Thursday, March 19, 2009

More Fun With Jane

This morning I was able to get away for a couple of hours and send time with my fellow Janaic's Linda and Pam. Pam had to leave early so I do not have a picture of her work but here is mine and Linda's. My Dear Jane is made in Batiks and Linda's id 1930's repro. I haven't made a block for several weeks and it shows -- finished is better than perfect.... Linda's block has yet to be trimmed to it's proper size.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

My new obsession

Knotwork! I must be nuts, as if I don't have enough to do..... I first saw this at the Harrisburg Quilt Show last Sept. They had samples of each design that Teresa offers, I was enthralled. I had to do it, so I bought a kit. Fast forward to February. I was having a lovely lunch with my good friend Barbara (the dream year blogger) and she was showing me the small travel loom she had purchased for their camper. We proceeded to have a discussion about how sometimes the tools of a craft are as enticing to us as the craft itself. Then and there I decided I *needed* the frame to mount my knotwork miniature rug. I came home and placed my order, gathered my floss and not so patiently waited for it to arrive. Here is my progess to date.

I work on this in the evenings in front of the TV using a maginifier lamp. It is tiny. I am doing a Colonail knot using a single strand of embriodery floss. Most evenings I can complete 2 nine patches. Once you master the knot it is almost like coloring, you do your best to stay within the lines.

Check out the link for more designs, just click on the title of this post. I thought I'd start simple and work my way up.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Bobbin Donuts

I've been working on my Dear Jane quilt and many of the blocks are applique. I like using Superior Bottom Line thread for my applique because it is so nice and thin, but I hated having to go out to my studio and raid the thread cupboard for each color. So..... I bought some bobbins on Ebay and wound one in each color and put them in 2 bobbin holders. Now I have no excuses for avoiding the applique blocks ;o)