Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Snowman Assembly Line #2

I give a holiday luncheon every year for my non-fiber friends. Last year I made party favors, which you can read about here.http://notesfromnorma.blogspot.com/2018/12/snowman-assemblyline.html They were so well received I decided to make something again this year. A different snowman.

I started with 5 1/2" blank white doll bodies that I found online.

How about this conga line with fourteen snowmen? There was no sewing involved, but a lot of gluing. For the hats I glued a piece of homestead fabric with an ironed cuff around the head, overlapping in the back. Then I gathered it up with red embroidery floss tied in a bow and fringed the top to make a pom-pom. A small jingle bell was glued on. Glued on beads for the face and buttons. Small broomsticks found in the doll house section of Michaels. Scarves of more Homestead fabric (it is woven so it has no wrong side) fringed, tied and glued in place. Toothpicks for the nose, colored with an orange marker and cut to size. The little guys have a gold thread loop on the back for hanging. 

Snowmen seem so appropriate for today. We had a big snow storm, unusual for this time of the year. We usually don't get snow until after Christmas, but there are always exceptions. We got about 6 inches, but some parts of CT got 16 inches. Alright, that's enough snow for now. I hope the rest doesn't come until I am safely in Florida.

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Monday, November 25, 2019

On TV Again

One of my suns was used again on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday. This was their Eat Drink and Be Merry episode and my sun was used at the end of a segment about Jacques Pepin. One of the things he talked about was how to peel a carrot correctly. My sun had carrots for some of the rays so it was appropriate,

They have used this sun before, possibly on last year's Eat, Drink, and Be Merry episode. As before they compressed it to fit on the screen; my sun was perfectly round. This one was made using all fabrics that I had dyed with plants, veggies or spices. It looks like they pumped up the color, which I don't mind. I did not get intense colors with the natural dyes.

Here is the photo I sent them. This is the fifth time they have used one of my suns.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Finished Stitching

I am finished stitching on my 25 Million Stitches project. I really enjoyed working on it and am tempted to do another, but I have other projects to do before the holidays. How can it possibly be the holidays already? Wasn't it just the Fourth of July? Time flies faster and faster the older I get. As someone once said, "First it's Monday, then it's Tuesday, then it's Christmas!" How true.

You may have guessed that I was in Florida for the last two weeks, thus the lack of blogging. We had a great time and we missed all the frigid weather up north. But now I'm back home and it's time to get down to business.

My finished piece. Details below.

We found time to stitch every evening, usually watching Jeopardy and the PBS News Hour. Ruthie and Claire are still working on theirs.

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Still Stitching

I am still stitching on my 25 Million Stitches Project and I have recruited my sister and my friend, Claire. Neither had embroidered in years and they are doing a great job and they love doing it.

Claire has chosen suns as her theme. She is putting faces on some of them as you can see in the partially stitched done in the back.


My sister, Ruth, is having fun with hearts using variegated threads

I'm carrying on with hands. The big blue one in the back is a man's hand. I ran out of that blue so it will have to wait for another trip to Joannes. They get very wrinkled working on them. It will get a good wet press when I am finished. 

I'm hooking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Weekly Report

I finished my little Santa ornament and I couldn't believe how much work went into it. The directions in the pattern ( all 17 pages!) were excellent as she led you step by step through the process. He is only 5 1/2" tall, so you can imagine how tiny some of the pieces are, like the mustache and the mittens. The stocking has an tree embroidered with beads. This Santa is part of her Night Before Christmas series, which is still in the works. She is constructing Mrs. Claus now, but Santa was enough for me. She also has the Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments, equally as cute and labor intensive, especially when you get to the people in the song.


I finished the two pillows that I made to go with the triangle quilt I showed last week. I added borders to make them have more impact since the finished blocks were only 10 1/2. I used 14" pillow forms. I made two different patterns, different from the one in the quilt. They are heavily quilted, like the quilt, but it doesn't show here.

Lazy me, I usually just make a fold-over in the back, but since these are a gift I thought it would be be nicer to put in zippers. I haven't put in a zipper in over 20 years and I had to read the directions, but they came out OK.

I am still working on my 25 Million Stitches Project. I love the little turquoise hand, traced from my two-year-old neighbor.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Friday, October 25, 2019

25 Million Stitches

I am participating in a project to raise awareness of the 25 million plus refugees around the world. You can read all about it here and see more pictures of what other participants have done. I was inspired by Linda McLoughlin, a blog buddy, who showed hers last week. She does the most incredible hand stitching every day and blogs about it weekly. She is doing three oversized hands in shades of brown. I am also doing hands, but mine are all traced from real hands, adults, kids, male and female in varying bright colors.

