Put in one evening of stitching after International Hermit and Stitch Weekend pt 2, and got one more color done in "Cindy":
Nothing else to report on except late autumn weather in August. Weird! This was one of the wettest summers on record, and one of the coolest, I suspect (only two days at 90 or over, and low 50-degree nights are pretty unusual too!). Bad weather for vegetable gardening, but the daylilies loved it!
It's IHSW pt. 2! As per my promise last weekend in IHSW, pt 1, I concentrated on placemats for my quilt guild. I pieced another placemat top, sandwiched and envelope-turned all three. All that remains to be done is to whip-stitch closed one side on each and quilt:
and "Cindy" the third "Spawn" of the Roll Your Own mandalas. I finished "Cindy's" outline and completed 2 of the 12 colors of filling stitches:
IHSW is good for my stitchery mojo. Now to keep up the momentum...
Not a lot to report on since the weekend when I reported in on IHSW pt1. I did work on the outline for "Cindy" the third (and last) of "Spawn" of Roll Your Own:
Didn't get very far, but then one wouldn't watching the complete, re-digitized, entre'act music-and-all version of "Gone With The Wind"! On the other hand, my next stitchery binge will likely be a week from now when Turner Classic Movies is celebrating Ingrid Bergman's 100th birthday! I have something like 8 movies set to record for that one!
IHSW was posted early this month as part 1 (I assume there will be a part 2 coming on the assigned date of August 21-23, 2015. At any rates, I was stitching this weekend so here is what I accomplished...
A completion! "Jan" the second of the "Spawn of Roll Your Own", a series of mandalas designed by Tracy Horner, is now finished:
It was started back in the first week of April, 2015, and shouldn't have taken THIS long but other events intervened (nasty sinus infection, road trip to Florida and Georgia, etc) and I really didn't get back to it until the last weeks of July. It is in the "Tropical Ocean" colorway on "Iris Garden" dyed 32-ct Jobelin. Here is how it looks with it's "sister", Marcia, and the first three large mandalas, "Roll Your Own", "Reloaded" and "Bride of Roll Your Own":
The outline for the third "Spawn" ("Cindy") is now started to the left of "Marcia" and there are three more large mandalas which will be lined up below the spawn (eventually!).
I also spent some time with my sewing machine this weekend. The quilt guild I belong to is making place mats to take along at the holidays for the local version of "Meals on Wheels". I cut and stitched two place mats and they are ready to sandwich, quilt and bind:
These place mats and "Cindy" of the Roll Your Own mandalas will be my projects to stitch on this coming weekend.
Another completion! The August Crazy Quilt/Bead Journal block:
It's not really very imaginative, but as I said, August is always a problem for me as nothing much ever seems to happen to me in August (that I want to journal about in beads, at least!). And it means I'm caught up with Crazy Quilt Journal/Bead Journal Project for this year! Woo Hoo.
I also stitched on the fifth motif ("Jan") from the "Roll Your Own Mandala" series and seven (out of 12) colors are now filled in (finally got to the blues --- I was beginning to worry that it would be all green!):
Husband has a garden tour today and I have quilt guild tonight so no stitching this evening. But I have lots of plans for the weekend!
A completion, and ALMOST on schedule, finally! The July Crazy Quilt/Bead Journal Project block was finished on August 1!
Because it is July, it HAD to commemorate July 4, even though we didn't go to a fireworks display or parade this year. However, we could see fireworks from our house --- some farmer apparently got permission set off a really good aerial show! So... the batik stars, the (VERY PALE) white-on-white stripes and the scattered star-shaped buttons are meant to be a patriotic reference!
Meanwhile, I played with lazy daisy flowers using beads on one seam treatment, beaded a stem stitch on an adjacent seam, and added beads to the strip of lace on a third..
That means I had to get cracking on August, and this is how far I got...
I don't really know how to embellish this to make it relevant to me in August. There is the fair this week, but I'm not entering (that sinus infection really put me off my game and I don't have anything to enter and there is no other reason to go, IMO). I'm no fan of the National Tractor Pulling Championships (two weeks from now)! And I have no kids to send back to school (hard to believe it starts August 24!).
There's always the garden, I suppose... August is, as always, a puzzlement...
As for other works in progress, they weren't touched.
August 3, 2015: Edited to add: This month's WIPocalypse topic is: "What makes you pick up a long-abandoned UFO rather than beginning a new piece?" My answer is: Practically nothing! I have some (four or five, I think)really long-standing WIPS/UFO pieces (decades, at least, not counting some backstiching on some needlepoint from even longer ago) and I just can't face them. My tastes have changed, mainly... So unless someone on a forum or blog I follow offers up a challenge to finish a certain number of UFOs in a certain period of time, I simply will not ever touch those again!
