Sunday, October 26, 2008

CQ Mag Online is Up...& Fabulous!

The new issue of CQ Mag Online is out and has some fabulous things for you!

All of articles are wonderful ... chock full of ideas, information & inspiration!

I am particularly excited because I have an article in this issue! I created two ornaments...one is a CQ ball ... pretty challenging (for those who are up for it) and the other is a "spin-off" from my Portholes...a spinning ornament...with different CQs on each side.

I already have this big idea in my head to make a dozen of the ball ones and display them in a fluted crystal vase...as a table centrepiece...but just have too much on the go right now to manage that for this year...maybe by next Christmas...barring any more distractions. One a month seems a reasonable target to manage!

I recently came across a Temari Ball that I made a few years ago. I'd like to make several more of these too...gosh...so many ideas...never enough time!

Speaking of ideas...I no sooner had the spinners made...and the idea evolved again...smaller this time...something that could be worn. I will share this with you all at a later date...but right now I'm hard at it...preparing for my Summer article in A Needle Pulling Thread. I have to have it submitted by December 1st...and that's barely a month from now! Blinders on...no time for distractions.

Well...it's getting late...and tomorrow is Monday...big week ahead...as I'm short one at work. Lorna had to fly out to Edmonton to meet her new grand-daughter...who arrived on October 23rd...her birthday too...coincidentally!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Jen's Block in Full


There wasn't much left to show of the upper right corner...as the other pics show most of it ... so let's just go to the whole thing!


The border around the block is off-white Duppioni ... which was stitched after this picture with their names and wedding date...but I didn't get another shot of it at that point!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Jen's Block #3


TGIF....the real Friday!...and can sleep in tomorrow!
This shows the bottom right corner: the Morning Glory fabric & the hummingbird at top left corner came from the same piece. It's almost used up now...pooh!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jen's Fairy Block - Part 2


I was off yesterday...but had so much planned to do I didn't find time to get at the computer. The furnace got inspected ... and is fine ... so the heat is on!

This part of the block is the bottom left corner. Some of you may have seen the spider web fabric in other projects. It is one of my faves. I don't recall if I bought it or received it in a swap pack. I added stitching and beads to enhance it and the butterfly.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ohhhh...I Forgot to Tell About the Reunion!

If you recall I mentioned some time ago that my High School graduating class was having a 35th Reunion...it was on Saturday night!

It was a small gathering (considering how many of us there were that year)...but several of the people who came I hung with back then ... & I was really happy to see again. It turned out to be a lot of fun!

I took my year book with me...so that I (we) could look back to see who looked like what back then...it was actually quite helpful...'cause I never would have guessed who they were now!

I did get contact info for many of them...so that we can chat from time to time...it'll be great to keep in touch!

Monday, October 20, 2008

I Love Fairies...So Does Jen!


Finally back on line after having to deal with a cranky modem...and see that you all have been enjoying the Twighlight block.

Have another one to share with you...it was a wedding gift for my dear friend Jen...& one of her favourite things is fairies! It was pretty much a no-brainer when I was deciding what to give her.

I hope you don't mind indulging me ... as I share the parts before the whole.
I think it makes the full shot at the end like the final piece of a puzzle.

This one is a bright, cheery piece utilizing wee fairies from different fabrics with a pair of the brass charm ones...and other sweet bits...like a humming bird, spider web, dragon fly and flora.

I had intended it to be a pillow...but didn't have it sewn together by the wedding date...so I gave her the top wrapped up...and asked her to give it back to me so I could finish...but she hasn't done that yet! I asked her about that recently...and she thought that she might like to frame it instead if that was okay with me...and of course I am...after all...it is her gift!
The first piece is the upper left corner.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Nora's Card


It's been a few weeks since I sent this off in the mail...and am sure that it has arrived by now...so am sharing with you.

While I was looking for the card templates (which I thought I had put all together in the same spot...only to discover that was not the case) I stumbled across a small pink bag...and to my delight when I opened it...discovered a whole gob of ribbon that I had ordered from Vikki Clayton...like 5 years ago!

