Saturday, December 5, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
We are on the cusp of winter and I am finally finished with my fall wall hanging! Well, better late than never I suppose. Many of you will recognize the wonderful pattern. It was the first Friday Freebie put out by Kaaren of the Painted Quilt.
I love it! I did change it a bit though. Instead of a backstitch, as specified by the pattern, I used a stem stitch ( I think it is sometimes called an outline stitch). For you non-embroiderers out there I basically do a backstitch but instead of butting up against the previous stitch, I overlap halfway. Uses more thread but that is how I learned to embroider eons ago and am comfortable with it.
It will only grace my foyer for a few days this year. Christmas decor will be put up early next week.
On a different note, please forgive me if my postings become less frequent. I have things going on right now that need my attention. I will try to drop by and read your blogs as much as I can as well. I am hoping I will be back up and running full force in a couple of months.
Have a wonderful holiday season everybody! Hugs, Rumi
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
A little embroidery to show you today.
A sweet little pincushion. I wanted it to have a romantic, nostalgic look about it. I found the perfect fabric in my stash. A little lace and pretty ribbon bow makes it complete.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Not all goulish goings on at our party. Look at these fabulous cake balls I made using Bakerella's recipe. Yummy looking huh! Well, they were delicious and a big hit with our guests! Thank you Bakerella!
And the back. I was a bit dissapointed that the quilter didn't center the backing a little better but not having any personal experience with longarm quilting, maybe I am being too picky.
I made this for my DD to give to her good friend as a wedding gift. Well, they liked it so I am pleased.
Talk at you later. Rumi
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Ooh Ooh, Ooh Ooh, Halloween at last.
I cannot take credit for that brilliant piece of poetry above. It is actually words to a song that my daughter learned when she was in Kindergarten. Yes, that is the entire song. Easy for 5 year olds to remember. Sorry for the crooked shot of my little Witchie Poo.
Happy Halloween everybody!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Ok, now look at my lawn!
Time to break out the rake. This time of year, raking leaves is almost a full time job! Well, I get some great exercise and my compost pile is happy as well so I guess I can't grumble too loudly--but I want to!! Waaah...
Saturday, October 24, 2009
They were delicious! The peanut M&Ms seem like a good pick for breast cancer awareness month don't they? I rename this batch to be Boobie Cookies.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
OK, granted, mine looks very much worse than the book sample but I know now that this is not the way to bind a quilt! What terrible corners! This is how I do corners now. Do you do the same or do you have a different method that you like? First off, I do not trim my backing and batting until after I have attached my binding. I find this cuts down on the backing buckling while I sew the binding. The pin is placed 1/4-inch from the edge of my quilt top. Sew to this point and stop.
With the needle down, pivot the quilt clockwise. sew to the edge of the binding then backstitch.
Line up the binding to the quilt top.
Backstitch and continue sewing your binding.
Once all my binding is sewn on, I trim the batting and backing even with the quilt top and binding. When you flip the binding to the back of the quilt, you get nice corners. By the way, for instruction on how to flawlessly finish attatching your binding, go to Stephanie's great tutorial on this subject! Now onto hand sewing the binding to the back.
A traditional over the finger thimble was always awkward for me. I discovered this ring thimble while in Japan. It fits right under the first knuckle of your finger.
You push the needle through the fabric like this. While I haven't seen metal ring thimbles like this in local stores, I have seen leather rings with a dimpled metal section. Maybe if traditional thimbles are not for you, you can give this kind a try. (yes, I know I should be using black thread but I didn't have any and didn't want to drop everything to run to the fabric store. The white thread forced me to really work at making my stitches invisible!)
OK, here is the completed corner. Much better than that first quilt corner I showed you! Alright, back to stitching the binding. I'll show you the completed quilt next time.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Mr. Lucky and I drove over to Indianapolis, Indiana for the weekend. Here is a shot from our hotel room window on the 10th floor. I believe it is a picture of the capitol building.
Also out that same window. Beautiful building, don't you think? Wish it was a bit clearer for you. Never good to take pics from a window; especially at an angle.
Panning down the same building.
The museum was 4 stories tall and this massive Chihuly glass sculpture ran up the center.
Here is the middle
And looking down to the bottom. Very impressive in person!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Mr. Lucky and I with Goofy at Disney Epcot. Do we look like tourists or what!
Great little "chef's band" These guys drumed on all kinds of kitchen utensils and were great fun to watch.
Fold in half and pass both ends through the eye of the needle.
Take your first stitch but don't pull all the way. Come back to the underside and slip your needle through the loop.
When you tug to secure, you have a neat little starting point with no knot. This trick is wonderful for your cross stitch projects too; no more having to secure the ends in your first few stitches.
OK, all. Will talk at you later, I've still got unpacking to do! Rumi