Friday, January 19, 2018

Wool Tutorial - Tulip Gathering

I wanted to share some of the knowledge I gained from working with the Tulip Gathering penny rug pattern. The project involved lots of pieces that had to be evenly distributed.

The first thing I did was fold my background piece in half twice, creating center points. This also provided me with the four (4) sections that I would be working.

To center your wreath, use your center cut out, fold it in half twice and match the folds of your background. I neglected to take a photograph at the beginning of my placement, but you get the idea from this picture.

Then, I positioned the four (4) stems in their proper sections and their two (2) leaves. I stitched the stems and then the leaves in place prior to proceeding further.

The stems were positioned using the technique I mentioned in a prior tutorial, Wool Tutorial - Silent Night, pining from the back.

Once all four (4) stems were stitched, I was then able to work in sections, centering everything within that section.

Because I was going to cross stitch the stems, I first stabilized them by using the button hole stitch and one (1) strand of DMC floss.

The stems now stabled made it easier for me to concentrate on the cross stitch without having to worry about the stem going wonky!

Once all the sections were completed, the wreath was the next piece to stitch. I used the center cut out to make sure that everything was circular and pinned it in place.

I'm ready to stitch!

The tulips were positioned two (2) inches from the edge using a ruler.

I should mention that when I am working with wool on wool, I do not use a fusible web. I pin my pieces in place using my favourite pins - Applique Glass Head Pins size 12 - 3/4 inch from Clover (231CV).

I just love these little pins and use them for all my applique needs! You can find them at your local quilt shop.

I hope you find this information valuable. Catch you all later!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The sound of horror ...!

Woke up around 3:15 a.m. to the sound of fire engine sirens.  A frightening sound in any neighborhood but more particularly in ours, as we are graced with beautiful historic homes dating back to the 1800's. I looked out of my quilting studio window and couldn't see anything but reflections of flashing lights. It wasn't until I checked the hallway window that I quickly saw what was going on. One house over from mine is where the fire was.

In shock, my photojournalism education kicked in, I quickly grabbed my camera, dressed up for arctic weather and headed outside to take photographs. The fire started in the back of the building where the furnace was located.

Sadly, it didn't take long for the fire to spread to the main part of the house into the third floor.

Things took a turn for the worse when the cupola engulfed in flames spreading like wild fire. At times, it was scary to watch.

The fire fighters were present from many surrounding districts.

That's how it is in our area, the volunteer fire department all help one another. Given the scope of the fire, the Champlain volunteer fire department was assisted by Altona, Mooers, Ellenburgh Depot, Ellenburgh Center, West Chazy, Beekmantown and Rouses Point and later on Cumberland Head and Plattsburgh District 3. From Vermont they had Alburgh and Alburgh Center. From Quebec, Canada,  Hemmingford, Lacolle, St Paul and St Bernard volunteer fire department were present.

In a desperate attempt to save the historical structure, the fire was approached from all angles.

The Plattsburgh District 3 brought in one of their state of the art, well that's what it looked like to me who has no clue about fire truck specs, huge ladder bucket truck. The water stream was so powerful that it actually looked like it was blowing the fire out as it doused it with water!

The beautiful historical house belonged to Jeff and Renee. They purchased it approximately a year ago with lots of dreams and determination. They had been working on it for the past year, slowly bringing it to a state where they would eventually move in.

Sadly, this beautiful home is now a total loss.

View from the rear of the house


As you can imagine from the number of volunteer fire departments that responded, my street was blocked. It wasn't until 11:00 a.m. that I was able to leave for Lakeside Coffee, our local coffee shop. I needed to get away for a bit, clear my mind.

Given the gazillion gallons of water that was used to extinguish the fire, our street was a mess. Sadly, this is what I witnessed half way down the street, a propane truck stuck in the ditch.

It sure has been a busy day for the Champlain Volunteer Fire Department.

My heart goes out to Renee and Jeff. They are such wonderful and beautiful souls.  Such a loss for them and our community.

A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteer fire fighters who battled arctic temperatures for hours. I am so grateful for your service and dedication.

Thank you for stopping by my little corner in cyber space.

Monday, January 15, 2018

We have a finish!

Brrrr! We're back to arctic temperatures! We also had a beautiful snow storm last weekend! I love the pattern the snow made on the bathroom window.

I've been really good at staying focused and away from ... SQUIRRELS! lol

After I completed Old St Nick I decided to work on Tulip Gathering, a pattern from Primitive Gatherings.

I started this project back in June 2015. This is what I found.

Very little was done on it. So, I rolled up my sleeved and went to work. As you can imagine, after many hours of work ... we have a finish!

It certainly turned out to be a much more complex penny rug than I would have thought. I have learned lots from it and I will be sharing my knowledge in a future tutorial.

I do love how it turned out. It is a stunning piece!

Announcement from Perfectionist Anonymous:

Hello, my name is Carole and I made a mistake on this project. There's a missing piece!!!!

Not that you would ever know, unless that is, you looked at the pattern and did some counting.

The mistake!!! ARGGGGG!

