Saturday, December 10, 2016

Quilting Like Crazy

After getting the pirate quilt back, I was suddenly hit by the urge to start another quilt!  And it didn't hurt that a dear friend of mine admired the pirate quilt, saying that he "could see the love that went into it" and commenting that no one had ever done anything like that for him.  Well then.  Anyone who knows me at all knows what happened next....I went out Googling for free simple quilt patterns, and ended up with the "Snuggly Layer Cake Throw" from Melissa Mortenson.  It is designed for a Moda layer cake fabric pack, but I always have to be different.  My friend is a fisherman and lover of the outdoors, so I started making a color/fabric palette that would reflect that.  Here's my start:
I adore the center piece - the little cabin scene - and the fishermen on the blue (bottom row, on the left).  But I don't think the fabric with the flies is working.  It is just too orange.  So I've ordered a replacement, but of course it isn't here yet...so I wait.  It is not quite as bright, but like the flies it won't require fussy cutting (like the cabin and fishermen did).
I think it will work, despite the fact that it has greens instead of the blues I am using in the accent blocks.  There is still brown and cream to tie it together.

I'm really excited to get this put together!  it will probably be my "week after Christmas" project.

Monday, December 05, 2016

HUGE Christmas gift finished!

So, a couple years ago I made a small quilt for my daughter.  After it was completed, I swore I wasn't going to quilt again....and then she asked for pirates....

Today I got this back from the wonderful Amish ladies who hand-quilt and bind quilt tops at ridiculously affordable prices.
(It is laid out on the work counter in the library.)  It is definitely wide enough for a twin bed, but not quite long enough to hang over very far at the bottom.  Still, it will make a lovely bed topper, or perfect for curling up on the couch to watch movies.  

Sunday, December 04, 2016

November Smalls SAL

I know, I know, it is a bit late...but with Thanksgiving last week, and some craziness at work this week, plus a bus trip to NYC yesterday, I've gotten a bit behind!
So here is Primrose Needleworks' "Rejoice and Sing," from the 2016 JCS Ornament Issue.  I stitched it on 32-ct. linen, and substituted for both the red and green flosses.  I also added beads in place of the cream-colored stitches in each berry.  I completed it as a cube (and got to play with my new hot wire foam cutter!), using holly berry fabric for the back and green corduroy around the sides.  The bow on top is a gold metallic, and there is a little white ornament with a gold glitter snowflake on it glued to the center.  It will be a gift for one of the music professors I've worked with this semester to organize a weekly speaker/performer showcase in the library!

And, just for those of the snarkier persuasion, here it is before I finished the lettering.
Hehehehe.

One more quickie finish - this was something I impulsively purchased at Celebration of Needlework.
This is one of Susan Greening Davis' "snappie" bags, with the linen banding already attached.  Her instructions were to stitch it over-one, but I liked it better bigger, so over-two it was!  It was a little frustrating to anchor the flosses, especially toward the sides, but since the back is hidden I'm not too worried.  The picture on the left was the included model pic, so you can see the difference in size.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Getting All Pinterest-y In Here

A couple years ago, the college where I work celebrated their 50th anniversary.  To commemorate this, the media department put together a video of notable people connected with the college over the years.  It was titled, "50 Years, 50 Faces," and many many MANY copies were made.  And as happens with items of this sort, maybe you can guess how many copies we found in a box in a closet this past summer?

Yeah, lots.

So, being the crafty person that I am, I browsed Pinterest for a while and found a way to justify taking a couple of these cast-offs home.  And I turned them into this.
This is "Celtic Knot" by Elizabeth's Designs, finished a couple years ago and languishing - not unlike those CDs! - in a box.  Basically I made 4 round ornaments and sandwiched them together, one with a little scissor pocket.  I attached a little button to one side and an elastic loop to the other to make a closure, and the "hinge" is just 2 bits of ribbon.  The pattern I was working from edged both pieces with beads, but I didn't have any matching beads, so I made twisted cord instead and just put it on the front.

Would I do this again?  I don't know.  It doesn't seem like the most practical little thing, and it was a bit fiddly to assemble.  But if I find another pile of unwanted marketing CDs lying around.....

Monday, November 21, 2016

Pre-Holiday Confession

Etsy has sucked me in.

There, I said it.

In the past, I glanced at patterns on Etsy and thought, "meh, cute....but too simple/modern/primitive/whatever" and thereby managed to avoid buying any.  Lately, that has been harder!  I'm finding that for whatever reason, some of the simpler designs are calling my name.  And the ability to instantly download my purchases definitely makes it even more appealing!  The other night I found myself poking around in this store, and ended up purchasing her "Sea Sampler."  I can see it as a gift for a friend...or maybe I'll just stitch it for myself...we shall see.  I also like some designs over at TheElfinForest (love their spell book idea!) and some of the 3D figures by LivingOnTheRainbow.  Her little pirate ornament is too cute!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Well, that's done.

I stitched this little Victorian Santa from the December 1990 issue of Just Cross Stitch.  I stitched him on a mystery scrap of linen, and made just one little change - the pattern had the lines around the white squares in the border stitched in white, but I liked the contrast of red better.  Then I was wandering around in Michaels the other night, and found the little sled.  I had to pick off the little bell cluster and greenery (it was bigger, and attached right in the center) and reassemble it, but I think it worked!  It isn't perfect, but what the heck, I'll just call it "rustic."  :D

Monday, November 14, 2016

Wait, what?

I started working on this as a gift for a friend - it is from Primrose Needleworks, in the 2016 JCS Ornament issue.  When finished, it reads "Rejoice + Sing," but right now it makes me giggle.
I also have my desktop computer back from the Geek Squad (the motherboard failed - on a computer that was less than 6 months old!  Do NOT buy a Lenovo.), so soon I should have better, non-phone pictures.