Bridging

I have begun to hand applique the first tree on my Roseville Album block #3.  I am using what I call my “bridging technique”.  I glue base the shape into position without cutting away all of the fabric from those deep inner plunges between the tip of the tree branch to the trunk.

Hand appliqueing my way down the tree branch to the trunk, snipping the fabric as I sew to provide stabilization and prevent distortion.

Hand appliqueing my way down the tree branch to the trunk, snipping the fabric as I sew to provide stabilization and prevent distortion.

Continuing to snip and stitch a little bit at a time.

Continuing to snip and stitch a little bit at a time.

Tah-dah!  The first branch is hand appliqued in place!

Tah-dah! The first branch is hand appliqued in place!

and this is the piece that I cut away as I was taking my applique stitches.

and this is the piece that I cut away as I was taking my applique stitches.

I will use this process/technique for each tree branch that I stitch.  ; )

Do you have a particular process that you use to help control wonky shapes and prevent distortion while stitching?  I’d be glad if you shared your methods!

Kind Regards, Pam

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Hand applique

home construction and landscaping!  I am working on my third Kim McLean Roseville Album block.  I have “constructed” much of my house prior to placing it on the background fabric.  Using unit construction I sewed the straight edge of the roof to the house top and sewed two of the four chimneys in place, the other two are glued in position.

The windows have been reverse appliqued.

Reverse appliqued windows

reverse appique

I am getting ready for the landscaping too!  I will use my bridging technique for the trees which will help me maintain their shape without distortion as I sew.

buildin a home and doing landscaping with hand applique

Piecefully, Pam

Time.

Surviving.

I have been living here for 3 months.  Without my soul mate.  With the cat and dog.  No car.  A bike.  No TV.

In the span of a week we experienced an earthquake, a hurricane and a tornado.  This is the first town first state.  We survived.  We are thankful, and most certainly, we count our blessings.  Daily.

I have been assigned to mandatory overtime for 3 months, since moving here.  It has been lifted.  Perhaps I will once again know the luxury of time…

This evening is the first, in more than 3 months, that I can just sit.  Relax.  Reflect.  Stitch.  Blog.  Sip a glass of wine.  While I should be running the vacuum cleaner and baking brownines.  Instead, I am appreciating the peace.

That said, we are not at a place where we can rest.  We have lowered the price of our home.  We are hopeful that it may sell.  This has been the worst Summer for the Real Estate market, according to our Realtor, who is a second generation Realtor.  Fingers crossed that it sells, many prayers and some + juju too.

It is daunting to think about living here by myself over the Winter.  I miss my partner!  Truly.

Were it not for babies, there would have been no quilting or sewing.  I finished a Star baby quilt for my Super-visor!  I am in the process of making receiving blanks, bibs and a sock monkey for my Boss.  All things take time…

May you enjoy your evening.  Whatever you may be doing.  I think of each of you fondly and often.  Take a few stitches when you get the chance.

Love ❤

Piecefully, Pam

My process of making applesauce.

A Sock Monkey receiving blanket.

Starfish in the wake of hurricane Irene

A Star baby quilt for Leo

Beach Ball art.

Furnishing a home

at the Beach…

For much of my life I have never had the option of buying new…furniture, clothes, etc.  So, when I go into most stores, or (God forbid!) a Mall, I am overwhelmed and intimidated. However, I am a very versed thrift and second hand shopper.  I have grown to love the appeal and feel of vintage.  I have turned my bargains into my own individual “style” and it works for me, us, and our home.  ; )

We need some furniture for our home at the Beach.  Bed rooms especially.  We went to a couple new furniture stores and left empty handed.  We did find a wonderful co-op antique mall though.  We bought two night stands for our bedroom and a WONDERFUL chair to use in our (temporary) studio space.  We couldn’t be more pleased!!!  Heywood and Wakefield and a Danish modern recliner.  Perfect!

How do you furnish your home?  What is comfortable to you?

I have decided to go with Beach colors – lime green, orange, aqua, hot pink, red, tempered with grey and black and wood tones.  We’ll see how things continue to evolve…  Thanks for sharing this journey with us.

Heywood and Wakefield night stands with orange lamps from Target!

Danish modern recliner with ORANGE curtains...?! Outrageous!?

Piecefully, Pam

P.S.  That Danish modern recliner is GREAT for hand applique!  ; )

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

 

Progress, play and pain.

I worked from home for a few hours this evening, but managed to take a few stitches in the morning.  No trip to Burkholder’s or Sauder’s.  Scott’s back went out and he has VERY limited mobility.  Guess what?  That means that I have to go to visit my Mom without him tomorrow.  I’ll be practicing G.R.A.C.E.  Wish me luck.  I will NEED it.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

; )

Piecefully, Pam

While Santa’s not looking

I’ve been squeezing in a few stitches…here and there.  This weekend we head to Momma Barb’s for our annual Holiday Extravaganza!!!  : )  This is the very FIRST time I will have the privilege of sharing the magic of Christmas with a little one.  I can hardly wait…!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HoHoHo!!!

Piecefully, Pam