"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Monday, September 15, 2014

Flowers on Sunday

It was a miracle here in Cleveland, OH yesterday...the Cleveland Browns actually won a game!  AND it was the home opener...they haven't won a home opener since 2004.  Let's hope they keep in the winning column...I get a lot of slow stitching done while football is on the TV. 

Two of these were actually done during the week...but these 5 flowers bring my count to 55 if my math is right & if I wrote down all of them along the way.  Each flower brings me a little closer to my goal of finally finishing this quilt started back in the 1970s. 
I also worked on a couple more things for gifts...but I can't share those yet.  I did share this pretty little pincushion which is already getting good use.  In a couple weeks I'll have more pix to show.
I finally figured out what to make with some faux starfish I picked up in the dollar bins at Michael's...probably 2-3 years ago.  I painted them with some pearl paint, then wrapped some rose gold colored wire around to make a hanger...then got our the Glossy Accents & a jar of small pearls & started gluing them on to hide the wire.
I think it turned out really well...even though a lot of the wire is still visible.  Once it's hanging on the tree, it really won't matter.  That is IF we get to put up a tree this year...the furry kids are still climbing the curtains...so we may have to wait another year before it's safe to get out the tree again. 
I'm sharing this at Kathy's Sunday Slow Stitching...there are lots of links there for you to visit to see what others have been up to.  I need to get busy on some quick machine stitched quilts, too...it's only the middle of September & I woke up at 3am trying to breathe...it was only 60 degrees inside the house...40s outside...so I turned on the furnace to warm up the air a bit.  Asthma and cold air don't mix...I hope this isn't a sign of what the winter will be like.  I can't stand cold weather.  Have I told you lately just how much I hate living in Ohio???

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pretty Little Pincushion

I can share this now because my cyber friend Joy received it yesterday.  I've been buying lots of 1930s prints for my quilt from Joy's eBay shop.  Joy & I have been emailing back & forth and she mentioned how much she likes lavender prints.  All of the prints above...except for the little daisy print on the left are ones I've purchased from her.  I always have scraps left from cutting out my hexies...and I think these all came together in a lovely way.

I've been making these pincushions since the 1970s.  Back then I went on vacation to New England...and in a little shop on Cape Cod I bought another pincushion that was filled with sand from the beach in Cape Cod.  I loved that idea...but since I'm not sure the sands of the beach at Lake Erie have as much charm as the sand from Cape Cod...I just bought sand to fill my pincushions.  I have a bunch of these that I've been using since the 70s...I like how the point of the fan fits into the corner of a box when I've got some small projects in process. 
I have some of these little beauties for sale in my Etsy shop...and I've been adding other items to my shop, too.  I even have a couple quilt kits that were my Mom's that I'll never complete...one may just appeal to you!
This one is a queen/king applique quilt...still sealed in the original package.  This makes the quilt top only...you'll still need the backing & batting.
This one is for a double bed...cross stitch is just not my favorite but this is a pretty quilt if that's your style.  The kit has the quilt top only...you'll need floss & the batting & backing to finish it.  It has a certain 1950s appeal.  Both quilt kits are priced to sell.
I'd love to have you visit...and you can use the discount code BLOG10 to save 10% on your order before shipping.  You need to enter the code at checkout...I can't go back & apply it later. 
Fall is definitely in the air here...these would be good projects for the cold nights to come.
Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Not much slow stitching this week...

Well...honestly I have done some more stitching this week...but it's all for gifts that have not been mailed yet...so I can't share pix yet.  I did manage to get this pretty green & pink flower done...I love that pink bunny fabric.
Alice in Wonderland surrounds these funky shapes on the turquoise fabric...gotta love anything Alice in Wonderland. 
I had lots of help from Fluff here...he loves "helping" by draping his body over my hands as I try to type...but there's no resisting that face.
Today is the first Sunday of FOOTBALL season...so I'll be in my studio...with the games on...and piecing some more hexies.  I can rarely just sit & watch TV...so hopefully I'll have lots of pretty flowers to share here next week.
I'm linking up at Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday again...be sure to check out what all the others are sharing when you visit. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Swap for All Seasons...wrapping it up

This was the end of A Swap for All Seasons...it's hard to believe we've been swapping for a year already.  I received these cool cards from my partner, Wendy of The Frog Palace.  I love spiders & cats...so the cards are perfect. 

