Sunday, 6 April 2014

a list

I have a list....
1. My dog Sam had to be put to sleep.

He was diagnosed with cancer and got very sick very quickly.
We all miss him so much around the house.

2. I got a promotion in work to Deputy Sister. yikes. The interview was last Monday and I found out on Friday that I had been successful. The two weeks before the interview I literally did nothing except study. So that was some good news. 

3. More good news. My brother in law, James, and his wife Licet, had a baby girl.

Elyssa Maria McCormick.

4. I have been gardening.
The garden is still a mess so here is a pic of my gorgeous hens who are responsible for the poor state of the garden to begin with.

I let them run around the garden and my hub tries to herd them back into their pen. I love to see them investigating all the corners of the garden. Freedom at last or something like that.  But they do scratch and dig and root up plants and scatter leaves. But when I am out in the garden they follow me about and I feed them slugs and worms. Is that weird? Or cruel? 

One of my ladies is under performing!

As a result of 1,2,3 and 4 my bird quilt has been neglected.

During the week though I started on a baby quilt for Elyssa.

I wanted quite a scrappy look plus I wanted to use fabrics that I already have. Each block is 8.5 inch square.

Beth is still sewing at the Thursday night Merville group..


Saturday, 15 March 2014

life is good

My little ray of sunshine (sometimes) Beth joined all us serious stitchers on Thursday night at the Merville group. So 3 generations there, which was great. And she said she really enjoyed it because all the girls were lovely and there was a warm relaxed atmosphere. Her words.
She needs to learn a skill for part of her Gold Duke of Edinburgh and if I teach her sewing she will take me to the Palace. I think.

serious stitching.

I am in the sewing room today with some company for a change and she is just getting on with it with very little help from me......

....... she's got this far.

Me on the other hand.

I am still getting black dirty inky hands drawing on my quilt.

I have a good feeling about this piece. it is evolving quite nicely. Nicely is not a good word.
But I have a feeling about it which I like.

And I love the mark making, especially black onto very white cotton.
inktense and various widths of black pen.

I will probably be at this piece for the rest of the spring. But what's the hurry?
Life is good in between.

Although Jean my oldest hen died during the week.

But she had a happy retirement after a battery life, running about eating my garden and getting porridge for breakfast. 
So life is still good.


and the skiing was great fun, especially the coffee breaks.


Friday, 28 February 2014

Depressed Dog.

OK so I am going skiing tomorrow with my hub and leaving my two beautiful teenagers behind. 
NOT home alone as they wanted though.
There is a list sitting on the kitchen table with all the things I have to do today.. and it reads something like...
clean bathrooms,
clean out chickens
wash sheets
wash dog beds
and its lunchtime already and I have to take the dog to the vet

because he has a sore paw and has a bucket on his head. 
He's a sad boy.

So I really shouldn't be on here blabbing.
But I wanted to log the progress with the birds.
I am doing a little when I get the chance.

This is the sample piece in which I was experimenting with the branches.
I tried a few with twiggy branches which I really like.
I also like the amount of branches in this sample. The horizontal lines give it a kind of rhythm.

 So far only one branch is in along the width of the piece. 
This was done using freezer paper cut as a stencil and then ink pen criss crossed over the paper.
I think there will be a fair few branches and that they will be in contrasting tones, light to dark.

The lighting is horrific on these, the cotton is bright white and not blue white.
I will have to start using my camera again and not the iphone.

Last night at Merville, Martha gave me a summer dress which someone had given her for the fabric.
She thought I might like it....

Not so good with the boots. But a lovely dress which I am going to take up over the knee.
AND it's LIBERTY Tana Lawn...

I am chuffed with it. Roll on those lazy hazy crazy days of summer.

This is what Martha is making at the moment

This is quite a large quilt with lots of applique and stitching, with crystals applied on top. It is fantastic. And it is a gift for some lucky people. 

Aah heck can't be annoyed with the epic list in the kitchen.
But then no more house work or work for a whole week.

Monday, 17 February 2014


I have made only a tiny little bit of progress with my birds.
Sorry this image is so dark, but the weather is sooo dark and grey and wet and wet some more.
My garden is a quagmire.
QUAGMIRE, what a word.
The chickens are going to disappear into this quagmire if the rain doesn't go away.

This is about 50 something inches by about 40 inches.
I havent straightened the edges yet. my idea at the moment is to work on it the way I used to paint.... looking, adding lines, adding colour, looking adding etc and going with it rather than planning it all out. It's more intuitive that way.
I do have an image in my head of how it will finish up. and I have an idea of the texture of it and the stitches.

This is a sample I was fiddling with today, trying to see what branches look like.  And what way to draw them, or paint them, or sew them maybe?
I like the repetition of the birds printed on the white cotton.
And I have an idea of trees at dusk with darkish branches and the light behind.

A little bit of stitching added.
Slow Progress.
But progress.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Quilts everywhere

Last Thursday night at Merville quilt group........

Ella's quilt....




Brenda's (mum's)...

Quilts everywhere you look

......and plenty of chocolates too

now which one to have...


Friday, 24 January 2014

Still thinking.

I have been playing again.

printing and inking and painting and messing.!
In my sketchbook first....

And then on white cotton....

I generally just had a lot of fun with this one piece of polystyrene cut into a bird shape. The polystyrene is from a pizza packaging. These pizza bases are great for printing and one side sometimes has a texture on it which adds to the print.
It is also good to draw into the polystyrene with say a knitting needle or pencil and then print the image.
Actually I might do that soon. Am thinking bird shapes or bird footprints.

Although I was thinking of working on some smaller pieces I think I might join the long pieces of prints together and work on a larger scale. I really like the black on white prints.
I don't know. Still thinking about it.