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Falling Leaves Shawl

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I began this shawl on June 21, 2013 and finally finished it on July 26th. It's called a Stora Dimon Shawl from the book "Folk Shawls" by Cheryl Oberle. This is the second one of this pattern that I have knit and it is my favorite. Because it is a Faroese style shawl there is shoulder shaping that keeps the shawl comfortable on your shoulders without slipping. I wanted to finish it before the Fall, and I am so pleased that it's done.
I used Madeline Tosh DK weight yarn in 'Magnolia Leaf' and 'Filigree' (the green lace pattern)

This is the thing on my needles. I'm back to comfort zone of fingering weight yarn with size 4 needles. The color is Zarzamora and it is my favorite brand, Malabrigo, in sock weight. The pattern is from VeryBusyMonkey (VBM) and is called Geology. It has bands of patterns and, if I can wade through the somewhat page turning directions it will be lovely! You should check out VBM's patterns. they are really special!

Mixed Media Stitched Square

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In the last issue of Cloth Paper Scissors they issued a challenge for a mixed media stitched square. This is my offering. I used Lesley Riley's TAP paper for a transfer of a combination of image and painting and then I free motion quilted the square. I always forget how much I love to FMQ! I added some bits of paint for definition and then bound the edges with some leftovers of purple cloth and a piece of 'paint wipe up' cloth that I had been saving for some time, thinking that one day I would find a use for it.
My submissions to CPS never seem to make the mark, but I did have fun making this fun little square!

This is what the back looks like, it's easier to see the FMQ stitching on this I think.
 Close up of the back Close up of the front

Leapin' Lizard The True Tale

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Here she is, my Leapin' Lizard, and she has a tale to tell.  I made this as a donation for the LaConner Quilt Museum's 2013 Fabric Challenge and fund raiser event. Leapin' Lizard is made from what was called the "Aussie Outback Challenge Kit"  which included two fat quarters from M&S Textiles. They are the two fabrics with green in them. The yellow solid was my addition. I am a big fan of Aboriginal motif textile designs.  Each of these fabrics by themselves was interesting, and as a lime-ey green lover ,one would think that these fabrics might have been right up my alley. Oh! How wrong that turned out to be!
I tried one approach which failed miserably right out of the gate leaving me with even less fabric to work with. I considered just forgetting about the entire thing. It was easy to consider just moving on to another, less troublesome, project.  My friend, Judy, who always has good ideas, suggested that I make something 3D, a stuffed animal perhaps. Init…

Peek-A-Boo Bags and La Conner Quilt Museum "Aussie Outback" Challenge

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I that these bags may well mark the beginning of my return to the cloth and sewing that I love so well. Some time agon my friend, Janet, made one of these bags for me and I have wanted to make some ever since. I finally got around to it!
The pattern is simple enough, and I like the vinyl window. I used the one Janet made for me for smaller knitting projects. Now I have found the Peek-a-Boo bags to be a handy way to store threads that I will be using in the near future, and for patterns, the cut pieces, and  matching thread and zipper. This bag has a lot os uses that's for sure!
The pattern is from Terri Staats and it is called the "Peek-a-Boo" bag for obvious reasons. I am considering some changes to the pattern and will, I hope be tinkering with this pattern in the near future making it more knitting friendly perhaps, maybe with a grommet for the yarn to come through on the upper back or something.
Next up is free motion quilting a sewing machine cover which is designe…

Where Does The Time Go?

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It's true! Although the days went by quickly when I worked, they go by even faster now that I am not working. I am, however managing to do things that I had wanted to do in the past, but had no time for. Some of those things are not 'blog' worthy. Like scrubbing the deck and the deck furniture. It took 4.5 hours, but I can now rest in a chair with no fear of any mold or bird droppings getting on my clothes! Ick! I love clean, and wish that I could keep everything clean for at least more than a day! Now I can at least do the every day clean up and not have it go back to total chaos again.
I spent some time developing an ETSY shop for my earrings. I have no hope that much will happen, but it would be nice to sell a few to offset my obsession for wearing and making earrings. I will add some bags to the shop soon. I know that there must be some magic thing to do to be successful on Etsy, but I can't figure it out. I'm not sure that is the best platform for me, but I&#…

Putterings

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I've been allowing myself the luxury of not having to accomplish anything in particular. Eventually I know that I will settle down and create with more focus, but for now it has been lovely catching up on overdue, or soon, due, trades and play.
Making earrings has been providing me with a lot of relaxation and tons of enjoyment recently. I have no idea why I'm enjoying this so much. I don't wear a lot of jewelry, but I do like the few rings that I wear every day, and I do love wearing earrings - especially when they are made with lampwork beads. I have never used lever back findings ( in the middle and on the right in the photo above) before, but I am discovering that that are really very nice, and they feel very secure on your ear. I've sold two pairs of my last batch of earrings , and that was a big boost for me. I hope to sell more, along with my felted bags which will be the next thing that I simply must sit down and focus on getting finished. I've been remiss…

Happy Fourth! Thank You To My Ancestor!

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For today, just a bit of personal family trivia.
I get chills when I think that I am directly related to a signer of the declaration. It's through my maternal line. For me, that my heart line.

My Maternal Uncle had the genealogy prepared when he became involved with the S.A.R. Thank you Mr. Ellery for being a founding father. I honor your sacrifices.



WILLIAM ELLERY
Rhode Island
William ElleryOne of a small group of lesser known signers whose achievement were comparatively modest, William Ellery gained little fame beyond his hometown—in sharp contrast to fellow Rhode Island signer Stephen Hopkins. The office of Delegate to the Continental Congress was the only significant position, State or National, to which Ellery ever won election, but he occupied it for a far longer period than most other Members.
The second son in a family of four, Ellery was born in 1727 at Newport, his lifelong residence. He followed in the footsteps of his father, a rich merchant and political leader, by atte…

Zetti-Esque and Another Bourt of Earring Obession!

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I have to say that not having a schedule to have to hold to is a really wonderful thing! yes, I really DO like this part of it!
Over at heARTist Trading Cards the theme for June was Zetti. I'd been running a bit late was had be a bit frazzled, but I had thought that I would have no problems coming up with something for this theme. I had never done any Zetti before, but I thought it would be "a natural" for me. Not!! I had elements all together and ready, but I just could not find pleasing proportions for the ATC size. I spent a day feeling like a failure; went to bed and got up to tackle it again. Finally, I found a combination that I liked and that I felt was good enough to send out! I made some of the side trade tags and sent them off. I had never made any tags either, but I wanted them all mailed so much that I forgot to take some images of them!
This week, after the full speed forward motion of last week and the early part of this week I was feeling just a tad off c…