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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Happy Dance 1 of 16

This is the first square of Chatelaine's Waterlily Pond Quilt. I started it Wednesday when my fabric finally arrived. She suggests either antique white or white evenweave / linen, but I thought the colors would look really yummy on a creamy color, so I chose cream Cashel linen (I do SO love working on Cashel, I think it's my favorite fabric).


I've started the second square tonight too. :) I love the colors and the silks in this design (both the Eternas and the TG Silk n Colors), and the beads she chose really look great on the project. Yummy, yummy!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Two quilts finished

Here are Hollywood's T-Shirts quilt and CC's SSS 2008 BOM quilt, finished in January, yay!

Hollywood's T-Shirt quilt

Backing


CC's SSS 2008 BOM quilt

Backing

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WPQ start countdown 3, 2, 1...

My fabric arrived! I'm going to go ahead and get all the pieces cut so I can get it started tonight, woohoo!!!

Oh, and I have quilt photos to post - tomorrow, I promise!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

WPQ start countdown part 3

I called Nordic Needle on Monday for an update on my orders and they said that my fabric would be shipping out that day (I have some Stitchbow cases that are on backorder also). Maybe I'll have my fabric by the end of the week? I certainly hope so!

Meanwhile, I have at least been productive! Saturday I was able to really concentrate on machine quilting the T-shirt quilt. C raced nearly all day online (GRID), and I quilt, quilt, quilted. I finally finished the quilting and sewed the binding to the front Saturday afternoon. Then we took a break and watched some television together.

Sunday I finished all of the stitching on Autumn Mosaic Pillow. Now I just need to get a pillow form, figure out what fabric to use for the backing and assemble it all.


Monday at lunch I picked up a quilt kit that the girls at my LQS, Quilter's Attic, made up for me (at my request). It actually makes 2 quilts, Bamboo and Pinwheels (Pattern #122), and the fabrics are so cool, pretty, shiny.

Click for a little bit larger view

Monday after work I finished sewing the binding to the back of the T-shirt quilt, then washed it. I haven't taken a picture of it yet, but soon! I plan to take it to Quilt Guild before giving it to Hollywood (though we did show it to him last night when he was over at the house - yes, that's kind of cruel, but I couldn't wait to show him).

Then Monday night I started sewing the binding for the SSS 2008 quilt to the front of it. It isn't finished yet, but soon on that one too. More pictures to come.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

WPQ start countdown continued

Package #2 from EuropeanXS came in the mail yesterday, so I'm closer to starting, but not there yet. In this package were the Dinky Dyes and Thread Gatherer silks, Petite Treasure Braids, and Delica beads, and they're SO pretty too!

I'm still waiting on my Cashel linen from Nordic Needle, which was having a sale when I ordered it. I hope it will be here on Monday or Tuesday, but it's likely coming in the regular mail, so I have no tracking number to check on it.

I did accomplish something while I was waiting, so the waiting has been a good thing too. Yesterday, while C was racing online, I finally pushed myself back into the craft room, sat down at the sewing machine, and finished the quilting on Hollywood's T-Shirts quilt. It took me all day, but that part is DONE! Now all I have to do is sew the binding on. I don't know if I'll get that finished today, but I'm at least going to get started on it.

I'm also ALMOST finished with the Autumn Mosaic Pillow. Friday night I finally finished stitching the woven bars, and last night while we watched Battlestar Galactica (the final 2 episodes before the break plus the first 2 episodes this year) I started stitching the outer border tulips. I have one more color of those to finish then all that's left are the four-sided stitches as the final border. Who knows, I might just finish that tonight.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Waterlily Pond Quilt start countdown

My Eterna silks have arrived! They are lovely and feel so nice too. Thanks again to Cheryl for helping me convert the NPIs to Eternas.

My account has been charged for the fabric and for the rest of the supplies kit, so those parcels should get here early next week (fingers crossed!).

Meanwhile, I'm still stitching away on those woven bars...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The rest of my framing

Here are the final two cross stitch projects that I had framed!

Maidens of the Seasons

Closeup of a frame corner


A Midsummer Night's Fairy

Closeup of the frame corner

I haven't yet received my kit for the Waterlily Pond Quilt, but I've printed out all the chart pages, and I am just champing at the bit to start it. Meanwhile, I am trying to console myself by stitching the rest of the woven bars on Autumn Mosaic Pillow. I suppose I should try to finish it before getting started on the new project... :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stitching get-togethers

The last week has been a fun-filled one (other than fighting a sinus infection) for me because I've been to not one, not two, but three stitching get-togethers with friends. Thursday night was the weekly Sit n Stitch (which I haven't attended in well over a year), Saturday was the Moonlight Stitch (which has been even longer), and Monday I got together with Dana (Thutmosis) and Cheryl (momstitches) for an afternoon of SnB (and chocolate!). It's been wonderful to get together with my stitching friends again, especially with my desire to stitch returning so strong recently.

While we were chatting yesterday I learned that Chatelaine is re-releasing some of her former mysteries, and one which has always caught my eye is one of those - now known as the Waterlily Pond Quilt. It is a series of 12 designs which can be stitched together or separately. I first noticed the designs when Annette started stitching them (and then I got to see them in person at either CATS Nashville or Stitchin at the Beach). The photos can not do them justice, as usual.

