Thursday, December 18, 2014

Advent Calendar: week 3

Time for an advent calendar update - not much left to go now! We've added a church, a santa hat, the tree (from Sunday when we put our tree up), candles, candy cane, a bell and a reindeer...  What's next I wonder?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cross stitch update

Well, I had originally intended to pull out both this and the Angels to work on this week, but I've been home so little, there's been very little chance to stitch anyway, so the angels didn't come out yet  - they will next week, though - I promise!  In the meantime, here's a little progress on this - not as much as I'd have liked, but I think it was only 2 evenings' work anyway...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rainbow Quilt now quilted. Now it only (only. ha.) needs a binding attached and stitched down. Maybe it will actually get done soon. Maybe not. 

Here's some detail of the quilting, which looks great, especially on the black. 

Another great job by Lana at  Bewitching Stitching.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Round Robins

A few more round robins - I've been doing so little sewing lately, that I might actually catch up with blogging my backlog of ATCs; then where will I be?  There will be nothing to show on the blog!  Good thing I've got a few weeks off, quite soon...  Anyway, here's a card where I was the second player. I added the "king of the jungle"| - in the other two cards, I added a lion, but I didn't have three lions...

And another where I was player two - I added a stamped image, which doesn't show much (you can sort of see it in the scan below - shows more in person) and I think some gold accents around the edge of the card, which also don't show much in the scan...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Another Another Little Quilt Swap

Announcing... Another Little Quilt Swap, Round 9 (yes, 9. I can't believe it, either)  Visit the ALQS blog for lots more info. 

Quick details:

Deadline for Photos: Tuesday, 7th April 2015

In a nutshell: a no-signup/no preassigned partners swap. Once your quilt is completed you will be enterred into the swap; you may then nominate a list of quilts you'd like to receive from the finished pool after the deadline has passed.

Size Requirements: total perimeter between 48" and 80" (approx 120cm and 200cm). Any shape ok. Single quilt, pair or triptych ok as long as total perimeter falls in range.

Style: Open

Materials: Any, but must include at least some fabric. 

Techniques: Any, but must involve three layers, as in the traditional definition of "quilt" (see full rules for more details if necessary)

How to play: send an expression of interest to me by email with ALQS9 in the subject line. This is not a committment; you will not be official enrolled in the swap until you send photos of your finished quilt

Other: must be willing to mail internationally (though you will not necessarily be required to do so)

Check out the ALQS9 Rules page in the sidebar for more details

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmassy postcards

Another view of the postcard wallhanging, now with a winter (& Christmas selection) - after Christmas, I'll take down the really really Christmassy ones and put in some nice wintery ones I have which don't fit in it now. A lot of the trees will probably stay, but some of the presents, etc, will no doubt go away...

Friday, December 12, 2014

ATC Friday

More round robins - you'd think I'd run out of these to show, but luckily I seem to work on them in batches, so there are always a few hanging around.  This one started life quite plainly - some book text and a bit of washi tape...

This one had a bit more to it to begin with, so didn't have as much added...

Again, this one started with some book text and a bit of washi tape - one of my favourite combinations.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Advent Calendar Update, Week 2

Two Thursdays into the advent calendar now and it's beginning to fill up  - it always looks a a little blank for the first few days, but once we get well into the second row, it's much better. We've added a cardinal (it's a North American pattern - but I love the cardinal, so I'm glad to have it), an apple, a wrapped present, some Christmas lights (this wasn't original to the pattern, I drafted it myself), a drum, a snowman and a star.  What will the next week bring? The only thing I know for certain is that the Christmas tree will make an appearance, as we always put that square up on the day we put our actual tree up...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cross stitch update

A little pre-Christmas warm up stitching before getting into the full-on big pieces - a bit of work on the Christmas Nemesis is due, as well as some work on a less frustrating Christmas piece that I put aside in January last year. And of course, I'll finish off these little guys. 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Blue & Cream

Another small set of bordered scrappy log cabins - not sure how many are left to deal with, but here's another group one step further towards being something productive. Hoping to get lots of time over the Christmas holidays to put some of these newly padded out sets into tops, and get them one step closer to Out of My House...

A possible layout (though there are 12, not 9)  - not sure if I will go for this or something else. We'll see when the time comes.

Monday, December 08, 2014

6 random things

This was an atc swap with a different sort of theme to it: the hostess had a list of 50 random objects, all reasonably straightforward. When you joined, she randomly generated a list of 6 number and you had to then include all 6 of these things in your cards (in whatever combination you liked, as long as you used all six).  My six were city skyline, alien planet, dog, pig, garden, cookie. I actually found this quite tricky, but at least it got my creative brain working a bit - a good thing this time of year, when it's so busy...

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Green floating rectangles...

A little more work with putting together blocks today - I actually had 35 of these blocks, but decided that 20 of them in a top (they are 8" blocks) was enough. So this is together, waiting a border. I might use some more of the handpainted green with flowers, if there's enough...  The other 15 blocks will just have to wait.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

More of the black and hand dyes

You'd be forgiven for thinking this looked very similar to a top I posted a week or so back - it's the rest of that same group of blocks, put together into a smaller top. It will probably need a border, but for the moment, they are assembled blocks, which is one step closer to being out of my house than a stack of blocks...  As this one is smaller than the other, I will almost certainly border it myself, possibly just in black - we'll see.

Friday, December 05, 2014

ATC Friday

Some more round robins - all my ATCs lately seem to be round robins rather than for swaps - which is fine, but just surprising, I guess. This set is a really old one - over a year has passed since I sent it out (it was my starter set). But I'm glad that the players decided to finish it, or finally got time, or found it, or whatever! I don't worry too much about these things, but it's nice to see them come home, all the same.

I'm assuming with this one, that the others are quite similar, but with a different definition attached. Nice idea!

This set is a good example of how differently a card can come out than it would have if you had done it yourself - not better or worse, per se, just different. 

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Advent Calendar Update

First showing this year!  Alex had the choice for December 1st and decided on the train, not sure if there was a reason or not - not that there has to be a reason but we often choose pictures which reflect something we are doing that day. A mitten on the 2nd as it was very cold. The heart and the wreath were just chosen because we like them, as far as I know. I chose the wreath, so I know there was no backstory to that one...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Cross stitch update

A bit more stitching on this piece this week. I will carry on working on this a bit, but I am also beginning to feel Christmassy, so I think I'll be pulling out some seasonal stuff to work on - perhaps starting with something small and psyching myself into the bigger stuff...

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

APC Round Robins

A few ATC round robins, where the starting card was a playing card (which makes the finished product an APC - Altered Playing Card) - these had no particular theme, just whatever we wanted to add. I was the second player in both cases, so can show the finished card (above), 

what it looked like when I'd added to it

and how it started out.

Again, the finished product, 

after my additions

and how it came to me in the first place.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Beginning to look like Christmas?

I'm not one of these people who decorates much for Christmas in advance of the fact - our tree goes up a max of 2 weeks before (this year, it's going to be the 14th) but of course, there are some things which come out beforehand... the advent calendar of course, and just a few other things, like replacing a few of the pictures on the wall with some seasonal cross-stitches (some simply wintery, some more Christmassy)

(this one was a gift; the others are all ones I've stitched myself)

And there are a few other things - this Christmas cushion, from a secret santa exchange some years ago, for instance...

and the Christmas quilt, which I want to use for longer than just a few weeks, but not for the whole year.  There is also a set of lovely, appliqued Christmas placemats which I love, but which are too nice to use... Maybe a photo of them later in the month!