Archive for October, 2009

Knitted Baby Bonnet

October 17, 2009

My leg surgery was postponed yet again. I managed to sprain my ankle but good. Seems there are 3 tendons that meet in one spot on the front of the ankle, and I managed to hurt each one of them. It’s been tough being me this year.

Back to the sofa for yet more time spent with my leg elevated and resting, but not wasted. I have enough yarn to last several lifetimes so decided to knit a baby bonnet:

Baby bonnet, star back


That picture is of the back of the bonnet. Isn’t that a nice swirling star design? And this second one is of the side of the head:

Baby bonnet side


A nice relief lace pattern with a pretty ruffle to frame the face was the pattern for the sides. I didn’t take a front view as I don’t have access to a baby/doll so substitued a ball of yarn. It didn’t look so great with a bonnet on it. Where’s a baby when you need one? LOL

This was a pattern from an old Piecework magazine, and since I’m pretty much well stuck with being on the sofa for awhile, I pulled out something from my stack of “want to knit” patterns and enjoyed every minute of knitting it.  

Next will be a sweater for myself, or attempting to work with some gold threads for Rose Anne’s DYB Face block.



Pole Barn Completed

October 10, 2009

The pole barn was finished a couple of weeks ago, but I haven’t been the most mobile this year so didn’t get a picture taken till now.  Here it is in all its glory:

Pole Barn finished
Those walls are 16′ high.  It’s quite something.

Between the driveway and the pole barn is a planting of azure monkshood:

purple flower 1 all for blog
This plant is thriving.  It was under an English walnut tree, which had to be cut down to make the new driveway extension for the pole barn.  My husband left 5′ of trunk at my request, so the plant will still have nice support.  Since we have more than 1,000 trees on our property (and it was a corn field when we purchased it), it was sad that the tree had to be removed, but won’t make much of a difference for fall raking, and the firewood will keep our neighbors nice and cosy this winter.  

The perennial is only 3 years old and is the latest blooming perennial in our yard.  It’s something I look forward to seeing every year.  And here is a nice close-up photo:


purple flower close up great 2 blog


Leslie’s DYB Face Block Completed

October 5, 2009

The embroidery on Leslie’s DYB Face block is completed.  Yippee!!! I’m a wee bit late in mailing it, but since Debbie is still out of town, I had some wiggle room.  Here is her little sugar plum fairy:

Leslie's plum fairy finished yahoo

This block actually made my husband smile when he saw it.  It’s way out of my comfort zone, as I’ve never worked with a 3 dimensional face, but it turned out better than I thought it would.  I was really intimidated by having to paint that face, and I know it’s not a work of art, but she does have personality plus. 

I did the gold seam first.  It’s some trim that came from India and is properly glitzy.  The woven rose/pink yarn was hand dyed and there are some deep burgundy beads finishing the seam.  Next to it is a lace motif I painted, then used pink sequins and gold beads in the center of the 2 smaller flowers, plus a larger gold bead for the middle flower.

The next seam started with gold ribbon appliqued in place.  Then I edged it with 3 different colors of DMC cotton floss.  It’s a seam treatment from Jo’s great seam book.  Jo – from New Zealand – excels at seam embroidery and I’m very glad I purchased her little book. 

Next was the holly sprig along the bottom.  I traced it onto tissue paper to get the leaf position and size in scale for the block, then used rayon threads and glass beads for the holly berries.

Last, but not least, was the plum fairy herself.  The wings have 2 layers of Angelina and metallic thread for hand embroidery over them to keep the Angelina in place.  The dress has Sulky Sliver thread embroidered down the center, with glass seed beads along the hem.  I crocheted a Candlelight collar for her as the holes to attach the face are at the neck and wanted to cover the holes.  Some leaves were added to finish off the collar.

Her hair is short, curly and brown – like mine.  She’s sporting a petal shaped hat with more leaves, and some beads to keep her hat in place. 

I hope Leslie will like this block.  It was certainly fun having this sugar plum fairy visiting for a bit.  The little darling will be going to a good home. 


October RAFA Meeting

October 2, 2009

My leg surgery was cancelled this week, so I was able to attend the October RAFA meeting, and was it ever a great one. I missed most of the business meeting but we now have elected officers and are preparing pieces for 2 upcoming shows.  Show and tell is always wonderful and there is lots to share with all of you this month.

Sara made some beautiful vessels, but unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of them. Everything goes around the room so quickly, it’s hard to get pictures of everything. She was using dyed silk batting and dyed fusibles to shape the vessels and the one that had Shiva paintstick highlights was my favorite.

She also showed a small quilt:

Sara small floral piece

If you double click on it, you’ll see the beautiful quilting she did on this.

Donna had the cutest dolls:

Donna's doll pins

Now these are the best ever dolls because when pin one to your jacket, any and all goodies your bring home from a quilt show, fiber fest, etc… were not made by you. You can blame the doll for making all the purchases and go home with a clear conscience. LOL I just love Donna’s sense of humor.

Caren and Donna also made some fused glass pieces:

Caren's fused glass

Donna's fused glass

Neither one of these ladies had ever tried making fused glass pieces and don’t you think these are spectacular?

Caris was wearing a great jacket – the Nonaim Coat:

Caris Nonaim Coat

That pattern is sitting on my cutting table and was the next jacket I planned on making. I had no clue as to what size I’d need. Caris is petite and she looked terrific in her jacket, plus the fabrics she selected are wonderful. She was very nice and let me try it on. Now I’m not remotely petite but the jacket fit pretty well. I was very surprised as she made the small size. Now I have a good idea what size and adjustments I’ll need to make for mine. Thank-you Caris, and you sure looked good in that jacket.

Nancy showed her finished Chinese Moon Bridge piece:

Nancy's bridge

This is a small piece, around the size of a notebook, and it is absolutely gorgeous. There is a lot of hand stitching on that piece and the Chinese chop on the left is her name. She also told us why the bridges are built that way.  When the moon comes up, the moonlight shines through the hole, and the image is reflected onto the water.  

And last but not least is Janet. She showed two pieces. This first is a children’s quilt:

Janet butterfly

Don’t you love that the whole life cycle of the butterly is shown?

The second one was started in a QBL workshop and all the shapes are created by thread work:

Janet whole piece

In case you don’t believe it, here are some close-up photos:

Janet circle close up

Janet circle close up 2

Can you believe it? That took a tremendous amount of time and understanding of how thread colors will recede or pop on fabric.

I came home inspired and full of good cheer from spending time with such creative and sharing people. I hope you all enjoyed the show too. You didn’t get to eat any of the great brownies at the meeting, but you’ll just have to come visit sometime.  The door is always open.