Friday, April 04, 2008

New project to add to the list

I'm weak....

While browsing around on fabric sites, I spotted this project and my credit card suddenly started to vibrate which meant that I *had* to buy it. What I'll do with the wall hanging afterwards, I have no idea but I'm sure it will find a home.

I saw 2 of these quilts stitched up at the Dallas Quilt show - one in red and one in blue. I purchased the kit to do the red version. They are cute and the motifs can be used on other things. I'm not sure I will set it together the same was as illustrated but probably will. It is redwork so will stitch out quickly.

The machine embroidery designs and the fabric were purchased from Lollipops Designer Bindings. This company packages their premade quilt binding as a "lollipop" that is very creative and cute.

You can see a better picture of the project here.

I've not accomplished much in the past 2 days - maybe the weekend will spark my creativity :)

till later ~~ Dene

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Roof Kitty

This month we celebrate the 14th year of living in our home in the woods NW of Houston. When we bought this house and the surrounding 4+ acres, our family consisted of 2 adults, 2 kids (12 and 15 years old) and a dog, Abby. The lady selling the house had 2 outside cats that she couldn't take with her so we inherited them with the stipulation that the owner have the cats tested for leukemia and vaccinated. One of the cats was positive and the owner chose to have it put down (it was aged) and the other, Sylvester, came to live with us.

I had 2 cats when we married in 1975 - my beloved Rigel and Deneb. Perceus joined us within months. After the last of these loves passed on, my dh declared that there would be no more cats in our house. Having Sylvester, though, opened that door and what an opening that became.

Within a month, we obtained Tweety. My son and I were buying catfood one afternoon and there was a lady outside with a box full of kittens. The typical "Mom! I'll feed it! It can stay in my room! You won't have to do anything!!" arguments followed and a little, yellow striped girl kitten came home with us. Well, of course the kitten didn't live in my son's room and I ended up feeding it and changing the litter boxes but a new member of the family was welcomed. She was an inside/outside cat and got along well with Sylvester.

After Tweety came to live with us, Goofy, Stella, Sandy, etc. along with a parade of other animals including Sugar the horse, Curly the dog, Daffy the duck, Oreo the pig, Frisky2 the hampster (don't ask about Frisky1) etc. came to reside at our abode. Over the years, all these animals have either disappeared (in the case of most of the outside cats) or passed on... except for Curly the dog. And the other group called the foo-foo kitties joined us starting in 1997 - I started raising and showing Birman cats. After 4 years, I stopped but still have 4 Birmans as inside pets.

So recapping, we now have in this house 2 adults, no kids (yeah!), 13 yr old dog Curly, 4 inside Birmans and believe it or not, Tweety the little orange cat that is now 14 years old. After the show cats came to live in the house, she moved perminantly outside. How she survived being attacked by all the critters in these woods can be summed up in one phrase - she became a "roof kitty".

Whenever the weather is not too terribly hot or cold, you can usually find her on the roof of our house. There is a tree growing along side that she is very adapt at climbing and that is how she gets up there. From the loft, I can access the roof over the den and she is usually there next to one of the skylights. She loves for me to open the window and give her a good scratching. We do feed her in the garage and leave it open for really cold weather but this little scrapper of a cat is our sole survivor of all the outside cats. Love this little girl. The last picture of her was taken a couple of days ago at age 14.

till later ~~ Dene

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Klutz and Christmas Pillows

I was such a klutz last week. The day after I sliced off a bit of my thumb I got my middle finger of the same hand caught in the bobbin of my machine.... don't ask ... dumb mistake. Anyway, I had 2 fingers bandaged and then singed a third on that hand using the pressing sheet with the iron.

Did I give up? NO! (call me stubborn!)

Result of the last 4 days of sewing (and also don't ask why I'm doing Christmas in March/April!)

These pillows are designs from the "Star of Wonder" embroidery set by Nancy Halvorsen of Art to Heart. They are put out by OESD but I've not been able to find them on the internet. They were available at my local sewing store It's a Stitch.

Close ups:

Bethlehem - the first and probably the hardest one to do in my megahoop due to the constant repositioning of the hoop during stitch out.

Wise Men - I had a little trouble on the color of the final camel. The design called for Isacord thread but because of a delay in shipment by a company that won't be named, I had to use my collection of Medeira thread. The software converted the colors but somehow the final camel translated into a not-so-lovely green color. I had to change him back to brown.

Shepherds - this was by far my favorite of the pillows - wonder if it is because I love sheep?

Nativity. So sweet with the cow and sheep :) Joseph turned out a bit greener than I wanted though.

Gloria - can't have a heavenly event without at least one angel. There are 2 more in the set but 5 pillows is probably enough to round out a set.

I have more fabric and may do some more pillows for gifts once my Isacord thread arrives. It will be interesting to compare the stitch translations between the 2 brands.

I've been learning more and more about the embroidery machine as I use it. I had to laugh because at one point, I set up my Bernina 153 machine and was sewing pillows together as the 730 stitched out designs. It was quite a production.

I stitched out a "Welcome" bouquet design that was part of a class - will photograph once I get it made into either a pillow or a small quilt.

till later ~~ Dene