Three finishes

Boro-style patches on my favourite jean jacket.  




Knitted and crocheted scarf with Wolle’s yarn





Three ‘dress up’ bibs for M&M’s girl-child




Indigo Dyeing/Shibori

First time doing Indigo Dyeing.  I’m pleased with the results.  Will do it again soon.


Quilted with walking foot.  Ended up 18×20″.  Enjoyed the process.  Looking forward to the February challenge.

Edges aren’t finished yet.  Might face it.  Might just zigzag the edges for now.

This link-up is a joint effort by Ann Brooks in Texas, USA (fretnotyourself.blogspot.com) and Kaja Zeisler in the UK (http://www.sewslowly.com/).

They do a link-up on the 4th Tuesday of each month.  I’m trying to find more information about the process and will add it once I find it.

Thanks to Sue (another artsy fartsy online friend!) for encouraging me to participate.

My Improv piece is in response to the Mighty Lucky Quilt Challenge for January.  We were to go out with a camera and explore.  Take pictures.  Here is a selection of the photos I took that morning:

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And this is the inspiration picture I selected.  It’s the cattle loading dock.


I designed my own paper pieced block as instructed.  I forgot you work it backwards though so that didn’t come to plan.  I also found my lines too far apart so I modified on the run and just lined up the brown strips randomly.


I ended up with 4 blocks – slightly different sizes as I didn’t want it to be set squarely.  When I had the piecing finished and paper removed, I planned to add paint utilising some techniques I learned in the book Intentional Printing by Lynn Krawczyk.  However,  I woke up the next morning and thought RUST!  So, again I switched gears.


I used 4 different Cherrywood hand-dyed fabrics for the greens.  LOVE their fabrics.  (Thanks mom!)  Size is approximately 20×20 right now but I’ll bring it down to 17×19″ once quilted (the size I want to work with for this series).  The 3 bits in the middle are shot cottons.


Next decision is whether to hand or machine quilt.  I’ve decided to go with machine quilting as my hand work pile is rather large right now.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to go with walking foot/straight lines rather than FMQing.

Stay tuned for a finish in the next week or so.


A day of mourning

January 20, 2017

Old church and cemetary in light fog at sunrise

I’m dressed in black and eating orange jello with shredded carrots, ham buns with globs of butter and dry cake.

South Dakota funeral food.

An open letter to Hillary Rodham Clinton LINK

She is an example of grace and style and intelligence.

The orange buffoon has been sworn in.

Hang on to your shorts (and guard your pussy) – I expect it is going to be a bumpy ride.

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