Sunday, December 9, 2018

sweeps week

most of the slow stitching going on around here lately has been on this broom...
last sunday
the pattern is from Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage 
and is reduced by 50% with permission from Crab-apple Hill Studio
and
the fabric is a pale poison green that is utterly misrepresented in any photo i have taken...
after another week of sweep sweep sweeping
 anywho...

it's kicking my butt even more than sweeping real floors 
not that there's been a lotta that going on...

linking with other slow stitchers on Kathy's Quilts blog for Slow Sunday Stitching...

Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.
Zora Neale Hurston

Friday, December 7, 2018

good intentions

yep...

totally lame in the blog posting department...

lottsa excuses reasons
 but nothing anyone wants to hear about...

anywho...

i've decided to write posts about whatever i coulda shoulda woulda had to say
and postdate
cuz that's how i roll...

so if you do happen by 
you'll understand why suddenly there might be posts that weren't there before...


Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions.
T.S. Eliot

Sunday, December 2, 2018

blown up

there i sat on a sunday, innocently following Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching links, and saw this on The Polka Dot Chicken blog...

do i really need to say more?!?

an immediate online search was made for my very own hippopotamus for christmas...

meet Bluebert...
Is a hippopotamus a hippopotamus, or just a really cool Opotamus?
Mitch Hedberg
seriously, do i really need to say more?!?

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.
Carl Sandburg


Friday, November 30, 2018

done and doner

 the last two of the Shepherd's Bush stockings are not only completely and totally finished...
for a blonde haired beauty 

and her dark haired little sister
ten years late and seven years late


they are signed, sealed, delivered...
Corbadoo, Peanut Butter Cup and Karebear

woo hootie hoo!!!

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. 
Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

star trekker

a couple of years ago there was a batik sale at Lyons Quilting and i wanted this...
oooo!!! purples and blues and teals!!!
the pattern is written in a Block of the Month format 
and all the fabric is supposed to be cut at the beginning...

which i find very, very scary...

so i delayed starting by drafting each of the blocks for paper-piecing...

and then waited a few months to Kinko them...

 it was a few more months before i drummed up the courage to actually cut into those lovely batiks...

 and even more time passed whilst messing up just about everything
including making a bunch of hour glass blocks and half square triangles that i didn't need
so LuLu designed a pillow topper for me...
she has the sweetest little feet
and an eye for symmetry
 stacks of batiks and blocks aged in the Magick Shoppe 
and my wanting a finished quilt waned...

but
there's the but - i knew it was somewhere 
then i found the perfect fabric for the backing
and it made me want to actually finish the flimsy and send it off to Liz the Magnificent for quilting with a gazillion Enterprises...
NCC1701
the United Star Ship Enterprise
to boldly go...
and she transformed it into this...
Star Trekker
if i ever get bored with the front, all i have to do is flip it over
and i can hang out with these guys...
and it didn't end up being a 5 year mission
quilted by Liz Bowman
pieced and bound by dianne

After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.
Spock
 Star Trek, Season 2, Episode 1

not this time, Mr. Spock...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

come hither, heather

is done!!!
look at that quilting!!! it is SO cool!!!
each thistle has its very own knot
and the borders have thistles all the way around
the center and borders are quilted with thistles 
the sashings and blocks are quilted with celtic knots
by Liz Bowman ... she is SO awesome!!!

what could be better?!?

well, how 'bout some hunky guys on the back...
ooo!!!
that's right, ORGANIC farmers!!!

this was the last of the tea towel quilts
 till Melissa went surfing and found THIS website...

sigh...


A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not,
is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.
Richard Burton

Friday, February 9, 2018

that makes a dozen...

Earth Science, Mrs. Moth Queen Amidala, Michael Myson, Melissa, Corbadoo, NoJo, Gumdrop, Super Sam, my mom, my sister, me...
LuLu needed a stocking, too...

i had already started hers
a gazillion years ago 
and it took a LOT less time to finish stitching it...
but
there it is again
she didn't much like the colors 
or the fact that her angel was a baldy...

anywho...

her favorite color is teal green...
i have no idea what that actually is
but my mind told me it is a kinda turquoise-ish blue 
so...
 i took out some of the greyish blue stitches and replaced them with a turquoise-ish blue
 added some hair 
and a braid 
and some ribbon and charms...
is THIS teal green? i asked ... no, not really, she sighed
and finished it in time for Christmas...
and then she added, but it was a good try, Nonna.
so... 

twelve stockings done
 and two to go...

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
John Steinbeck