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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

105 to 111 Patches and a Bit of Crochet

Crochet first.  I made this strip of flouncy-ish edging a while ago. So long ago I can't remember.  I do that.  I kept it and auditioned it on various cloths over the years.  Finally, I found a place for it. On this pillow cover. The one I showed the start of,  in the last post.  That elephant scrap came from the bottomless box.
A little selvage piece, "Sunshine Serenade," off the dotty piece I used behind the elephant. Gave it some 'rays'.
I use crochet on lots of things. Borders. "Frames". Around things. 
 Just hanging beside things.  I sometimes have a reason to make it, or just because I like the color of the thread/yarn, which applies to the above edging, and to the strip hanging down on the right side of this collage below. It hasn't found it's forever home yet, but it does look good next to those scraps, doesn't it??

Patches. The Daily Thang.
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105, which is incorrectly marked 106, to 111. Which was today's. We had St. Patrick's day in there, and the first day of SPRING represented by the strip of green, that got folded this way and that, just like the roots of a plant.

We had a crazy burst of rain around 6 ish. 
I would call it a Macro-burst, were I a weather person.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Patches Patches Patches

101 to 104
The Daily Patch calendar for Feb., finally photo'ed.
An "ahh" moment.  After fussing for me because of gas, she finally past that and curled up into a ball and went to sleep. Gpa wouldn't hold her til she was quiet. But Gup was fine with it.  I even sang Happy Birthday to her, even tho she is 3 days old here.

A new cloth.  Already given a new home. 
I added beads to this one also, like the Dinosaur Bones Cloth, which was given to GD #1 when they were here.  (It is already up on her wall, I looked while we were there meeting GD# 6)
The long flowery piece is a silk remnant I that did not want to cut, 
so it waited for this day.

For the collages I am making for the granddaughters, I have a few bits and pieces of things I want to add to it. I have decided to add them to a big safety pin so the girls can add to them, should they want to.
I have also been wanting to 'make' beads with...well paper, yarn, string, scraps of fabric....so I used paper clips to make these.  For these, I used yarn and pearl cotton.
Another cloth.  This one is humorous. A gift for my brother.
A tool belt with a broken bit of compass from my dad's things. An antler from a "moose", and a hammer from a toy set. (it's a carpenter sort of thing)
A furry beady thing.....compiled from necklace 'ends' while constructing the GD collages.  One of Mom's library notes written on a envelope of my brothers business. Yes that is a banana.
Another cloth start. This one will be a pillow cover I believe. I have had this scrap for years, haven't wanted to cut, very far, into it.  Holes? Not a problem.

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Six Pack

We have grown by a granddaughter!  6 we now have!
My son sent me this picture, knowing I would love it so much. 
[i love baby feet] 
His daughter's foot in his hand. This is his third child.
I haven't met her yet, tomorrow.
So the first patch for the third panel, daily patch #98, is for this newest member of our family.  Welcome Griffyn!
I totally forgot to 'collage' patches # 99 and 100.
So now I am 100 days into this Daily Patch thing. 
I had no idea if I would like doing this daily thing. 
Turns out I love it. 
It has also gotten me making many other things. 

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Panel 2 of Daily Patch is Full

91 to 97 of the daily stitching. Panel 2 is mostly full.  There are a few teeny tiny spaces that I will do something with after all the panels are done. 
The panels are filling up much faster than I anticipated. 
Patch 91 got it's own collage

Through to 97

The full panel with tags...and without.
 Much softer, and lighter, without all the tags. 
Chick flick watching, again.  This is Bella and her first hatch-ling, which happened today!
Next panel to work on is out of the footstool. 
A new beginning for tomorrow. The panels are numbered, so this could be #3 or 4. I let Dan pick.
This is #1 on the List of Grands, Megan, age 11
Our weekend was not as quiet as usual. Normally these 2 go to our daughters on week end days. But everyone is sick in that household, so they all thought it best that these 2 came here. Our son's girls. Our oldest 2 granddaughters, Megan and Lily. They are the family branch that is having grand baby #6. And as Baby has passed her due date, no one wanted these 2 to bring any new germs home to Mama-to-be.
This is the cuddlier-ist of the whole bunch. She prefers to sit on the arm of my chair with me, but her body is no longer that small, so she curled in behind me in the chair. Even 8 year olds can stick out their tongues at Gup. [her name for me]

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

84 to 90 Patches, Collages, and Dinosaurs

Feb. 22 to the 28th. End of the month of Feb. I put my foot down....hahaha
After stitching that odd shape yesterday, I noticed it was a boot shape.
#87 is left hanging, thus the other fabric behind it to emphasize it.
Click to enlarge the pix.

i photo'ed these all sideways
I thought I would show all 5 collages for the girls, in one place.
Penny Berens asked if I had let the girls help with these. 
Alas I did not.  
Can you picture 5 girls, ages 11 to 3 [who is a master scissor operator]  ALL with scissors in hand AND a bucket of novelty fabrics? Keep in mind that young children ALWAYS cut from the middle. 
Fabric costs to much.  
But no fear, I will let them help with an I Spy quilt as soon as I feel like getting on it. I will cut, they can arrange the blocks. And tell me stories of why a rocket ship should be next to beavers.
I had a lot of fun putting these tog for my girls, and I am still working on them. I am adding beads and such.
This is what got me started on the beads.  The dino print is of skeletons. I was going to satin stitch the "thicker" bones....and then I got struck by a light bolt and got out some beads. Oh yeah...much better!  Though I did do the heads in stitch with pearl cotton.


