28 August 2014

my miracle day.

when it all goes right won't you call it a miracle of a day?!!
i am having just that day!!
it's wonderful,
and i am loving it.

i may buy more red ribbon, i am
just trying out the

another mug rug, getting straighter............

this one's mine.

with love,

18 August 2014


 from two of the fat quarters
i have made mug rugs.
perhaps not perfectly square
...with a little more practice...

 here are the first two rows of the quilt as you go rainbow quilt, yesterday i made the two long strips to go across the quilt, front and back and machined it all into place. the rainbow blocks will make a diamond and the next row will have two red, two yellow and orange.

and a not perfectly straight rose border either,
but i like the effect of the rose
and i am pleased that such patterns
for filet crochet may be useful
for ordinary cross stitch.
red was kinder on my eyes.

later i found a dover publication
with a few pages of flower designs
which can be ironed on
to material more than once
(it went right through to the cloth
so they're good.

these two.
well i am just wondering about
an edging
for this last one.

with love,

16 August 2014


 i machined the aida to a piece of white cloth and then chose some christmas backing material. and made a small cushion cover.

then i sewed red ribbon around the design,
filled the cushion with wadding,  made a hem and machine it closed.
i am happy with the result.

then i made a cat quilt,
and the next thing is a throw
from the christmas fat quarters.

with love,


15 August 2014

thinking of christmas

on Pinterest i began to follow red work and made up a board for it. yesterday i bought some embroidery cottons and copied from a free pattern.

the pattern was for red, yellow and green. it works for red, i think.
how about this one?

this is from a book, The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches, published by Lyric.
for filet crochet, you can see a little of the completed pattern on the left of the photo. i wonder if it can be used for cross stitch.
there are several filet crochet patterns. southern cross, alternating tiles, orchids...
my printer is not good. and so i look for patterns close by.
there is blue work and black work too. i bought some rainbow colours and so i could make a yellow rose.
this red work is peaceful on my eyes, easy to make, may i encourage you?
take a walk on the wild side. forgo those coloured threads for historically sound motives and sew with the ladies of history.


8 August 2014


i have run out of strippy pieces. perhaps small hexagons next.
also i am awaiting a package of 90gsm copy paper, so tracing blocks for the last week has been my aim. also i have found my very first scrap bag again,

if the scraps don't meet a hexie size, what of those small corners in foundation piecing? do you see my quandary? 'thousands' is an exaggeration, but there is also a sea of scrap corners in a box for that 'just in case' moment somewhere down the line where they would fit perfectly.
didn't i hear 'don't throw any scraps away' yes i did, and i have been faithful! i really have!
i have even filed some scraps under y for yellow, p for pink, r for red, b for black and brown,

it was lack of space that brought this about. and then i had an idea.
how about a christmas hexie
flowery one? or a christmas log cabin? or a simple
fat quarter one?

mooring here for a while. i wonder what others will be making for christmas?