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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Some new progress photos, finally!

I have been making slow progress on several projects, just hadn't gotten around to taking photos of them until today. Here they are!

Deco Spirits, Water panel, is finished finally, so this project is 50% complete.

I'm getting SO close on Arabian Woman, but won't finish her by the end of this year. Just the bottom left corner to go now.

And a little more progress on the Log Cabin Quilt design by Mill Hill.

And I did start yet another project the day after Christmas - a new pair of socks!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

December update

Rudy Poo is hanging in there, still getting lots of loving and extra attention. Thank you to everyone who is thinking of us. She still wants to cuddle in the evenings with me, and we haven't noticed much of a change except she seems to wheeze a bit more from the side of her nose where the tumor is. She did play for a few minutes last night, as if she was chasing a mouse, and we cherish those moments.

Slowly, but surely, I've put a few stitches in at a time, and finally finished L is for Leaves by Prairie Schooler. At this rate, I'll finish this cross-stitch quilt in 26 years, but it's the process for me, so I'm okay with that. :)

I also managed to make a few pincushions as little Christmas gifts for a few of my friends at our quilt guild. CC helped me pick out the buttons I used in making them, and the pattern is Square Deal Pincushion from Heather Bailey Designs. I will admit that I didn't try to sew the ribbon through the pincushion as the pattern called for. I tried that, and for the life of me could not get the ribbon through with any needle, pliers, rubber gloves, etc. So I just wrapped it around and sewed it down with the buttons. Worked for me. These photos show the tops and bottoms or fronts and backs, whichever you prefer. :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I'm still here

I'm just not getting as much stitching done lately. One of our kitties has a carcinoma tumor which can't be removed, so she's been getting a lot of mommy lap time, which means I'm not as free to stitch in the evenings (and I'm totally okay with giving up a little stitching time to give her the comfort and extra attention she needs). I've made a little progress on some things, and I will be going to my LNS' Moonlight Stitch this weekend, so I hope to have something to share with you soon.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Retreat is good for the soul

And one can actually accomplish a few things!

I finally finished my Mosaic scarf, started over a year ago. Of course, I haven't worked on it much since I started it, so Retreat was a good opportunity to make some progress.

I worked on the Feathered Fantasy quilt, but I haven't taken a picture of my progress yet, because my design wall is full! Pic soon, promise!

I also got out Mirabilia's Deco Spirits, and have almost finished the second motif.

And after I returned home, I worked a little more on Diamond Delight VI - 2 top triangles are complete, leaving 6 to go.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Needlepoint and quilt top half finished

I finally finished the filling stitches around the diamonds for Diamond Delight, so now it will be on to the outer triangles.

I've also pieced the top half of CC's new flannel plaid quilt - a month to get to this point, I have no idea how I pieced and quilted his first one so quickly!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Seasonal cross stitching

Over the past few weeks I've been working on a few cross stitch projects that are seasonal-apropos. Autumn Fairy has gotten a little more attention - I haven't completely finished Part 3, but it is 2/3 complete. Here are 2 of the six ornaments that include over-1 stitching and then a progress pic of the part 4 motif.

Getting close to Halloween always makes me want to stitch on a Halloween-y project, and what's better than Spooky House?

And I've finally started on a third letter (L is for Leaves) for the Prairie Schooler ABC Quilt. At the rate I'm going, it will take me 26 years to complete, ha! Oh well, it's more about enjoying the process sometimes than the product (though I do enjoy that too, when it's complete).

Sunday, October 02, 2011

CC's Flannel Plaid Quilt progress

After spending some more time working on it, CC's new quilt top is nearly halfway pieced. Wishing that the weekend was longer so I could have more time to work on it... :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cross stitching!

I have recently pulled out In The Garden, and have just about finished up page two, save for a couple of odd stitches here and there.

I have also been working a little on my Chinese Dragon Gate, and it's hard to get a really accurate photo of the colors (even the fabric, or maybe that should be especially the fabric).

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Been a slow week

Actually it seems like a slow month, like I'm not really accomplishing anything, but I know that's not true.

I decided that I really did not like the border fabric that I pieced to my desert version of the MCQG mystery quilt. The color just made it look sick, once I got it put together. So I began a hunt for a better fabric, and found this, Kaffe Fassett's "Shot" cotton, color Putty. I'll be removing the original borders and making new corner squares to go with it. The color looks MUCH, MUCH better with the colors in this quilt.

And my husband asked for a new "blankie" a few weeks ago. Thing is, he said he wanted one exactly like the one I made for him in 1997/1998. Well... I told him I couldn't find the exact fabrics I had used back then, but I agreed to make him a new homespun flannel plaid quilt in the same pattern. I found some yardage on a web site, and finally finished cutting it out last week. Here is the first bit of piecing - upper right corner. I really like the colors I chose, they read much warmer than his original one, and yet they're still totally appropriate for my guy. :) Actually, in this photo, the maroon reads a little purple, but in real life it's got more red than blue. It probably has to do with all those plaids making the camera go crazy.

I have also started knitting a new pair of socks and have gotten to the point I always have the most difficulty with - turning the heel. Fingers crossed - I'll be picking up stitches next... :)

Thursday, September 08, 2011

A little more quilt work

Over the holiday weekend, I finally finished the Trip to New England quilt top (had to finish appliquéing the leaves on the borders). Note to self, and anyone else who doesn't already know, it's much easier to appliqué on a smaller piece of fabric than a huge one. I machine-stitched these down using a blanket stitch, which was fine when the bulk of the quilt was to the left of the machine, and a real pain when I had to stuff it through the arm...

