Monday, 21 December 2009
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
I am really enjoying the mixture of stitchery and applique on these blocks...
The 12 days of Christmas quilt was designed by Viv Robinson and is a block of the month from Quilter's Bazaar.
Working on this quilt is a reward if I finish some more on the smoking jacket... *sigh*.. The jacket makes me tired just thinking about it!
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
I enjoyed making the aprons, they were quick and really showcase a special fat quarter.
Monday, 14 December 2009
Sunday, 13 December 2009
I have actually been really busy in the lead-up to Christmas... (aren't we all?)... but I have managed to find time to do some sewing.
I spent about 4 hours on the Smoking Jacket the other day... I did lots of machine sewing, and now I need to do at least the same amount of hand-sewing. The photos aren't worth showing yet, as it mostly looks the same at the moment...
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
stumpwork, embroidery techniques and embellishment.I've got a little bit more to do on the bird's tummy, and a leaf to embroider in a similar way to the golden appliqued pear on the left.This is my first stumpworked leaf. I have 3 more to do. Who knows? I might have them all done by next lesson.
Am I dreaming? LOL!!
Thursday, 3 December 2009
I stitched this while I watched the movie "Miracle On 34th Street" - as prescribed by one of my best friends, Rosie.
Watching the movie and stitching this block made me feel like I was getting ready for Christmas...
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Still, no rush, that could happen next year! Nahhh. Of course I want to finish it, but I also want to finish off a few other projects.
Last year I finished 28 quilty projects (more if you count each individual journal cover and beaded bracelets and button necklaces).
This year I have 17 finished items on the sidebar so far... now it's a race to see how many I can finish before the end of the year (you know I can't help starting more too)...
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
I decided not to stay up overly late the other night... I was already too tired.
After all it only means that I get it back one week later... and what's a week in the scheme of things?
I am just so inspired all the time!! I want to start so many new projects!
First, I want to put the binding on my dollhouse quilt, and finish the little Santa piece for the Countdown to Christmas. I am actually writing this post a couple of days before it is published, so I will have the countdown finished for the 1st of December when I put my decorations up at home. YAY!!
I've got some more teething to do (it's a sawtooth border - gettit??)... Then it just needs a quick quilting job, and binding. I can't wait to hang it up -I am looking forward to decorating my house for Christmas!!
Monday, 30 November 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Saturday, 28 November 2009
It's because I love stitcheries!! And these are so easy to do...
These are more from the raspberry cream pattern...
Awww... too cute for words!!
One more stitchery to go, then I need to put them together into a little wallhanging.
Friday, 27 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Also.. I decided last year that I wanted to finish all my Christmas decos for 2009 by the 1st December 2009 so that I could enjoy them!!
I've still got a couple of other family Christmas presents to make too, but overall, I have finished Christmas shopping for my quilty friends.
Who is this little reindeer?
It's Rudolph... with his knobbly knees....
He is from the new Cinderberry Stitches pattern "Raspberry Cream". The original pattern is stitched in only one colour thread, but I chose a variegated red and pink and offset it with green.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
I still need to add the borders made of log cabin blocks with little birds in each corner.
Even though I didn't piece each square individually (I used strip piecing), there were a heck of a lot of seams to match!! I pin each seam join with 3 pins, so it took all day to get the blocks together with all the little squares.
And onto the borders! Yeeha!
Friday, 20 November 2009
I have worked pears and leaves. Unfortunately the flash has blown out the fabric - I must have taken the photo too closely.
I've already learnt a few new stitches. Next we are working on the bird body with a few new stitches incorporating beading. I have another class in 2 weeks, so I will have homework to show sometime before then.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
I used a pre-quilted fabric instead of adding a lining, so it's been twice as much as work.
I have also added my own adjustments like velvet cuffs and pocket drapes. I also want to make a velvet collar. I will get to it. It just takes more time when you are re-designing as you go.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Earlier this week I was stitching my embroidery and embellishment ready for teacher tomorrow night (oh yes, I must show you a picture soon).
We were stitching crosses and I found it quite therapuetic. So I thought...hmm... I haven't done any cross-stitch for about 12 years (i.e. since I took up quilting in a big way)... this could be nice. I opened a drawer and found this cross-stitch kit in its packet.
There is a heck of a lot of work in this, but blow it... I don't have enough projects on the go .. LOL!! I've now got 41 projects on the go, but who cares??? It doesn't need any preparation. It's the handwork to take on the go at the moment...
I forgot you actually need to count with cross-stitch, but that hasn't taken away all the enjoyment. After all, there's quite a bit left to do on Santa's crotch.
Saturday, 14 November 2009
It took less than hours, and that included drafting the pattern pieces onto the fabric and researching how my machine makes button-holes. LOL!! I am going to draw up the pattern onto lightweight sew-in vilene so I can pin it on next time. Yes, there will be a next time. I love this skirt!!
And... I appliqued Santa onto his background, although it is not yet a little quiltlet ready to hang. Still, there's always another day.
Friday, 13 November 2009
I want to do the Santa applique by hand because it is much mroe detailed than the number blocks.
Ooh, I can't wait to finish it and show you the cute little stand!!
Thursday, 12 November 2009
And now there are three. Ooh, they look so nice together.
I am not going to join them together to make one quilt. I have photographed them together because I am using 45 fat quarters to make all 9 little quilts.
The back shows how I pressed one of the four-patch seams open, then the long diagonal rows were also pressed open. This really eliminates bulk in the seam intersections - this will make quilting much easier.
Now I need to work on my Santa countdown, the smoking jacket and I want to make a wrap-around skirt. I also have some homework to do for an embellishment and embroidery class I am participating in. I haven't shown you that at all yet!!
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Here's a photo to indicate scale - we all know the size of a rotary cutter don't we?
Instead of the usual way when piecing (i.e. make a four-patch and join them together to reduce stretching across rows) I pieced in rows. The seams sit so much better on the back.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
The next one I will make features the block Broken Dishes. Each block finishes at 2" square.
Friday, 6 November 2009
Okay, here are all of the blocks. The finished quilt will measure 16" x 20". I won't write too much, I want to get back to sewing!!