Thursday, April 19, 2018

New Stuff

The International Quilt Festival in Chicago had a display by Sue Spargo.



Aren't they fun? I love stitching on wool and have a few things (cough, cough) to stitch. I have been really wanting to stitch one of Sue's pieces with my Colour Complements threads.

 I have been buying wool from   Wool Lady  . I have the stuff! Now I need the time.
 But what did I purchase? One thing is this book:
It is fabulous! Great charts and some stitches I have never seen. Perfect for my crazy quilting. I would highly recommend this book.

I also bought some Tulip Needles. Mary Corbet did a review of them so I will not bore you with where to get them, etc. But I will tell you that I love them! I have been stitching Tall Year Squared using one strand of Glorianna silk floss and even using my John James needles, the silk was shredding. Fine. I figured it was me. I pulled one of the Tulip tapestry needles and it was FABULOUS! No more shredding. But they are pricey. $1.25 each. Not cheap, but so worth it. I am saving my pennies and buying some more. I think I may be able to talk a friend  to join me in my madness. We will see.

I also bought some (red) threads but it is too cloudy today to take a photo. Trust me, they have sparkle. 


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2018 International Quilt Festival Chicago: Photo Heavy

Last Saturday I was blessed to attend the big quilt show in Chicago. It is the same company that puts the show on in Houston. (So wish I could attend THAT one!) Now you may be wondering why I went to a quilt show when I don't quilt! Great point.

Eye candy. Quilt shows are full of inspiration for stitching projects. I will show some photos I took (or my friend took) while at the show. Tomorrow I will post my purchases. Please be warned-lots of images!
 These are stitched buttons! So cool!

























These are real letters made into an art quilt!

 And Alice!
Do you see her?
If you have a question about a quilt, I did take a photo of the paper with each quilt.
Are you inspired?

Monday, April 16, 2018

TUSAL and Mill Hill Monday

Last month I posted on the wrong day! Can you imagine?!?! Not that it really matters in this     Totally Useless Stitch-a-Long  ! It is hosted by Daffycat and is a place to show our ort containers and what we put in them during the month.
Not much different for me this month.
This is my Mill Hill project:
I have an idea for this fellow if I can just get him stitched quickly and not get distracted by other projects....

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Gifted Gorgeousness

I found this piece and thought it would be a nice change from my Mill Hill kits. It is Butterfly by Alesandra Adelaide. This is where I left it last in 2012, I do believe:
Scary! Here is is today:
I am using a floss that I dyed and a scrap of fabric using one thread over one. Hopefully the fabric is large enough!

Gifted Gorgeousness is hosted by Serendipitous Stitching. It is a Stitch-a-Long that is for pieces that you have seen gifted, you are going to gift or can find a way to shoe horn into the fun. I think I will give the stitched piece away. (When it gets stitched!)


Friday, April 13, 2018

The Panels Are Done!

I am so excited that I have finished all four sides of Tall Year Squared!
First my summer panel:
 The frogs are supposed to have little beads, but I don't like how they looked so I left them off.

Here are all the panels in a row:
I am working on the lid. I doubt I will have much stitching time this weekend, but hopefully I can squeeze in a few stitches. Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 9, 2018

A Blast from the Past

This month is Blogging A to Z which I have (obviously) decided not to participate in. But I did finally start something from that challenge.
Here is the original post:
Here
That was just last year! Amazing!
Anyway, I needed a project to carry with me and this called my name.
Not much done, but it is super cute.
 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Tall Year Squared-Summer

I was so excited when I started this panel. It is the last panel of four and I thought, "Yippee! I can start a new project or go to an old one soon!" Then it dawned on me.....I still have to stitch the top and base of this piece. RATS!
 Now don't get me wrong; I love this piece. I mean, look at the dragonflies!
But I am ready for something else. But I know if I don't keep working on it now, I won't want to finish it later. Maybe I will have something new to show...next month.