Happy New Year 2017!

I have been long gone but I am still creating.  Life gets in the way and no there are no excuses.  I hope to post more and to start me off I have chosen to make my first post a thank you post to my dear friend Jen.

It was my birthday not long ago and Jen came over last Friday to give me all sorts of goodies! I am so lucky to have such a quilty, fibery, wooly friend.  Check out what she gave me.  All of it so thoughtfully presented!

This is the loot.  Everything was in the emoji bag!

img_9071

First up, this set of crocheted, corded, dyed and stuffed accessories. I have so been using the pincushion that goes over the edge of the table.  The oval basket has been put to good use beside my armchair!

img_9072

A book about drawing because this past autumn I started drawing lessons!img_9073Of course she gave me material! Everything was wrapped in this material! So thoughtful!

img_9074

A beautiful lined hat with owls going around it! She spun and knit the wool! She says there are bumps but I don’t see them ;). Do you?img_9075

Check out the card! She bought it at a craft fair but didn’t want to spoil it by writing in it ;).img_9077

Just beautiful the card! Gives me some ideas!img_9078

And each gift had little notes attached, giving me messages and telling me jokes!img_9079

More notes! Thanks Jen! 😉img_9080 I am definitely spoiled by Jen.  You should check out her blog!  She is so creative!

And what is a start to a year without a new project!

img_9098I made to embroidery pieces, one for Jen and one for me.  We are stitching everyday! I got the idea from  Sara at Brown Paper  Bag blog: http://www.brwnpaperbag.com/1-year-of-stitches-2017/We started later than the first but actually it took me a bit of time to set it up.  I gifted Jen with her own kit! It is fun to stitch everyday.

I am going to do my stitching and then head for bed! Here is hoping that I will be back properly!

Later

Threaders

Do you use one? What is your threader method?

I ran into problems this week and I realized that I really can’t get by without one.

Here is my collection:

IMG_7693

My preferred one is:

IMG_7694

Is is/was my trusty clover, however it doesn’t seem to work anymore.  One time it works, the next few times it doesn’t.  So:

IMG_7695

I keep trying with these but to no avail :(…yep Jen, still not working for me. So:

IMG_7696

Back to basics, however, the wire on these so fine that they seem to break 😦 So:

IMG_7704

I stocked up on wire needle threaders and bought a new clover desk threader and:

IMG_7705

I picked up these needles and reused my old clover needle threader and lo and behold,  it works, so now I have a spare clover and back ups and these needles are perfect for hexing and applique.

What is your preference? Do you know something that I don’t know?

New finds and prepping March!

IMG_7674

Look what I found at the local Dollarama! These are 7-inch boxes.  the whimiscal-sewn hearts told me that they would be cut in my sewing room.  The 7 inches is perfect to house my Splendid Sampler 6 1/2-inch blocks!

IMG_7673

The box opens up from the middle an voila; instant block storage.  Now I may have to return and the the smaller size for my six-word memoir blocks…just might have to ;).

I prepped my March hexagons for my exchange.  Ready to stitch in quiet moments while watchng tv!

IMG_7675

This month is a starry theme.  Now to stitch some applique.  Later!

Some handpiecing

IMG_7647 (1)

Back at the start of 2014, my friend Jen and I decided to start a new project.  It was to be a quilt and it was to be all handpieced.  My friend Jen is the queen of portable projects and she handpieces all the time.  So, we were inspired by a hexagon surrounded by three rectangles on all sides and triangles in the corner.  It is a project that is still in the works but we simply call it our 20-14 project.

This is the pattern and here is a sampling:

IMG_7626

The summer of 2014 found me cutting out 1476 rectangles; all from my stash!  This was so much fun!

IMG_7625

Prepping and always being prepared to handstitch, wherever and whenever!  Not sure when we will finish but sure is a great project to hone handpiecing skills.  Oh…we will be doing embroidery in some of the hexagons.  I will be doing redwork!  Total handwork and probably a heirloom! 🙂

I am linking up with The Needle and Thread Network!

 

A pleasant (planned) late birthday celebration!

AMAZING! My friend is amazing.  My birthday was in December and she has been sitting on all these secrets.  That is Jen in the rocking chair with the big rubbermaid container and inside she had all the gifts.  So much and so thoughtful! This was the icing on the cake:

IMG_7601

THIS is called “Grace”  It is a pattern that is on my list.  170 miniature hexies and more than 170 diamonds.  She hand stitched the hexies and then hand stitched them together! Too funny her presentation:

I am still in awe of it all! I am still similing.  Look at these placemats!

IMG_7598

Amazing! And yes I like blue.

This was a much-appreciated pick-me-up and I am so thankful of my friendship.  Thank you so much Jen!

IMG_7631

Sewing, Reading, Quilting, Embroidery(ing :) ), Running, Writing, Weaving…and the list goes on and on and on…