Monday, December 27, 2010

Amish Star Quilt - WIP

  All 42 blocks are finally completed and their arranged on the floor as above.  This will be a square quilt with a 6 x 6 blocks layout.  And the balance blocks will be for a pieced backing.  A narrow and a wide border will be added in time.  A block is 11 1/2" square unfinished.

  Christmas gifts from Margaret W that arrived in the nick of time.  Love the tatted motif with silver beads and the labels by V&A.

  A pair of shorts for my dad using the Burda pattern Andre.  I lengthen it according to a sample.  Also I've added in-seam pockets.  The fabric is black cotton drill and if it fits well I'll make another in grey.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas one and all!

I received a lovely ornament pillow from Lillie today.  Just super perfect for the season!  It will join my row of ornaments given to me by my friends over the years and some that I've stitched below.

 I've completed the binding for my sis' XS piece.  Added plastic rings at the back of the wall hanging for a dowel to pass through.

Still working on the red and white bear paw quilt.  There's sashing and HST borders to be done.  Loving those red and whites!

Lori's CC & C is in the pipeline for next year.  Pulled out all the fabrics required.  This will be pretty slow as the placing of these blocks need careful attention.

Thank you all for coming by and leaving comments.  I do so appreciate it. 

Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Stashing all the way :)

Purchases from Fabric Shack and This-N-That!  More shirtings, precuts, Judie Rothermel and Jo :)

Christmas presents are all wrapped and ready.

There will be a Trouser Sewalong starting on 3/1/11.  I am using Angela Kane's Wide Leg Pants pattern.  We'll be working on a muslin first hence I need to get some metres of calico.  Really looking forward to this.  I am sure I'll learn loads!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Online Christmas shopping!

Civil War reproductions by mostly Judie Rothermel and Jo Morton.  There's another package coming from This-N-That.  Couldn't resist their terrific Cyber Monday sale :)

 I've got some table toppers / runners in mind for these pre-cuts.

Fabric for binding my sis' cross stitched wall hanging.

 Some muslins and Kona fabric for dolls.  Right most is Kona Amber which will be my cheddar for Lori's Cheddar Cheese and Crackers. Again I was enjoying Fabric Shack's deep discounts on pre-cuts during Cyber Week.

 Purchases of a metal clamp make-do, heavy muslin for my future stitchery projects ;) , packets of crushed walnut shells and a strawberry emery kit from Bird Brain Designs.  They're having FREE shipping till Christmas! Can't beat that!

And I've only got a cushion cover to show for a finish this week.  Please ignore the points not meeting :p  Bad patchwork on my part.  I like the colours nevertheless.  May make another with CW reproduction fabrics!  I've got a red and green piece of Colonial Christmas collection by Judie Rothermel on the way ... amongst other fabrics ;)

I've got loads of projects lined up next year and I intend to revive some BAP cross stitch WIPs.  Gotta make my list.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Bear Paw - WIP

Just had to get a block going of a red and white Bear Paw block into my quilting pan.  It's pretty huge at 14" square.  My plan is a 4 block quilt with a million HSTs for it's border!

Season's Greetings all bordered up.  Need to look into the applique for this baby.  And the 5 miserable blocks of orange peel appliqued to date.

Design:  Christmas Eve Flight (Freebie)  Designer: The Sampler Girl  Fabric:  Scrap linen  2/2 Floss: DMC
Christmas Star Block with borders sewn in ready to be sewn into a cushion cover for a 14" pillow form.

Ellen pants by Burda is completed.  Along with belt loops.  There's some puckering on the front right waist band but no matter as I never tuck in my blouses.  I like it.  I've got another piece of dark grey cotton drill for another pair.  It's either another Ellen pants or Angela Kane's trousers.

Pieces up on my design wall on this cold and rainy morning.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I've got the borders to put on and I think I'll make this into a cushion cover instead.  The points are somehow not quite meeting up on this :(  Entirely my fault for not cutting them right. 
Love letters.  Designer: Blackbird Designs.  Fabric: 32ct Vintage Country Mocha Belfast 2/2.  Floss: DMC
Started this cross stitch piece some months back.  Finished just in time for Christmas. Beneath are the red (RJR Supreme) and Kona Snow that will become my bear paw quilt ... soon.  I lean towards red and white come Christmas, no wonder with all those lovely quilts I see during my blog travels during this time.

The start of a small cross stitch freebie piece by The Sampler Girl.

Cheri Payne's Seasons Greetings to date.  I had to go slow when piecing the strips and had to get it on the design wall as it can get confusing when the setting squares and triangles are added.  I've got to piece the rows and add them borders and then there's of course the applique!
The orange peel applique is coming along just fine.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fancy a Jane day?

Design: Fancy a Jane day? Designer: The Sampler Girl.  Fabric: 32ct Belfast Flax 2/2.  Floss: DMC 3721.  To be finished into a pocket
This design has been growing on me and since Tanya of The Sampler Girl was having a Black Friday sale, I couldn't resist ;)
My miserable attempt at a red & white school house block :(  I was inspired by a post by Laurie of Minick & Simpson.  Love those red and whites. I think the school house block will have to wait till I figure it out some more or look into foundation paper piecing.  However, I need to put a start to the Red & White Bear Paw quilt inspired by Moda's Bakeshop ... soon ...  I was playing with Cheri's Home for the Holidays quilt called Season's Greetings and decided to go larger.  Those 1/2" squares are causing me grief!
Started on another Christmas Star block.  Going very quickly with the help of Lori's HST tutorial.

 This is a quilt weight that I made a couple of months back.  Since my sewing machine was in the shop for servicing  ... finally ... I had table space to do some hand quilting.  The quilt weight worked wonderfully and it was a great tip from Katell on SQT.
My lunch today with brown rice.  I know it does look a little icky because the egg is supposed to be smooth but I wasn't bothered since I've steamed it in the rice cooker basket with the rice cooking.  It's a Chinese dish called 3 egg yolks or something like that.  There's Chicken egg, Century egg and Salted egg sprinkled with sesame oil, soya sauce and oyster sauce.
Design: Orange Peel Quilt  Designer: Kathleen Tracy
So while my lunch was cooking, I did some applique!  Yes, horrors of horrors!  With the encouragement of some friends and a dare from another (you know who you are), I will give applique another go :)  I bought an e-pattern from Martingale when they were having the Black Friday sale.  Again I couldn't resist ;)  Orange peel?  Bring it on!