Here it is - finished! I now have a Christmas quilt. It's busy and scrappy but it's fun and it really made a good dent in my Christmas fabric stash, which was good, as I never set out to collect Christmas fabric anyway. Those looking for the pattern should go to Planet Patchwork, here. It was a block of the month...
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Well, it hardly seems fair to do a cross-stitch update, as I just did one, but I have done a tiny bit of stitching in the green dress - I filled in some bits above the line (the line is where the instructions go onto another page) and have begun to work a few colours below the line. It's not a lot, it's not exciting, but it's a little progress, at least. Part of the reason I haven't done more (in addition to the fact that I only started on Tuesday night) is that I finished stitching down the binding on my Christmas quilt... Can't do everything at once!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I know it's not Wednesday, but I finished the Chickadee, so I wanted to show it. It needs a frame, but it's done (and cute). Next up...
yep. The Christmas Angels. I will start working on the green dress this year (assuming I have the right green threads; I think I do) and see where I get to. I do have a couple of other seasonal pieces I want to work on - a very small crow in a Santa hat, and the Winter Wonderland piece from last year (which has a longer season than the Christmas stuff, of course).
Monday, December 09, 2013
Sunday, December 08, 2013
There has been so little sewing and other artwork going on here lately, what with one thing and another, that I don't have a lot to show - but I realised I hadn't blogged this set of abstract ATCs for a swap with a theme of torn paper in shades of purple (and the cards had to be abstract, as well). Purple doesn't photograph well, and I didn't think to scan these instead of photographing them, which might have worked better...
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Now that we have decorated the house for Christmas, I will show again my fabric postcard hanger - this time, with wintery and Christmassy postcards in. They'll stay like this until early January, when I'll take out the really Christmassy things (leaving the snow scenes, snowmen, and other things which were just wintery, and adding a few other things which seem wintery). Here are a few closeups...
Friday, December 06, 2013
Here are some lovely finished cards, for which I sent out the starter. These I think are fantastic. The starter had (it's hard to see, but if you enlarge the picture you can make it out) a gold crow stamped on the background - the other ladies working on this card have turned a rather ordinary crow into a fancy bird with a great label - a really interesting finish!
I love working with letters, but sometimes they can be a bit challenging, so I don't often send them out as starters. This was an exception - and I like what's been done - good fun!
And this one is a simple, effective finish to these starters. I am almost always very pleased with what I get back from my starters - it's a good way to inspire yourself, too, as people make lots of choices you might not make yourself and use materials you wouldn't think to...
Thursday, December 05, 2013
I am hosting a swap on my trading forum called Bird is the Word - all ATCs must feature one or more birds and at least one word - more is fine, too. These are the cards that I made for the swap, but there is a huge variety coming in for the swap - some with one or two words, some with string of poetry - I will try to post a montage of them at the end of the swap, as they are all super!
Every year, someone (in my house) asks me what trains have to do with Christmas - probably because I don't really know why they are Christmassy, except that there are often trains around the bottoms of Christmas trees and whatnot. And there's the Polar Express, I guess. For whatever reason, there's a train among the mini-quilts, and Sarah chose to put it up today.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I almost didn't post this, because it's very not exciting, but Wednesday Cross-stitch update is a tradition of sorts on this blog, so I decided to go ahead - this is the start of the chickadee. It's literally only the very start, but I switched to stitching down some binding rather than cross-stitching, so I didn't get much done even though I had several whole evenings (I did get a small quilt and half a larger quilt bound, though).
Here's what it will look like when finished...
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
An ATC swap with a difference - we are only swapping backgrounds - that is, not complete cards, just starting points. I've done this before, and you get a really varied set of different backgrounds to work on, some simple, some more elaborate. It's then fun trying to work out how to use them in future!
My two sets are on the simple side - the top one is a Greek text page, sprayed with gold and teal or purple spray ink (the teal jammed after the first card, so I switched to purple) and the bottom one is a piece of black paper with a strip of black and gold washi tape, and some gold crayon on the paper. Should be easy enough to work with!
Monday, December 02, 2013
Finished the section of the Faith birds - only 3 more to go - but not until after Christmas. I decided to start the chickadee next, as I'd like to get it finished before Christmas (to give as a gift) - but I will also get some seasonal stuff out soon...