Royal School of Needlework-- 2014 Courses

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scrap Challenge

At the Wednesday Bee, several ladies were creating a lap quilt, using donated fabrics.

As everyone knows, after the squares are stitched by machine, they are ironed flat, then trimmed.

It's a shame to throw all of these lovely cuttings into the trash.
"Waste not, want not."

Please leave a comment: "What would you do with these scraps?"
If you have a photo, send me a link by email, and I will post your creation.
(I'll post my idea later.)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stitching in Tight Quarters

I found myself stitching behind the wheel on Saturday while waiting in the parking lot of a restaurant in Coventry.

(A little trimming after reverse applique.)

I am using 60 weight thread as much as possible. This coverlet will weigh quite a bit when finished, and the 60 weight may hold better than the silk on the larger items.

I don't like stitching in the direct sunlight, however, it is easy to see.

Monday, March 3, 2014

My friend, Mary, and her LE

I have been working on Border, Part 8, but have not completed it yet.
This is my friend, Mary's, border.
To see the center it will go with, click here.

 Mary is a member of Esther Aliu's LE Coverlet project. To learn more about Esther Aliu and her creativity, click here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Working at a Slow Pace

Even though I still have finishing touches to add to Parts 6 and 7, I couldn't resist taking a preliminary look at Part 8.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Images From the Wednesday Bee

The first and third Wednesdays of the month, some of the local quilting ladies attend a "Bee". It is always fun to see what they have been working on.
Val's wool on cotton quilt.

Not sure who did this one.
Mostly cotton, with wool enhanced frame.

Work in progress (Val)
Wool on cotton.

Nora's work in progress. I love her sense of color choices (always right).

Mary Jane recently lost her husband. Using his shirts, she is making this fantastic quilt! (Perhaps a tie quilt will follow!) I really think this is wonderful, Mary Jane.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Six More Weeks of Winter

from the Punxsutawney Phil file

Phil's secret elixir for long life (from his blog)

"You will need a 50-gallon cast iron kettle and a cord of firewood from the Giant Sequoia trees of California. The fire must be lit by rubbing together 2 dried limbs from a Gingko tree. (Any attempt at lighting the fire with conventional methods such as matches, lighters, etc. will void the mixture and make it worthless and powerless). When the sequoia wood has burned into flaming embers, place a 100-pound chunk of ice from Antarctica into the kettle. Hopefully you'll be able to figure out that the fire should be under the kettle at this point. Let the ice melt down and come to a rolling boil. Add 10 pounds of apples, 7 large carrots, 3 stalks of celery, 5 pounds of alfalfa sprouts, a bucket of acorns, a bushel of dandelion roots, 3 cloves of garlic, and 20 packages of strawberry Kool-Aid. Allow to simmer for 4 days at precisely 215 degrees. After the 4-day simmer is complete, add 2 cups of pasteurized, homogenized, distilled Lochness Monster urine (yes, I know - this is the really tough part). Allow to cool then strain liquid through an old pair of underwear that has been certified to have been worn at Gobbler's Knob on February 2nd by a member of the Inner Circle (of course the underwear should have been laundered first!). Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 1 groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil."

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

LE Part 5

Still plugging along............................................

Next: I may dabble with Part 8