Friday, November 27, 2015

Bird is the word

The recent swap I showed being swapped out was to a bird theme - specifically, Bird is the Word - the cards must feature at least one bird and at least one word. These were my contribution to the swap...

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Despite having had some residual sewing and creating to show over the past few days, I haven't done any actual work at my desk/sewing table/workstation in ages - and you can see the stuff gradually encroaching. This is a few birthday presents, some Christmas ornaments collected here and there, a couple of presents which need mailing to my niece in the US and the hostess cards from a recent swap. In addition to all the stuff which is normally on the table, of course!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

That time of year...

It's almost December, which means it's time to get out the seasonal cross-stitch pieces. I have one current project which I'm going to work on for the next week, but then, whether I finish it or not, I'm going to switch to seasonal stuff.  These three unfinished pieces will get worked on (and hopefully two of them will get finished - can't finish my angels, of course, or what would I have to complain about every year at Christmas time?)  Who knows, something else might get started as well. I do have one or two seasonal pieces waiting in my stash...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Binding on

This quilt has been around a long time, waiting to have the binding attached. It's not the only one, but at least it's finally been done.  Now I just have to get to the others!  (Plus the two or three I have quilted but with binding attached at all...)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Swapping out

I take part in a lot of swaps for ATCs - from time to time I even host the occasional swap - here's some photos of the swapping out processs. One of the nicest parts of the whole thing is that many of the players send in a hostess card (not required), so instead of the usual 3 or 4, you often get 20 or more to keep...  This swap was on a bird theme.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Scraps & Leftovers

Of course, any good project creates some scraps and leftovers - these are what was left from the blocks I showed yesterday. The left hand pile will go in the scrap basket, the middle into the strips bag and on the right are the pieces large enough to put back into stash - this includes the leftovers of the train border from those two recent tops...

Saturday, November 21, 2015

ABC, 123

Something quick and simple to relax me a little in the extremely busy month I've been having (not like it's going to get any better with Christmas coming up, though I will get some holiday time).  A couple of novelty FQs with letters and numbers, and some purple and blue borders, and it's another block set ready to go (well, I've put together a number of them recently, so it's only fair I generate some more, right?)

Friday, November 20, 2015

ATC Friday

Some more ATCs which were round robins - once again, these are cards where I worked on the second round and sent them to a third person to finish off. The finished card is at top

Here's how they were after I made an addition or two, and below is how they started. 

Again, the finished card (above) and the starter below. 

I added the lace.

For some reason, the two other photos of this card are both corrupted and won't show, but you can see the finished product. This is quite an old card coming back to me, but I think I just added the flower.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

More train borders

Here's the other top with a train border - I'm sure some little boy will really enjoy this one. Or perhaps a little girl, you never know!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

I've worked a little on this piece, which is a Little Mystery Sampler by Lizzie Kate; now that all three pieces are published and a picture of the finished product has appeared on the internet, I can actually show my work, which is nice... Just going to finish this off, and then get out The Seasonal Stuff - I can't believe it's nearly December. Yikes!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A top with a train border

Another instance of shopping from the Project Linus stash - I took this train themed fabric home from the Linus day ages ago, but it's only recently I've had a chance to use it to border some blocks - I have used it on two different tops (the other one I will show later this week), and there is even still some left to use - though not enough for another border...

Monday, November 16, 2015

Second rail fence top

...and as promised, here's the second (smaller) top made with those rail fence variation blocks. Of course, both will need borders now...

Sunday, November 15, 2015

First rail fence top

Some more blocks together - this is only half of this set, which means they'll soon be followed by a second variation on this theme...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Block Set Update

It's been a little while since I updated the status of my basket of block sets - a few additions, but more removals, which is good!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Finished ATCs for Friday

Some more round robin cards which have made their way home to me...  and what they looked like when they left home, for comparison.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Scrappy double four patch centre

Another set of scrappy blocks, together and ready for a border. Moving it from the block basket to the border basket is not quite as satisfying as moving it to the "waiting to go to Linus" basket, but it's a start.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Cross Stitch Update

Finished off this Three Little Words piece, which is remarkable, really, given how busy I've been in the evenings lately - the next week will be even worse!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Another strippy, now bordered

This border works even better than the black one, I think - though it does end up quite busy. 

Monday, November 09, 2015

That crazy totem pole border, again

More of the totem pole fabric as a border. It really works well, despite the unlikelihood!

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Some transport novelties

Another set of blocks together and out of the block basket (and into the basket of cetres waiting for borders!). I do have some fabric for this one to be bordered with, though, so perhaps it won't sit there for too long.