Friday, November 24, 2017

Quilt WiP - "On Ringo Lake" - Clue 1

Clue 1 of "On Ringo Lake" just went live.   50 9 patches.  Tiny little 3 inch finished 9 patchs

Excited to get started on this, but need to also get the binding on the Scrappy Sister's Choice/Chinese Coins.    And the finishing on the first Camp project, and pick up the gussets on my socks.  (And laundry LOL.)

Good thing it's a holiday weekend!

Here's my first half dozen squares.  So tiny, so cute!!!.

Bonnie has us doing them in (short) strip sets, but I'm going a bit off the rails after this first set, because I pulled all of THIS out of the "1 inch finished" bin, and I would REALLY like to use them up.  These are the off-cuts from the background strips of the Scrappy Sister's Choice. 

I am amused at the 'perfect' sewing rooms that people are so proud of.   My sewing space is the dining room and it usually looks something like this:


Things I've already learned:
  • more accurate cutting - leave the line on the fabric!    Not all my stuff from the bin is to that standard
  • so measure, measure, rip, redo, trim.    It's probably going to take me all week to do these 50 little units. 
  • I have a tendency to have an nice accurate seam allowance at the start, but at the end of the strip set, I veer off.   Using a stiletto is helping.  Good habit to acquire. 
  • I may need a different leader/ender during this project.   THIS bucket is not the darks for Ringo Lake!  Woe is me if I get my piles of fabrics confused.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Stitching UFO (now in the rotation): Dutch Beauty

Introducing a UFO that is part of the Needlework rotation.

This is Permian's "Dutch Beauty".   It's a reproduction of a museum piece.   It was stitched in 1790 by a young girl "HVZ" who was 13 years old.   She was obviously of good family as her parents could provide an entire yard of linen for her schoolgirl sampler (Stitch Count: 630 x 390, which is 96 cm (W) X 59 cm (H)  or 38 X 23 in).   She had access to fibers dyed in indigo, saffron(?) and cochineal, which are still vivid blue, yellow and rose in the photo of the original piece.   Her other fibers (with the exception of the dark brown - possibly dyed with walnuts) have faded with time.   They were probably bright colors in the original since they were used in floral motifs.   I do wish we had a photo of the back of the piece where the duller colors may not be so light faded.

The linen I chose is a slightly uneven weave - 32/34 Strathaven Linen in "creame", which matches the original piece almost exactly in thread count and size.

I started this beast in 2000, thinking it was going to be a two year project, since the chart is 21 pages and I figured I would stitch about a page a month.  Yeah. Not.  I think it's a combination of the size and the simplicity.   There are only 13 colors and several of them are dull greige tones; it's entirely plain cross stitches two threads of floss over two threads of linen.  Plus it's going to take a small fortune to frame, AND I have nowhere to really show it off.   So it lingers.   I even sent it out a few years back on an 'UFO Round Robin', where the participants each sent around a lingering UFO to help get 'over the hump' on a bottleneck project.   That got me solidly into the center row, at least.

Here's a photo where I am after I got back from camp.  I completely lost track of how many hours have gone into this, so lets just call this 'rotation #2 since the Round Robin.   I am close to a page finish on Page J/10 with Page N/14 also nearly completed.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Silver Needle Camp - Fall 2017

This weekend was the fall 2017 Silver Needle Camp.   As always, the venue was superb, a restored 'retro' lodge from the 1960s.   I always keep expecting the cast from Dirty Dancing to show up LOL.

This year we were not the only group there.  There was also a small convention of Native American/Aboriginal/First Nations Christian outreach workers.   They had a drum circle and dancers one day and even though they were on the other end of the property, you could faintly hear them, like the heartbeat of the world.

The projects this year are Plum Street - a cute 'rustic' designer.   I have three kits and the finishing to do.   First up is a Christmas piece, "Skating Santa" to finish as a 'package box' - a faux box - with jingle bell feet.  Totally cute.

One thing I love about camp is that you get to learn new finishing techniques.  This year, the "Package Box", a "Flat Box Topper" and an "Open Wedge". 

Some pictures of Sequoyah State Park Lodge  area.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

EXHIBIT: Mummies of the World

Just got back from Union Station in KC and their exhibit "Mummies of the World".   I spent about 4 hours in the exhibit and loitered through at my usual 'read every card' pace.   One nice thing about going to museums alone is that there's no 'hurry up' nagging from other people.   As with the "Pompeii" exhibit, I timed my visit to take advantage of a free public lecture presented  with the exhibit. 

The lecture was presented by Dr. Hunt of the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian.   He spoke about the new techniques of non-invasive study of mummies and other artifacts.  CT scanning and other radiography, micro sampling for DNA and other chemical analysis. 

Sometimes I wish I would have been selfish and gone ahead with my masters in anthropology instead of opting to do the sensible thing and get an accounting degree and spend 30 years in business.   I know I am good financial shape because of that decision and I understand why my mother insisted on it.   As it turns out, I DID have to support a minor(ish) child after my husband died young.  JC was still in High School (though he had turned 18) when his dad died.

But I would have LOVED to be the one giving that lecture instead of listening to it.   

Friday, November 10, 2017

USMC Birthday

We remember today the words of our savior, Jesus Christ: “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Almighty and eternal God, from whom all blessings flow, accept our prayers and thanksgivings for your servant James Carl .

Give us, we pray, grateful hearts for the courageous willingness of our veterans to enter into danger on our behalf. In your mercy, bind up the injured, and replenish the spirits of those wounded in body or soul. Help us to honor and serve those who have served in our name.

Eternal God, we commend to your protection and care all members of the Marine Corps. Guide and direct them in the defense of our country and in the maintenance of justice among the nations. Sustain them in the hour of danger. Grant that wherever they serve they may be always faithful to their high traditions, and that at all times they may put their trust in you.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Prayer from the template at the Washington National Cathedral.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Quilt WiP (was UFO): Scrappy Sister's Choice/Chinese Coins

Well, I dropped off a quilt to be long arm quilted.   This is the first time I have sent out a top to be professionally quilted.   I'm a hand-quilter at heart, but I am so very slow that I have actually had tops destroyed before I finished quilting them (there was a mouse and dog who resented it.....)

I've decided to keep the hand quilting for 'special' tops.  And to learn to machine quilt on a domestic machine - maybe the treadle.  But in the mean time, these two tops are finished and together will make a lovely quilt that will be reversible and it will be on my bed!

Finished is better than perfect.   Right?

Here's a look at the last seam on the back side quilt 'in progress'.   Both tops pieced on my 1949 Featherweight.   Started cutting 1/4/2017, finished piecing 11/4/2017.   This project is only on the UFO list because the 9-patch centers of the stars on the front side are from block exchanges in the 1990s on the AOL quilter's board.