Thursday, October 30, 2008


I'm a bit behind in my blogging & picture taking.This is where I left off a few days ago ...
Currently, I'm putting in the outer border & designing the back of the pin safe. Optional border w/initials. As for the questions, this was a workshop sponsored by our local EGA Chapter. I don't know if the pattern is available or will be available. That is a question for Lori Markovic to answer. Her e-mail is: I have already passed along my pattern. It is on its way to another stitcher's home. Eventually, it will be a pin safe. I have trim & a couple of pins to add once I get the front & back stitched together.
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Our daughter, Tori, visited a few days. Was great to see her. She is planning a return visit around Thanksgiving. It seems the flu bug has visited here. Our youngest son missed a day of school & DH isn't feeling great today. I had a flu shot a week ago & am doing ok.
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These are so pretty on our table.
Flowers from DH for Sweetest Day!
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I continue to read this novel -- I'm up to chapter 9 or 10. Not sure if this will be a Halloween Tale or not.Web Site Link.

Friday, October 24, 2008

La D Da & Bent Creek WIPs

Wool & Flax
La-D-Da Workshop Project
With more fiber in hand (thx to Sue D), I restarted this lovely pin safe. Now, using two strands of Elegant Eggplant belle soie silk, Crescent Colors. IMO - looks rich with two strands of silk. Originally, I started with one strand of silk & once I looked around at other stitcher projects - decided I liked 2 strands much better.
I will be adding in some of the red-pink floral motif tonight. I don't remember the name of that silk color.

Autumn Row
c.2000 Bent Creek
Thx to Cathy (founder of the Thread Heads) for this fabulous Autumn Pattern. After consulting with Deb L., I changed some of the suggested over dye colors - I think I've got the right ones picked out.
I cannot resist an interesting alphabet - with the birds & pumpkins, this one is so charming!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Recently, I went to see this movie. Several students in the audience had the book & were scribbling notes during the film. Movie Review Here web site here

It was part of the International Film Fesival at Valparaiso University. Monthly films are shown - Schedule here: Link Here

I see another book she wrote, looks interesting:Marjane Satrapi - Random House web link


The Divine Art: Four Centuries of European Tapestries
November 1, 2008–January 4, 2009
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60603-6404

The Emperor Sailing from The Story of the Emperor of China, 1716/22. After a design by Guy-Louis Vernansal. Produced at the Manufacture Royale de Beauvais, France. Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Worcester Fund.

Additional information Here and Here (w/map)

Book Information Here

Fall Hours
Monday–Wednesday, 10:30–5:00
Thursday, 10:30–8:00
(Free General Admission 5:00–8:00)
Friday, 10:30–5:00
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00–5:00

The museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.

Monday, October 20, 2008

It is that time of the year ...

Interwoven Expressoins ... Unexpected Fibers
24th Annual Exhibit and Sale
Saturday, October 25, 2008
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Aberdeen Manor Ballroom, Valparaiso, Indiana

Interwoven Expressions Web Site


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What is a "ciggie"?

As for the term "ciggie", which I used in my previous post, Pat was gracious to describe as: "For those inquiring, "Ciggies" are cloth images that crazy quilters use in their work. It refers to the cloth prints that were premiums in cigarette packs years ago to encourage sales, hence the word, "Ciggies". We also call them "silkies"."

Some on-line information about the early 1900's cigarette silks here, and here .

I'm looking forward to giving CQ a try!
I am still stitching on a sample for the 2009 State Day -- no photos for the blog.

I did finish up this:

As you can see, there is still a small sampler to stitch:I found my over dye fibers & would like to get the sampler stitched soon.

As for the pattern, I've had some inquiries and requests. Currently, I still need the picture & pattern. If you are interested, leave a comment here or send an e-mail. After I complete the sampler, I'll decide. It is out of print & the price was $6.00 -- not sure what it is going for on e-bay.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Beach Weavers & Week-end show

I have so much to share about the Quilt Show over the past week-end. Oh my. The joy of seeing the fabulous quilts -- meeting Pat Winter, seeing the Ground Zero Quilt, introduction to Rust dying, seeing some of the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts, special featured display of Cheryl Razmus (scroll down for her picture) quilts, and so much more ... stay tuned more in future posts!!

