Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Still Not Here. Where Are You, Springtime???

I wondered why I was so cold this morning, looked at my phone and it was FIFTEEN DEGREES outside.  It's officially spring, so what the heck!  And a frozen mix tonight, plus snow on the weekend coming up?  Can't put my fleecies away just yet, I guess....

I had a great weekend though, every year during National Quilting Day weekend The Quilt Show opens their site for everyone, even non-members.  I spent the whole weekend stitching and watching....what inspiration!  I finished my latest quilt top, except for the border....

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I think my birdie needs a bit of a bigger eye though, not sure he can see the worms.

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This was a fun quilt to make, although doing the pattern is proving to be less fun.  I did manage to figure out how to make a full layout diagram, just tape the pattern sheets together, they'll come all numbered so you don't lose any pieces.  And the pinwheels were tricky to applique with fusible - so many seams, and they didn't want to stick.  However, I wanted a frayed look, so it worked out perfectly!  You can opt for regular applique though instead of pinwheels, but I sure do love them.  Just don't look close at the centers.

I also finished off the first park bench on my Gargantuan stitchery project...

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Not sure I'll ever finish it, but you never know.

Last week was St. Patrick's day, and since we're all Irish, my mom and my aunt and I went out to dinner.  We stopped at a large Irish pub, but it was crazy loud in there, so we went to a gorgeous Mexican restaurant.  I'm sure my ancestors were rolling in their graves.  But hey, we got serenaded by a couple of strolling guitar players, so it's all good.  I have to show you what my aunt got her kitty, Snickers....

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Apparently she's Irish too.

I just found out that the Salvation Army gives senior discounts, and horrors, I qualify.  Not happy about the age thing but I'm seriously glad about the discount!  If you're over 50, you might want to check this page out, it has a list of places you can ask!   Just click here -  Over 50 Discounts.  There have to be some perks for living so long.

Have a great week everybody, I'll see ya soon - go make something pretty!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Where Is It?

I was looking out my window the other day, and noticed a huge flock of birds in the tree across the street -

waiting for spring

Closer -

waiting for spring

I think they were waiting for something.  I think - they were waiting for spring.

AS AM I.

I've been hearing songbirds in the morning again, I think they jumped the gun, it's still single digits here at night.  But a warm-up is coming, and I can give the heating pad on my lap a rest!  Hooray for seasons - just when you get good and sick of one, another one comes along.  I love it.

I've been working on lots of things, and one of them isn't making me happy at the moment.  I adore Jenny's Vintage Kitchen BOM, and am really enjoying working on it - I also love the fabric I had for it.  But oh dear, not only is my background fabric for the stitchery too white, the floss color is not the right red!

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It's not so obvious in the picture, but trust me - in real life it's glaring.  I'll have to find a different white, and a different floss color.  Because that background fabric is too perfect and I'm not giving it up.  I need a tomato red floss, guess I'll have to go shopping!

Another thing I've been working on is tiling a new quilt pattern.  It's one large piece, and I really wanted to provide a full-size layout diagram.  It took several days, lots of hair-pulling [it's ok, I have some left] and if I'm honest, lots of these....

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Just letting you know, if you can't figure something out, try chocolate.  It works.  Layout diagram is complete, it printed out just like I told it to, and tomorrow I'll start pulling fabric for it.  And - learning how to print reverse images for the fusible pattern pieces.....oh dear, I might need more chocolate!!!  Ok, who am I kidding....I always need more chocolate....



- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Go forth and stitch! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Pattern - Redwork For Girls

Whew.  Finally finished one - I'm working [or I was working] on four new patterns.  Yay one is done!  Some of these might look a little familiar, as I used several of the designs on a baby quilt a couple of years ago.  But there are some new ones!  I'm putting all 12 of the pictures in this post, as I couldn't upload them all to craftsy.  So here we go -

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redwork for girls, new pattern
redwork for girls, new pattern
redwork for girls, new pattern
redwork for girls, new pattern

'Nuff pics for ya?  LOL!  Sorry - but I had to put a link on my pattern so people could see the rest of the designs.  The pattern is available in my craftsy shop, just click HERE:  Allie-oops Designs

I'm not happy with my lazy daisy stitches,  looking at these close-ups.  I think I need more practice!!!

I've been doing a lot of sitting and stitching, broke my toe getting out of bed on Friday, how stupid is that?  Instead of my slipper, I tried to put on a table leg.  Some days it just doesn't pay....I guess I need to put my coffeemaker right next to my bed, so I can have a cup before I try to get up!

I'll see you soon....go forth and stitch!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Art.



That word used to scare me.  I thought it meant Rembrandt.  Michelangelo.  Van Gogh.  Picasso.  I thought it meant going to a museum to see it, and standing far enough back from it to not draw a security guard in your direction.

But then – I became a quilter.  And suddenly, I realized that art IS for every day, it’s all around, and I could make it myself.  Growing up with an artist mum who painted [and could actually draw]  this was a novel concept to me – art took on a new meaning. An accessible meaning.  It didn’t have to be paint on canvas!  It could be something I could touch!  So, I started surrounding myself with it -

I made a quilt for my son, using his artwork….

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Then, I started using other people’s patterns [especially Jenny of Elefantz, right Jenny?]

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Ah but then I got brave – I had a go at it, using fabric as my medium.


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Something clicked in my mind when I started playing with art.  I realized it could really be everywhere.  I realized I liked art that I could touch.  I started looking for everyday objects that were useful, but artful as well.  Even something like wall hooks!

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I adore whimsical art.  It doesn’t pretend to be highbrow, or intellectually superior to me.  It speaks to me, and tells me to not take things so serious – to enjoy the little things, and to have fun.  Do you remember Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion magazine?  I was a subscriber from the first issue.  She drew a whole world, and drew me right in.  Someone else does that for me too – Patience Brewster.



Photos courtesy of patiencebrewster.com

I love the whimsy, the faces, the imagination.  Especially the Christmas ornaments!

How about you?  Do you surround yourself with daily art?  Do you enjoy whimsy too?  Do you surround yourself with colors you love, ornaments you cherish, quilts that warm the body as much as the soul? 


Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.  William Morris


Go gather your art supplies  - your fabrics, your threads, your needles - and make some art.  And as you touch and hold your art, let it touch your soul.  It'll do you good!




Disclaimer:  This post is my own, I received no compensation for any part of it.





Wednesday, February 11, 2015

78 Years of Flickr.

Yep, according to flickr I've been taking pictures and posting them for 78 years.




Flickr has a great new feature called Camera Roll, sorts your photos by day and year.  Still in beta, but it's neat.  I've been a member since 2006.  So some of these dates don't make sense, lol.

Not much happening in Allie-land.  Still sick, all last week I was too shaky even to hold a needle!  I'm back to stitching now though, and greatly enjoying it.  However I have nothing to show you.  Yet.  Soon though.

So how about a mid-week giggle.....





See you Saturday!!!!





Wednesday, February 4, 2015

R.I.P. Dear Abby

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Our sweet Abby had a stroke tonight - we had to make an emergency trip.

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It was time.  Her back legs had been failing her lately.

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There's lots of pics here, I want to remember her.

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And just - a few days ago.

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She rallied enough at the vet's to sniff all over the room, sniffing good sniffs and playing like a puppy.  I'm so glad we got to see her walk again before we said good-bye.

RIP darling girl, you'll be missed.

And an eternity of thanks to my sister-in-law, without whose help we wouldn't have made it tonight.  Bless you, Juliet.


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