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!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I have been busy with life and embroidery.  I did a page for Pam Kellogg's 2016 Calendar which will come out in September and I entered a Crazy quilt challenge.  I can't show the calendar page yet but here is the challenge block.  The entry was due June 1.   Among the items in the challenge kit were 11 different gingham fabrics that had to be include.  I though I was most clever to pull out my Arlene Baker flower mold and make gingham flowers.

Well there is a sad ending to this story.  I made repeated contacts with the challenge person who advertised and sold the kits to find out when the winners would be announced.  Each time there was a horrible event that  happened in this persons life that  prevented the finalization of the contest and the announcement of the results.  I felt petty for asking any further and finally just asked for a refund of the kit price.   Actually when you read the fine print it said when the entry was due but did not spell out when the winner would be announced.  So buyer beware!!!
My luck with CQ Round Robbins (never getting your block back) and now entering a contest, putting in a lot of thought and work with no result makes me want to swear off both. 
I am a little behind on my  CQJP 2015 this is Mays entry not quit finished

We have been making some day trips this is the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburn Falls MA.  It's an old Trolly bridge and has wonderful flowers all season long.

We toured Edith Whartons home The Mount in Lenox MA.

Took a long weekend and went to Rockport Mass. 
 This is the Sally Webster Inn where we stayed. 

The homes along the ocean and the flower gardens are fabulous.

A view of the harbor at Rockport.
We took a tour down parts of the Connecticut River under the French King Bridge.  Saw two Bald Eagles but the picture is just a white spot in the trees.

My husband and I ordered Lobster in Rockport of course!!
My first selfie with my husband on  my hand-me-down IPhone!!  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Spent the last 5 days, and according to my FITBIT tracker 87,500 steps, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel Textile show on Monday, and then Tuesday through Friday at the Brimfield Mass Antique /Junk
/ Flea market.
  Here are the goodies/bargins (ha ha)  I found.  
The flowers are organdy and really sweet.  Most of the findings and sew on's came from old ( closed boo hoo) Tinsel Trading in NYC.
  She now  has a new more boutique type store at a different location but still has stock left from the old store that she  sells at the Host show. 

A dealer at the Mays show on Thursday has tables of these metal stampings can't resist the bugs!!   About 1" X 2"

Jennifer Osner, a dealer from California, bought out the Lace samples from the M.E. Feld  Co in NYC about 10 years ago.  She has been selling them at Brimfield every year since at Astronomical prices so I usually walk on by.  But this year she was having a sale and they still were pricey but I couldn't resist.
She also has a web store.

Then I came across an older lady selling odd bits at fire sale prices.  (Of course the cat has to get into the picture!! ) 
Sweet enamel butterflies and silver flowers
We had a lovely conversation and  I paid her without even asking for a better price.  As I was an leaving I spotted this vintage metal lace.
I love vintage metal lace!!

But it is totally out of my price range.  As I was looking at the lace she came right over and started telling me the story of how she bought it 20 years ago  from a fellow dealer and paid $200 for it because she had to have it.  She also said that the 3" wide trim was 40 yards long.  I admired it of course and put it down to go and search out my husband.  She came after me with the lace in her hand and asked me what I would pay for it.  I hesitated as I didn't want to insult her saying it was out of my price range but she said how about $50.  I said of course I would pay $50 and she handed it to me.   
Needless to say I was flabbergasted!!  I paid her the money and went away in a daze looking for my husband.
3 inches wide
The lace was wrapped on a cardboard card and I knew there was not 40 yards.  When I got home I measured the lace and there is 18 feet.... still a bargain at $50.   Under the lace in the center was another piece of different lace.  This piece is 2 feet long and 6 inches wide!!
I am in love!!  Great week at Brimfield!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I won this book on Facebook from an online acquaintance.   Christi Herbst Paulton had an extra copy and offered it as a give away. I left a comment along with several other people  and my name was selected.  I wanted it to experiment with my tambour hook, not a regular sewing machine.

I am participating in the CQJP2015 project and below is my February "updated" block.  I was not happy with silk flowers on the original (see previous post) so I used the techniques from the book above to make the ribbon flowers.  I am pleased with the way they came out.
I really liked the ideas is the book "Silk Ribbon by Machine"  and plan to use more of the techniques shown on future projects. Thanks again Christi!

This is my March entry for the CQJP2015.  I have never used Shibori ribbon before and I had fun experimenting with with it.