Tho, I must mention a special Thank You to Pat Winter for setting up the most beautiful vendor booth I've ever seen. The silk ribbons, ciggies, bliss packs, and projects -- fantastic! In addition, she had pendents, purses, her Garden Quilt (oh -SO BEAUTIFUL) and bags. And, it was awesome to meet her & I bought a copy of her book , it is a beautiful publication. I now have some new Pat Winter stash to play with! Photos, soon. Meanwhile, check out her book, blog, and etsy. Right now, she has a wonderful post about the quilt show with pictures!!

Marjorie also has pictures and info from the quilt show.

Check out the links!!
I've been working on a project for the 2009 Indiana State Day (our EGA Chapter NANI ) Not sure if the Coordinators want photos out yet!
I am so excited to have a ride to the November 15 workshop & lecture by Eileen Bennett for Project: The Legend of the Underground Railroad Quilts. It is sponsored by Sycamore Ridge, EGA, Inc., Peru, Indiana. Anybody else signed up? I've got to get my registration & $$ sent in!!! Think my husband and boyz will miss me that day?
I read about an exhibit of weavings by the Beach Weavers.

Exhibit will be thru November 1st at Lake Street Gallery
613 s Lake St
Miller section of Gary, IN

Info: 219 938 4566

More from the newspaper Link Here, scroll down to the fourth entry.

I admit, I've not been to the Lake Street Gallery for a few years -- perhaps a road trip this week is in order! The trees are showing off their Autumn colors & might be a fun thing to do this week.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Get Plenty of Fiber

Fiber Nine
Juried Art Exhibition - opens Tue thru Nov 6thPer, the newspaper article "The show includes traditional quilt & woven textiles, as well as more unusual media such as embroidered hair, indoor/outdoor carpeting, leaves, and cotton forms with organic salt crystals."

The Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College
202 S. Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 709-3500

Link to article here.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Quilt Show - Valparaiso, IN

My Mom and I are attending the quilt show this week-end. DH & the boyz will be in charge of the household and pets. We went 4 years ago and enjoyed the quilts and programs. I'm hoping this show will be equally brilliant!!

Sponsored by String-A-Long Quilt Guild
Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 10 am - 4 pm

Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Road
Valparaiso, In. 46383
Admission $5.00 - under 12 Free.

Featuring 300 New and Antique Quilts, Merchants Mall, Boutique, Flea Market, Food Vendor, & Wildflower Raffle Quilt (Tickets $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00). Raffle quilt drawing will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12th. Lois Jarvis’ Ground Zero Quilt will be on display.

My latest book from the library:Goodness, what a book! I just don't know where this story is going! web site here. I have requested a few more from the library. Not much stitching to show.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

WIP: Peacemakers

Many thanks for e-mails and comments regarding the pin cube. I hope some of you give it a try! It is really cute on my desk : )

I started this small project "Blessed Are The Peacemakers" on 30-count linen. I used Sampler Threads Dried Thyme and Old Red Paint w/DMC floss 840 & 930. I plan to finish the lettering while the chicken bakes (chilly, rainy day here)
Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin, c.1998
I found some 30-count linen which would probably look great for the small alphabet sampler -- I cannot seem to find another card of Dried Thyme or Midnight, tho, I swear I bought some not too long ago. Maybe have to go on a hunt thru other projects, or use DMC floss.

This was really a good read:I enjoyed it cover to cover : ) and look forward to the sequel being available on Nov 25th. Web Site here

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Marking Sampler

I made a few changes & replaced the lettering in the sampler with names & '25'. DH & I celebrated our 25th Anniversary on Oct 1st. I used DMC floss on 35-ct Ivory Linen.
Sarah's Marking Sampler
The Goode Huswife c.1998

I pulled out three small samplers from the Basket of NAY* & will probably start one later this evening. I am determined to get thru these awesome patterns.