The question was changed and I didn't notice --- originally it was "It’s a blue moon today. Show us your favorite WIP that features a lot of blue!" And I answered in detail so I'm leaving it in the blog...That one was easy for meto answer because it seems like pretty nearly every big project I've been working on for the last several years is dominated by the same colors of blue, purple and green! Heck, once upon a time a long long time ago in Saudi Arabia, my quilting teacher told me that blue was probably my signature color as it appeared in nearly every quilt I pieced in her classes!
The two current WIPs in my project basket both have blue. "Save the Stitches" (which hasn't been touched since April 9, so if I'm not careful, it could turn into a UFO...) uses blue (and green) as the accent colors in several of the blocks. The thing is, the dominant color is the black blackwork stitchery so it isn't that obvious in photographs. But if you look closely at the blocks, especially the top right corner, you can see a little blue:
The "Roll Your Own" mandala series I'm working on, on the other hand, is blue, blue, blue. It's stitched on blue (and green and purple) overdyed fabric and uses several shades of blue (and green) floss inside the black mandala outlines:
And my crazy quilt pieces for 2015 have a lot of blue (and purple and green! LOL) in them as well:
Very fitting for a blue moon, don't you think?
In my last WIPOcalypse report, I said "my plan is to get caught up on Crazy Quilt Journal/Bead Journal blocks (which means I have to cut and assemble a block for July and stitch on both June and July. Then, if time allows, I will probably take out "Roll Your Own Mandala" and get cracking on the second of the three "brats"."
Well, I finally lived up to my goals - almost! I
So this next month? Well, let's continue as we started - July and August Crazy Quilt/Bead Journal blocks and finish "Jan" in Roll Your Own!
It's bee super hot here--- we finally hit 90 (327 days since the last 90-or-above temperatures) but the worst of it was the humidity. Heat effect made it feel like triple digits! Shades of Saudi Arabia! Perfect weather to stay indoors and stitch. And I did just that (sort of --- other projects also took up some time)!
My stitching mojo is back! Not at full force, but back nonetheless.
I got in work on two projects this past week: the crazy Quilt/Bead Journal Project block and the "Roll Your Own Mandala"!
I started in on the fifth mandala on "Roll Your Own" while waiting for some time to get away to buy muslin backing for my crazy quilt blocks. I finished the outline during the week, and managed to get one color done and a second started!
On Tuesday, i laid out a grid, selected fabric and cut fabric for three months of crazy quilt blocks (July, August and September). I also selected some embellishments for July, which I hope to get stitching on tonight! Here are the three basic blocks (left to right - July, August, September):
All the rain in June and July, to say nothing of the July heat, has made our daylilies bloom spectacularly. My little camera can't do the entire landscape justice but here's an attempt at the front garden:
Here's hoping August doesn't become the traditional "dog days"... I rather liked June and early July when 90 was a rarity...
After completing my June block for the crazy Quilt Journal and Bead Journal Projects, I went to my stash to get out the new muslin I had ordered for foundation piecing... and discovered that it wasn't muslin! It was a quality cotton quilting fabric with a pattern, however faint, and I wasn't about to cut it up for foundations, no matter how desperate I was to get back on track! So I decided to pull out "Roll Your Own" again, and work on the outline for "Jan". Despite a few bouts of frogging due to tangled threads, I did make progress:
And today, I went to the quilt shop, bought some "real" muslin (and a few pastries from the coffee shop next door!) and came home to post this wrap-up. Hopefully I will squeeze in some block designing this afternoon, between stages in two papercrafting challenges, one ow which is due Wednesday and so HAS to be worked on...
I had great hopes for this weekend, but they were derailed by two wonderful movies on Saturday and horrendous heat/humidity all weekend. However, I did finally complete my June Crazy Quilt/Bead Journal Project for July. It’s supposed to be a representation of our three week road trip to Florida, Atlanta, North Carolina and West Virginia, visiting friends and indulging in daylily gardens. Silver charms represent each stat along a navy blue-and-white whipped chainstitch highway. Crystals mark the daylily conference in Atlanta and the visit to the Sight Different Nursery in North Carolina. while two fly stitch palm trees decorate Florida, I couldn’t come up with a motif to “celebrate” three days of car trouble in West Virginia, however…
Sorry the charms are so blurry --- they reflect light something fierce...
Born in New Jersey, I grew up in Southeastern Ohio. Attended university at Bowling Green State University (B.Sci in biological science, 1964), University of Southern California (M. Sci in biological science, 1967) and University of Florida (Ph. D in zoology, 1971).
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