CQJP July Block

Saturday, September 29, 2012

What's Doin'!

This past week I've been busy enjoying the lovely Autumn colours!
Here's a few shots from the yard:

Inspired by the outdoors, I dressed up the foyer:

As the weather gets cooler, my thoughts turn towards knitting, and so I finished these 4 scarves: 1 for my daughter in a red bamboo yarn that matches Jewel's dress, a frilly pink/burgundy/grey one for my friend, Shirl, and two pink ones for Jewel, knit in soft, suede-like yarn.

On the stitching front, here's my TAST- Knotted Buttonhole Stitch on my Jewel Block:

September's CQJP is complete with
some shiny green ribbon, green drizzles, and a blue-green bead
two rows of green rick-rack couched with green thread
dark green velvet ribbon couched with metallic green thread pistils
 a big green button, green trim, and silver sequins
makes a sparkly green and silver block!

I've added some more stems and JK cascades to Jewel's block. There's more stitching I want to do on the remaining seams, but I hope to keep the rest quite subtle, since Jewel is the Star!

(these two pics are scanned, so I'm afraid the colour isn't quite true)
I like how the cascades point to sweet Jewel.

At StitchMAP, I've begun a new course: RedWork!  It's fun learning new stuff!
During the last week, DH and I celebrated 39 years of marriage! Wow! ( and, yes, I was a child bride..... teehee teehee!)

Hope you've all had a splendid week, too.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Autumn Approaching

Just a few pics around the lovely spot I live, showing the touches of autumn.

My flowering shrubs are turning all shades of golds and burgundys
surprisingly, this clematis has bloomed
remember last week when I showed this tree with a hit of red?
 toadstools are popping up all over the forest floor
and growing on stumps
the  beaver pond has some colour, too
pops of chartreuse and orange

I spotted this tree.......the moss covered roots have grown down over a large boulder to reach the richness of the soil below.
leaves are falling, carpeting the forest floor with a riot of colour

this moss seems to grow faster at this time of the year. I wonder if it provides food for the forest creatures over winter?
Rockman, of course, seems impervious to all the changes around him.

I hope you are enjoying the changing seasons. I love the autumn with its crisper, sunny, bug-free days of colour. Do you?

Thanks for visiting.

Hugs from Suz

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Jewel Block
lace daisies
 tiny heart buttons and gathered organza ribbon
a nice pink trim

(is this a gimp trim?)
clusters of tatted Josephine knots create 'wisteria' sprays
stems and a leaf using 1 strand variegated rayon thread and 2 strands of green embroidery floss
pink pistils and pink chain
and Jewel is looking so cute!

I plan to add a few more flower clusters, and at least 1 more stem

then perhaps some more seam treatments

I found a hand-written pattern for this lace amongst some tissue stencils I'd purchased at the second hand shop, and wanted to test knit it to see how it looked
anyone recognize the pattern?
I used size 10 thread and a 5mm needle

 I've been working on my September CQJP.
This is a nice rayon thread, and you can see the varigation, but the shine doesn't seem to show
white bullions and stem stitch with silver beads

some of those bullions look a wee wonky.....I'll have to try and fix that
and it now looks like this

lots more to do!

I hope you've had a week of fun stitching or creating.

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

TAST-Drizzle Stitch

I had fun with the TAST stitch this week, and created some 'pink coral'. I really like the drizzle!

Happy stitching!

Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Sunday Stroll

Sunday was a beautiful day, but the morning began with a thick mist on the lake
this pic was taken at 7:30 a.m.
a half-hour later
out the door for our stroll, I spied a hit of red
the leaves have begun to fall
huge boulders on the side of the hill
sunlight and shadow in the trees
a burl
I wonder how this would look as a bowl and what the wood pattern might be
sun streaming through the trees along the driveway
green turning to brown
the ferns are dying
lots of dead-fall in the bush
this fellow's cheeks were full to bursting

he must have been to the bird feeder
another burl, this one on a maple tree
looks rather like a hairy bum
This rock marks the small hill leading to our home
it has waves of pale grey weaving along its surface
 on our return

I love the pattern of leaves against the granite
 turning burgundy
our heart-nut tree is thriving, now that it's protected from the deer

even the sedum is looking rosy red
I was surprised to find two buds on this clematis!
 diamonds on the water in the bay
I think this close-up would make a neat painting
turtle island in the afternoon, and back home from our stroll

Thanks for joining me!

Hope you have sunshine today.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz