Monday, 21 December 2009

Maybe it needs ironing...

But, who can be bothered with ironing!??
I love this block.. So much more to show you!!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Four Calling Birds looking to get in..

This block depicts Four Calling Birds, but they are looking to get in... there's no door yet!!

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

Preparing for Christmas

My sister Libby doesn't read this blog.. This is lucky for me.. because I made this apron for her Christmas present.

The Swedish horse fabric is a fat quarter.
The waratah apron is for Libby's Swedish "host sister" who is over for an Australian Christmas... how fun!!

I enjoyed making the aprons, they were quick and really showcase a special fat quarter.

Monday, 14 December 2009

2 and a half hens

This will be 3 French Hens up the Eiffel Tower when I have finished this block... I have decided to do the applique on all the blocks so that I can take the stitchery away on holiday with me after Christmas... I am sure I can fit some stitching in during the travel-time...

Sunday, 13 December 2009

12 days of Christmas advances...

As Christmas advances, so has my quilt block... This is the finished block "A Partridge In A Pear Tree".

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

Countdown commences...

Okay, maybe this post is a little late.. but I have started the actual countdown to Christmas.... and finished the quilty bit.
I love it!!

Friday, 4 December 2009

Stumpwork homework

I am really trying hard to keep up with our homework for a class I am taking on

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

Partridge and pears

This is a new start.. it's the first block in a 12 days of Christmas Block Of The Month quilt - full of birds!!

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

Now for the cream...

Here are the little raspberries finished in their little quilt top - ready for the countdown to Christmas. All they need is cream on top (i.e. I will machine quilt this little wallhanging).

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

Almost there...

The Little Tailfeather quilt just needs a green border before it goes to Mum to be quilted.

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!!

Just teething

Well, hasn't this come together quickly?
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!!