Sunday, December 31, 2006
That didn't take very long, so I made four pairs of double four patch blocks in blue and white-on-white for the January Block Lotto on quilting.about.com. Technically, it's not January, but as the instructions are up early (there was no December block), I won't be spoiling anything by sharing this photo. The other three pairs are similar, but with different blues.
And then (productive day, or what?) I also worked on some blocks for a winter swap in jewel tones on quiltshoppe forum on delphi. This photo is a little dark, but essentially, the corners are to be a deep, sapphire type blue, with the central stars in another jewel tone - the three gold ones are a topaz type colour and the dark one is actually a deep purple - just doesn't show well. As the background for those is white on white as well, it seemed sensible to work on them at the same time.
I probably won't get much sewing time tomorrow, as New Year's Day is traditionally when I take down all my Christmas decorations, and in keeping with that, I usually rearrange some of my ornaments, too - I do have one box of stuff I rotate, as I have too many pieces of pottery, etc to keep them all out at the same time. But I only allow myself a small amount of stuff in storage or it just gets too silly. Luckily, I didn't get any new ornaments/knick-knacks for Christmas, so I don't have to do TOO much rearranging, but I do like to move it around from time to time, otherwise, I think you stop seeing things so much. And this is a good time to do it. And give everything a really good dusting at the same time...
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
The fat quarters and cotton are from my other Secret Santa - BQL runs two groups - a "made" Santa, where you have to make a present for your Santa (that was the table runner I was working on in late November) and a "bought" Santa, where you buy a gift up to a certain value. I've been pretty lucky over the years with what I've received, both bought and made - for instance, last year I had a packet of coordinated hand dyes for my bought present and this year I had these lovely black and red orientals, with the variegated valdani cotton. It's fun to have some presents under the tree which you know will be quilty and which you haven't picked yourself!
I also did a Secret Santa swap with my small group, for which I got an amazing set of Christmas placemats, but I'll show pictures of them another day - I'm sure there will be more days I don't get any sewing done!
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
I also did some more of the 9x9 squares - just finished up what I started the other day - photos of them on another day, perhaps, when I don't get any work done - like tomorrow & Thursday... And I've received a really super set of Christmas postcards and Winter Solstice ones, too, so I should really get some photos up of them. Especially the Winter Solstice ones, as there are only 7 of them (6 +1 still left to arrive) and the others, though great, are essentially just Christmassy, for the most part.
I meant to put up a photo of Sarah's log cabin blocks, which we worked on on Saturday (I think - I'm losing track of days a bit at the moment), but forgot to photograph them, and can't really be bothered to get them back out and do it, but next time we work on them, I really will remember to take a photo. She's doing all the sewing, although I am doing the rotary cutting - just too hard for a nine year old, especially a left-handed one with a right-handed mum - and frankly, I don't like watching her touch the rotary cutter in the best of circumstancees!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Did some experimentation with angelina (a fusible fibre) today - this is basically a mess of angelina in different colours, fused together, with bits of fabric trapped inside. It's hard to photograph well because it's all shiny so you either get weird reflections if using the flash or blurry photos without flash due to not having a tripod. But you get the general idea. I'll spare you the other photos, but I sense lots of fun potential for this material, and I'm sure it will continue to make appearances, especially in things like postcards.
Speaking of which - I finished all the Winter Solstice ones, hurrah! Next postcard swap is "January Cheer" due at the end of January. Other than using Angelina, I'm not sure what I'll be doing, but at least I don't have to do it in the next few days...
Monday, December 11, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Started working on another new thing today (welcome to the way my mind and art work!) - this time, the background for a small quilt which I will enter into the swap on a yahoo group which swaps quilts (everyone sends in photos, then you send the coordinator a list of your favourites in order and she pairs the quilts up with new owners - apparently it's very successful - a friend of mine on my dyeing list belongs and I thought it sounded like fun. Last swap, no one got lower than their fourth choice - out of about 70 I think).
Anyway, I got these coordinated fat 16ths a while ago, I think as a Secret Santa gift and have never been able to decide what to do with them (not doing a lot of applique). So today, I just stitched and cut and stitched and cut until I ended up with this... It's 18 inches square, more or less. And the plan now is to applique orange and yellow "suns" on to it and quilt it with some sort of variegated thread - haven't quite decided yet. I'm going to call it "Sunset from an unknown planet". Pretentious title, I know, but it popped into my head, so why not.
I also managed to do some more postcards (well, the tops) - really must get those finished, but I'm now lacking motivation :) Not really, I just was itching to do something different. Oh, and I did two more of the little square blocks I was doing the other day. So I made up for not doing more yesterday (started to work on postcards, but felt really icky and tired, so decided to lie down for an hour instead - luckily, it seems to have done the trick as today I feel a little tired, but basically ok. Last thing in the world I need this time of year is to get sick!)
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
And I quilted and edged the three extra advent calendar pictures (which I pieced last year but never got around to finishing. They have all now been added to the pile of pictures waiting to be put up on the calendar. I don't have much choice this year in which pictures to put up as I have a very bossy three year old who insists on making the choice for me...