Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This computer tires me out

Yahhhhhhh!!!! I guess maybe you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.  Ater turning 73 Oct. 5, I was beginning to think my mind was finished with operating in this modern world of techknowledgy.  I looked at all the lovely blogs I follow, and thought "Why can't I do that?"  The answer is simple--I know little about computers beyond turning them on, getting my email, and playing a couple of games.

Well, I was wrong!!  After weeks of struggle I have added a new backgound from backgroundfairy.com , and I now have a signature!!!!  from............well, I'll have to let you know later. I think my brain just passed out from all the SUCCESS!!!!  This computer business is tiring stuff!!!

Hugs and stitches,

Monday, September 20, 2010

Past work

I posted Meg's block for the Asian II RR that is circulating now. She wished to have an Arabian theme. Well, what can be more Arabian that a rare, blue-eyed arab barb? I wasn't to sure of how to go about working one as I have not done much fill embroidery. I sketched my design and transfered it to a piece of white fabric. After cutting out the pattern I then basted it to the block. Next was the difficult part! I used long and short stitches to fill, then added a halter and a tassel. I hope Meg is pleased with the results.
I have a friend who has a childcare business and I decided the the Aug. Challenge design from my embroidery group would be enjoyed by her little ones. I embroidered the pumpkin child design, cut it out and stitched it to the fabric background. The embroidery design is from Bettysoriginalembroideries.com.

I've been doing some more projects for my sister. She wanted a gift for her hairdresser. Soooo, with the help of two Loralie ladies, which I cut up and combined to get the figure I wanted, and a scrapbook paper, which I printed on fabric for the background, I came up with the above wallhanging. The figure was appliqued to the backgound and I added the wording with my embroidery machine. I really enjoy the Loralie fabrics and I have a panel with a sewing theme which I am going to use to make a quilt for ME!! Can't wait to begin.             

Enough for now, happy stitching,

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Good-bye to an old friend

The last few weeks have been hectic. Four friends have been ill, two in the hospital.  Three are on the mend, getting better everyday, thank God.  We said a sad farewell to one, he will be greatly missed.

This is Juli's block from the Faces II DYB RR. It was a lot of fun. I went for an oriental look and used two hand-painted lace motifs for the head-dress and collar, another painted lace motif near the bottom left and a crocheted rose. It's been many months since I crocheted anything- it was enjoyable and I made 6 roses in different colors.  I then added the beading. I really enjoyed beading and I'm looking forward to the beading RR which is soon to begin.  Hugs and stitches,                                                                                       

Monday, August 23, 2010

New blocks

I have received Meg's block for the Asian II RR which is just beginning. She wishes an Arabian theme instead of a Far Eastern theme.I think I shall do the black and print square in the upper left corner. Now I must think Arabian! Hmmmmm!!

This is my block for this RR. I really like things of the Orient. I used a pair of Oriental ladies as my focus point and many of the beautiful oriental prints I have in my stash. It's difficult to think oriental without thinking of fans, so I added one. I'm looking forward to seeing what beautiful things the ladies do with this block.

The second new block I received are Juli's blocks for the Faces II DYB RR. I chose this block and began pulling out beads, lace motifs, threads,etc and now I'm waiting for the creative muse to say what in the heck she wants me to do! I'm sure she'll speak soon-I hope, I hope, I hope!

Quilty hugs til next time, Pegsue


Sunday, August 22, 2010

New RR blocks--YEAH!!!!!!

My dentist and I have to quit meeting like this. It's really getting into my pocket-trying to save my teeth! It also cuts into my stitching fun!
Here is Kathy's lovely Faces II block that I did. She designed her block as a framed siggie. A pleasent change from the usual crazy patched square. I gathered silk ribbon for the flowers on the frame and centered them with gold-toned embossed buttons. The buds are straight stitches. I needlefelted the hair. Her dress is made from a lace motif with a blue ribbon shoulder poof. Three strands of pearls and pearl earrings complete the look.
Hope you like my efforts, Kathy. Quilty hugs, Peg

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Working for Sis

While working through the problem with my eyes and then my hand, I did somethings for my sister. I worked as I felt able with no time limit. My sister Betty (aka Boop) wanted a landscape wallhanging for a bare spot she has over the aquarium. I decided on a river scene featuring mountains, a river and birch trees. Although it took me several weeks from start and put-down, it was finished. She is pleased with it and says it looks like a painting when viewed from a distance.
I am at present working on a wallhanging of a pencil sketch her son made in his early 20"s.
Till next time, Hugs and stitches, Peggy

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Second Faces II block

This is the second of the Faces blocks. I decided to keep to the lovely golden colors and accent with green and yellow. This block also has a poly clay face.

Friday, July 9, 2010

My Faces RR

I started a new RR with my CQI group in May. It is a DYOB so there are 6 six inch blocks. Each block was to have a face of some sort. The first set of blocks had poly clay faces and were done in a jungle theme. The block I chose made me think of animals peering from the foliage and native rituals. I relly enjoyed trying to express these ideas in my stitching.

More later, Hugs and stitches, Peggy

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Finally--back again!

Ater a year of little stitching due to a bout of the shingles that left me with a problem with my left eye, followed closely with a pinched nerve that led to many sessions of theraphy to regain the use of my left hand, I"M BACK!!!!!

I'm now back to long hours of enjoyment working on my group projects. Although I never stopped stitching completely, many days I was unable to work. I did manage to keep up with the projects I was already commited to, but often I was not happy with the quality of work done. Ladies, if my work for you was lacking in anyway, please forgive me.

I'll be back with more news and pictures as soon as I get better organized.

Hugs and stitches, Peggy

Tuesday, February 9, 2010