Friday, December 30, 2016

Such a beautiful afternoon



The sun was so beautiful that I had to take a pic for you even though we were zooming down the highway. (Or, at least, our excuse for a highway.)

We were on the way home from a quick trip into town so I could get a hoop, blue fabric, and needles for the "1 Year of Stitches" project.
 

The largest loop they had was a 10-inch. I decided if I run out of space I'll just make layers.

Happy almost 2017.








I'm joining in the "1 Year of Stitches" fun.

Susan of Blessings of Thread mentioned that she is going to join in the "1 Year of Stitches" fun. So am I. It sounds like such a fun, non-stressful project.

I thought it would be fun for the daily "1 Year of Stitches" post to show a pic of my more-than-likely one stitch progress on the embroidery and a pic of the sky however it looks that day.

Here's today:
It's overcast today and 75 F.

I'm working half a day so I'll be shopping this afternoon for some light blue fabric and a large embroidery hoop. I'll also buy some plain fabric for the back of the "Ravioli Quilt" pieces. It's what my Dear One called the puff/bubble/biscuit quilt and I thought it was really funny.

I hope you're having a great week.








Thursday, December 29, 2016

Puff (bubble) (biscuit) quilts make me smile

I'm going to make one of these:
Here's a link to an image search for more of the quilts.

The small puffs should be quick and fun to do on my newly found sewing machine. And after 400+ puffs, I'll probably be decent at using the machine.

I bet these things were popular in the day. Lol.

I hope you are having fun this week.


Isn't this knit bear in a bunny suit cute?







Here's a link to more info. It's by Susan Anderson in a book called Drop Dead Easy Knits.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays



My photo of a red ginger flower in my front yard. Effects by FastStone Image Viewer 5.5.

Aloha,






P.S. - Alise wanted to see the original photo.


I love when this flower blooms. It's not far from the Plumeria tree that I posted a photo of earlier in the week. I love the white and bright red together.

Friday, December 23, 2016

A reward for reorganizing

I cleaned out a "deep storage" nearly useless closet under my stairs and found this:


I even have all the attachments.

What's missing?

This:

Oh, well. Who needs a foot control and a power cord? LOL

Amazon has one and I have a spanky new gift card from a friend. What a fun present.

It is a great day here. My Dear One needed a duplicate Social Security card. We planned a several hour adventure and a long walk from our parked car. We parked in front of the building and we were back in the car in 20 minutes. It felt like living in a Twilight Zone episode.

I hope you're having a great day, too.





Thursday, December 22, 2016

The plumerias are blooming...and my goals

My goals are:
  • Create an embroidery stitch sampler on small squares of remnant material.
  • See Maui with new eyes. People fly thousands of miles and spend huge sums of money to visit here. After 18 years and only 2 trips off the island, I've started taking it for granted.
  • Develop techniques for keeping work and home completely separate. My son has accomplished this in his life and I've asked him to help me learn how to do it.
The plumeria tree in our front yard is covered in flowers. I wish I could make this a scratch and sniff picture.


 Wishing you sunshine and flowers.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Montano's "Essential Stitch Guide"

I've never read an embroidery book in my life.

My mother taught me how to knit and crochet when I was seven, but she never embroidered.

It's fun to start something new.

I just raided my library for every book I could find there about embroidery and I found this book:

Essential Stitch Guide by Montano


I'm considering turning my "thread doodles" into a sampler.

Normally, how-to books in ebook format don't work for me. The illustrations are just too   small. This book, however, works great for me even on my tablet. It'll keep me busy with "180 stitches and 70 combinations."

Not to mention, it's a lovely book.

Thank you for the kind email and comments. Welcome, Liz Ackert. Your blog, I'm Going to Texas, is so much fun. I love your patches and I look forward to working my way back through your blog and enjoying each one of them.

Aloha and Happy Holidays to you.

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou
(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year)

And here's an explanation of the Origin of Celebrating Christmas in the Hawaiian Islands.





Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I'm alive...

I've been thread doodling. Lots of waiting room time. I had quite a few interesting conversations about why I don't make cute pictures. lol.

Hope all is well with you. I'll send email when I get my online act back together.

Hugs even though I may be absent for a little bit.

Hunter

Monday, December 12, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nutcracker Sweets

We had a great time at Nutcracker Sweets last night.

