Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Some other new things. :)

I managed to get some more new things in the mail.

My mini white (blanc) cone.  This is about half the size of the black one I got but it was the only white one Amazon had.

Then I received some redwork designs which I can turn into mug rugs for Christmas presents.  I might give them out at the office.  Not sure yet on that.  That assumes that I will get them done in time.  I need, therefore, to have some red thread.  Gee, guess I will need to get another small cone from Amazon.  They had a dark Christmas Red on a cone so I ordered that.  Amazon knew what they were doing when they gave me a store card.  LOL.

Behind that cone of white you can see a close up of the ruler that I ordered.  It's called the T-shirt Transformation Rules by June Taylor.  There is a video on YouTube on how to use it.  It is good for three sizes and you can use those corner slot to mark you corners, etc.

My 16 1/2" ruler hasn't come in yet but it will.  I needed larger sized square up/rulers/templates for t-shirt quilts.  I might make larger blocks once I get these too, who knows.  I will have to get back into quilting first.  That might happen this weekend.  I'm not sure yet.  I have been known to change my mind at the last minute.  If not I'll work more on the cross stitch.

Speaking of cross stitch, I read on one of my Facebook groups about somebody who uses their hair clips to hold the extra fabric that you aren't stitching on.  I tried it and it wasn't too bad.  I think I'll get some more, perhaps from Dollar Tree, and use them with my Mini Owl HAED.  This is what it looks like on The Holy Grail-Left.  You can also see my progress in this picture.

That's about it for this entry.  Have a great day/night!

Happy Stitching

Sunday, September 10, 2017

WOO HOO! Good mail!

Isn't it great to get stuff you want in the mail instead of bills all the time?  I ordered some things and they came in.  Of course the bills will come in soon enough since I put them on the cards.

Want to see them?  That's good because I'm going to post them anyway.  :)

First up is my new earrings.  Aren't they cute?  I'm not sure when or where I'll wear them but I couldn't resist.

 The next purchase that came in isn't THAT exciting but they are colorful. These are the little clips that I use when I put on binding on my quilts.  I've think I've seen some pictures of people using them in cross stitch also to hold threads on large projects and they park the threads.

This is another not too exciting purchase but more of a necessity.  Really I did need this.  I'm positive that I needed another ruler.  We all need more rulers.  I like this one because it is a 2 1/2" x 6".  I wanted a six inch ruler because it is easier to move around.

I have some larger templates/grid square up rulers or whatever they were called ordered but they aren't here yet.  I also received something else but can't show it quite yet since I am giving one of them to somebody.

This week I should get my cone of DMC white six strand embroidery floss.  THEN I will be taking out the white that I have stitched on The Holy Grail and restitch it so it all is the same dye lot and I know it will match.

That's about it this time.  Have a great evening everybody.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Quilts and Human Rights Exhibit

During lunch today, my friend Theresa and I went to the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU and looked at the Quilts and Human Rights Exhibit.

The Pick Museum of Anthropology is a teaching museum for the university.  They use special exhibitions to promote cultural awareness and solidarity in support of global social justice.  This month the topic is Quilts and Human Rights.

I'm sorry that I couldn't get the descriptions of the quilts but I couldn't use my flash and some of the pictures didn't turn out.    I hope you enjoy looking at these quilts and it makes people think.  Some (if not most) of the quilts are of a sensitive nature and I mean no offense by putting them on my blog.

This is one of my favorites

This Quilt is one of Four (I believe) that was made from blocks in remembrance of the 2008 shooting at NIU.

To remember 911

Made by Diane Johns who used to work at the Graduate School

At the time, this caused a big split in the local quilter's guild.  I hope you can read about it in the picture below.  You might have to enlarge it.  Diane has given me lots of advice on quilting and took me to my first International Quilt Show in Rosemont.  She is a marvelous quilter and it was a true shame that they didn't let her display it at the Quilt Guild show that year.  

This was done by an expert appliquer and was done as a reverse applique quilt.

A close up of the reverse applique quilt

I also liked how they mentioned how to make a quilt and showed how the sewing machines had changed over time.  What they didn't mention was that these machines and even older ones are still coveted today and in use.

They did, however, tell the process (simplified of course) of the path a quilt goes through to be made.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures.  There are more quilts than I took pictures of so I might have to go back. 

If you are in the neighborhood you might want to stop at the museum (VERY close to visitor parking).  The hours of the Pick Museum of Anthropology are:  

Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m.  - 4 p.m.
Friday - Saturday  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Mondays. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Holiday Weekend

I had great hopes that I would get a lot of crafting done this extended holiday but alas, it wasn't meant to be.  BUT that didn't mean I wasn't busy.

I have around 300 stitches done on my Holy Grail cross stitch.  It is where I am getting into some color so that I took a picture.

It's not much done but at least it is started.  I'm doing three threads on this Aida.  I didn't think that 2 threads showed up much.  It's hard to see in the picture but the border on this is white.  I am packing up my Mini-Owl and will be taking THAT to work.  I am finding out my lighting at home isn't good enough for me to do it at home.  That will be fine though.  That gives some a cross stitch to do at work and one to do at home.  I am finding my enthusiasm for WORKING on quilts isn't there in the summer months.  I'll do more on my cross stitch in the summers and when it gets colder (or when I find a test pattern I want to do) then I'll do a quilt.  I did see, however, some table toppers that would be nice for the holidays.

