Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekend Fun


My husband and I, along with his daughter and our 2 granddaughters took a trip to the Kansas City Zoo.  What a wonderful weekend it was.  The weather was sunny and warm.  We walked, and walked and walked, but also took the train, tram, boat ride and the sky lift.  Soo much fun.  

 Feeding time

 Elegant, aren't they!

 Nap time.

 We have us a climber!

The giraffe is one of my favorites.   Maybe it's because I have a long neck too!

This is a face only a mother could love!

Alpha male! 

I hope everyone gets out and enjoys the spring.
Thanks for visiting,

Friday, March 20, 2015

Baskets and Pillows


 This is what awaited me this morning.  What a lovely sight.  



Here are a few of my baskets that my sister has.  

This grapevine handled small basket was woven with cream colored corduroy material, jute and dyed reed.  I love how each grapevine handle can look differently.  On the potato basket, I dyed the reed in walnut hulls and dark green Ritz dye.  The ribs of both baskets are made with creek bank willow.

The large potato basket is made from reed, scraped willow bark and willow ribs and rim.  I put handles on this one, but (oops) the dog chewed one side off.  I will have to put some time in on repairs, it's looking kind of loose and worn.  The small egg basket is woven with sea grass, dyed reed and pansy fabric, with a grapevine handle. 

This small unique basket has willow ribs, barbed wire handle and woven with torn denim jeans.   One of my favorites!  I made sure that the barbs were spaced apart in the center so your hand would not get stabbed!



I'm still working on it!  Here are the wool cut up for the braided rug:  blue, red, green, tan and plaids.  The rug is starting to take shape and looks good.

More on it later and I added a...


Ok, so I added one more task to my list.  My sister, (I talk about my sister a lot, but I do have 3 brothers too!) needed some pillows to match a rocking chair seat that she recovered.  Glad to do it for her.


Old pillows and new fabric.  They're going to look good!

Thanks for visiting

Monday, March 2, 2015

Duckling Quilt, Fan Quilt and Spicy Spiral Table Runner


Here it is, my Duckling quilt.  The colors pop, although the picture doesn't reflect that, and I really enjoyed working on it.  It was machine sewed together, then I hand quilted it.  I drew wavy lines free hand on the border and sash to make it look like the ducks were flying in the sky.

I found a nice yellow spotted fabric for the back and use the same print from the blocks for the binding.

 Just a reminder....

The Kansas City Star published free quilt patterns from designers and readers from 1928 to 1961 in the hopes of increasing female readership.  This one is an Eveline Foland design called Ducklings.



1 Duckling quilt in the quilting frame - COMPLETED
1 Fan quilt being hand tied - COMPLETED
1 quilt no longer in the quilting frame (I'm not happy with it)
3 quilt tops done, ready to be put together  - 1 OF THESE QUILTS NOW IN FRAME
9 sets of blocks in various stages of incompleteness (is that a word?)
5 different piles of fabric ready to be cut into blocks
and lots and lots of fabric just waiting....

1 wool braided rug fabric ready to be cut into strips

Table Runner
2 different piles of fabric picked out ready to be cut -

3 pillow canvases

Deer antlers 
3 antlers to be made into baskets - someday

Not bad!  I'm working right along.  The quilt in the frame that I'm hand quilting  I call  "Cappuccino", the colors are warm and gorgeous.  I'll continue working on the needlepoint pillow, (which is slow work) and maybe put a dent in the wool rug project.



This quilt came to me completely done, along with a bunch of fabric.  I used a light pink for the back and hand tied it.   I like the bit of lace that was used.

I have some of these fabrics in my stash!  I gave this quilt to my sister as an extra blanket when all her grandchildren come over.



This table runner I made for my sister from fabric I had in my stash pile.  She wanted blues and yellows.  I only has a small amount of the blue check, so I pieced some together. 


Thanks for visiting,