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Friday, November 29, 2013

Some finishes

First I finished my tree skirt. I wanted something big and this is about 60" square. Just a quilt pattern that I cut a hole in the center.

I just quilted with all over swirls. And here it is under my new tree.

Tonight I finished binding this neutral quilt. This is a gift for a couple that were and still are good to my folks.

I free motioned feathers all over. Now it just needs a name and a label and it will be ready to wrap.

We had my in-laws over for a quiet Thanksgiving. Here's a picture of my table. I used my china and crystal which I haven't used for years.

Besides food see what else is missing? Jeff and I got all the food on the table and realized I never got around to putting silverware out. Food was good as was the company. Except for my hubby. He was anti-social as usual.

Today was all about putting decorations up. It was fun because I had the house to myself so I cranked up the Christmas music and got it done. I cried a bit too. My mom made a lot of things for us. For a while she made each of us these cross stitched cards. After receiving a few I wanted to frame them and I hang them around the big cross stitch picture she also stitched for me.


I need to figure a better way to hang them but we have these two big hooks on the wall that I can't remove so I tried to use them. It was also hard to put the ornaments on the tree. She also cross stitched some real beautiful ones for me over the years.

Thanks for looking. Tomorrow I am cutting and stitching the pieces for Bonnie Hunters newest mystery quilt. The clue came out today.

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Loose Threads Meets Again

This dragonfly

Has dyed his body

Autumn

His is my interpretation of the haiku. I wanted to play with my paint sticks, metallic thread and some ideas I got at Cindy Needhams design workshop.

Sara felted some yarns and made a purse and then added this gorgeous dragonfly.

Barbara Sawyer also made a fall colored purse

Anna (with a cute little smirk) took her piece that was from the Danny Kaye quote challenge and added these copper rubbed pieces and some copper leaves.

Was a nice night catching up with the girl. Our next challenge will be storyboard challenges. We each do a story board of ideas and things we like and then pass them around and make a quilt using the board for inspiration.

And Anna got this for me for my birthday. So sweet.

Thanks for looking.

 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Somewhat Caught Up?

I finished 4 quilts in the last week or so and I can't show you them all.  First, I finished my friendship group's Dresden challenge.  Can't show it until after our Christmas Party - I also finished the 12" exchange quilt that I showed in the last post.  And I quilted a guild charity quilt as a warm up.

I did finish and am able to show this little linen quilt.  I don't know where the linen came from - maybe a thrift shop.  But while at Cindy Needhams design class I took advantage of her stencil collection and marked this baby.

You can't see but I quilted the flowers in the middle and feathers in the border with an aqua thread so it really stands out.  The rest was done in Aurifils clear thread which I really liked working with.

And yea! I caught up on my Farmer's Wife quilt.  I have 54 blocks done.
Blocks 28-36

Blocks 37-45

Blocks 46-54

And this is a mock up of the blocks I have done and how I want to sash it.

I have started and want to finish this weekend the Loose Threads quote quilt.  And I started cutting a quilt I want to have done for Christmas.  It's not a tough pattern (it's one I've made before too) and shouldn't take me too long to make.  It's all neutrals and should be very pretty when done.

Thanks for looking.  

Friday, November 1, 2013

No posting doesn't mean I haven't been working

Just haven't really finished anything I can show.  And just to prove it - here are snippets of what I've done.
This is a finished piece - for a Christmas gift exchange.


This is a part of my Dresden Plate Challenge that I am currently machine quilting.

I also machine quilted a guild charity quilt.  Didn't take a picture but practiced my feathers.  It had been a while since I had sat at a machine so this was a great warm up to the projects I have pinned and ready to go.  
I am also going to be doing Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt again this year called Celtic Solstice.  She used Orange, Green, Blue and Yellow - but I decided to make mine with Halloween colors - still using the orange and green but using purple and black instead of blue and yellow.  And white for the background.   
And for Halloween we don't dress in costume at work but I did wear all my Halloween fun stuff - spider earrings and ring, and I put colored hair pieces in my hair and wear my Halloween sparkle shirt and wearing my denim jacket that I zig zagged in orange around the edges and embroidered a Halloween motif on the back and wearing a great pin my sister made on the jacket.  I'm even wearing some witch socks.
I have also started my next Loose Threads challenge.  The quote or Haiku is:

The dragonfly
has dyed his body
Autumn

--Bakusui

Thanks for looking.