Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Gift From Hawaii

If you are one of my regular readers, you would know that my husband and I were dog sitting Skye the border collie for my husband's sister's family while they were on vacation.  What I did not tell you...they were in Hawaii!  (side note:  We bought these locally made Apple Pie Chamomile dog biscuits for Skye at our local farmer's market while he was visiting.  He loved them!)

Knowing my love for all things quilty, my sister-in-law picked out this pillow cover for me while they were away.


It is hand appliqued and hand quilted.


I purchased the pillow form for it this past weekend which made it ready for a photo op today!


It was hand made in Hawaii!


I really like it!  Many moons ago, I made a Hawaiian quilt block...it never did get quilted. I remember it took nearly forever to do the applique.  I made this block as part of a sampler class before I got married. My husband and I celebrate 26 years of wedded bliss next week, so this sampler quilt is my oldest UFO.  I am not sure I will ever finish it...the colours are a bit outdated now.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sewing in the Car

Christine came over for a hand stitching night this week.  She started a new wool project and I continued to work on my counted cross stitch project, "Tree of Life" based on a stained glass window by Frank Lloyd Wright.  I did lots of backstitching this week and completed the centre section of the window.  Near the end of the week, my husband and I took a long car trip and I brought Frank along for the ride.  I stitched in the car for several hours and made great progress, until I dropped the needle. My husband pulled off the road at the next exit and we both looked for the needle, but to no avail.  I had to put Frank away for the rest of the trip...


You can see that I have started the cross stitching at the top of the window. (I took the picture in the car so sorry for the bad lighting!)

Today, I was able to find some more needles so I am good to go for some more stitching tomorrow. (They are called tapestry needles...they should do the job for my cross stitching.)



I took these pictures in my garden this week.  This grass is in a planter on my patio.


Same grass, different views...

 
 


These pink flowers are in bloom on my clethra bush:

 
Happy Slow Sunday Stitching! 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright Pin and Cross Stitch

When my husband and I visited the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo a couple of years ago, I bought myself a pin based on part of the Tree of Life stained glass windows in the house.


Until I started this cross stitch project, I always wore it with the three beads on the bottom...I guess I will have to wear it with them on the top now!

Last week, my Tree of Life cross stitch looked like this:


I did quite a bit of back stitching this week and will soon have to move the hoop up to work on the upper part of the window.



Besides this project, I am not doing any sewing these days.  Life is busy and stressful. I am thankful for a few moments of cross stitching to help keep me sane.  Some days this is working better than others. I hope to do some more back stitching tomorrow in the gazebo.  I am linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday stitching.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Stained Glass Window

 
Last weekend, my husband and I took a long car trip to visit my daughter. I often fall asleep in the car on these long car rides so I brought Frank along to keep me awake! As you can see, I have finished almost all of the cross stitching at the bottom of the "window" and have started to do some of the backstitching.  It is starting to look like a stained glass window rather than just a bunch of squares.
 

There is a lot of backstitching on this counted cross stitch picture.  I love the way it is starting to make the squares look like they belong together.

 

Here is a photo of the original Tree of Life Window from the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, New York.  You can see that this will be a long term project...

(This picture was taken at the Detroit Institute of the Arts, where this window is on display.)

Today, we are hosting a graduation BBQ for our daughter who recently graduated from University. It is unlikely that I will be doing any slow Sunday stitching today but hopefully, there will be some time for stitching this week. I am linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching link-up. It is always fun to see what everyone else is up to!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sewing with Hank and Frank

This is Hank:
 
Hank has been visiting our house for the last 10 days with his friend, Skye.

Skye likes to chew on Hank and make him squeak, which is especially popular before 6am. This week, Skye shook Hank so hard that two of his squeakers came out and his head and body just about parted ways.  It was time to perform surgery to put Hank back together again.




I am happy to report that Hank is feeling much more "put together" now and is as squeaky as ever. This made Skye very happy!

Skye's family returns home from their vacation today so he will be going home to have some quality time with them.

In the meantime, while not throwing a ball, or walking the dog, I have done a little stitching on Frank:

Last week:


This week:
Progress is being made!  I must say that Skye would rather I play ball with him than work on Frank...

Flowers in my garden this week--


Happy stitching to you!  I hope for a little more stitching time next week...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Slow Stitching with Frank

Last week, I showed my next hand stitching project--a cross stitch picture based on the Tree of Life stained glass window by Frank Lloyd Wright. 
 

Confession:  I did not get much slow stitching done this past week. I organized my thread and then spent a few days looking for my embroidery hoop so I could do some stitching...I finally found the hoop today and started stitching! My aunt used to do petit point and she always organized her threads this way. I used a hole punch and made 6 holes along the side of the cardboard. I separated the threads by colour and labelled the symbols and colour names by each hole. Is this the way other people do this?  Many years ago when my go-to stitching project was cross stitch, I just copied my aunt's method and have never considered other ways to organize the threads.

 This afternoon, I did some stitching in the gazebo under the supervision of Skye, my dog-nephew, who is visiting for a few days while his family is on vacation. Skye likes to be wherever we are--reminds me of that song, "Me and My Shadow."

We have been going for lots of walks in an attempt to use up some of Skye's boundless energy.  All I can say is that this strategy is not working!  He is always up for a game of ball.

Here is my progress so far.  I hope to work on this some more before the weekend is over.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Houses and Trees Chemo Quilt

 


Late last year, all of the members of the Elgin Piecemakers made house blocks for our monthly charity quilt for a chemo patient at our local hospital.  I brought the blocks home, fully intending to put them together into a top within 4-6 weeks...Life got in the way and I did not get back to this project until this week. There were 16 house blocks in all, inspired by the colours of the jelly bean houses of St. Johns, Nfld.

I decided to set them in rows with trees in between the houses, so it looked like a neighbourhood. 

This is a green bean tree!

Some were appliqued by machine.

Some were pieced.

This one was a bit windswept.

I decided the quilt needed a flag as well.

I tried out different colours of solids for between the rows of houses, but in the end, decided that this blue looked the best.

I will be piecing the back tomorrow night and then it will be ready for quilting. Hopefully, it will be quilted and bound and ready for donation by September. The husband of one of our guild members usually does the quilting. I think this quilt will help to cheer someone up, don't you???