Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Wall Hanging

Halloween Wall Hanging has been in the process the last four years! It is completed!!!! The pattern is long gone so I designed the center with various patterns to fit, like the house. The tombstones have family initials with Bdate and one has this year marking the completion of this paper pieced wall hanging.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Post Cards

The Cat and Witch are Silkies, lots of CQ stitching and a tatted owl!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Spooktacular Halloween Tatting

Hopefully by next week the tatting will be attached to a table runner!!
All of theses patterns work up quickly. Thank you to all the designers.
These fun owls you can make a dozen within an hour are the design of tattabug. Mark Myers has a ton of Halloween patterns, a few that I tatted are the bats, ghost with picots, and cat on top of a broom. Another ghost by Jeff Hamilton and the spider and web by Dianna Stevens.
The pumpkins are Nancy Tracy, stem by Mark Myers and the leaves by Sherry Matthews.
The Skeleton head is by Martha Ess and the body by Carol Amich.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bull Shoals Arkansas

Leaving I-40 East of Ft Smith, AR we traveled the Scenic Route up to Fayetteville. The trees were at their peak and it was a windy road!! Beautiful colors.  On the way home we took I-540 with many exits to this Route.

We stayed at the Fin "N" Feather Resort in Oakland and the trees were just beginning to turn color. This is a three hour drive from Fayetteville.

The cottage we stayed in was a 2 bedroom, fully furnished kitchen and comfortable chairs and sofa. The dogs loved it there and were very good children.  There were 5 cabins with different facilities. The best part is that we were there all by ourselves to enjoy the quite beauty around us.
Not far from the cabin is a State Park. This was taken on Wed and it was a rainy, warm day. We were lucky to go during the Peak of Autumn Leaves. Usually by this time the leaves are gone.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oct Crazy Quilt Block

October Block has been completed. Kerry Leslie had a giveaway this summer and I was the lucky person who received Helen M Stevens video, "One Simple Stitch". Thanks Kerry!! The video explains the long and short stitch using one strand of thread. The moth in the center is an example from the video. I shall be using more of her designs. 

This is the largest Walking Stick I have ever seen.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Lee's Crazy Quilt Round Robin

Lee's block has been completed and ready to mail to the next person. Lee did not want NO PURPLE!! So I had to think what will make the center pop and of course White. White, silk ribbon daisies with lady bugs is beautiful against the bright orange background. The seams have green sequences, white straight stitches with blue beads, A green beetle, Tan wheat ears, three y stitches with more lady bugs and a tatted owl.
The corner block has a spider web with a fly and a brown spider. A zig zag chain stitch separates the pink silk ribbon, beaded dragonfly.

Here is the completed block I sticthed.

Monday, October 1, 2012

New Tatting Thread

Handy Hands sent a free sample of Lizbeth  size 3 thread along with their newsletter filled with patterns.  On the Crazy Quilt above I stitched the Cretan Stitch. Used DMC 3 strands for the top chain stitch and also on the star inside. One needs to use a wide eye needle, like a ribbon needle to make the hole big enough for the thread to go through the material. Another way to use this thread is to couch it down.

Here I have a some tatting which would be excellent for beginners or if you just wanted to enlarge a pattern. I can see some butterflies or dragonflies tatted up. I have stitched some lazy daisies with a bead in the center. It gives an added dimension between the red fans.