Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy birthday to me

I need more cross-stitch patterns like I need more holes in my head, of course, but that shouldn't stop a girl from getting a few for birthday presents, should it!  Even if I'm unlikely to stitch any of these straight away due to the advent of the Christmas season and the related cross-stitching that usually entails. 

...though I might find time to do this one, as it's only one thread (came with it) and quite small...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cross-stitch update

More of the Hallowe'en mystery, including the most tedious letter stitching I have ever done - boy am I not cut out for backstitching stuff over one thread on high count linen. Give me some nice counted crosses to do, any day!  I've pretty much decided to leave this now, and work on it next autumn, as it's nearly time to move into seasonal stuff. And I have started something else as well (not feeling like settling into things at the moment, really). I have several bigger cross-stitches to get out for Christmas, including The Christmas Nemesis, plus a much more simple (but fairly big) Christmas piece I partly stitched last year. Also, I have some nice small ornament type pieces (about the amount of stitching of my Sheep Virtues), which I hope to get one or two of done this season. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


This scrap piece of fabric which has obviously been fussy-cut at some point in the past was the starting point for this little starter, along with some other panda fabric I had knocking about:

I'm not sure what will happen with it next - perhaps some solid (or at least single fabric) rows top and bottom before some more scrappy blocks? There's no more of either panda, so they can't make a comeback...

Monday, November 17, 2014

More round robins

There seem to be more ATCs and less sewing in my life lately - or perhaps not, but it sometimes feels that way. Just so busy, all the time!  And ATCs are often quite quick to do, especially the round robins, where you only work on a small part of the card, not a finished card...  This one is very 3D, which is why it hasn't scanned too well - and actually, apparently the cherub (added by person 2) broke a little in transit, and person 3 glued it back together - the effect is nice, though, as the cracks make it seem sort of vintage...

This one, I don't seem to have a scan of the original, which was just the background and the "bliss" ticket, but I do like the finished version. All the cards had different photos, but were otherwise similar.

And finally, this paisley card, which has gone all masquerade - good fun!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Last of the 16s

Of the massive pile of 16 patch blocks I had left, this is now it. I bordered the last of them in two different prints from my stash, and at some point, will join these blocks together. Haven't done that yet, mind you, but it's getting there.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Some more 16s

Another bunch of 16 patch blocks, put together into a top. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough of this fabric to go around the other sides of the blocks, so I need to find some sort of border which will balance it out. (Yes, these were trimmed "wonky" before being put back together - it's not your imagination.)

Friday, November 14, 2014

ATC Friday

Another group of Round Robin ATCs - this one came out really well, I think. The bottom section is very shiny - shows better in the photo below than the scan above. 

This one is fairly straightforward - nothing too shocking in additons or result. 

This one, I'm not sure how to feel about, as large elements of the original card were covered up at some stage. I like the finished card, but sort of feel let down that the hand was obscured. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Last of these strip blocks

Yes, this does look a lot like the piece I posted a couple of days ago - it's essentially the same, although the fabrics in the blocks are different. Or some of them are, at any rate. There are officially no more of these blocks to use up, though you might be seeing some of the tops again - particularly the little ones - if I put some borders on them!  In the meantime, one for the Linus box.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cross stitch update

Finished another little sheep - not sure how many more I have left to do - 4 or 5 I think. But there's no rush. They are really nice little projects - partly because they are easy to sew, and partly because they are easy to finish!  However, that said, I have some other little projects which I'm going to start working on soon, of a similar size, but slightly more seasonal in theme - I'm hoping I'll be able to finish a few of them at an appropriate time, though of course I have some larger seasonal pieces to be working on as well.

The colour is much more true (though a little washed out) in this photo - bad lighting in the first one...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

More of those blocks...

This is another top - this one a lot smaller - made with the same blocks as a larger top I showed the other day. I have only 12 more of these to use up, and then that's another stack of blocks gone. Of course I'm sure there will soon be more to take their place!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Under the Moon

This is one of those sets of cards which just doesn't show very well in a scan - they are stitched, with a variety of fabrics and some metal, and the scan, while not completely inaccurate, deadens them a bit - they are much livelier in real life...

