Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Arranging Flowers for Winterling

Monday, March 27th, 2017

I had to try many different flower arrangements before finding my favorite for Winterling. It was fun! Here are a few:

 TextileFusion wall hanging, Winterling, by Suzann Thompson  TextileFusion wall hanging, Winterling, by Suzann Thompson

Hmmm. Yeah, the white flowers seem too startlingly bright. So for the next try, I took the daisies off and also the big sunflower, because I thought it was too heavy and large for the composition.

 TextileFusion wall hanging, Winterling, by Suzann Thompson TextileFusion wall hanging, Winterling, by Suzann Thompson

How about the one on the left?—it’s kind of minimal with a more controlled color selection. Given a choice, I usually go for fancy over minimal. The next one is alright.

 TextileFusion wall hanging, Winterling, by Suzann Thompson

Thinking the sunflower might not be too heavy after all, I added it back in. Yep, I think this is the one.

 TextileFusion wall hanging, Winterling, by Suzann Thompson

After pinning all the flowers and leaves in place, it was time to sit down and sew. And I mean sew for a long time.

Something kept bothering me about the Samarkand Sunflower which has a yellow center, then a white round and a band of periwinkle blue before the round of white petals. The blue band looked too plain and big. A few bright yellow seed beads took care of that problem.

 TextileFusion wall hanging, Winterling, by Suzann Thompson

After sewing the flowers on, I appliqued a crocheted picot vine in the borders. Each picot has a seed bead on it, which is stitched in place to keep the picot from curling. Buttons berries grow from the vine.

That does it for Winterling! Want to know where the flower patterns are from? Visit this post at the Curious and Crafty readers blog to find out.

Threads of Texas Quilt Show 2016

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Threads of Texas Quilt Show 2016

The Town ‘n Country Quilt Guild’s biennial quilt show, Threads of Texas, is over for 2016. I imagine there are some members still recovering from organizing and staffing this wonderful exhibit.

My friend Peggy and I sold tickets for four hours. We met lots of people eager to see the quilts, shop for supplies and gifts, and have a little lunch.

Along with our friends Hazel and Donna from the weekly Dublin Rippers bee, we entered several quilts in the show. We laughingly considered changing our name temporarily to “The Ribbon Ladies,” because between us, we won a total of ten or eleven ribbons!

Afternoon won a blue ribbon (first place) in the category “Other Techniques—Small.” I posted in-progress photos of Afternoon earlier in this blog.

Threads of Texas Quilt Show 2016

You’ll also find some blog posts about Red Vases, which won second place in the same category. Same for Antelope Horns, coming in at third place.

I haven’t written about Crochet Comets yet (but I will!). It is my first quilt made from quilting fabric, and it’s embellished with doilies. Crochet Comets and Red Vases won merit ribbons for embellishment.

Threads of Texas Quilt Show 2016

Peggy has already planned what she’s going to sew for Threads of Texas 2018. I’m not sure what I’m going to enter, but I am sure looking forward to it!

Threads of Texas Quilt Show 2016

Valentine’s Day Quilt Finished!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Valentine’s Day Quilt finished!

On Tuesday evening, at the girls’ piano lesson, I sewed the last button onto my Quilting Ladies’ Group Valentine’s Day Quilt. I tried to sew more buttons on, but when I put them tentatively on the quilt, the quilt said, “Enough already!” Usually, I can find a place to tuck in one more, but all my attempts were rejected.

Valentine’s Day Quilt details

So it was finished! Yay!

This quilt combines old and new and bits and pieces that will remind me of friends and fun times. Like this pretty quilted heart will always make me think of Peggy.

The yellowy flower is a Twirl Center Rose from Crochet Garden.

Valentine’s Day Quilt details

These yellow and white applique daisies are from my mother-in-law’s sewing collection. She was a lovely lady named Mary Eugenia Frederick. She went by ‘Gene,” but we thought Eugenia was a beautiful middle name for our younger daughter.

Rachel made the fabric flower with the red center. Our older daughters like to go adventuring together and talk about music. Gail Hughes made the green buttons that serve as leaves for Rachel’s flower.

Valentine’s Day Quilt details

Three pink heart buttons from Hazel are surrounded by flowers from Crochet Garden: Begonia (lower left), Turkestani Star with a button from Gail Hughes, and Any Color Pinks at the upper right.

Valentine’s Day Quilt details

For Donna’s quilt, she asked us each to sign a piece of fabric, which she incorporated in to her quilt. The spool charm is from Donna.

Valentine’s Day Quilt details

This heart, cut out of an antique quilt, is from Mindy. Both green buttons and the crystal topped button on the heart are by Gail Hughes. Hazel’s buttons are the red heart-shaped ones hidden next to the big heart.

This quilt is full of love!

Earthen Bricks Don’t Like Rain

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

clouds left over from Hermine

These stunning clouds are remnants of the tropical storm Hermine, whose tentacles reached far inland and gave us driving rains in September.

We had plenty of plastic to cover our walls, but our stacks of earthen blocks were unprotected. The rains, blowing hard from the east, moistened blocks as far as 15 feet from the open eastern end of the house.

rain-damaged earthen block

Luckily, most of them are fine and still usable. These didn’t fare so well. They were much closer to the eastern edge of the house. But, luckily again, they were unusually thick blocks. We tend to make those at the beginning of a brick run, before the machine is adjusted to the moisture of the soil we load into it.

I wondered what we would do with those large blocks, and the rain gave me the answer—recycle them!

Wasp moves in to earthen house

So we lost a few blocks to the rain, but look what we gained!

Gorgeous autumn wildflowers!

This one is eryngo. Prickly, but beautiful.

I “Felt-It” was Time to Experiment

Monday, November 27th, 2006

The laundry isn’t piling up fast enough any more! I walk around the house wondering “what else can I wash in hot water?” That’s because I’m trying out some different yarns for felting, and my favorite lazy way of felting is to throw the items in the hot-water wash.

felted crochet flowers made in Caron's

Caron International’s “Felt-It” comes in six multi-color mixes. Here’s color number 0003–Wildflowers. From left to right, we have a freshly-crocheted flower; the next flower has been through the wash cycle once; the rightmost flower has been washed twice. “Felt-It” felts beautifully!

felted crochet flowers made in Cascade 220 and Jojoland

Many knitters really like Cascade Yarn Company’s “Cascade 220” for felting, and I can understand why. It looks great when felted, and in comes in many, many colors. The yellow flowers at right show “Cascade 220” before and after felting.

The multicolor yarn flower is java-orange-meadow-mauve ‘Quartette’ from Jojoland International. It is merino and cashmere sock yarn. Very nice!

I love how the popcorns in the flower center became even more defined after felting, which is not what I expected.