I also completed two more blocks on my Blocks From the Past quilt - This and That is the pieced block and the appliqué block is just Eagle.

I'm really enjoying the blanket stitch by hand, but I've realized that I really MUST use my thimble, else my middle finger hurts for the next few days.

Oh, and one more - how could I forget a HAPPY DANCE!!! Ruth Donnell quilted my One Block Wonder, and I finally finished binding it over the weekend (which wasn't easy, as my cat Rudy Poo spent most of the weekend sleeping on it).

I entered it in our quarterly quilt challenge at our guild meeting this month, and it was voted as favorite for the month of October! Happy, happy, happy dance!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Diamond Delight Filling Stitch #3

And here is the bottom diamond filling stitch of Diamond Delight VI. One more diamond to fill, and then it's on to the triangles surrounding them.

MCQG Mystery Quilt, versions 1 and 2

I just realized that I never posted the first and second versions that I finished in August. The first one is a 60 inch version, the second is the 30 inch version.

MCQG Mystery Quilt, version 3 finished

This is another 60 inch version, made with mostly 30's fabrics. My favorite way to spend a vacation day!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pineapple Block

A lady in my quilt guild makes some of the finest buttonhole stitch hand appliqué in her quilts. I recently conferred with her to find out what thread (and how many strands) she uses, as well as the size of her stitches. I had started this block just before then, so the pineapple (brown) fabric is appliquéd with 2 strands and a larger stitch. The leaves and frame are appliquéd with just one strand and a smaller stitch. I definitely want to try this on some more blocks. And I need the practice. You can click the photo for a larger view. One thing I determined is that it is easier to do the smaller stitches on rounded pieces. The edges of the points (of the leaves) began to fray a bit. I'll have to confer a bit more to see how she deals with things like that.

Oh, and this quilt will be on point, which is why the pineapple is on the diagonal. :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

What a Hoot! finished

Finished-finished too, not just stitching-finished!

Husband renamed him "Owly Potter" :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

What a hoot!

I admit I have a problem, but I don't really want to be cured.

This weekend I started The Cat's Whiskers' "What a Hoot!" I recently won it in a variation of the Dirty Santa game (but in June). I was so pleased that no one stole it from me, and I've been wanting to start it from the time it came into my hands.

Here is my progress so far - I expect to have the stitching completed this week, barring any other projects getting in the way, and then I plan to go ahead and finish it as the scissor-keep and needle-minder as intended.

I've also got an urge to play with some blanket stitch applique, so I will probably work on a block from my Blocks From the Past quilt soon to satisfy that. :)

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Grapes Pillow finished into a pillow

Just 2 short years after finishing the stitching, my Grapes Pillow cross stitch (Donna Vermillion Giampa) is actually a pillow now!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Chinese Dragon Gate start

I don't even have my fibers and beads yet from ECC, but I just had to start Chinese Dragon Gate. I'm stitching it on 28 count navy Jubilee, which I understand is no longer available (luckily I had a yard in my stash). I pulled the DMC, and here's my start...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

July's progress on a couple of projects

I've been working on part 2 of Desert Landscapes Mandala. Like part 1, there's a lot to this one, so I don't think I'm even halfway through. But I love the soft colors so far.

I'm also working on the Mill Hill Log Cabin Quilt, and here's the latest.

And finally, I acquired a new "toy" a few weeks ago. The opportunity to buy a used Bernina Aurora 440 QE came up, and I decided to go ahead and buy it. My main reason is the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator). I took a quilting class a few years ago, and we used machines with the BSR. At the time, it was so very different from what I'd been used to that I didn't really appreciate it. I have often thought I'd like the chance to try it again, but I couldn't really justify shopping for another machine, especially knowing how much Berninas cost. When the opportunity came up to buy the machine from a friend, I just couldn't pass it up.

So yesterday I finally had the chance to sit down and familiarize myself with my new machine. I couldn't wait very long before I attached the BSR and played around quilting with it. After about 30 minutes of play, I pulled out the baby quilt I had sandwiched and ready to go, and in a few hours, I had it quilted! Here's a pic of me working on it. Now I just need to make and attach the binding. I'll be using my Pfaff for that because of the IDT. :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Diamond Delight VI, left diamond finished

I really love the shading on the filling stitches in this diamond.

I've been working on assembling all the clues for the MCQG Mystery quilt, so once I send out those instructions to my quilt guild, I'll reveal the mystery here.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Desert Landscapes Mandala, part 1

I've been working quite a bit on my Desert Landscapes Mandala recently, and finally finished part one last night! Even though I've stitched other Chatelaine designs, I am just so amazed at the intricacies of them. Now I need to get to work on Autumn Fairy - I have the feeling I'm going to fall behind (with so many things going on), as much as I wanted to keep up... I'm sure no one else has had that problem, right? :)

I also managed to make a necklace over the holiday weekend with a "mood bead" that I picked up at my local bead shop, Be Dazzled. I thought a daisy chain would go well with it, and struggled with colors before coming up with this multi-color combination.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

MCQG Mystery Quilt, parts 6 and 7

I was so busy in June doing other things that I forgot to post the Clue #6 photo, so here are both 6 and 7 this time. Clue #6 was some bias-curved blocks (almost like Cathedral Window), and clue #7 is the Tree of Life block.

We're almost through with our mystery quilt - the next clue is putting it all together! And I've got a little bit of work ahead of me to get those instructions written! I've already heard back from one quilter regarding my instructions for the Tree of Life block, and she said her block turned out well, so that's good!!! :)