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Okay, week 4 has come and gone and I only have 2 projects and a partially finished journal spread.  Also have an in progress pic of “The Crazy World”.

First off I was inspired by ladyoflosttimes to try my hand at making a doll with copper embossing powder.  It turned out OK, but I did learn that the next time I want to poke holes in something that is embossed, I should heat the awl first.

The next project is one that I kept putting off because I knew it would be difficult.  It’s a colored pencil drawing of Ginger and it was hard to do justice to all of the colors in her tortoiseshell colored fur.  I will need to keep practicing.  Ginger is a whole lot cuter in real life.

Ginger - Prismacolors on Bristol

 

As many of you know, I have been working on a project I call “The Crazy World”.  Well I finally finished the background and appliqued the world to the center.  To give you perspective, the center circle is 18″ in diameter.  As always, click on the images for a larger picture.

 

A Crazy World

 

That is it for this edition, I have a bad cold so keeping this post short.  Hopefully I will have more to share next week.

 

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Quilted Batik Journal Cover

 

Opened Journal Cover

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Back when the Skrappy Ladies did the Progressive Block Challenge, Sharron one of our members, had a lot on her plate at the time and decided to opt out.  So we got together and made her some blocks in the theme that she had chosen.  Well when Sharron announced that she would be moving to Amarillo, the Skrappies enlisted her daughters’ help in retrieving the blocks, to be assembled into a quilt.  With a secret workday and Carol J’s lightning quick machine quilting, the quilt was presented to Sharron at Saturday’s workday, along with a salad luncheon in her honor and Cindy’s awesome lemon cake.

Sharron opening her surprise.

 

Quilt Label

 

Sharron's surprised face.

 

Stars of Oklahoma for Sharron

 

While Sharron had been packing she was watching for the star blocks, and couldn’t figure out why she hadn’t come across them yet.  Below is and excerpt from the email she sent out on Sunday.

“You gals really surprised me today.   I found the Fons and Porter magazine with the pattern.  I had  not been able to find my star blocks. I kept watching  on every shelf as  I packed,  but no  star blocks.  I didn’t even have them here in the house anymore.  What a sneaky bunch you are.”

The Skrappies will miss seeing Sharron on a regular basis, but she will still be coming to our spring and fall retreats. 

At Saturday’s workday, Melissa was working on her Southwestern Row by Row Challenge.  I like the braids on the women.

Melissa's Southwestern Row by Row

 

 Below is part of an email from Marilyn, after the secret workday.

“And the other revelation we had was that this was a great way to complete a UFO.  For those of you who do not know, or who have forgotten, we were able to “pull back” (doesn’t that sound so much nicer than stole?) the progressive challenge star blocks that we made for Sharron,  they were off white and blues.  Her daughter brought them to us and yesterday we arranged them, filled in the blanks and finished the top in under 3 hours.  5 of us were there and we were not working the entire time.  So…. a great idea was born.   What if we had a lottery and pulled a name for the Saturday Sew In or the Friday of our retreats and the winner could bring a UFO.  We would all help finish it and they would have something that was done!  Sometimes our UFO’s are just blocks that need ideas on how to arrange them, sometimes they are just not completed and we need inspiration.  Toss this around in your heads and give us feedback.  Pam actually wants to create a UFO so she can qualify.  I kept thinking about birthday blocks and friendship blocks and how I need an idea to create a quilt top that is just not a row!   Some of the things we came up with were if you won the lottery you could send a photo with all your blocks so we could think ahead.  Using the design wall was amazing and that is why we want to limit it to Sew In or Retreat since it does take some time.  But it really gave credence to “many hands make light work”. 

 For the Finish the UFO project, everyone will put their name in the pot for a chance to have their UFO completed.  Saturday was the first drawing for the Finish the UFO project, and I was the lucky winner.  So at our next Saturday workday,  in July, we will be assembling the  blue and white blocks I received as outgoing President of the Wichita Mountains Quilt Guild in 1995 (yes, they’ve been around awhile).   Everyone will be bringing assorted red fabrics cut in 2½” squares to be sewn into setting  strips.  I’m looking foward to seeing these blocks made into a quilt top.

I’m closing today’s post with a picture of Toby’s impersonation of a doorstop.

Toby the doorstop

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I know that I still need to post Fall Retreat Pt.2, but with Bill home recovering from foot surgery, my routine has been disrupted. I will get it posted soon.

