenge.  Last month’s meeting we drew the colors yellow and turquoise/teal from the bag.  I was a little leery of this combination, but I made it work.  

After some thought I decided to make the block from yellow fabrics. It appears that my photo of the bare block has disappeared though. hm…

Since the block was all yellow fabrics, that means my stitching is all in the turquoise/teal. 

This is a color combo I don’t think I would have ever put together on my own, but I’m pretty happy with how my block turned out. 

Our next colors are: 

This one should be good! 

Taking a Stitch and it’s Tuesday

TAST. Take a Stitch Tuesday. ¬†You may already be familiar with this, but if not check the link to Pintangle in my blog list on the right to find the list of stitches and the challenge.(ETA: You can also click the links in the blog post. Now that I’m on the laptop I can add in the links). Short version: there is a long list of different embroidery stitches and you can choose one, two, ten, or however many you want to complete. Then post your pictures on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social media you want to use. I think there are some hashtags that can be used as well.

I recently decided to start doing this as it’s great inspiration for stitches .

I’m working on this block tonight:

I have added #29, barb stitch:

#37 triangular buttonhole stitch:

#60 inverted feather stitch:

And #63 triangular feather stitch:

I plan on using beads on this as well. Loving the fall colors. ūüôā

October’s 2-Color Challenge Block

Our FiberArt Junkies meeting was last night,  so I can now share my October 2-Color Challenge Block.  Our colors were gray and fuchsia.  Fuchsia is a hard color to pinpoint.  It’s pink  and purple mixed together.  And what’s fuchsia to one company is dark rose to another company. Since I was primarily using DMC floss I went with what I found online listed as their fuchsia colors.  

I did all the fabric in grays and all the stitching and beads in fuchsia.  

The hat is my favorite part of this block.  

Unfortunately,  the color on these beads rubs off very easily so most of them have turned silver.  

This is another of my favorite sections, with the little “roses” and beads and Swirls.  

I also redid my red and white block as I decided on a theme for my blocks.  

I did the fabric in white on white fabrics then all the stitching in DMC red floss and beads. 

The little dragonfly was stitched by following the printed dragonfly on the fabric. 

My favorite section here is the beaded wavy line and the bit just above it with the swirl, leaves,  and circles.  
November’s colors are turquoise/teal and yellow.  This combination could be interesting…or a disaster.  

October Also Brings…

Kittens apparently.  Last year,  in October,  my hubby brought home Ginger. Approximately 4 months old at the time. She’s really turned into a great cat. Very loving.  

This October has brought us Molly.  Barely 4 weeks old.  Found by my best friend in a pile of scraps from a house.

She weighs about 10 ounces and still needs to be bottle fed,  so it’s going to be interesting.  Luckily I run my business from the home and we have her in my office, so I can keep an eye on her. She needs to be weighed every few days to make sure she is gaining weight.  She really loves her bottle and suckles like a pro so I’m not worried about her getting enough to eat. She’s using the litter box. Yay Molly. 

She is very affectionate.  Still wobbly walking but she’s attempting to run now,  which is hilarious to watch.  

We are actively looking for a home for her but plan to get her onto solid food before she goes to a new home. We just can’t have another cat here.  

October Brings…

The month of October is upon us.  For most people around here it means cider mills, apples,  really good donuts, hay rides,  pumpkins,  and we can’t forget,  Halloween!  

I saw a crocheted item on Facebook the other day and thought oh, how cute!  And I ran down to my wife cave and grabbed three things of yarn.  

Any guesses?  I didn’t look for a pattern because it looked like something that I could just wing it and have it turn out. 

Got it figured out yet?  That’s right,  a little crocheted pumpkin!  

This was a lot of fun to make, easy to wing it,  and took about 1 1/2 hours total to make.  I’m thinking of making another one.  Since I didn’t make up a pattern,  the next one could end up bigger,  smaller,  or a disaster.  We shall see!  

What are you making to celebrate the fall season? 

Red and White and Odds and Ends

My red and white block is almost finished.  Our meeting was last week for the Fiber Art Junkies and we each showed off our progress.  Mine would have been done,  I think anyway, but I was pretty sick for over a week and lost a lot of stitching time.

Here are some of the pictures of my block in progress. Again, the challenge was to use only the two colors that were drawn from the bag,  red and white.  We could use any shade of red as long as it still read as red.  (No pink,  orange,  etc).

It is closer to done now. The colors for next month are gray and fuchsia. ¬†I’m going to do another crazy square block, ¬†but I’m still looking through my stash to see what I have in fuchsia that would work.

I’ve been playing around with recipes again, ¬†and tonight I made pasta with a really good sauce. ¬†Olive oil, garlic, ¬†spinach, tomatoes, ¬†seasoning. Very happy with how it turned out.

And, because she posed so nicely for me, ¬†a picture of our formal feral, ¬†Ginger. ¬†She’s snuggled in as close as she can get to me right now.