Friday, June 26, 2020

Tiny Scrappy 9-Patch





The scrappy " 9-Patch" in the frames... love using up small pieces..
waste not - want not...


my planning stage for the quilt top.. below are the steps it took to get to the first picture. 



using the 1963 Bernina knee controlled machine here.. she's a beauty, I found second hand. well all my machines are second hand.



each 9-patch block is made up of 9 1" colourful squares



making the window pane strips.. these strips finish at 1/2" wide. I like using the little squares on the corners as it helps the blocks match up easier when sewing the long panels together.


used several sewing machines during the making of this quilt top. here is the 1936 Singer treadle


think I am using the 1973 kenmore here



below I am pressing the back of the entire top... I pressed each block as I sewed them as I went along but this will be the final pressing before it goes into the frames.. The back is interesting to look at too.




a little up close view of the work



the frames I used.
 the ones with the green fabric attached were my grandmothers


  
these are the stands. very simple to make and they just slot together. we just made them up quickly from some old boards in the shed



pinning in the back... I used a red and white striped sheet.. no seams


antique clamps I found at a flea market


old pack of quilting needles I found in the drawer of a sec. hand sewing machine..
 only 47 cents for 20 needles.. quite a bargain.. never see that price again


when it was first put in the frames..
 now many hours of happy quilting. and trying to forget the crazy things that are going on in the world outside. and hoping for better things to come..
I love this simple patterned quilt
Cheerio All

Thursday, April 09, 2020

The Primrose Blanket .... Yay... Crochet!


This is the first crocheting I have done in a very long time...
...the design is from the Norwegian Designers "Arne and Carlos" crocheted Primrose blanket...
I Loved ❤️ it so much I'm now working on my second one... 




just getting started

Switching it up and doing some crocheting ... something I have done very little of till this year... it's really fun and easier than knitting, at least I find it so... surrounding myself with colour and things to keep my hands and mind busy... eventually with the addition of many more crocheted circles and an additional contrasting circular round on each one, this will be a super cheery "Flower-Garden Blanket". ðŸ˜Š
...inspired by the Norwegian designers, "Arne and Carlos"...if you have not heard of them, check them out they have lots of YouTube videos... talented and fun ❤️



The basket is filling up.. using all kinds of different colours and sizes of yarn in any type I have around, wool, acrylic, silky stuff, fluffy stuff, mohair, cotton... anything at all ðŸ™‚... just stuff from a grab-bag of scrappy odds and ends that have accumulated...
doesn't take long ... and I love the multitude of combinations ❤️ 
... just using the simple steel crochet hook that's shown lying in the middle of the pile ... when I have enough 2-colour circles soon, I will add the 3rd colour which will be added to each circle as they are attached together.


in progress
in order to begin attaching them together, a third round of colour is added


then they are attached as you go along.

still assembling


the little 1/2 circles that attach along the edges to make a straight edge


next the border to frame it all in


so pretty..


it is quite a good size


Man, I just love it!!!

This one was made in Oct-Dec 2019 ... but I liked it so much I decided it was the perfect project to be occupied on during this worldwide shutdown crazy time...
 if you have to stay home for a long time, it is best to focus on a pleasureful activity and make yourself a little happy... I did. 

to watch the video where they share how they did it please see this... 
 also check out their blog for the actual pattern.. it was great fun to make


Thank you Arne and Carlos for everything you offer to the world.. you are so inspiring!!! ðŸ˜Š

***update: I had to upload all my pictures a week later as  when I did this the first time. I went to check my blog and only one picture was showing.. I saw that other people on blogger were having the same problem.. Hope they stay this time... if not let me know cheers,
 and don't watch the news... too stressful

Monday, March 02, 2020

Just For Fun Art

Love this quote by Douglas Malloch so I did a drawing . 8 1/2" x 11" pen, watercolour
it was given as a christmas gift

playing around with Origami... little turtle... 
fun and sure takes some fiddling to get those folds.. need more practice

a host of whimsical beings in my sketchbook, 8 1/2" x 11" , pen and watercolour

doing my paperwork practice... origami kangaroo from brown paper.
and an occasional game of chess, man, do I need practice to remember how each character can move

And...my tattoo artist son, Max, working on a huge fantastical Wolf charcoal drawing. 
He is never without an art making instrument in his hand

Hope you are all doing some enjoyable creative pastimes and letting it carry your imagination away.
Cheers, from Desideratum

Monday, February 17, 2020

The Cardinals and Doing Repairs




Surely was pleased to have my camera at hand when the Cardinals graced us with a visit. couldn't believe they stayed still long enough to get a picture.


Not the best capture as I had to move quick without scaring them being they are so very cautious. they come at times when not many birds are around the feeder and in dull gray light most often... very early mornings and near sunset.... so bright and beautiful. the pair are together here.

 ...later I decided it was about time for me to fix the worn edges, top and bottom of my much loved and used goose down puff..as I noticed escape down lately floating off everywhere.  I love that thing and could not bear the thought of throwing it away... it's so light and warm, like sleeping under a cloud and it has lasted for so very long... prob at least 20 years so far.  I'm using my 1973 Kenmore machine here...that makes her 47 yrs young. bought second hand before I moved from St. Martins.. love tools that last as well... works great

I went to my fabric stash and found some cotton of as close a colour as I could and in enough yardage and made a wide band to cover both worn edges... was rather bulky to manipulate but I managed to finish the job . I'm so glad I saved it.. now it's ready for another 20 years.. ha. hope so.
cheerio  

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Roses


Little drawing of Roses on my desk on a piece of gessoed masonite, micron pen, 4" x 6"

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Cardigan... It Worked Out Pretty Good

I thought it was about time I posted about the alpaca and wool fiber I spun up last summer
(see this post for beginning of the spinning process : https://gwenbuchanan.blogspot.com/2019/05/heading-into-my-little-studio-early.html 

I handspun on my traditional Ashford wheel.. such a simple dependable tool... I love working with it.

 skeins done up after removing from the clothesline

on the skeinwinder... another dependable tool

using the ball winder here to make it easier to use the yarn.. 
It keeps the loft in the yarn as it is not wound on too tightly



beginning pics of the knitting/experimenting on the wool/alpaca blend... I really enjoyed the entire process...  
still hoping it will turn into a cardigan.


At first I was going to make a knit purl diamond design across the body of the sweater, but it seems the yarn has so much colour/texture that they would disappear so I am just doing stockinette stitch on the body and an interesting ribbing for the bottom of the sweater and the sleeve cuff. 
 I persevered with my limited knowledge and made the 2 fronts and the back

 seamed them together at the shoulder and picked up the stitches for the sleeves from the bodyback and front side seams ( before sewing together) 

Well, surprisingly, I finished knitting my  cardigan.. 
...can't believe I did it.. 'cause I do not know how to knit a cardigan.. 
took measurements from a very worn out old shirt, scribbled notes on several sheets of paper...

I did not know what I was doing but I just kept knitting, changing things as I went along...
 I did not know how to make buttonholes or a real collar... but it eventually turned into a cardigan!!! 
...took 3 weeks.... and I am really missing working on it. 


 
It actually fits and is really warm... I'm pleasantly boggled ...I think I love it!

A big Thank You to all the YouTube people who share your knowledge..