Monthly Archives: August 2015

The upper Leaves…Trevelyon’s Cap 

     The upper leaves on the first set are kinda finished…there is still some goldwork to be placed along the vein lines which will take place later on in the course… 

As I shared before I am having a color challenge and I have noticed now that the darker greens are actually supposed to be in the center with the lighter ones fanning out to the edges of the four lower leaves below.  I am going to be  consistant and do them all the same across the piece. Here’s hoping they come out nice once the goldwork is added on. My visual imagination says “yes” they will be fine. There is enough contrast.  We shall see down the road. It is nice to share the “raggedness” of a piece before it is finished because it will allow one to love it all the more when all the final pieces come together.  I am enjoying the “cosmo” embroidery thread. This is really the first larger project that will  use it extensively. I have been happy with it before for smaller projects. 

Starting the “Trevelyon’s Cap” Online Course

Finally started the Cap course…. the 4 flowers on the top are finished.. Since I have a lot of “Cosmo” embroidery floss I decided to use them for my colors…I have used a color chart that helped me to change the DMC #’S to Cosmo…so because of some of the differences in color…I know the cap will look a bit different than the picture…Also I decided to use a sheer fabric that I backed with a fusible cotton which allows me to use “different types of fabric” for stitching besides the usual cottons, linens, and silks. I love all of them but do enjoy a change just to test things and so far I am happy…we shall see. The fabric is a shade of brown and I think it makes the stitching pop……good grief with the different floss and all it should be interesting when the cap is finished…

Below is a picture of the first flower finished…I did put in some gold highlights and I think the flower looks fine. I will however try to be more prudent in understanding how the colors are supposed to be arranged…It seems I am having a bit of a struggle following the color scheme. I am hoping all will flow together nicely …so far so good… I am working on the leaves and there are three different kinds…there is also a bit of color struggle on these…I will show you when I am done with one set…just about there. Looking good though….. 


A Crazy Quilt Block for a Class

In September I will be teaching a class on how to embellish a crazy quilt block…real simple…you bet… (it is a lot of work putting this together..) the end result is worth it!

I have taught this class once before for a local Quilt guild and it was immense fun…comments ranged from “this was the quietest group of quilters in a class ever… someone telling me that it was the best class they had ever taken…it does make one feel good to provide new techniques and ideas and the fact that hand embellishing seems to be coming back into vogue…

The biggest plus is I get to use up my fabrics and some “bit’s that I have collected over the years and with the cost of fabric today I can keep my costs down by using my older stuff….which includes silks, sheers, velvet, cottons and others…then comes gathering the trims, threads, silk ribbon, dodads, beads and other nifty items to add to the seams and fabrics of the block. For this class I am aiming for a fallish theme….should be interesting…I have some lace leaves that will be dyed to look like fall leaves to add…fall is my favorite time of year…Looking through the bits I have to make this class is creativity on fire for me…I surprise myself that I will inevitably find something that I don’t remember having and it will be perfect for the block…Hope everyone else will enjoy it too….Oh…I forgot to mention that there will be a lot of  “sparklies” …there are wonderful arrays of sequins out there to purchase and adding them just gives the block some extra pizazz….not for everyone I know but in moderation bling can add to a block!

Here is a picture of this class block in progress…still have to add a few things…only 15 students as putting these together are time consuming but worth it as I said before…. I am trying to keep it as simple as possible…there are some absolutely stunning crazy quilt blocks out there…so hoping this is a good one for beginners etc….