Baskets, Berries & Leaves

Baskets, Berries & Leaves

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hand Quilting


 
It's a cool and rainy day so I'm watching college football while I hand quilt The Pokeberry Quilt.

 
I'm using the big stitch or utility stitch with a black DMC crewel thread.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel

 
Packing on the...

 
pounds...

 
for Winter...

 
Yikes, you've turned into Humpty Dumpty.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Emily Munroe Quilt

 
I finished the first block on row two of the Emily Munroe quilt.  I sized all the blocks to 10" in row one and basted them together with a 1/2" sewing seam.
 
 
Close-ups so maybe you can see the stitching and couching threads.
 
   I've been hand-quilting the Pokeberry Quilt after spending a day crawling on the floor to pin baste it, hard on my leg because I'm working on a plywood floor in my sewing room, got it done though, stitching on my Sue Spargo BOM,  bought the perfect vintage Brannock and Patek pumpkin plaid fabric for the backing for my Baskets, Berries and Leaves, can't believe I came across it on Ebay, cringe at the thought of basting that quilt, finished a quilt for a mag, had the first snow of the season a few days ago that started the have to get ready for Winter and taking wildlife photos. 

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Primitive Stockings

 
I made a few Christmas stockings this past week.  I know, Christmas, jumping right past Fall. These are my two favorites.  The very pink one uses some very old Brannock and Patek striped fabric that is very hard to find.  I'm always on the lookout for more of it since it really adds interest with the bold pink and off white stripes.  The other is a dark red brown stocking that shows the outline stitches around the applique that was done with linen thread.
 
The newest stockings are a tad smaller.  I've been making them in several sizes depending on the size of the applique design.
 
Two of my favorite designers who I have come to know over the years share a birthday today, so Happy Birthday to Cherie Ralston and Jan Patek.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Calliope Hummingbirds

 
I've had these little jewels the last week or so visiting what few flowers I have left.

 
Female Calliope Hummingbird

 
Smallest of the US hummingbirds
 
 
Only 2 3/4 inches long, most other hummingbirds are more than 3 inches to almost 4 inches long.

 
Tiny little feathers rim her eye.

 
It was several hours of perseverance and sitting oh so still to take these photos.  I was very pleased since I've never been able to get so many close-ups.