Thursday, August 31, 2006


It's your turn next,Becky!


You may remember from a posting last week,that LynB has two rectangular blocks in this current RR.
The upper pic shows a "Strawberry garland" covering two seams.This was done using silk ribbons I dyed myself, a strand of Edmar "Glory" for the light foliage,and a few seed beads for sparkle.

The lower pic is a gold heart charm that I've filled with Colonial knots of silk ribbon and again a bit of foliage down in Edmar Frost thread.

Once I update Lyn's logbook,the parcel will be off the Becky in California. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


How do you CQ?


I thought today,I'd pose a question and see what sort (if any) response I get!
How do you CQ?

Do you use predominantly :
a) cotton fabrics
b) "after five" type fabrics
c) a mixture of both

And as for style:
Do you rely on your choice of fabrics for WOW factor,
or are seam treatments, embellishments and/or encrusting your 'thing'?

Do you prefer to stitch your embellishments with machine embroidery,or handwork?

I'm asking,because I know how my 'style' has evolved over the years,and I'm wondering how much yours has changed.
I don't mean an improvement in stitching/embroidery,but whether your overall approach to the type of CQ has changed as you've become more involved with the obsession.

Please leave a comment....I'd love to read your thoughts on the matter

Sunday, August 27, 2006


pinup's block 1

Originally uploaded by Jam_mam.
Here's the photo of what I added to the first block, a bead trail and 3 shisha mirrors. The clours in the block are so bright that shisha seemed the perfect thing. These blocks are getting really full now so it's a challenge to find a space. Still need to look at the secod block - hopefully this evening and then these will be off to Helen.


Pinup's blocks

Originally uploaded by Jam_mam.
Here are photos of pinup's blocks as they arrived at mine. Please note they were photographed under artificial light and the colours are MUCH more vibrant than this.


Saturday, August 26, 2006


Women of Blogland


I was very excited today to learn via GinaH of Quilter's Buzz that my Blog had been featured in the second issue of Quilters Home magazine edited by Mark Lipinski of PickleRoadStudio.

Back in May I was asked to submit a profile and heard nothing until today's email.
As yet I'm waiting/hoping that Gina will email me a copy of the article to see what was said,because so far I have been unable to get a hard copy in my hot little hands.

So,my team members,if we're going to get more visitors,we'd better get some more pics on the blog!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Lyn B's blocks

These two blocks arrived today from Margaret in Hervey Bay.

Lyn's request was that both "are to do with gardens please"
So far Roslyn (Rozhearts),Jo,Evie (pinup),Dianne (joma) and Margaret (dreamer) have worked on them,and there is certainly a Spring garden air about both blocks.
This will be two gardens that won't be drought affected Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Mountmellick style for Jammies white on white

Jam-mam, just thought I'd give you a little detail about what I have just finished on your White on White. Firstly I have forgotten to take a pic :(I had decided to do some Mountmellick work, which was done in Ireland with white threads on white cloth. (I think my grandmother had something similar in her household linens, but I think hers was probably from a German embroidery tradition)AS the subject I chose a shamrock (or clover) a leaf and flower , the leaf I worked in buttonhole and the flower in bullion stitch, with stem stitch for the stalks, I used perle cotton in 8 and 12 for the embroidery as that is similar to the original threads first used for Mountmellick work. On the seam I tried out the Mountmellick stitch, which turns out similar to a buttonhole with a twist. I only worked on one of the blocks. I hope you like what I did, I try to attempt a new stitch each block I work on, to add to my repertoire.

Friday, August 18, 2006


Margaret's Blocks

On block one, I embroidered some wisteria using Edmar variegated Lola and 6-10 wrap bullions for the flowers. The stems were woven chain and the leaves lazy-daisies using DMC thread. Then using SRE and ribbon stitch, I stitched some climbing briar roses ( adapted from a design of Helen Dafter's)
On the second block, I attached a small beaded butterfly motif.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Maureen's Autumn Blocks

I stitched a Jacobean-style pomegranate on the fan block and finished the curved seam with zig-zagged lazy-daisy stitches interlaced with gold thread.
On the other block, I embroidered some Autumn leaves, attached a small patch of batik-style fabric that had an 'M' as part of the pattern, added a button and bead trail and a tiny crystal flutterby above Becky's flowers.

Monday, August 14, 2006



Originally uploaded by Jam_mam.
Here are pictures of the work I did on Joma's block and where it lies on the block

This is my first spider ad I am quite pleased with her, Diane I hope you like here too :o) Not sure if it shows on the photo but the thread for the web is rajmahal silk so it has a lovely sheen almost like a metalic thread but with none of the hassle.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


RR block

This is a block from a RR. It came home yesterday and I was thrilled with it. I immediately made it into a cover for my puter screen and it looks great.... I only got 1.5 borders into the pic, and the check material ,bottom left corner is a curtain. Margaret

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Roz's block

I added the orange and yellow daises with beads. Hope it looks o.k.!! Since I finished all three I will be mailing both on to Jacqui on Monday.



Evie's other block



One of Evie's blocks....

I added the button "sun bursts".


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