Friday, July 26, 2013

Piggies, Peacock and Crazy Quilt Top

The top of the Crazy Quilt with the tatted peacock.
Tatted piggies and a peacock. The pink piggies were tatted with size 40 and the black piggy in size 80. The pattern is from "Tatting Treats" by Pam Palmer. Lots of easy patterns for beginners. I worked some split rings for the center so they are all one piece.  The peacock is a pattern by Dianna Stevens in her book "Animal Bookmarks A Tatted Zoo".

A block with silk ribbon roses.
 Below is the whole crazy quilt. Still working on the bottom border and it will be finished. The last step will be tying the layers together.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

1790 Coverlet Compass

I have completed the compass for the first phase of  Esther Aliu's 1790 Coverlet Bom.
The size is 7 1/2 inches.

I used the paper piecing method. Certainly did a lot of ripping to get the points. The center white is the last spike. One needs to stop sewing at the line and use a y-seam or sew it by hand. I opted to sew it by hand and it looks pretty good.

On the pattern it has 4 small colors of fabrics for the center. I opted to use one fabric and fussy cut a rose using silk thread to applique down.
There are 32 very small circles sewn on the outside of the compass. Many people are having problems making them. And what a wealth of information on so many tutorials making and improvising!!!! From beads to machine embroidery, Oh My!!!  I found this template of the right size on . Printed them off on card stock and cut them out. Baste on the outside with the circle card stock in center, pull the threads to make a round circle. Then set them in a dish with starch till wet and iron. Let dry for 20 minutes, take tweezers and pull out the card stock.  Below is what you have to sew all the way around. Because of the excess fabric on the back you do no need to add a dab of cotton to puff up the inside.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Santa Rosa Hail Storm

  Photo courtesy: Santa Rosa Fire Department
SANTA ROSA, N.M. -- A massive thunderstorm turned a summer day into a winter wonderland in Santa Rosa, New Mexico on Wednesday . This sedan was stranded on a bridge in Santa Rosa on Wednesday evening after a storm dumped as much as 2 feet of golf- and paintball-sized hail on the town, causing widespread property damage.

Sunday we had rain and hail for 3 hours and 3 inches of rain. It was like a lake all around the house, swimming pool had water running over the top and rivers of water running through from the homes above us. On Wed at 5pm it was black to the West and thankfully we missed the big Hail Storm that hit Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is about 60 miles West of us on I40. Sure need the rain but not all at once. Tore the garden up pretty bad. Melons and squash are looking better today.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Fourth of July

Hand appliqued Eagle with American Flag.  Someday it will be in a Baltimore Album Quilt....

CQ Top Strip

 I found this little bird and it fits in this space. Lots of different combination stitches found on an antique quilt. The white butterfly is decorated with lots of beads.

These butterflies are hand stitched. It is hard to see the outer wings on the bottom butterfly. Might have to run black thread through it.  A bouquet of stem stitched, silk ribbon roses with lots of leaves, branches and beads. The silk ribbon I hand dyed. Love to do my own dying and it is much cheaper!!
The top strip I just finished with all the stitches. I am over half way on the top...