We are to use unbleachd muslin or vintage linens. I chose two vintage damask napkins that I pieced and cut to the required width, 15 inches. The damask is a joy to work on since I am not using a hoop. Right now it is 40 inches long, but I am leaving the bottom ten inches blank for now, just in case I run out of steam. They can be anywhere from 30 to 60 inches long. I will scatter my hands, as you see here, and them possibly have some overlapping. This is good TV work, since all you need to concentrate on is having the stitches fairly even and keeping the piece flat.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

More fun with alcohol inks

I had to make a new 4" x 12" to replace the one I made a few weeks ago, since it had sold. I decided to make it in different colors. As with the first one I used Yupo papers and embossed metal with alcohol inks. I added buttons, stitching and die cuts and mounted it on a 4" x 12" cradle board. It was a little hard to photograph because of the shiny surfaces.

I'm also using the Yupo papers in my cards. The two below use the same tree die-cut in its entirety.

I've made a few of these in different color inks and papers. I've left the inside blank so that I can use them for any occasion. The cards are 5" x 7", bigger than my usual 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I used glossy Yupo paper on these, but I am going to get some matte Yupo paper. It will give a different look, more like watercolor. 

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Summer 's End

Last Rose Begonia of Summer. I cleaned my deck in the back of the house a couple of weeks ago. All  the flowers were gone and just the succulents were left, pretty but no color. This past Saturday  I tackled the front porch. I wanted to put out some yellow mums and pumpkins, but they did not look good with the pink flowers. So I brought them around to the deck where they are giving me a much needed splash of color. There is another pot on another table. My deck is visible from my kitchen and family room, so I get to enjoy the view every day.

Aren't they pretty? Not sure of the name of the variety, but I will be sure to get them again next spring at my favorite nursery. These are planted in a cobalt blue pot, but they quickly grew so big as to obscure the pot and bloomed and bloomed and bloomed. They are a bit messy because the flowers do fall, but I think they are worth the effort. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019


I put the last stitch in this quilt a few minutes ago. I thought I was going to be able to do a no-hand-sewing-flange binding, but it didn't work for this quilt. I have another quilt that needs binding and I will use it on that and I will explain it then. I did a regular binding on this and hand sewed it to the back.

This is pinned to my design wall and it looks wonky, but in reality it is perfectly flat and squared. Hooray! Unfortunately the quilting does not show in this picture, but it is heavily quilted.

I did an all over quilting design in a pattern that is called garlic. I have used this design many times and I can practically do it in my sleep. It is so versatile and can be facing in any direction. I probably should have done it in a bigger scale, but once I started I was committed. I did it on my Sweet Sixteen and did have some issues with it. A call to the Handy Quilter help line was very helpful. She was on the phone with me for about a half hour until we got it worked out. It is a joy to work with when it is behaving.

Another good thing about using the Sweet Sixteen is the powerful motor. This quilt had a LOT of seams and a LOT of intersecting seams that I know my Bernina would have balked at, but this baby just glided right over them. It was just like quilting on a whole cloth. It also has that 15 inch space between the machine and the needle, so no rolling up was necessary. 

I made two extra blocks from the left over triangles in two different patterns. I still have to add some borders and quilt them and they will be pillows to accompany the quilt.

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Another opening, another show

Today was the opening for the FANE group show, another fiber group of which I am a member. This year's theme was Signature Style and the only stipulations were the size, 18 x 36 and that it be
in the artist's signature style.

The library has a lovely wide hall gallery on the third floor with cork walls, a great place to display the art. It is a very popular venue and we now are only able to display there every other year. There is also a large reception room that opens out onto a terrace overlooking Lake Mahopac. I forgot to take pictures of that room.

Here is the art, in no particular order. The names were not hung next to the art but instead they had these itsy-bitsy push pins with numbers that correlated to available sheets with titles, names and prices. 

Raina Lynn

Joyce Sullivan

Linda Stern

Barbara Sferra

Nancy Mirman

Judy Gignesi

Gloria Michaelis

Carole Hoffman

NIke Cutsumpas

Jane Davla

Tamar Drucker

Cindy Green

Claire Oehler

Maria Weinstein

Norma Schlager