Saturday, May 23, 2009

Postcards From a Secret Admirer

The April fabric postcard I made
and sent to the granddaughters.

The May fabric postcard I made and sent
to the granddaughters.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I Have Learned to Tat!

For some strange reason I was bound and determined to learn how to tat. I taught myself to do most everything else I have been bound and determined to learn so I went off and bought the book Learn to Tat by Janette Baker and a few shuttles because I was too afraid to use the ones my husband inherited from his grandmother.

Class 3 I made a couple of small butterflies then ventured off to the web to find a few different patterns.

I've finished up the lessons in the book and will be starting on Celtic Tatting by Rozella F Linden.

I'm so excited!

And for fun I crocheted some little baskets to use on crazy quilts. I'm trying to keep my stiff and sometimes numb fingers working.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Speaking of Blue

I belong to a couple of sane quilting groups also. And we are also having a blue block swap. Make 6 copies of 6 different blocks, send them in and get 36 different blue blocks back. I made 1 for myself to keep of the 6 blocks I made for the swap so when all is said and done I will have 42 different blue blocks to make into a quilt. I will probably have to add other blue blocks to make a quilt to cover my bed. I have been hoarding blue fabric to do so.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dying...I Mean Painting

Ok, I have seen everyone's success at either dying or painting laces, etc. so I decided to try some myself. I crocheted a few things like the butterflies and a few edgings with white No. 10 cotton and picked up some different white laces on sale. I used some fabric paint from JoAnn's and watered it down quite a bit. Then I wet the lace and painted. I'm not sure if I like the results but I'd say not bad for a first time. And my crocheted items could use another coat.

I will probably let the grandaughters try it with their Easter egg dye. (Or maybe not).

Learning to Sew

Whenever the 4-year-old granddaughters see me sewing they beg me to teach them how. I bought some lacing cards for them and they have had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to go up one hole and down the other. But they have the whip stitch figured out pretty well.
Here's Isabelle in deep concentration. Kayla wouldn't let me take her picture. I'll catch her next time.

St. Patrick's Day Cards

Since before Christmas I have been making fabric postcards each month to send to my four-year-old granddaughters. I sign them "secret admirer". I think they suspect I am the sender, but they aren't quite sure.
Normally I just put a p0stcard stamp on them and they go through the mail just fine. But this month I needed to add another 35 cents.
I'm a little behind with posting - I should be off making their Easter cards!

Monday, March 16, 2009

"Singing the Blues" Crazy Quilt Round Robin

I have joined an online crazy quilting group and am now participating in a color study round robin - Singing the Blues. This is my block and I am sending it around to 5 other people to be embellished and then it will be returned to me. I, in turn, will receive 5 blocks from the group membersto embellish. All work is to be done in blue.