Monday, July 25, 2016

Lost at Sea

Ok, I officially have no idea what I am doing!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scallops Anyone?


and front,

and back, 

and front again.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Smooth Sailing

Applique work is proving quite pleasant.

It seemed barely a blink of an eye before I was done with my first piece and working 
to remove the basting stitches.

Piece #2 I decided to try out with a slight contrast.
A bit of fussy cutting within the vertical  band....

...did just the trick!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Uncharted Waters

The best thing so far about this new sewing adventure I'm on is that it gave me the perfect excuse to finally treat myself to some of these needles. They come highly recommended but honestly I think it was the cute little box that so attracted me to them.

And look what I found even cuter little storage tube.

Putting them to use for the first time was pure bliss!
I do believe with their assistance, applique work and I will become very good friends!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

This, That, and the Other



and the other!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ready, Set, Go!

The very first stitches....

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

First Things First

Back to the drawing board for a little planning!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Clearing the Deck

 Orders and prep work for September's doll show have pretty much
filled the summer agenda so far.

Most of it the same old same old, not that that's a bad thing.
I actually thrive on doing the same thing many times over. It's both relaxing and comforting. 
And, believe it or not, it's when most of my new ideas come to be.

Case in point....

I received an order for some of my little wooden houses.

Not quite the "same old" however as this batch was getting a gabled addition.

Along with a coat of green paint.
Yep, a Green Gables edition!

A handful of doll pincushions were also in production.

They worked up fairly quickly but gave enough quiet thinking time for my brain 
to wander back through my love of Lucy Maud Montgomery, Prince Edward Island, 
and finally the romance of coastal living.

By the time theses little goodies were ready to pack up 
and ship out on adventures of their own...

...I had assembled my summer reading collection, the contents of which I might add share not only a common coastal theme but each and every one has been previously read. 
I told you I enjoy repetition!

And all the while through I had been floating these bits and pieces on the back burner.

Stitch by stitch they came together into a scaled up version of Lily Red's cozy quilt.

It might have been ninety degrees out but I was determined 
to complete the bedding ensemble
with a soft wool blanket.

A little crochet edging extended my quiet time even more, 
until eventually....

...I had one, two the same!

But I had something else as well.

An idea had taken root.
At first I thought it would peter out, nothing more than a passing whim.
Yet over time the technical details began to fall in place.
The fabrics I fantisized about magically crossed my path.
And the perfect occasion for its creation arose.

Will it work?
Maybe not.
I'll never know if I don't try though.
Let's see what happens...