Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Brimfield Flea Market in July is HOT and sort of quite with a lot  fewer dealers. 
This dealer sells the most wonderful garden fountains etc.  Walking through this area is so refreshing!

There were two pristine crazy quilts both with the same date 1882.  
Each was small but wonderful.  The edging was beautifully done.

The edge with the flower and leaves ends on the right with the herringbone stitch binding.  The fern design is the edging of the
second quilt.

I did find a few treasures.  I couldn't resist this roll of  2" ribbon  .... I can see it as a border on a wall hanging 
I was concerned about running out of 4mm black laquer sequins for my current project.  I tried to order more from Langlois-Martin in France but they closed for vacation until the end of August. 
I found this piece of damaged trim that is about 10" wide and 2 yards long for $20!!  I can rescue more than enough 4mm black laquer sequins to finish my project.  The bugle beads will probably find a home as well.

Thanks Nicki-Lee I couldntt resist this quilt top.  Its not nearly as pretty as yours but I might get to some Crazy quilting on it eventually!! 

Monday, July 11, 2016

I have spent the last week trying to figure out what my background would be.  When I do something like this I need lots of  the item so I have enough to finish without running out.  So I have been counting squares and beads to estimate if I have enough.  

This is the pattern I have decided on.   I have enough of the gold and black beads but the 4mm black lacquer sequins, item I need the most of,  I am iffy on the. I would order another hank from  Langlois-Martin but they are on vacation till the end of August.
I am pretty sure I have enough 4mm to finish the perimeter and if I run out I plan to switch to 5mm for the center bits. 

Brimfield starts tomorrow so I will be off poking around there for the rest of the week.
Then back to business on Saturday!!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

I am in the process of assembling this quilt.  Its boring stuff with no pretty pictures so I thought I would post some close-ups. 

Wishing you all a happy and safe 4th of July!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Never thought I would say it but yes I have been seduced by Facebooooook!

I do miss blogging so I am back and will try hard to continue.
I have finished the  CQJP2015 challenge and now have to put it together in a quilt/wall hanging

The background is the same fabric that I used on my Couture Circle quilt.  I love this fabric but need to make the background different somehow!
Center piece  

The second I try laying out the pieces on the floor for a better view Opie needs to wonder across the middle!

Without the cat!

Keeping with the "button theme I embroidered my initials with the beads around them on tulle and gathered it over a 2" mother of pearl button.

I mounted the black taffeta fabric (about 38" by 50")  on a frame with a layer of black tulle over it and started the border .
I auditioned several options for the border with some stitching buddies and this was the winning selection.

This vintage metal lace layered over silk velvet (I must be crazy) really makes the metal lace pop.
Sorry the pictures are not the best.   

Thursday, October 15, 2015

These are my favorite boots!!  Got them in black (shown) and brown at the "mall" 3 years ago in Aldo's. I was in a store catering to teenagers because I was shopping with my granddaughter.  She didn't find anything but I found the only boots in the store that didn't have 3" platforms. 
Needed to have them resoled over the summer so they are ready to go for another season!!  
I decided to add a little something to them... like they needed it!  So I cut black ultra suede to fit each boot and embroidered them with of course sequins, beads, and fringe!!

Now I think my brown ones need some cuffs!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I was asked to design the June page for Pam Kellogg's (Kitty and Me Designs) 2016 CQ calendar.   The only requirement was that it included a hummingbird.
I spent a lot of time on  line and looking through books for pictures of hummingbirds.
This was my first attempt looking more like a fish!!
This is my second attempt.
 I wanted it to be ethereal.... but not so much like a lobster 
My third attempt looks more like an angry ant!! 
This is my forth attempt. The body was more in line with what I wanted but the wings were puny!!  
So I took out the sequins and made the wings bigger.
This is the final page.  Thanks Pam for including my work in your calendar.  Go to Kitty and Me Designs to get your own copy of the calendar.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My latest project is a vase of flowers for a church altar.
It measures 22" by 30".
I used the techniques I learned at the Ecole Lesage to apply the sequins and beads. Each flower is an applique ... that is they are embroidered on silk organza first then cut out and sewn to the background.
closeup - sorry this is not rotated!!

It is not done yet.  The  blue flower in the center is missing its center which I have completed but somehow lost.  Also more leaves and two side panels which are still in my head!!