This was a cloth that started with the olive-green print, that I had one small square of. I can't stop when it starts to come together. 
Below is a shot of the Giraffe Cam.  I am flipping through all sorts of cams while I stitch. I enjoy listening to birds calling [feeder cams], or sea lions grunting [sea side cams], or geese honking, those on the eagle cams.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Patches 78 to 83 and Chick Flix

I didn't care for the heavy lettering/numbering, I was using to keep track of these daily additions. Since I was starting to include the tags with the photos anyway...
 I like to watch Chick Flicks while stitching. The hummers fledged the very next day, so good timing on that shot. The eagle is opened winged because of rain, in Iowa, and is trying to keep the softer nest area dry, along with her 1 egg. For now. I watch other cams too. The Aurora cam has been watched a lot, by me, and I always alert a daughter or 2 when it's really good.
The collages are coming along nicely.  "A" is for Avery, number 4.
"M" is for Megan, number 1.
I am now working on the "D" collage, for Devyn, who happens to be number 5. 
Our youngest GD. For now. 
Number 6 is so new, she isn't born yet! 
10 days to due date!!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

72 to 77 Daily Patches

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This daily thing has become a habit.  I get my coffee, I sit in my chair, pull the parts needed to choose the scrap for the day, and then carry on.  I don't start sewing yet, gotta check out the world on my computer, of course.
I stitched up the 2nd collage, this time Lily's.  I won't actually "finish" them until I know more on how I want to do that.
In other news today....we found these wayyy back under the dryer. They have been there for...what...2 years? Yes, I left the lint on them in purpose.
These are from when Ben, and his girls, Meg and Lily still lived here too.
I will let them be passed on to Ashley's[Ben's sister] girls, she can dust them too.
As for that 3rd flip flop....who knows, maybe there is a mate somewhere in shoe-bucket-land.



Thursday, February 09, 2017

68 to 71 DP's & Other Collages

My daughter took these, different days. Look at those blues!



Same daughter made these for her in-school girls. 
The girls helped with the cards. 
This is one of my WIP's.  I decided to do this with the embroidered color names I did a few weeks ago.  What you might not be able to see is how much fun I had! Am having.  This is the first one, and for once I didn't start with Meg, the oldest GD, or Devyn, the youngest. {for a few more weeks} I went to the middle, to Rhiley. This is just basted, so there is a lot to go. 
As for the Daily Patch...I am now up to # 71! Click to enlarge.
And here is the backside, for those of us who like this too.
The 2 larger pix are of a "mole hill".  I named them that when I took Arlee Barr's FrankenStitch class, way back.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Patch #'s 65 to 67

#65 scrap was a bit large, so it was left with a flap.
The scrap for #66 was a long one, so I pleated it, though I did have room to stretch it out. I could have cut it too. 
#67 is s bit yellow. So I let the color stand out by just doing Jude's "invisible baste". After going around the edges, I still had plenty of thread, so I put a little "English" on the needle and bounced off the "rails"
I included a shot of the backside.
And that is when my camera informed me the "memory was full". 
Another SD card to add to the bitty case of them.

Feb 4 was a pink day.  Baby shower for #6. I made a flannel "receiving" blanket and embroidered her name on it, the name I know for sure will be on her birth cert. Johnson.  No picture of it, sheesh.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Scrappy Things & Patches 61 to 64

A scrap of paper my mom had made a note on.  She made notes like these all the time to share with us.  It also made her a good Jeopardy player.
I finished this cloth, scraps gathered together to take to the hospital to work on while waiting for Dan to have his heart examined.
I added a stick that I had been saving.  This one has no meaning to it at all...just a plain ole stick, except for the fact that I had saved it.
 (yes I have sticks that have been saved that have meaning)

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I left this flap free to flap.  
I had torn the scrap for weaving other scraps. decided not to this time.

I even added a line of satin stitch between scraps. 
Here is the Daily Patch calendar page for Jan. 
Not mentioned is the days are getting longer!!!!
And Patches 61 to 64. 64 was G H day, Feb. 2, not a Beatles song.
The 62 patch was an odd shaped piece to fill an odd shaped area. Makes me think of the Sydney Opera House.
If you enlarge the picture, you will notice the letters I stitched in. ??
I have had this 9 patch scrap around for a long time. Not stitched.
I just had a need to work on It, on any It, that day.
Maybe it will become something other than an It.