Bargello pillows

This past week we received our first true spring weather. The warm temperatures melted most of the snow and allowed us to do a large amount of yard cleanup and bed preparation. This week April showers will be coming down for the better part of the week. The showers are washing away the balance of the snow and encouraging perennials to push up and bush and tree buds to open. I am fascinated by how everything comes blooms this time of year, to the point that I do daily walks around the property to see what has changed.

For the past few weeks I have also continued work on the princess needlepoint piece and started creating some Bargello needlepoint pillow fronts. So far I have finished four tops for 12 inch pillows, started a fifth and started a top for a 24 inch pillow. All of the tops are stitched with wool/silk blend yarns on 14 point canvas.

Very traditional Bargello motif stitched with silk/wool blend threads

Very traditional Bargello motif stitched with silk/wool blend threads

scallop pattern stitched with variegated wool thread

scallop pattern stitched with variegated wool thread

Eye of the peacock pattern stitched with silk/wool blend threads (ran out of the pansy color - will have to buy a bit more)

Eye of the peacock pattern stitched with silk/wool blend threads (ran out of the pansy color – will have to buy a bit more)

modern Bargello pattern stitched with wool threads

modern Bargello pattern stitched with wool threads

All of the pillows will be bordered and backed with silk and receive a coordinating braiding.


bargello pillow top

3D block — a modern update to a more traditional pattern. Gray is a silk and wool blend, the other colors are wool threads. Borders and backing for this top will be done in quilted cottons.

Bargello pillow top

This large pillow top is being stitched with six different fine wool/silk blend yarns


Princess needlework project

spring pulled an interesting switch on us this week. For the past several days the tempatures have been above 40 and sunny, the snows were melting away, and we could do a bit of yard cleanup. Yesterday afternoon our spring weather turned and it started snowing. By this morning there were four inches of new powder on the ground and the white stuff was still comming down. Not wanting to think about it or break the shovels out again, I started working on my Princess needlepoint piece again — great avoidance activity :)

Princess needlepoint

It is so nice to have another craft to fall back on during down time. All of the attention and training that our little Luna is taking at the moment has not let me touch my sewing machine in weeks.

Maybe I will get some hand quilting in when we take our next trip PA later this sping to visit the in laws…

oh well the puppy is awake and needs to go out…. More later.

Women’s Rights Needlepoint Complete

It is March 31st and the temperatures are still in the teens in the evening and between 35 and 42 during the day. A few days ago we started to see a bit of ground under the snow, but the ground is still frozen, so no yard work can start for a few weeks. Fortunately, we have been provided with a number of sunny days that have allowed us to enjoy the changing season from within warm closed spaces.


Cloud based version of Farmers Almanac software used to create the garden plan — great tool that provides some very helpful information on planting in the various zones

The abnormally long cold season has allowed me to finish up a few projects and start the vegetable seeds that need to be started indoors due to our short growing period this far north. The seedlings are doing well on the sun porch and garden beds have been planed out for the season, I have also been able to complete my Women’s Rights needlepoint piece.


It has been a few years since I worked on any needlepoint, but with all the unrest reported in the new the past few months I couldn’t get the idea for the project out of my head, so I picked up a piece of 16 mesh mono canvas I bought several years ago and drafted the design. Once the design was drafted and stitches selected the ~20 X 30 inch piece came together in a couple of months.

Women's Rights needlepoint close up 2

The ladies and background of the needlepoint piece were stitched with a combination of silks and wools, and cotton floss was used for the lettering. All of the women have a few embellishments and  tried to create hair styles that appropriate for the races represented.


A red and gold weave patterned cloth was used for the border and backing and the unit was sandwiched with a wool batting.  Simple quilting was done on the border as to not detract from the main focus of the piece.

I believe that I have been bitten by the canvas work bug again…. I think I will work on a few needlework pillow designs before I get back to my quilting projects.

Galaxy far far away

this weekend winter just seems to hang on and on. Today we had snow, rain, then sleet, then freezing rain. So I did what any good procrastinator would do and that was to spend the day working on a sewing project instead of other things requiring attention. The attention to my sewing machine this evening allowed me to finish the Galaxy Far Far Away top. All of the paper pieced blocks were created from free patterns found on the internet. Please let me know if you would like the links to the patterns.

2015galaxey far far away quilt

All of the paper pieced blocks in this top started out as a quilt as you go project but after quilting a row of blocks I lost interest in the process and turned the remaining units into this top. I come up with a quilting design for the top, but we will see if my machine techniques will live up to my ideas….

Tomorrow is promising to be another overcast wet day so I will see what new projects I can start or possibly pick up a UFO and bring it closer to completion.

International Women’s Day

I was hoping to have my Women’s Rights needlepoint piece completed for International Women’s Day but didn’t fell a bit short. Since today is the day of celebration and the theme this year is “Make it Happen” I thought I would share my progress to date.

women's rights needlepointI have about 10 more words to stitch on the piece and three borders to complete. Hopefully the piece will be finished by the end of spring. … Do something nice for the women in your life today.

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