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Still clearing blocks

...but at least the type of blocks has changed for a little while. I decided to have a go at getting rid of these rail fence variations - or maybe they are a Chinese Coin variation?  They are a strip block, with a wide strip sewed down one side, perpendicular. Whatever you call them, they work pretty well as scrappy blocks. Of course, I have 20 more of them! (I think they are 10" blocks). At least this one doesn't really need a border.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Scrappy 16s, take 3

And yes, still trying to work my way through all those scrappy 16 patch blocks. This variation uses mostly the 16s, with some blocks of single fabrics - again, from fabric which was donated to me and which isn't what I want in my stash, but which works well in a  charity quilt top.  There are more 16s, but I'm giving them a rest for a little while, while I get rid of something else in my basket of quilt blocks.

Friday, November 07, 2014

ATC Friday

Once again, I'm pulling out photos of round robin cards - I do have rather a lot of these - to show how they started and how they ended up.  I like this one a lot - the starter was a background made from the image from a calendar (it was a quilting arts calendar so the work was very fibre-based) and a paper birdcage, which came from the wedding supplies section of a craft shop - I have loads of them; I think they are napkin rings or something?   About 4 or 5 birdcages in a row, like paper dolls...

This one I knew would present a challenge, as the pink is a vellum, which is bound to be hard to work with, but I like what the other players have done with it.

And finally, something a little more straightforward - dictionary pages, with roses on them, have become these fun girly cards. 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Variation on a theme

Yes, this does look remarkably similar to the one the other day, except in place of the rose fabric, this has some beigey fabrics. Again, it will want a border before it goes off to Project Linus, or anywhere else.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Cross stitch update

Just occurred to me that I no longer had to keep my Hallowe'en stitching a mystery, as all three parts are out.  This is part one. I am partway through part two, and will carry on stitching it, even though Hallowe'en is well gone. I might save part three until next autumn, though, depending on when I want to pull out my other seasonal stitching. You know, all that stuff starting with "C"...   Yes, it did take AGES to stitch that moon. 

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Bird Jacks

In trying to accumulate an entire deck of altered playing cards with a bird theme, I have been mostly filling my deck in, in small pieces here and there. But as I didn't have any Jacks  in any of the suits, I joined a swap for that number card - I've sent these four bird jacks in to the swap, and will receive four jacks from different artists in return. I'll show the whole deck when I have it completed, which will still be a little while down the road. But that reminds me, I should show my butterfly deck, which is now complete...

Monday, November 03, 2014

Using up those scrappy blocks

Here's another small top to use up the scrappy blocks, as well as use up some donated fabric. It's roses, which are nice, but the fabric is not great quality, so it's not something I was to put into stash.  Of course this starter top will get some borders to make it a bit more interesting, and a bit bigger (the blocks are 6" blocks), but that's still to come. 

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Autumn skies baby quilt

Another baby at work, means another baby quilt. I debated about this baby as it's a second baby for someone who already has a quilt, and it might set a precedent that's hard to keep up, but in the end I decided that I like making baby quilts, and anyway, they don't take very long and it gives me a chance to use up some of the tops in my stash. I don't know if this baby will be a boy or a girl, but I thought this looked lovely and autumnal - like blue skies and fallen leaves - and it doesn't really matter that there's some blue in it.

I quilted it with a meander which slipped into suns at times

just for variety.  Binding on later and will show again, completely finished...

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Rainbow Robin

Well, here's what those pink blocks were for - to finish up the last row of this very old nesting row robin - apparently I started this in October 2006, working on it quite regularly each month, until the last row, in July 2007, when for some reason, I abandoned it. Not sure why, just got put to the side and well, we know how that goes.  It started with the rainbow row at the top and then a row in each colour - I think someone else was deciding what to do with each row - can't remember the precise details, but certainly some of the rows are not things I would have chosen to do myself (like the baskets!). 

Here's the red block (the decision to do each month monochromatically was my own) - I think I like this block and may have to revisit it at some point.

The orange was obviously drunkard's path or something similar, though I've done very small segments - I'm sure there was a reason why at the time.

I think the instruction for the yellow row was to do letters - I'm not a big fan of letters (making them, that is - don't mind looking at them), so I bulked it out with something else as well. 

I've done free form roses for the green

and in the teal/aqua row, a few nine patches set in a wonky way, with the mermaid fabric as a feature. I have a feeling the recipient of this quilt is not quite so keen on mermaids now as she was in 2007, but I'm sure she'll like it anyway...

Baskets for blue, full of blue flowers (which are fused on and will hopefully stick down enough when quilted). 

Grandmother's fan for purple. (Again, not something I'd choose to do. Ever.) 

And finally, the new row of pink wrenches. I debated a black border around the outside, but I think I'm going to skip it, as the quilt is a good size now and I don't really want to make it bigger. But of course it will get quilted. Not by me, though, by the longarmer!