Friday, November 21, 2014

A forest of pins

I've been busy trying to complete my challenge piece for Tangled Textiles.   I had written about the process here and here and here.  I've added some embroidery and done some cedar boughs with free motion stitching.  I just need to wash away the stabilizer on the cedar boughs.
I had already done some of these, but forgot to pin the boughs down.  I ended up with a jumble of thread.  Each needle on the bough had to be pinned down.  Looks like a forest of pins, doesn't it?

Reveal day is November 24th so I still have a day or two left.  The quilting and binding still need to be done.  I'd best get going.  Stop by to see the end result.

Friday, November 14, 2014

It's early but

there's no time like the present to make a few small ornaments that can be given to brighten a hospital room or senior's care home.  Amazing what one can come up with using a few equilateral triangles, some folds, and some beads.
 Sew the folded, beaded triangles together and you end up with a little Christmas tree, like this.

Still need to add the trunk and pot.  Additional beads will be strung where the asterisks are in the picture to represent ornaments.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lest We Forget

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

---Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae