.....it all began with one thread....

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


...a dreary, rainy day.  But..perfect to stay in and stitch (which is what I did).  I worked on Parts 2 and 3 of my Peacock Garden Mandala.  Almost all caught up...just a few more little flower buds in the last three corners.  (I also saw that Martina has posted the password for the next part...but no file
as of yet).  :)

***I just realized I had posted the wrong pictures....here are the updated ones. :)

A little close-up.  There are still a lot of beads to be attached for all three parts that have been released.

Monday, March 29, 2010


The second part of my Block #4 for Le Jardin.....two little red bunnies.:))

A little close-up of one.  Now to work on the bird with the flower, leaves and stem.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


My basket for a portion of Block #4 on Le Jardin.  This block has three sections.  Here's my first part with the basket and flowers.  A little bit of a placement error on my part with the butterfly...he should be resting against the basket...so rather than rip out everything  I had already stitched for him, he got little legs.  :))

Friday, March 26, 2010


There are 10 nine patch blocks on All Cooped Up.  After cutting and organizing all the fabrics yesterday, I completed one of them.  For the little houses or coops, there are a total of eight to put together.  I may just work on them while watching DVD's and stitch them together by hand, instead of the machine.  Anyway, here's the first nine patch block.

Lots of very unusual color combinations in this quilt.  The overall effect, however, is quite gorgeous!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


#7 Coop for my All Cooped Up quilt.  I have been cutting and measuring...and cutting and measuring for all the coops, nine-patch blocks and borders for it.  I still have about 12 fabrics to cut.....Whew!  But when I had enough to finish one little coop last night, I decided to go ahead and stitch it together by hand.

I also worked on a lot of little circle flower pieces yesterday for Block #4 of Le Jardin.

Monday, March 22, 2010


Leaves, leaves and more leaves.  Twenty-five, to be exact!  Nine stars and one flower pot!  All twenty-five leaves are done on Block #3 for Le Jardin by Bunny Hill Designs.  Whew! 

I love the flower pot!  (Maybe 'cause there was only one! LOL!)

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I finished the last rooster block yesterday afternoon.  Then spent a little time cutting the borders for the central part of the quilt.  It's actually starting to look like something now! :))

Next are the little "houses" or coops as they are called in the pattern....

Oh, and look!   The guys have eyes!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Blocks #2 and #3 are fused!  Take a peek!

(Still no eyes yet for these guys...I may add buttons for them instead of embroidery, when I put the quilt top together.)

Working on the last rooster....then onto the rest of the quilt!

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Today I spent the afternoon playing with the first block on my quilt kit, All Cooped Up by McKenna Ryan.  This is the first rooster block, called "You're So Vane."  This will get machine appliqued in place; right now, the pieces are just fused to the background fabric with fusible web.

The fabrics for this quilt are batiks from Hoffman Fabricis.  Absolutely gorgeous!  Don't you just love the chicken wire fabric?  (The rooster's eye will be embroidered after the quilt is all together.)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


My two turtledoves from Nora Corbett's Second Day of Christmas.  I have had this in the "almost finished" pile for quite some time.  I still need one more color to finish off the banner.

Monday, March 15, 2010


Ahhhh....but not what you think....Not Papillon Creations Castles in the Air...but Chatelaine Designs Peacock Garden Mandala.  My WIP on this one. 

And a close-up of all the sparklies...

The entire portion I have stitched, so far.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Lots of little flowerpots on Part 5 of Castles in the Air.  Both peacocks from Part 4 are done, which makes the entire Part 4 complete.  This picture of Part 5 still needs the remaining Rhodes stitches in the last few flowerpots, plus between those arches are some large woven leaves. 

A little closer look at the very majestic peacock. (I am the only one...have you noticed how many new designs have peacocks in them?)

Daylight Savings Time today (well, last night).  Now it will be so much brighter in the mornings! 
Before we know it, it will be Easter!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


It's Block #3 of Bunny Hill's freebie Snowbound quilt series:

A fun little block.  I used a white Artic Rays thread I had for the outline of the stars....shiny and wispy.  Some red wool felt for his earmuffs and I changed the word to script instead of a printed format.

An update on my Castles, possibly tomorrow.  The second peacock is finished.  Now I am getting into Part 5!

Monday, March 8, 2010


Peacocks, to be exact.  My peacocks from Papillon Creations Castles in the Air....One done and one - well, almost done. :)  It won't be too long until that second one is complete!

I really like those little tiny fuschia flowers, too.  All lazy daisy stitches!  

Friday, March 5, 2010


More Castles.....I worked on the next part which has the two railings, the fountain, the two vines with tons of lazy daisy flowers and two gorgeous peacocks.  I guess I am about halfway there.  I used a metallic thread for the water in the fountain rather than the plain white thread indicated on the chart.

That brownish "arch" at the top is from the next part.

Thanks to all of you for coming by to pay me a visit.  I thoroughly enjoy reading your comments. :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

F O R E V E R ... ... ...

At least that's how it seems.  Finally, yes, finally, the last woven wheel stitch is done!  Take a look at an oldie...Papillon Creations, Castles in the Air mystery sampler....Part 3 complete!  There are several more parts that have been released (which have some beautiful peacocks!).  This part just wore me out with all the specialty stitches and trying to follow the directions.  But...it is done!  Onto Part 4!  I do find all these stitches and color changes very busy,  I am hoping the next part with the peacocks and railings will help "confine" all the fussiness.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Bats and spiders...creepy, right?   I don't know....this one doesn't seem too creepy to me....Block #3 from my Baltimore Halloween quilt.

The bats' wings were supposed to be solid black...but I liked how the back of the fabric looked, so made the wings on the wrong side of the fabric.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Just playing around with different colors here....bear with me.:))

Sorry, Ineke...I didn't realize I was being mysterious.  Not my intention at all.  Actually, the background color of my blog is what I was talking about. ;)

But playing with colors is always fun, be it fabrics or threads or trims or...anything else!