These are the tags she made for me.  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays...although it was better in Southern CA where it was warm at the end of October.  Living in OH ruins all the autumn/winter holidays for me.  Escape from here is a high priority!
Luckily I have kitty friends to cheer me up.  This is Peanut...he was fascinated by the goodies Wendy sent my way.  I was eventually able to get him to leave the table so I could actually show you the fun goodies.
As you can see...there are fascinating kitty toys in here!!!  Those little figurines are the temptation.
I haven't seen this toy since I took that photo...it will surface one of these days...this swap was definitely kitty approved.  Gracie ran off with the burlap rose and hid it...she's rather possessive.
All of these sparkly goodies were just too tempting...and this is the best photo I could get.  Since sparkles aren't on the kitty diet...these were quickly put away for safe keeping.  Thanks, Wendy for all the swap goodies...and Peanut thanks you, too!
The partner I sent to was Sally...of Sally Annie Magundy Homemade.  The wrapped goodies above are what I sent her way...and quite honestly, her pix of what I sent to her are so much better than mine...so visit her blog here to see what I created for her.
Swapping is always so much fun...I don't do it very much anymore as I'm preoccupied with my quilting these days...but it's a good idea to play a bit every now & then.
Have a very creative week ahead...and take time to play!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Need Rubber Stamps?

I've recently added a bunch of rubber stamps to my Etsy shop.  The one above is lots of fun...and you can make a quick & easy birthday card using it.  All you have to do is stamp the image, color in the Happy Birthday in nice bright colors & color in the stars & candle...and your card is almost done.

I have artsy stamps like this one for sale.  I just have way too many stamps...WAY over the legal limit!
There are some Halloween stamps...it's not that far away, you know.  Time to buy some candy...or save some calories & buy stamps!
You can get a great deal on these flowers...they look great if you ink them and then spray them with a fine mist of water...they look almost like watercolors.
There are, of course, Christmas stamps...this kitty stamps just the line drawing for you to color in.  Wouldn't this make a great Christmas card?
For these...and some other stuff I've been listing in my shop...please visit KittenCreates.  Those of you who read my blog can use the coupon code BLOG10 to save 10% before shipping.  I really do appreciate my customers & I always send a little thank you with each order.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

No...I'm not Paper Piecing my Hexies!

From what I've been able to research on line...it seems most people do English Paper Piecing (EPP) for their hexies.  One look at the videos of how to do that & I know I would never even want to do it that way.  Too many extra steps to get the same end result, I think.  Seems like it would take way more time than how I'm doing it...just sewing short little 1" seams on each side of the hexies. 

As you can see in this detail...I just draw the sewing line on each hexie before I cut it out.  When I started this quilt back in the 1970s...I had never even heard of EPP...and I didn't have a pattern, just memories of my Grandma & Mom's quilt.  I drew hexies onto a piece of clearish plastic from the lid of some food container...one for the cutting line & one for the sewing line. 
This is how the flowers look after I've sewn a round of hexies on...the inside of this one is pressed, but the green hexies are not.  The part that doesn't have hexies is where this one attaches to the previous one in the row.  You can see that the seams look a bit unruly...but no worries...they press flat just fine.
See???  Everything is nice & in it's place now.  I guess the EPP thing gives crisper, more accurate lines on the hexies...but the basting of the fabric to the paper, then whip stitching those hexies together would drive me bonkers.  A short one inch seam with probably 8-10 stitches per inch works so much better & faster for me.
The front of my flowers still have nice hexies in them...and I'm enjoying the process.  I'm glad I never knew about EPP when I started this quilt...it wouldn't have worked for me.  I got a total of 7 flowers sewn together right now...and spent the rest of this week cutting more green hexies.
Does anyone else sew their hexies this way???
I also have to do a reality check on the size of my quilt.  I've been planning an oversized queen size one...but may have to revise that based on how much of this green print I have.  Back when I started my quilt I had a double bed...so bought fabric based on that.  There's no way I can find more of this green...so I think I'll start with a double size & then if I have enough I can add on a row at a time to the length & width to make it as large as possible with the fabric I have. 
That's my plan for now...don't you sometimes often hate reality???
I'll be linking up to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday as soon as she opens it up for posts.