I selected several shades of purples & green to stitch Nora's card....and it turned out just lovely!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Twilight in the Fairy Glen


Here it is in all it's splendour. My sis snapped several pics in various light...and I think I like this one the best...as it shows the whole piece as clearly as it can be captured in a pic.
Enjoy!


Food For Thought - Be Thankful!

Aside from all the great food and the time off...I know there are many things I have to be thankful for.....things that don't need a specific day to realize...but given the opportunity to reflect...brings them to the forefront of conciousness.

I am thankful for: Freedom...to think, to do, to live. Do we take these things for granted? Probably. Until we are faced with the prospect of the loss of same would we realize how good we have it.

I am thankful that my abilities can be shared with others through the wonders of the Web. The world is a smaller place when you can reach out and touch others with a click!

I am thankful for all of the wonderful people I can connect with daily...wherever they may be in the world.....and for all of the wonderful things they do! I appreciate the incredible talent that is out there!

I am thankful for all of the things that I have...material and otherwise...some things are worth more even if they have no monetary value.

Reflection ... remembrance ... and realization ... keep me real!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Twilight 4


We had our Thanksgiving dinner tonight .... mmm .... ham & fixin's! Had to have a wee nap after that. Now up & bloggin'!

For those of you who asked...yes there will be a full pic of this block...but up until today I didn't have one. My sis snapped a few shots of it but still needs to download from her camera...so possibly tomorrow.
Am off to stitch for a while.




Saturday, October 11, 2008

Twilight in the Fairy Glen - Part 3


It's Thanksgiving weekend north of the border ... and I lucked out ... as it's my weekend off...so 3 days of R&R! Plan to get some stitching done!

Part 3 of this block shows the lower left corner.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my CDN friends!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Twilight in the Fairy Glen - Part 2


Had the day off yesterday and actually got some stitching done. I have some ideas happening for the article piece and worked on turning them into ribbon.

As I spent my time playing...I have to get cracking on work schedule this morning, but wanted to share the second part of the block shown yesterday.

This is the top left corner. The Dragonfly was my first stumpwork piece...took hours to do...but turned out great...I was really pleased with it.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

NEW - 2 SRE Patterns Now Up!

Finally...I have two new SRE patterns up and available!

Click the link at right sredeluxe 2 U to see them!

Watch for more coming soon!

Wow...Has It Been Almost a Week?

Time sure flies! It's been almost a whole week since my last post...mostly because work has sucked up all my energy...leaving me drained of ambition to do anything but relax when I had the chance to stop.

Did find a bit of time to play with the lovely ribbon pack that I received from Vikki...letting the feel of the ribbon and the awesome colours seep into my creative mind...and waiting for the vision...I can feel it forming!

Also finished up an article for the next issue of CQ Mag...so watch for it when the issue is out.

Now I know you all need your regular fix of eye candy...so thought I'd show the first of several scans of a CQ project that I did about five or six years ago...that I sent in as my entry for the Quilting Arts Calendar Contest. Didn't win a spot in it...but it was one of my fave pieces...as I did a lot of innovative stuff on it.

I called this one "Twilight in the Fairy Glen". This is the top right corner. I used a bunch of charms...moon...stars...fairies and such...as well as sequin stars and lots of metallic threads. It's more of a CQ landscape than a block.

Enjoy!


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Had a Great Day .... and The Winner Is....

There is one thing about birthdays that I never get tired of....the cake!
Chocolate Fantasia Mousse! .... Mmmmmm!

Spent the day playing...and treated myself to a new birthday do! Made a yummy dinner....roasted chicken, mashed potatoes & a tomato-cucumber salad with creamy dill dressing.

Kids got me some Turtles...and a whole bunch of scented candles...which I always have going on my desk when I'm working (or playing).

After dinner....I folded up each name that I printed on slips of paper...and put them in a bowl...since I don't have any suitable hats...and had Melanie pick out one name!

And the winner is ....

Debbie (Maine) ... The Empress !

So Debbie....drop me a line at : sredeluxe@rogers.com with your snail address...and I'll get your prize on it's way!

Thanks all of you for the birthday good wishes....must say I had fun with the Tarot Card thing ... and glad you all did too.

I found it interesting that out of 15 entries...that there were 6 Empresses....so I'm in good company!

Am looking forward to the Second Annual draw next year!

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