First is my pincushion - I made several of these for Christmas gifts this year before having my surgery, and unfortunately I didn't take any photos before giving them away. I made mine from the same fabric I used in my roman shade in the kitchen - just love that Monet-inspired print. The pattern is from Whip Up, and it is really easy to do. I love the way they look, and they don't require a lot of fabric or time.
Next is a cross stitching update, finally! I've been doing a little bit of stitching here and there, but didn't think I had enough progress to take a new photo or scan - well, I do now, and there are three updates to share: Autumn Maiden, Jingle Bells Xmas Tree Farm, and Arabian Woman.
Wanting to work on something a little different, I picked up Teresa Wentzler's Dragon Ride and have been working on it the past couple of days while we watch Alias, season one again. I think the majority of the over-one was finished the last time I worked on it, so I've been concentrating on the dragon's neck. I should be able to share a picture in a day or two.
Crochet: Well, I started another doily called Snowflake, with some white/silver crochet thread. I put it down when I realized that I was going to either have to find some additional crochet thread to finish it, or if I couldn't, relegate it to the UFO bin. Fortunately, I found some matching thread at Joann's today (yay!), so I plan to get back on that soon. :) No picture yet, though. Probably won't have one until it is done and blocked, but it's pretty so far!
Quilting: a few updates here... I've gotten two rows (of 8) done on the Double Wedding Ring quilt, and I've started working on the third. It is slow going, but enjoyable. I think I might be able to move my sewing machine back into its table soon, which will make it easier to work on piecing projects. I'm starting to sit a little more, still sore, but every day it's a little better. So here is the latest progress:
I started another quilting project, the block-of-the-month quilt, Afternoon Tea. My plan was to start in January, but those fabulous fabrics just kept enticing me, so I broke down and pieced the first block already. I still plan to do one block a month (and there will actually be two or three versions of them in order to make the entire quilt), so I'm going to try to hold off doing block two until January (thank goodness it's almost here for that, right?). :D
One of my Christmas presents from C was another quilting shopping spree, and that's what we did today. We went to Joann's first and got a couple of things I wanted there (including new backing fabric for his Blankie #2). Then we went to Quilter's Attic in Goodlettsville and walked around admiring their shop models. We picked up some new fabric (surprise!) and a couple of books, and I've got quite a few new ideas just waiting to be developed.
The last photo was my big splurge. I saw them made into a quilt, and wanted to make them into a quilt myself also, so we also got the book that had the pattern in it. Quilt shops can make good sales when they have those little bundles pre-made up.
We also got a shop vac from my mom and dad, so I spent some time yesterday (it was gorgeous weather) vacuuming out the cars, which really needed the attention. We're also waiting on my brother to deliver our other big gift - he made us this huge cat tree! It's got all sorts of little cubbyholes and levels, and I'm anxious to see what the kitties think about it.
All of our gifts to everyone else were received very well. Of course, the kids all loved their toys and games, and Teresa and Allison were awed by their quilts. And my brother loved the quilted pillow I made for him (that matches his quilt). He's also happy that he can have his quilt back now (I think Teresa kinda took it over last year, ha ha!). It has been a wonderful holiday season, for certain, and even with the health struggles I've been through this year, 2006 has been a great year. I think 2007 looks to be even better, and I wish everyone peace, love, and happiness.