Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tableau De Boucher..

I finally finished the Tableau De Boucher. And let me just say that "that took forever!".
The cow chart is cross stitched. I KNOW, I know...cross stitch is so 1980's! I still enjoy doing it though - even if it is old school. It's something that I can do while I'm sitting in front of the TV and I don't have to think too much. There are so many cute patterns to stitch. I thought it might be fun to incorporate cross stitched designs into some my quilts. For the quilted portion of this project I stuck with the red and black theme. I had some cute prints on hand so I did a patchwork border around the chart. I love how it turned out:  

Corner Detail

I hand quilted this piece for two reasons: #1, I love the look of hand quilting and #2,  I'm starting to experiement with machine quilting, but I'm not comfortable with it yet. I also used a white thread because I like to see the stitches. My hand work is just that...hand work. It's not perfect because it's not done on a machine. I think that's part of the charm.

(Giving credit where credit is due: The chart is designed by Marabaut d'ficelle. Her book is titled "Vaches et Cie" and is available on French Amazon).


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Easter Bunnies!

This morning as I was getting into my car I noticed two, big white bunnies hopping along in the side yard! I couldn't believe it. I've never seen rabbits in the neighborhood before. These were big and fluffy! What a wonderful start to the day :)


I'm hoping that they laid Cadbury eggs along the side of the house. I think I'd better go take a look. It would be sad if they did and my neighbor found before I did. :)


Friday, March 21, 2014

Current Project

Over the past year I've been busy working at a "regular" accounting job. I like making money as much as the next guy (I am trying to pay off my mortgage after all). That job took all of my time though and I had nothing left to give to creative work, let alone the occasional blog post. As luck would have it the client that I was working for sold her business. Since it's under new ownership I decided not to stay on. Now that I'm back at home for a while I got busy right away on a few projects. Here's a hint of an almost complete wall hanging:

Black, Red and YoYos


I stitched this cow butcher's chart (it's in French mind you!) several years ago but hadn't done a thing with it. I decided to use it as a component in a wall hanging. I'm hand quilting it so it's taking a while to finish, but I'm almost done. I was going to machine quilt it, but I'm just more comfortable hand quilting sometimes (control issues perhaps??). I recently bought a Baby Lock Symphany that will do free motion quilting, but I need to practice. Meanwhile I hand quilt in front of the TV.

Getting back to working on creative projects that I love has done a world of good for my soul! I'm sleeping much better at night and am much happier. :)

Happy Day!