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!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Getting ready for Advent

I decided that I'm not going to blog my advent calendar daily this year - I've done it several years recently - but I will show it once a week (probably Thursdays, since that's the day it will finish on, as it has 25 spaces to it).  Here's a sneak peek of some of the little squares which fit into the slots... Wonder which one will start it off this year? (The kids and I take turns choosing, and although we have some traditions - the tree always goes up the day we put the tree up, the gingerbread man goes up the day we do Christmas baking, etc - it's generally a free-for-all. I think Alex has claimed the first slot this year...)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

More altered blocks

And yes, it's even more blocks which I've decided to add borders to, instead of just assembling into tops. Which means that they are still hanging around, but they are more interesting. And of course, use up some small scraps of hand-dyes as well, which is good...

Friday, November 28, 2014

ATC Friday

More round robin ATCs - this set of angel cards, which I assume all had slightly different poetry on them...

And this poetry card was a bit of an experiment - what would happen to a found poetry card when more than one person worked on it. I like the result.

Finally, this card with a chocolate theme. I do like that all the cards are so different an inventive when you work this way!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Blocks out, blocks in

Here's another instance of my "using blocks up" by turning them into other blocks. I know it's not really using them up, but I tell myself it's a step closer to getting them used. And it probably is...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cross stitch update

As I'm putting the Hallowe'en mystery away, I needed something else to stitch before getting the Christmas stuff out - so I chose this piece. I doubt I'll finish it before I get the holiday stuff out, but that's ok, it will last.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rail fence variation

This one has been assembled for a while, but as with so many of my projects it was waiting for a border, which it now has. This is the same fabric (in the border) that I used for the border on the little dragon quilt the other day.