Friday, February 29, 2008

More WIP's Finished

I have also started some new stitches on my crazy patch block #4, however I am not too happy with my 'initial' waste canvas technique ..hopefully my stitching will improve with practice as I think the larger size WC would have worked better! Now I will do the other seams. Please check back later to see the embellishments. I also learned from this (my very first CP) to use plain fabric so my stitching is not 'lost'!
I have almost completed the other three squares. These squares are 18 inches square and I have learned this is too large a size for a beginner like me! Because I loved the embellishing part, my poor husband is disappointed as he thought I was making a large 'QUILT' to keep him warm...alas this may be a wall hanging instead!
Yes, my Mystery Quilt is almost finished as I had set sewing aside before Christmas anticipating and my Dad's hospital stay. Remaining work on my quilt is sewing the five rows of blocks together and adding the inner/outer borders. Then I will post a picture. The fabrics are all batiks and I am quite pleased with the end result even though I had an unfortunate dilema with the background fabric. Would you believe the color of the dyes looked PEACHY...ALMOST ORANGE in my home lighting instead of the blue/green shades in the quilt shop! This mystery quilt is quite an invesment as I selected different fabric for background!
I feel very good today as I also completed a crocheted outfit for another one of my naked Barbie dolls. I find crocheting can be done much easier than other crafts. I will photo once accessories are done.
I also have supplies ready to start Pamela's Spring SAL. I am participating in the robin-spring themed project because my Dad, who passed away February 6th, 2008 loves robins and most other birds. His favorite hobby was building all sizes and shapes of birdhouses for their cottage at Clear lake.
Please see my other WIP's and completed projects here:
"When I count my stitches I count all my BLESSINGS too."

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Finished Valentine Stitch Along

I finally completed my Valentine Mystery Stitch along and am excitedly purchasing supplies (floss and fabric) for my next SAL project.

Does it feel good to be completely finished! Now I have to decide where to have picture framed, then I will take a picture when complete. I saw a beautiful pictures of roses today with the saying 'Roses Mean Remembrance' as I mentioned I am framing these roses in loving memory of my Dad. Coincidentally, the beautiful rich color happened to be identical to the roses in his floral arrangement.
I am now doing some volunteer work for our local Art Gallery and hope to have work complete in time for Part One of the new 'spring' mystery stitch along. I have an idea one of Pam's design may be of a robin as the embroidery floss I purchased seem to be those shades of a robin's breast. Very pretty colors! I am anticipating this project, mainly because I LOVE spring so much! This winter has definitely been the coldest on record! These projects certainly do help pass the time.
I went to a church rummage today and did I find some beautiful little treasures - some sparkly jewelry pins, vintage buttons (3 packages for twenty cents) and beads that will work very nicely with my elegant stitches from Pam's new book. Please be be added to my next crazy patch project SOON!

Quote for today:

Sew much fabric, sew little time.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pam Kellogg's Valentine Mystery Stitch Along Almost Complete!

Just this week, February 18th Pam Kellogg announced a new First Robin of Spring Mystery Stitch-Along, starting in March, therefore I am busy finishing Part Four of the Valentine SAL before I begin a new project. Although I have started another crocheted outfit for one of my Barbies as I find it easier to crochet while watching TV. Our Scott Tournament of Hearts Curling championships are on and I am trying to watch the games with my husband, one 'sport' we BOTH enjoy!
For 2008, I am sincerely trying to complete projects before starting any more new ones. However, since I am really happy with the way my Valentine project looks (despite the blackwork being my 'initial work' using this celtic stitching technique), I am tempted to try another mystery stitch along and have been collecting my materials hopefully being organized for Part One. I definitely did not complete by Valentine's Day, but I will complete the last half of Part Four this week. I am planning on having this completed cross stitch framed dedicating the picture in Loving Memory of my Father who passed away February 6th, 2008 after a lengthy illness the entire month of January. The hearts and roses in the picture seem to portray my love and devotion to him.
I am also excited to start another Crazy Patch using seam treatments from Pam's "Elegant Crazy Quilt Seam Treatments".
The LINK to Spring SAL is:
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