Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Quilt Show finds

Beth, Karol, and I
enjoyed the
Berrien Towne & Country
Quilt Guild's

Quilt Show

What a wonderful display of quilts!
Such a talented group of quilters!
The show booklet was nicely done
(excited to find the Erica's coupon, will come in handy this month)

(photo at the top) We sat in on two demos --- the first one was about how to paper piece quilt blocks, great for precision piecing! the other demo was on crayon tinting. We had a simple flower drawn on muslin (freezer paper backing) with pigma pen. The idea is to lightly color with crayons. when you like the result - heat up your iron and press to heat set. Peel off the paper and embroider/embellish the blocks.

Wandered thru the vendors & picked up
two needlebooks with leaf prints. They are done with acrylic paints!

Picked out two wool kits/packs to make cupcake pincushions.
I didn't buy the instructions; however,
Karol looked at the pices
& showed me basically how to put it together.
Wish me luck.

Found a cute 'kittie' panel.
picture here

What a wonderful day with friends : )

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It is my turn ...

Picked it up from the library this afternoon ...
Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt
by Beth Hoffman
I've heard so much about this book

And thx Beth for picking up
the latest issue of
PieceWork Magazine!

Enjoyed the article & pictures
of the Heart Ornament 2010 contest!

WOW! Such talent!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The 10th Circle

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

Has anybody read this book?
I'm around page 240 & am just stunned by this story
I will keep on reading, but oh my, what a book!

Met up with GFs at Sheep's Clothing, a nice yarn store.
Was in the sale section & picked up this Tahki Yarn.
I like the colors
and the shimmer in the yarn
I plan to tat something with it!
I realize it will be large - but, unique
It is 80% wook & 20% nylon

stay tuned

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Inspiration ...

Boarded the South Shore this a.m.
and headed into Chicago w/Alex, youngest son.

We wanted to view the Matisse exhibit before it closed on June 20th. It was an interesting exhibit and showed how Henri Matisse was inspired by other artists & developed his own way of expressing his ideas.

I think Alex was more impressed by the jade displays, ancient coins, blades, and Sound & Vision exhibit.

The Sound & Vision exhibit was in gallery 188, Modern Wing - It was unique! On one wall there was a tv set on and when cars zoomed accross the screen, they sounded a musical tone! Each lane of traffic had a unique tone. Traffic as art - awesome.

The Lions at AIC are still decked out with the Blackhawks Helmets.

I have tried two more times to get a simple pink heart completed
That reverse work just gets me confused
I'll be moving along & all of a sudden .... oops!

Trying again this afternoon

You'd think by now, I'd be able to get
a larger bit of tatting completed ...

I'm going to try marking the pattern as I go along
and triple counting the rings before closing them

There must be a trick to opening a closed ring - I just get a mess

Meanwhile, I emptied my shuttles & made some smaller motifs
for cards (and for friends who requested some! --- I haven't forgotten)

Perhaps I just need MORE shuttles!!! LOL

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Quilt Show

Berrien Towne & Country Quilt Guild
hosts their
2010 Quilt Show

250+ Quilts on display

Saturday, June 26 & 27
10am to 5pm

Guest Speaker Beth Farrier
Applewood Quilts
Saturday lectures at
11:00am & 2:30pm

Hourly Demonstrations
Sunday from 11am-4pm

Sit & Stitch
Learn a new or
very old technique

Boutique featuring
unique quilts & quilted items
for sale

Raffle Quilts

Mini-quilt silent auction

Vendors with
patterns, fabrics,
quilt & craft items

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Into the books ....

Skein of the Crime
I just finished this book
Luv the whole series ...

Speaking of series, this
is the next one:
out in March 2011
Elm Creek

Did I mention winning a contest?
Yes, received an Elm Creek Quilts pin
in the mail

If you go to the web site & sign in
for the reader's circle, there are
questions & if you answer correctly,
and are chosen, you will have your
own pin!

I found this book at Hobby Lobby
(40% off coupon)

Description Elegance abounds in the graceful loops and whorls of Celtic knots. Part of an ancient tradition, these lovely designs found enduring expression in the Book of Kells, a ninth century illuminated gospel crafted by Irish monks whose Christian mission took them throughout much of the known world at the time. And while the designs themselves are of interwoven knots, tatting them requires only that you master the ability to weave your double-stitched tatting over, under, and around into beautiful patterns. This book includes 12 original designs to try. It is for needle or shuttle tatters.

Monday, June 07, 2010


These are made with LizBeth size 20 (2 on left), DMC Cebelia size 20 (lt pink), and Valdani perle coton #12 (ones on the right)

I tried using size 12 Valdani (perle cotton) on these simple flowers.
The perle is soft - but pretty when finished.
They are the two on the right in above pic
The fiber was pretty worn while making the rings
But, I was happy with the end result

Yes, I'm back at this heart again ...
I mess it up each time,
either a counting mistake
or the heart shape is a circle

Took a break & lost my picot gauges
Now have new picot gauges & am giving it another try
I am determined

I'll try doing all the tatting without taking a break
and then will make it lay flat!!!! and look like a heart!

And, was gifted some new-to-me colors
of LizBeth size 20
fibers to try ... beautiful colors!

The multi color matches a solid color ---
Stay tuned

Sunday, June 06, 2010


I made up a
couple more butterflies
The Complete Book of Tatting
by Rebecca Jones

They are easier for me to tat
now than the first try!

These are size 20, LizBeth fibers

Saturday, June 05, 2010

simple tatting

I found this roll
of fiber at Needle Nest
in Mishawaka, IN

It is called Multi's
embellishment yarn,

It is thick, maybe size 10? or 3?

Tatting looks so
different with a
thicker fiber!