Sunday, 23 February 2020

A Picture for Sunday - Muddy Waters


Now that we have had two Atlantic storms in quick succession, the rivers are running chocolate brown, and the Severn Estuary is looking like cocoa.  If this photo were a painting, you would assume the painter had used the wrong colours.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Farewell to a Favourite Skirt


It has served me well, a nice long woollen draught stopper of a skirt, but a couple of weeks ago it suddenly met its end.  Just as I got into the car there was an ominous ripping sound.  This time it wasn't the lining, which was already well and truly shredded, but the back seam.  The material is worn out, and not strong enough for a repair, so it is finished as a skirt.  However, the decoration around the hem is far too pretty to waste, so I have plans for it.  Today I ripped out the lining and zip, and removed most of the zigzagged ribbon.  Once it has been washed and dried I shall work out how to make it into a cushion cover.  The stitched design is perfect for me to use as a guide for some free motion quilting.  This is going to be an interesting recycling project! 

Friday, 14 February 2020

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 267 - Framed!


At last!  Framed, and almost ready to hang.  The wood of the frame is a touch pale, so at some point my husband will be playing with wood stain in his shed.  It is a box frame, and I bought two of them at the same time, so he can stain the other one while the picture itself stays safely in this one.



All the measuring to make sure the picture was accurately centred took me ages.  The chain stitch outline was done with my oldest machine, the Willcox and Gibbs Automatic, which dates from 1888.  The landscape itself was stitched entirely with my 1945 Singer 15K treadle machine, using Gutermann Sulky Cotton 30 in variegated shades.

I am pleased that it is finished and can now go on the wall.  This project gave me some grief, but it was worth it.  Now I have two landscapes to pass on, I have allocated this one, A Lane in May, to my daughter, and the Field in May to my son.






Here goes for week 267:-


Many thanks to Caryl, who has finished her gorgeous batiks quilt.  It's Valentine's Day, so look closely at her quilting and you will find a heart!   If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.




And a mention also for my incredibly organised co-hostess, Andrée, who has made this beautiful cover for her quilting diary.




If you have no free motion quilting to show, feel free to link up and show any project you like.  Here are the usual rules, but feel free to ignore them.  To keep the original emphasis, however, preference will be given to free motion quilting when featuring projects from the previous week.

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post.

3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for five days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Tuesday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.




Sunday, 9 February 2020

A Picture for Sunday - Sheep in the Mist


Sheep are by far my favourite farm animal.  You can eat them, knit them, coo at the lambs and photograph them.  Whenever I visit another country, when I come back and see a field of sheep I know I have well and truly arrived home.

This photo was taken on a misty, frosty morning a few days ago.  Now we are being battered by a storm that has blown in from the Atlantic... just when I thought we were seeing promising signs of spring.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Framing the Landscape


Framing a stitched picture is one of those jobs that always takes at least fifteen times longer than I think it should.  This time I am using a box frame that I bought some time ago, and framing it in the same way that I did the last landscape.  Choosing the right green to outline the picture in the frame was relatively easy.  I made the choice last night, but waited until this morning to check the colour in daylight to make sure.  The thread on the right won.

Today I have used the Willcox and Gibbs to stitch the outline.  Fortunately I remembered how to thread it.  The nerve-wracking bit has been all the measuring involved, which came down to eighths and sixteenths of an inch.  I have yet to measure exactly where to place the holes of the back board of the frame.  Tomorrow I shall hand the board to my husband so he can drill the holes in exactly the right place.  I have already had enough measuring and right angles for one day.  Precision isn't my strong point.  I have to take it slowly.

Free Motion Mavericks is at Andrée's blog this week, so I'm linking up.


Sunday, 2 February 2020

A Picture for Sunday - December Sunrise


One of the advantages of the short winter days is that sunrise is late enough for me to catch it.  I have to be up and out of the house to get a good view east, because there are trees and a hill obscuring the view from our house.  This was a week before Christmas, and one of the few days this winter that we have had a spectacular sunrise.  

Friday, 31 January 2020

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 265 - A Gnarled Oak


This is phase one of my next project, choose a tree.  This photo shows an oak tree which is only three minutes' walk from our house, and is going to be the first of my stitched trees.  



It has already figured on a previous picture as a background detail.  This time I shall have to see if I can convey its age, with the dead bough standing out against the rest of the branches with their sprouting leaves.  There is a hole in the trunk, partly covered by ivy, which I watched during many sunsets last autumn, listening to the owls inside hissing and waiting for them to emerge.  This next picture is going to be a labour of love.







Here goes for week 265:-


Many thanks to Caryl, for linking up last time with her reminder to have fun with free motion quilting, and to be creative every day.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.





If you have no free motion quilting to show, feel free to link up and show any project you like.  Here are the usual rules, but feel free to ignore them.  To keep the original emphasis, however, preference will be given to free motion quilting when featuring projects from the previous week.

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post.

3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for five days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Tuesday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

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