Found on my cutting table hiding under a pattern. I think a Sprite hid it when I wasn't looking. I recall counting the number of tongues before I started pinning them in place to stitch, and the number was correct. Hum ....

Am I taking it apart?  Heck NO! No one will know, unless, that is, you're a tattle teller! lol So, shush, let's keep this our secret! ;)

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace! Catch you all later!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Still on the UFO trail!

Now that the holiday celebrations have come to an end, I'm back on the UFO completion project. I am pleased to report that I have completed another wool project.

The pattern is called Old St. Nick by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.  I purchased this kit back in 2009 from the Quilted Crow. This was before Fibre Junction invested in wool.  I wanted to see if it would be a medium I'd  enjoyed working with.

At the time, I was torn with the idea of using a fusible on wool.  I've never been a fusible kind of gal and wanted to stay away from the stuff.

In the UFO project bag was one Santa robe with glue on it. Probably an attempt to have the pieces stick to the wool.

Obviously a failed attempt, as I broke down and used Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite on the other four Santa's robes and arms!

It is actually the first time I worked on a wool project that had so many small pieces.

When I work with small pieces, I use one strand of DMC or Cosmo floss. I find that the size 12 Valdani pearl cotton is much to large and tends to rip up the pieces.

For the trees, I didn't like the wool the Quilted Crow had included, so I changed it to what you see.  Both green wools are from Primitive Gatherings! They do have gorgeous hand dyed wool!

Another photo with a decorations!

Thank you for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Wool tutorial - Silent night-Holy Night

I thought I would share some of the techniques I learned while attempting to finish the wool project Silent Night-Holy Night.

In order to stitch the word exactly as written by the pattern designer Jan Speed (It was nicely written), I used a water soluble stabilizer called Transfer-Eze.

Photocopied the pattern on the sheet, stuck it on the wool piece and stitched. Once completed, I rinsed it off and let the wool piece dry. Voila! Perfect word transfer!

The skinny pole (less than an 1/8 of an inch) that the snowman is holding was held back by Clover applique pins (my favourites). I worked from the front, making sure the skinny pole was straight and pinned from the back.

This is what it looks like from the front.

I did an X stitch to hold it in place.

There you have it, a couple of techniques for working with challenging patterns.

Catch you all later!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Rising from the UFO wool project stashes!

After my dream crashing episode, I decide to tackle a wool penny rug project I started back in 2012. It was the year I started working with wool and didn't know any better. For one thing, the designer did not mention that the pattern pieces were not reversed! I also used Steam-a-Seam 2 lite, which I absolutely detest! I find it hard to needle, it doesn't even adhere to the wool background AND it gums up my needle!!!

So there I went tracing the pieces ... what a BIG mistake, not to mention a waste of hand dyed wool ... so I tossed it aside (out of sight our of mind) and worked on another one of her patterns called  Two Prim Snowman, which became the last time I used Steam-a-Seam 2 lite. Not sure what is "lite" about it but my fingers are forever more thankful that I no longer use the product.

The pattern is called "Silent Night-Holy Night" by Jan Speed from A Piece of Work. I do love how it turned out!

Silent Night!

Holy Night!

Not all was calm!!! The useless pieces!

And yes I had to buy new wool! Yes, I learned quite a bit! I am glad it is done! I truly love it! A wonderful new addition to my folk art decor collection!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Ho, Ho, Ho!

I'm all set for Santa, are you?

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Coming to my senses .... just a bit!

The other day, I fell in love with this cute little quilt called Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas by Lori Holt from Bee in my Bonnet.

This woman has cuteness overload going on. Everything she touches is cute! I fell in love!

Pulled out from my stash this fat quarter tower, Little Joys by Elea Lutz, that I have been safekeeping for quite some time, which actually turned out to be a half yard tower .... Bonus ... and started dreaming planning!

Not sure what happened next, but I decided to clean organize my Quilting Studio closet. I had a few empty bins from Fibre's closing and thought I would use them to store unfinished wool and hand embroidery projects. Well .... It didn't take long for me to realize that I had bins overflowing! That certainly put a damper on things!

So, the dreaming stopped and I decided to work on the many projects that needed my attention.

Next time you're inspired to create .... DO NOT organize your quilting studio closets!

Catch you all later!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A secret project!

I've been working on a secret project! A quilt for my little Pumpkin who has transitioned from a twin size bed to a full size bed. A perfect excuse to make more quilts. lol

I started this project back in March 2017, had all the flying geese sewn. There it sat patiently, waiting for me to pick it back up. Of course I started other projects in between, because ... that's what most quilters do! It wasn't until early December that I figured I'd better get quilting if I want it under the tree as a surprise for Pumpkin.

I wanted her to have what I call a "winter" quilt; a quilt made using 100% wool batting.  Although it doesn't have the weight, it does have loads of warmth!

I chose the pattern The Christmas Village by Sweetwater.  The main fabric is 25th & Pine by Basic Gray, an older line that I was reluctant to cut into. You know how that is? But I'm sure glad I did!

I added an extra row and column to increase the size. I do love how it turned out.

The machine quilting!

I love everything about this quilt. I may just take it back! lol

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Catch you later!
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