Monday, July 27, 2009

Farm Show Entries Done

Here's the baby bonnet finished. I used the last of my white Irish linen, hemstitched it to the right size for the previously finished lace, sewed it up, and added a little embellishment. There isn't really a category for this entry, so I think it will go under "Any other garment." We'll have to see what the comptetition looks like.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Mary Fitch Hankerchief Case

Here is my version of what is pictured on page 12 of the 1915 book that I mentioned in the previous post. I'm not very good at "winging it" without a pattern, so I am quite pleased with myself on this one.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


I know it's been a little while. Some of you know that I had a slight accident on July 4th.

It's been 2 weeks since my little tumble off the motorcycle, and I'm tatting again (barely). The pinky finger on my right hand and my right elbow are still painful, but they move. I have a deadline for a couple projects (local Farm Show entries are due Aug. 5), so I can't sit around waiting for too long. Fortunately, one project has a simple ring edging that I can manage right now, so I've been plugging along.

My aunt was in town for a visit at the beginning of the month and brought me a surprise box. There was some fabric that she would like me to use in Elizabeth's quilt, a Knots! newsletter that had printed a letter from my dad, and (the big find) a 1915 pattern book, Crocheted Yokes and Tatting by Mary Fitch. It's a bit tattered, but definitely usable. I'm working on the Handkerchief Case from page 12, or something similar to it, since there is no real pattern.

I also need to get the linen cut and hemstitched to make the baby bonnet with the red, white, and blue hen & chicks edging. That should finish up my planned entries for the Farm Show. I'll also be entering the rose center ornament, the flower garden doily/mat, and the variegated purple oval doily, all of which I have pictured somewhere in this blog over the last few months. Oh, and if I make it over to the Tea Shop that has my hankies on sale, I may pick up one of them to enter as well.

That's the latest!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

More Quilt Blocks

We're making progress. Here are two more finished blocks. The first is one that I cross-stitched. It will need a border of some kind to make it as large as the rest. The second is one graciously donated by an online friend. Thanks, Nancy! Finally, we have my progress on the large butterfly that I mentioned earlier.

This will get us to the halfway point, as I need 12 blocks. I think the second 6 will be more challenging, as I have to come up with ideas. Looking back over the finished ones, I have 6 techniques: crazy quilting, fabric paint, embroidery, applique, counted cross-stitch, and tatting. Maybe a second block using each of these techniques (different designs, though) is the way to go.