I started reading this & am enjoying it so far. I noticed there is a sequel coming out on November 25th. Web Site Here

*NAY = Not another Year

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Vintage Pin Cube

Q&A -- re. Pin Cube. As far as I know, pins at one time were sold in cubes.

I did a google search. I found a couple links with photographs (and prices) of real pin cubes. Look Here, here, and scroll down a bit here.

The Christmas Pin Cube pattern was from Just Cross Stitch - December 2004. The back, stitched area, says 100 pins w/motif. Picture of front in my previous post.

I see Ellen Chester has Pair of Pin Cubes on her web site. Next to the stitched models is the cardboard antique inspiration.

Edited to add: Per Staci, there is a pin cube pattern in the December issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly magazine. Volume 45. (which I had forgotten about) It is designed by Kathleen Starr Watt.

If anyone has a source for other patterns, please advise & I'll add to this post : )

Monday, October 06, 2008

Mimi's Pin Cube

Mimi's Pin Cube
Olde Colonial Designs
C.2003 by Pamela D. Reed

This kit included 32-ct Fratelli Graziano Italian Cream Siena Linen, Gentle Art Old Red Paint and Grecian Gold, DMC 3052, 611 & 642. The pins, cardboard, and padding also included in the kit.
I managed to lace the linen to the cardboard & padding. Whip stitched them together & pushed in the pins. Very cute pin cube.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Give Aways

Think Pink!

Please swing by Stitch Pink! By sharing your Pink Finishes this month, you will be entered to win: Thx Barbara for your generosity!

AND -- visit Kim's Post on Stitch Pink for details to win:

Please visit When PINK Matters blog - for each person who joins the blog & takes the challenge, Becky will make a contribution to Breast Cancer research/prevention in the name of each member that joins in the challenge.

The Pink Artist drawing is coming up October 15th!! Check it out : )

Think Pink!!!

Pin Pals aka Pincushions ...

For the second time this week, my post has posted before I finished typing and editing. I am not sure what I'm doing differently! I apologize for typing errors and general fumbling.

This afternoon, I checked this out from the public library:
What a nice book! (Web Link Here) I read a post by Annette about these charming pincushions and the spookie eye was such a hoot!! She has links on her post.

Meanwhile, my GF Marjorie went ahead and made a creepy eye overnight!! Marjorie also shared a link for these stunning teacup pincushions with little houses, trees, etc., on top. A must see: Mimi Kirchner creations!!

Makes my simple pincushions wimpy in comparison!

Additional Kewl Pincushion links:
Schmaltzy Craftsy Pincushion Blog
Pincushion Yahoo Group
Flikr pincushion pics

I've started a bottle cap collection & hope to get my hands on some felt to make some smallish ones. I do enjoy seeing the variety on line : )

I also checked out the latest in the Elm Creek series:Web Site Link here

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Pin Pals, Part II

ARGH!!! It must be me ... as some of my links from the previous post didn't appear on my blog : )

To continue ... as I was surfing thru blogs, I found many creative pincusions! There is a wonderful post here Monica's patchwork creations & she has several links in the post to other sites & patterns!

This site, has beautiful bottle cap pincusions pictured & tutoial. I just love the lace added on the bottoms!!!

Last, but not least, check out the 2008 PieceWork award winning pincushions!! There are also links to previous year winners. Job Well Done : )

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Susan G. Komen

The Pink Artists have raised so far for Susan G Komen for the cure Foundation:

$2,004.13 (As of September 24, 2008)

If you are considering a donation this month, please visit The Pink Artists Project, collecting money orders (or paypal) made payable to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Pink Artist Drawing is accepting donations from August 1 - October 15, 2008. In addition to the opportunity drawing for Love Squared, there are several prizes being awarded. (Did you see the Gingher Scissors & Fobs?, Original bags, jewelry, tags, journals, and MORE!!!)


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