My friend Sue Cottle, yes I know you'll read this Sue, mentioned I might be a hoarder.  While I don't want to confess to being one, I think I might have to.  Perhaps if I just say I am not a hoarder but a collector it will sound better.  So this next picture is for Sue.  Here is my organized stash for embroidery floss.

I actually have a couple more project boxes but this will suffice for now.  :)   The stack on the left is for individual projects.  The Holy Grail one is underneath the purple box.  The purple box holds my Critter Christmas Cross Stitch threads.  The stack on the right (oops, I'm missing one of the boxes), is my overall stash.  Each of the boxes is marked on top what DMC numbers are in that box.  That's not a's a collection....right?

Crafting isn't the only thing that I have been working on.  I've been cooking too.  This weekends new recipe was Pumpkin Butter.  It turned out great and it was made in the crockpot with minimal ingredients.

Since I only used (1) 15 oz can of pumpkin (pure/puree/solid pack) it doesn't make much at a time.   Of course since I cooked it down that also reduces how much it makes.  The red container is one cup.  I could have put it all in the container on the left but I will be taking the other two containers to work and see if a couple of people want a taste of it.  I know that I will be making more of this.  You aren't suppose to can it but it does keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks and in the freezer for 6-9 months.

Back to cooking and stitching.  I hope everybody has a safe weekend.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Another D'oh Moment

Yes I had another d'oh moment.  Remember when I was talking about the embroidery floss for the Mini Owl cross stitch?  I went to Lotti's Keep, the closest cross stitch shop, which was 15 miles away, and managed to fill in the last of my missing numbers for both the Mini Owl as well as William Morris' The Holy Grail: the left side - arming the Knights.  I had a nice talk with the owner and drove back.  Between what I had gotten in DeKalb and what I had gotten at Lotti's, I had around 40 skeins to wind on bobbins.  Before I would tackle that job, I decided to go out to the kitchen and get something to drink.  As I was passing through the craft room I glanced down and there it was.  There was a plastic container full of bobbins that I had wound earlier and what picture was on the top of that plastic container?  What picture was taped to the inside of the CLEAR plastic container that would tell me what the floss in the container was meant for?  Yep, you guessed it.  It was a picture of the William Morris The Holy Grail.  Clear as day I could see what it was.  Where was it when I was looking for it?  Where was it when I was buying the 40 skeins of floss that I thought I needed?  Yep, It was another D'oh Moment.  Of course it isn't a total waste since I will eventually use the floss but still....

To take my mind off of it (or pretend to take my mind off of it), I did a little more work on the Mini Owl.  Not enough to really make a difference but at least I was able to work on it again.

Then to justify the buying of the embroidery floss, that I didn't need, I pulled out the fabric and started to work on The Holy Grail.  I didn't take a picture yet of that because the first 200 or so stitches are all white.  Somewhat boring to work on and somewhat boring to look at.  As soon as I get some other colors in it, I will take a picture.

I hope you all have a great night/day and even better tomorrow.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Guess what I am doing this afternoon!

When you see this picture I bet you will guess what I am going to be doing this afternoon.

Yep, you guessed it.  It's floss winding time again.  These are most of the colors I need for the counted cross stitch chart for William Morris Holy Grail detail Arming Departing Knights by Orenco Originals.  I started to gather the floss since I need 4 colors to carry on with my mini owl and I can't find them all locally.  Of course I also couldn't find all of the 48 colors I need for the Holy Grail chart either.  I'll just carry on my search for the numbers.  I can probably find it at the cross stitch shop in Rochelle, IL.  I thought I wouldn't be able to get there until Saturday but I checked online and Lotti's Keep is open today according to their Facebook page.  I think I'll run over and see if I can pick up the missing colors.  I'll let you know how it turns out.

Here is my update on my Mini Owl.  This is around 1400 stitches.  It's coming along but slowly.  That's ok.  I'm doing it because a)I love to do cross stitch and b) if I hurry it won't be relaxing and the stress relief that I look for when I do cross stitch.

Wish me luck!  I'll let you know how it goes.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Scary Picture

Brace yourselves!  I am posting a scary picture.  You might have guessed's a picture of me.  I thought I'd post another one since I've lost some weight.  Since March 1st, I've lost:
45.6lbsTotal Lost
1.9lbsAverage Weekly Loss

Sorry about the background but it was the only place I knew that had a full length mirror.

Another shocker is that now that I've started to feel better, and now that I found where I put my clip on magnifiers, I started to take a few more stitches on the cross stitch project (mini owl).  Of course that means I needed to make some more needle minders.  I found some cute buttons so used them this time.  What do you think?

Yes that is my mini owl that they are attached to.  I'm making slow progress on it but then I've never been a fast cross stitcher.  Actually I've never been fast in any of my crafts.  I will get it done though.

Break time is over so I have to go.  I hope everybody has a wonderful day/night.

Until next time....

Happy Days!