Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring has sprung!!


The robins flew in on their journey north about 2 weeks ago.  Since then things are turning green and the spring blooms have arrived .                                                         


azelea 2012 mar

This is my favorite azalea bush.


azeleas mar 2012

These are clumped to the side in our “wilderness” area.

It’s not just the outside that is filled with blossom! My indoor plants are putting on a pretty display as well.


My first orchid blossom to unfurl,

blue boy A violet

and one of my many African violets that are in bloom.

Many of my CQI Round Robins are finishing up now. I just received my blocks from the Sew It Up DYOB. The ladies did a beautiful job as always.                                   

          Carol's for me   This block was done by Carol.Cathy's for me  This one is by Cathy L.Lorrie's for me shared blockThis block was worked on by all members.Ruby's block for meRuby R stitched this block.

These blocks will make a lovely wallhanging for my sewing room.

The only active RR I have now is the Asian Nights DYOB. I have completed 2 blocks and am working on the third.

Meg's block

This block is Meg’s. When I saw the multicolored patch it made me think of peacocks, so I decided that a stylized bird would be just the thing. To make the peacock the focal point I kept the rest of the block simple, adding two folded flowers with gold button centers, and two yo-yos, all done in a lovely Asian print.

Carol's block

Carol had a lovely block with these cute pandas. I chose to over-embroider the bears and bamboo. I added a willow tree to frame them. Asian isn’t complete without fans and dragons, so I added 3 beaded fans as a seam treatment and placed a dragon charm on another patch. An oriental coin, a line of flower beads and bead  accented embroidery complete the work.

Now I’m off to do lesson 2 in the soft-sculpture  class that I am taking. One can never learn too many sewing techniques!!!!

Till next time, have a blessed life.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Angels are Home!


Hope everyone’s New Year has gotten off to a good start. My sis and I are fine, but we are still contending with my brother-in-law’s illness.  He has fallen twice already this year. We welcome your prayers for him.                          

My CQI  All About Angels DYOB has come to an end and my blocks have returned home. The ladies did their usual beautiful job of stitching. I thought you might like to see the lovely blocks I will be making into a mantel scarf for my daughter when I  finish my block.                               


Cathy's block 4 me

This block was done by Cathy. Her yarn angel reminds me of my younger days when these were all the rage.

Joyce's block 4 me

This block, done by Joyce, is bright and shiny with lots of bling.

Laurie's block 4 me

Laurie makes this one seem quite heavenly with all the glittery stars.

Ruby's block 4 me

Ruby added more angels and music to go with the trumpet charm framed by lovely silk ribbon roses.

Wendy's block4 me  Wendy used embroidery and silk ribbon flowers to pretty up for block with sequins and beads for sparkle.


I really enjoyed  seeing the different fabrics and color combinations which these gals used in their blocks. It was a pleasure working on their blocks.                                      

Cathy's block

Cathy choose to use a cherub silkie as her focal point. I choose to continue with the pink and red color scheme-adding a white lace lattice with pink gathered roses, a single rose bud and a crocheted roses.  The wording just seemed the right thing to grace the lower block.             

Laurie's angel

I framed Laurie’s darling angel with lace and ribbon, then used an open cretan stitch with sequins and beads as a seam treatment.  Embroidered daffodils finish off the corners.

wendy's block

I stitched the word Angels with a wrapped backstitch for Wendy. Sequin and bead stars, ric-rac, lace and silk ribbon form seam trearments. I added an angel made of beads with silver foil leaves as wings.

Peggy's work on Joyce's block

Joyce’s block featured this charming cross-stitched angel, so I just added a variety of embroidery stitches , lace, sequins and beads, and a large colorful felt flower.                          

I have Ruby’s block yet to finish. Will post pics later to end a fun round robin.  Til later, have a blessed day.