The circles of life.

Snow.  Shovel.  Repeat.  Snow.  Shovel.  Repeat.

Squeezed in a few circles, quick this afternoon, after shoveling and before work.

; )

Jingle has a new friend.  Zelda.  She’s a 13 week old Great Dane puppy.  Oh boy!!!  Together, and sometimes with Lucy too, they’ve been romping in the snow. We like the new neighbors, and their big dog too!  Now if I could only remember my camera…

Be warm and stay safe!  Enjoy your day and the stitches you make.

Piecefully, Pam

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A pot becomes

a vase.  This is what I have progressed to throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t done this much stitching in a day in a l-o-n-g while.  It felt s-e-w good!!!

I vacuumed, made a batch of chocolate chip cookies, walked Jingle – twice, made pasta and homemade sauce too.  Not to mention the dishes.  ; )

Now, I’m ready for a glass of wine and some stitching…

May your evening be pleasant also.

Piecefully, Pam

Throwing a pot.

Well, not exactly.  I am making a vase.  Since Mother Nature threw a kink into the plans for my day off, I have been playing in the studio!  ; )  After walking Jingle and shoveling this morning, I chose one of the easier blocks from Kim McLean’s Roseville Album and have been busily stitching.  It’s wonderful!!!  I am listening to music, getting some chores done in betwixt stitches, and just thoroughly enjoying piece and peace.  Happy Friday to you!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piecefully, Pam

 

Henrietta Whiskers part deux

The window paned fusible pressed to the wrong side of the applique fabrics.

Fabric applique shapes, with fusible, cut out.

My first Henrietta Whiskers block taking shape.

I had off today.  After an appointment with the Eye Dr., with HUGELY dilated pupils, there was shoveling to do.  W.I.N.T.E.R…?!  Eventually, there was stitching.  Ahh, B.L.I.S.S.  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

Henrietta Whiskers.

I am assembling some fabrics and notions for the newest Anne Sutton, Bunny Hill project.  What do you think…?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have recently had a query about my Snowbound blocks and machine applique technique.  I usually prefer to do hand applique, but there is not enough time in my world for this technique exclusively.  So, for some projects I have chosen to do machine applique.  In 2009, when Anne Sutton first offered a free on-line BOM, A Tisket A Tasket, without hesitation I joined and immediately knew my blocks would be machine appliqued.

For these projects I have used a lite fusible web, decorative rayon threads and a machine blanket stitch.  I must admit to not being a big fan of fusibles.  After several different projects and attempts, my fusible of choice is Heat ‘n Bond lite, hands down!!!

I “window pane” my fusible applique shape before it is pressed to my fabric.  I want my project to be soft, not stiff and hard.  Many times applique shapes are layered, the more fusible, the more stiff the piece becomes.

When using a fusible, the pattern must be reversed.  If not, your block/project will be the mirror image of the original design.  So, I trace the design on the other side of the pattern and use that reversed design to trace the fusible shapes I will need.  If this isn’t making much sense, or seems confusing, do it a couple times and you will see what I mean.

Here, Henrietta Whiskers has been traced on the opposite side of Anne Sutton's pattern, and the applique shapes for this block have been traced onto Heat 'n Bond lite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fusible shapes are cut out and some already window paned. You will see that I draw shapes inside of others. Also, the are 3 leaves, all the same size, I drew one, stacked the fusible, stapled it in the center, then cut 3 shapes at one time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will continue to share my journey as I machine applique Henrietta Whiskers.  Thank you for your interest, emails, comments and friendship.  ; )  Enjoy your Friday and 2011.

Piecdefully, Pam

Normal.

What’s normal?  Who’s to say?  2011 continues to bring change to our household.

Our next-door- neighbors are moving.  Today is their final trip to their new home.  No tears.  Only good wishes!

Scott received a text book in today’s mail.  He is going to give on-line College a whirl.  I admire him, and will support his endeavor!

Also, Scott’s work venue has changed.  Same employer, just a different location and a change of hours.  This is the first week.  Once again, we are both working the same shift.  The hours have changed though.  After working full time nights for over a decade, he is joining me, working from 2 – 10 PM.

And, thankfully Scott’s back has improved!  Praise be.  I’m glad to have him (most of the way) back.  : )

Today being the 5th of the month, Anne Sutton has done it AGAIN!!!  Hmmm, what fabrics shall I choose…

So, change is normal.  Embrace it.  Celebrate the day that is TODAY!!!

Piecefully, Pam