I have been knitting.  Kerry asked if I would make something for the new baby of a friend.  So I have knit a sweater, (pics and details soon) also knit a hat, but it would fit a 3-year-old.  So I have gone down two needles sizes and cast on again last night.  Guess the baby will receive two hats, one for now and one for later.  Hope to finish soon so I can get back to the Sivilla shawl, of which I have made it through the pattern, and started on the second repeat.

While I try to round-up more shades of blue for the background of A Crazy World, I have been doodling in my sketchbook.  I am going to go with the background sketch on the right and I know that I want to applique the pieces with some curves, but can’t decide whether to work left to right, out from center, or some yet unthought of method.

Sketchbook doodles

Sketchbook doodles

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I had a great time at retreat over the weekend, it was so good to see everyone and I actually accomplished a lot,  but I’m not bouncing back very fast.  Arrived back home Sunday afternoon and finally finished unpacking the car yesterday.  Without going into the boring details, there has been a lot of sleeping and the taking of pain meds for the past few days.  

The retreat photos have been uploaded to the computer and just need to be edited before I can post them.  All of the panel challenges turned out fantastic.  

I do have pics of a couple of projects finished last week.  First of all there are two Dear Jane blocks,

Dear Jane blocks G3 and K7
Dear Jane blocks G3 and K7

 

then there is the needlebook that I made for a Bunco prize.  The needlebook design is my own, but the embroidery pattern is one that I saw made up somewhere, and did a hasty drawing in the sketchbook I’m never without.

 

Wool needlebook, won by Jean

Wool needlebook, won by Jean

The needlebook was won by Jean.   I won a collection of fat quarters and a pincushion pie.
That’s all for now,  Bill is having foot surgery in the morning and we have to be there before the sun comes up.

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It’s becoming a habit to stop in at the thrift store, before going to the grocery store.  They are only a mile apart so it’s very convenient.  Most days I walk out empty handed, but lately I’ve been fairly lucky.

At the thrift store yesterday, while rummaging through a bunch of cross stitch kits, I found two small kits for Battenberg lace projects.  I don’t particularly care for the 80’s type projects, but I wanted the supplies.  So since yesterday was senior day, with my discount, I got a total of 6 yds of Battenberg tape and over 30 yds of linen lace thread for $1.85 including tax.  Now I just have to learn how to make Battenberg lace.

36 days until Skrappy Ladies Fall Retreat.

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I like to browse through thrift stores, but rarely walk out with more than just a paperback book.  Thursday I decided to check out a shop close to the house.  While looking through the frames and framed art I came across a piece of silk embroidery that had been professionally framed by a gallery that has long since closed.  The price sticker read $4.99 and items marked with that particular color of sticker were 50% off for the day.  So how could I not buy it.  Besides, it’s silk, and embroidery, and oriental, and hand stitched.

After removal from frame

After removal from frame

 The silk background is actually closer to a dusty peach color instead of the bright orange in the pictures.  The above picture is just after I removed it from the frame.  I think this piece was from a home that had fire damage, because of the mat board damage on bottom and the back has dark smoky looking stains.

After removal from mat board

After removal from mat board

 There is better detail in this picture, taken after being removed from mat board.  This embroidery piece must have been framed years ago, before people thought much about what damage tape, glues and glass could do to needlework. 

mat board after removing needlework

mat board after removing needlework

 

The needlework was pressed up against the glass and had been taped and glued to the mat board.

Back of embroidery piece
Back of embroidery piece

I removed the tape from the lining but there is still a sticky residue left on the silk, besides remnants of glue where it was adhered to the mat.  I’m wondering if the adhesive might eventually bleed through to the front and cause damage and whether or not I should replace the lining before re-framing the piece.

Showing fading
Showing fading

Here I am holding back the edge to show true color of silk background, the color reminds me of a dark pomegranate.  It was a little while before I realized that the upper right stitching was a butterfly.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Below is a more detailed shot of the stitching.
Detail pic

Detail pic

In the center of the above flower just under the dark blue stitching there is a row of tiny, tiny knots.  After studying this piece I’ve come to the conclusion that this was made from a larger piece of embroidered silk.  The stitching on the left side goes down under the ribbon border and on the right side, part of the fabric is peeking out from under the ribbon.  Also there are areas where the  embroidery looks as though it has been rubbed as though from wear. 

I am really glad that I decided to go thrifting, and rescued this beautiful piece of needlework before someone bought it just for the frame. 

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