30 April, 2008

Stitching Blogger's Question of the Week April 30th

This week's SBQ was suggested by Jennifer

Do you have any pieces that you would liked passed on to future
generations as family heirlooms?

The red and white piece I'm currently working on. It's the largest project I've worked on ever and very personal as it contains motifs that have personal or historic meaning for me. Having said that, it would be nice to have anything I made passed down in the hope to inspire future generations to pick up the needle and make a little history of their very own.

28 April, 2008


A project started a little over 4-5 years ago when I was just starting to explore the world of quilting. The shop assistant of my then favorite quilting shop gave me a mini-lesson on Paper Piecing after I asked her about a gorgeous little japanese hexagon quilt on display in the store. It was close to summer holiday time, and she told me that this was an excellent thing to do while on holiday, because it was easy to take along and took up little space. It sounded like a good idea, so I bought the last package of 3/4 inch hexagons, a few charm packets, and a sweet little sewing box to put my sewing gear in, and I was on my way. A few weeks later I was making the little hexagons in the car while not on co-pilot duty helping to pass the time, and sewing them together in front of a crackling fire during cool summer evenings in our little house. The colors of the Marc Chagal Church windows inspired the color choices at the time.

The red, white and blue was all done on holidays in France, but for a few reasons ended up in the closet while other projects moved up the line. I had recently pulled it out of the closet to make for my friends' little baby, since the new mother loves bright jewel tones, but after she saw the original fabrics I had intended to use (soft vintage pastels) she decided that she liked those instead. Pffft! So now my little hexagons will become the take along project on holidays or time-killers in the waiting room.

05 April, 2008

SBQ of the Week: April 3, 2008

This week's SBQ was suggested by Terri and is:

What items do you consider essential to your needlework that you keep
in your stitching bag?

Stitching tin, actually.

Currently there's only one project being worked on, so the essentials are fairly few, but on further thought, it would remain pretty much the same with the exception of threads needed for the project. But for now - I've only worked on the red and white sampler, so that means there's only one color thread. Easy.

So, as for the supplies. Well, to begin with two needles. My favorite very, very fine gold needles that have been with me for what, 4 years now, and show no signs of wear. Then, two long, fine pins. These are to help me count on the linen or to use as reference points for placing the next motif. A super small, extremly sharp little scissor, for obvious reasons. A mother-of-pearl thread winder with my red thread wound around it. This is all in my sewing tin, one that used to contain little candies, tucked into a quilted envelope that contains my linen, ring, and current motif, always ready to go!


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