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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Busy hands

Yep...keeping those old fingers on the move by doing some hand stitching.  It's one of the big golf tournaments so Bob's been recording them (starting around 5:00 a.m. for about 6 hours or more!), then he watches the match when he gets home from golf.  SOOOOO  That means I sit either outside on the deck or come inside and watch Netflix (House of Cards) on our tablet w/ear phones.   Works for me!!

This is a piece of my hand dyed/stamped fabric that I'm experimenting with.  I'll be adding beads (go figure!) in a mandala pattern in one of the cirles but I want to get most of the hand stitching finished first.  I did machine stitch some of the black points just to secure the piece while I stitch (yes, I still use a hoop to do my hand stitching).

When I get bored with one color, I go back to my leaf background piece I'm trying to finish before fall!

The wavy look on the right is due to the piece hanging up on my design board but on top of some other pieces with pins!  Looks strange but it's really nice and straight!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!

This is a closeup of some of the stitching.  I've been trying to keep  leafy or straight stitches in this piece.  The black leaves do show up well so I might put some more of those in one of the other plain red areas.

So that's it for today...yesterday was the quilt guild meeting that I attend when we're back home.  It's always nice to see some of the wonderful women in this group.  They were my inspiration when I first joined back in '99 and several of them played a huge role in teaching me so much about quilting.

After I went to farmer's market this a.m.  I picked up a book at our library that I'm anxious to read.  It's called Playing With Color by Richard Mehl.  Looked interesting...hope it is!  Always good to learn more about color, right!


  1. Both projects literally make my hands itch....wanting to dig right in and stitch. Looking forward to the finished pieces....

  2. You do create the most beautiful and interesting pieces. With your hand-dyed fabrics and hand stitching and beading they are truly art pieces. Creative Bliss Dear...

  3. These pieces are very exciting! I wish I could see them even closer.

  4. Both are intriguing pieces. The hand stitching and beading just adds so much to any surface. Plus it's relaxing and very pleasing to work on.

  5. I enjoy seeing what you are up to and these pieces look quite intriguing.


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