I gave in and ordered the chart from Chatelaine (I love her downloadable PDF charts that I can enlarge then print out). With Cheryl's conversion help, I ordered Eterna silks (instead of NPIs), and then I ordered the rest of the materials from European XS. I'm thinking of trying to do one a month (if I don't get totally taken with doing them all at once). I was looking at the chart as I printed it out, and one of the designs has Queen Stitches (one of my favorites!)!!!! I can't wait to get my supplies, and I already plan to start stitching as soon as I do.

I was tempted by the Celtic Quilt also, but decided not to go overboard right now. I didn't realize that Cheryl has started that project, and had I seen hers, I probably would have been pushed over the edge... maybe next time, eh? :)

Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait. Silks and beads and treasures... oh my! Get-togethers are just great for getting the creative juices flowing.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Cross Stitch Framing

Here are 6 of the 8 pieces I was able to get framed with the framing sale at my LNS during the holidays (warning - picture-heavy post!). I am very pleased with them all, and I think we've decided the first two will go in the bedroom, the next two in my craft room (on the Halloween walls), and the last two in the dining room.

Fantasy Sampler by Teresa Wentzler


Unicorn Mystique by Stephen Read (a Sunset kit)


Pumpkin Kitty by The Sweetheart Tree


Halloween by First Love Designs


Blackberry Jam by The Sweetheart Tree

(closeup of a side of the framing)


Vintage Stitches by Jeannette Douglas Designs

I had an absolutely wonderful time at the Moonlight Stitchin' event last night at the Stitchin Post (hi Pat, Julie, Kim, Susan, Sally, Jo, and the other Julie!). Of course, I kept thinking of all the projects I'd like to start, but I continued stitching on my current WIPs (I took Mother's Arms because it doesn't need quite as much attention as Celestial Dragon, which I've started working on this week - I'm also working on MA today while watching football - GO STEELERS!!!!).

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cutwork

I finished all of the kloster block stitching, so I decided to go ahead and cut it. It's now ready for the woven bars work. I only snipped two threads more than I was supposed to in the whole thing. Not great, but not bad, all things considered.


I've also been working on the T-Shirt quilt, and I've finally finished the hand-quilting part of it. With 9 of the 20 squares machine quilted, I should [hopefully] be able to finish this up in the next month or so.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New year, new sampler quilt

It's the start of the SSS 2009 quilt! Here is the first block, Butterfly at the Crossroads.


I love the colors (chocolate and cream colorway) and can't wait to see the next block and set of fabrics. These blocks are 10 inches finished where the last 2 years have been 12 inch blocks. I'll have to think about how to lay out those blocks when we get closer to the end, because I'll probably need alternate blocks to make the quilt bigger (12 blocks basically equals a 30 x 40 inch quilt without something decent between them).

While I was at the quilt shop, I dropped off the SSS 2008 quilt top, backing, and batting to be quilted. I was ecstatic to hear that Pam Thorne is quilting for the shop again (she's also in my quilt guild), and it turned out she was in the shop about to check out. She was happy to go ahead and take my quilt, so it may be a lot sooner that I get to see it quilted than I originally thought I would!


I was about to put a hole in my current pair of athletic shoes, so we went to buy a new pair today. I found some that I liked immediately, and I just have to share a pic because I'm calling them my bling tennies.


I've seen athletic shoes in black, blue, pink, and gray, but I've never seen the beige before. I just could not resist.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Weekend update

A quick update as to what I was working on over the weekend. I've now quilted 7 of the 30 blocks for Noel's quilt. I haven't started joining them yet, may save that for the end.

I also worked on the t-shirt quilt, and I'm nearly finished with the hand-quilting sections (in the sashing). Once I get those quilted I plan to get back to machine quilting the blocks.

Saturday night I decided to make some coasters to go with the t-shirt quilt. I had plenty of backing fabric left over, so here are the Raiders Coasters (pattern from the book, Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson).


I've stitched some more of the Autumn Mosaic Pillow, and it's coming along so nicely! I'm stitching the kloster blocks in the corners now, 2 of them are stitched, but no cutting started yet. Congrats, Claudia, for ordering your pattern, and yes, thanks for the info on the size - I did catch that, thank goodness!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Fun with Cross Stitch

The past few days I've been working on both Avatar and the Autumn Mosaic Pillow, and here is my progress on both of them. The colors of Avatar's dragon's wings are a little more subtle than the model photo, and I think I like them much better in person.



My counting was off by one or two in the pillow, so I had to frog and re-stitch one of the tulip motifs about 4 times. I finally got them all worked out, stitched the four-sided stitches (creamy-colored stitches) and after I got them all stitched, began working on the algerian eyelets that surround them. I got one-quarter finished and realized that I was off *again* by one thread. Frogged again all the way back and started over. Now they are in the correct position. It's amazing how being off one thread can completely ruin the design (and there was no way to fudge it). It's not the pattern - it's all me, not paying as much attention as I should be. Oh well, I'm still loving it - those colors are just gorgeous!