The daughter of a woman we work with was dancing several parts. She's 13 and has been studying dance for 9 years. I couldn't believe the time commitment involved in someone studying dance...or the devotion of her mom that gets her to all her practices and performances.

The costumes were lovely. The littlest kids were so cute. They worked so hard to get their performances right. They were all so carefully watching each other. And it was precious when they put two lead ballerinas on stage with them. They concentrated so hard to stay in step.

I found myself watching feet and hands a lot. It was interesting to see who had studied long enough to dance on pointe and the subtle differences of how each dancer interpreted the same dance.

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Thank you for your kind words about the thread doodles. It is fun to literally "scribble" with thread. Jules, I may make enough to sew them together. It's the process for me, though, rather than the end product.

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Here's a short piece posted by the Maui Arts and Cultural Center that shows a little of last night's performance:




If this loads too slowly on this post, you can view the clip here.

I hope you're having a great weekend.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Thread Doodles 2




 Cable chain stitch. DMC color 930 (Dark Slate Blue).

Note to self: Pay attention. This one makes knots if you try to back up. Try it again on regular fabric rather than the jute.




Thread Doodles 1







Words aren't doing it for me lately, so I'm starting daily "Thread Doodles."

Dear Son went home yesterday and I miss him already. Dear Husband went in to work today for a few hours. It seems so strange to have the house to myself.

About the thread doodles.

Remnant fabrics. Very old, gifted embroidery thread. Zero knowledge of embroidery.

Feather stitch and three strands of DMC 6-strand thread in color 502 (Medium Seafoam Green). Frayed jute ribbon. Five inch neutral background squares.

I hope you're having a great day.




Sunday, November 27, 2016

I finally spent my Amazon gift card

My friend gave me an Amazon gift card six months ago. I have probably shopped and un-shopped with the thing at least 100 times.

I'd put things in my card and then come back a few days later and delete all the items.

I can't remember ever enjoying a gift card more.

And now the quilting area of my brain is coming alive again.

I put my gift card in the system and ordered:

Quilter's Dream Batting- Natural Cotton Request- Thin Loft- Craft
and

Java Batiks Charm Pack, Set of 40 Precut 5 Inch Batik Squares CC116

I see a hexagon turtle wall hanging in my future. I think I still have a piece of Kaufmann light blue fabric for the background.

And I still have $6.39 on my gift card.

Life is good.

Today we're heading up to the last book store on the island. Barnes and Noble in Lahaina. It's so much fun to have Dear Son here.

I hope you're having a great weekend.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope  you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Things I'm thankful for:
  • My husband. We're been together for decades and it's still not long enough. I'm blessed to have a life partner that is still my best friend.
  • One fine son. A happy, kind, gentle, and loving person. The greatest adventure I've ever been fortunate enough to enjoy.
  • My health. Sometimes it's good to pause and remember that there are always people who would give anything to enjoy the level of health I am fortunate enough to have. 
  • My home. There are so many people, some of them within a block from here, who don't have a home. My home is loving. Safe. A refuge.
Peace, Dear Friends.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This is why I don't make sketches...

I'm one of those people who can't draw. Everyone says that anyone can. I've tried books. I've tried sitting with people. It's just not my thing. I can vividly see things in my head. I can pretty much quilt them. But drawing them out so someone else can see what I'm thinking just doesn't work.

That being said, here's the quilt that's demanding to be made. I'll probably make a wall size proof-of-concept before I start larger one.

This palm:


It looks like it's blowing in the wind, but the truth is that he's been in his windy spot so long he just always looks windblown. I love the light blue sky in the bottom of the pic that turns darker and darker.

I love the silhouettes of palm trees on the beach.

What I'm going to try to capture is the movement of the first palm. The fabrics will be joined in gentle curves, also for movement. The beach. The light blue sky with darker blue at the top.

The beige beach will be highlighted with a sprinkling of something similar to this:

The light blue sky will have a sprinkling of something like this:


And the dark sky:


I'll decide about the batik fabric colors and the seed bead colors, but this is the general idea.

The tree will be solid back batik.

Who knows. I may be done after the wall hanging. It will depend how the return to hand quilting goes. I just don't enjoy the sound of a sewing machine, although I had hoped to switch over. The calm and peacefulness is why I quilt.

How do you "see" your projects before you begin?

Wishing you a great Thanksgiving.