Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ah Summer

We seem to be having summer again here in Michigan, with the added benefit of beautiful autumn color.  I know it won't last but it sure is nice.  I need to get outside and take some pictures of the colors to get me through winter!

I want to tell you about a new toy tool I found.  Joanne from Splitting Stitches is having a give-away, a $25 gift certificate from I Have A Notion.  You have to go look at the website and see what you'd buy with the gift certificate, so I went looking and my goodness has she got a lot of lovely stuff!  One thing that caught my eye was clip-on, flip-up magnifying glasses - you know I have trouble seeing to stitch, so I thought these might help.

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Kind of hard to see in the pic, but they work!!!  I clip them onto my bifocals and they're just the right magnification to help me see, without having to hold my stitching up to my nose.  Which of course makes my neck ache.  I couldn't wait for the give-away to end, so I hurried and ordered them.  Kelly is absolutely lovely to work with,  EXCELLENT customer service.  She also has a blog and has a give-away going!

I was finally able to finish my birdcage stitchery. 

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I haven't had time to make it into anything yet.  All I've done this week is quilt a baby quilt for a friend [no pics].  But I've also been doing some stitching on the pin pillows pattern I won from Cheryl...

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I really want to do her coloring technique, but need to get some colored pencils and the textile medium to keep them from washing out.  Maybe I can get that this week.  Usually I use crayon, but you don't have the same control over tiny areas that you would with pencil.  I want to give it a try.

While stitching, I've been watching some new Miss Marple videos.

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I didn't think I'd like the new Miss Marple.  I loved Joan Hickson in all the PBS videos, I thought she was so perfect in that role...but I DO like Julia McKenzie in the role as well.  Thank goodness.  Agatha Christie books were my first introduction to the mystery world, I started reading them when I was nine years old.  At one time I owned every book she wrote.

I've also been listening to audio books.   Milk and Honey Quilts has had a couple of reviews of audio books from LibriVox, a website where you can download free audio books.  I've really enjoyed her selections, and last night decided to browse the site for myself.  Another favorite of mine is P.G. Wodehouse, and thankfully they have some of his books.  Listening while I stitch is better than watching a video, because I don't have to look up from my stitching.  I think I'll get a lot done on my Sis Boom quilt while I listen!

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Off to quilt, or stitch, or something....have a wonderful Sunday!


Melody said...

Hi Allie,
Another really interesting post. I also love to listen to audio books while I sew, I'm listening to Bill Bryson's history of domestic life at the moment and it's great.
I love your stitchery, it is on my To Do list.
Have a wonderful week.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Always busy the clip on specs, good idea....your little stitchery looks fantastic done in the red.....

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Your birdcage embroidery is even more beautiful stitched up than it was in the pattern!

Those clip on magnifying glasses sound excellent!

Anonymous said...

I've been doing loads of redwork, and like your redwork birdcage! I am about to start mine. Will let you know when I get done!

Dolores said...

Your stitching turned out great. And your quilting, well, good for you. Nice even small stitches. Do you draw your lines to keep them so straight or are they eyeballed? I just bought some masking tape 'cause that's what we use to channel quilt in the borders. By 'we' I mean the little group of ladies I quilt with. We just put one on the frame Wed.
I'm glad you got your 'big' specs.

Michelle May said...

Beautiful stitcheries. I do love using a pencil and textile medium. My Roses for Laura pattern does that. It's so fun and you really do have great control for small areas.
Happy stitching my friend!
xx, shell

Sharon said...

Those clip-on mags sound like a good thing! Thanks for the tip.

Your stitcheries are so cute! I didn't know you needed textile medium over the pencils! No wonder it washed out! LOL!

And thanks for the info on the e-books and the reviews. That sounds interesting - I'll check that out!

Your quilting is beautiful!!

Heather x said...

brrr....Its so cold here, send us some warmth will ya :)
Oh I love Miss Marple too! I haven't seen the new ones yet though :)
Great buy with the glasses attachment :)
Have a great day babe :)
*hugs* Heather x

Fleurette said...

Love your stitcheries Allie, your birdcage is beautiful.Wow, your hand quilting is amazing! I have never tried audio books,sounds interesting, thanks for the info Allie,will check out the website.

John'aLee said...

Thanks for the heads up on the magnifying glasses. Traveling in the car yesterday trying to do stitches..boy howdy I would have loved to have a pair.
Your birdcage is adorable.

Joanne Lendaro said...

Your birdcage is wonderful!! I'll need to check out the books, I'm looking for something right now. I love audio books and really understand why little kids love someone reading to them...I love someone to read to me!!
have a great day!!!

Carrie P. said...

You have been very busy with many lovely projects. Great idea to listen to books while stitching. I like to listen to them when my hubby and I take long trips.

Valerie said...

Oh your birdcage is unreal! I love it. So what stitches did you use? I finished my little project tonight. I hope to do some more. It is not good but it is a start. I have been watching movies on netflix while I iron. I hate ironing so now I am loving it. I can't wait until tomorrow to iron. Isn't that something??

Cyrielle Lemeunier said...

Cet objet semble être vraiment pratique ! Et la broderie est superbe !

(This tool seems tu bo useful ! And the stitchery is very nice!)

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"seems to be" sorry !

West Michigan Quilter said...

Wow, those glasses look great. Like something I need. I just quilted on black fabric with black thread and thought I would go nuts. Love your birdcage embroidery. Saw that U Create linked to you. How wonderful!

Martha said...

Love the birdcage in redwork -- and it was fun to see what others were doing with that cute design.

I might have to try those clip-ons since they are very reasonably priced. I cannot stand to wear those magnifiers around my neck.

The quilting is looking so pretty -- I just love those fabrics.

Talin's Corner said...

Your birdcage stitchery is beautiful. I really love your quilting stitches (last picture). They are so small and even, I am jealous.

Allie said...

That birdcage is just beautiful!!! Looks like you are doing lots of fun things!

Tanya said...

I've never tried audio books... Sounds very interesting. I'll go check out the website!


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