Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I have been packing and moving boxes from one room into another as they sleep in two single beds. I overdid it today, but then it was a good day so I have not been stitching much this week. I will take a break until I get my room set up finally so that I can go in, close the door, and stitch to my little heart's content.
It has been overwhelming storing dd's and her dh's extra's, dh's folks extra's all in our home and then trying to make room for company and ourselves at the same time, but it does work, and I must admit forces one to purge what they are not working with and that is good.
Well off to grab a hot cup of tea and decide what to put on for supper, so that dh will not be totally floored when he comes in and finds the mattress and spring in the tv room waiting to be moved and a frame to come down............good will here we come. My white on white room is gone and I will miss it, but then I haven't been able to find it for some time now.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Tomorrow I will work on the Art Bra block and play with colours, and if the mood is still with me start piecing my white on white quilt as well as my Victorian Christmas Wall Quilt for this Christmas..........all vintage and full of colours.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
The dove of peace was very hard to stitch detail into as the only spot on the block it would fit required that it go through very stubborn lace. I am pleased and I candidly added more flowers.
I also added some sequined flowers and beads. There are some irridescent butteflies flying amongst the the olive branches.
Two seperate hearts on done all in knots and daisies and they have more detailt o be added. The other in metallic thread and sequins.
I truly enjoyed filling in this heart on the block today. It felt good as I was not wanting it to overpower the whole block. I used a string of pearls to make the looped heart, and thendid a fashion flower in a tone of blush and added three antique roses with pearls and rusched ribbons.
I started this block as a gift for my dd and wanted to make it larger into a quilt and do more work on it. It is away from the style that I normally work as this would be all cottons with no beads, frills or silk ribbon work as my daughter is not a frilly person.
I would concentrate more onto he stitching than on the embellishment unless it were buttons and whimsical buttons. My friends have sent me fabrics and I have to hit the cotton section of my sane quilting mode to do enough of these to do a wall hanging for dd. This is way overdue. Just to stay motivated I can work on this one and finish off some of the other items that just need to be sewn. Holding my head low.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
I did work a few seams that were different for me as I wanted to push myself a bit futher in the beading department as this block leaves tomorrow for Pam's in England and she is a true beader.
I worked a herring bone stitch across the green to cream velvet and then went back and did a slant stitch topped with a bead, below I did the same on a smaller scale and ended up using small and medium bugle beads and red beads to form holly in the beginning. I could have used whtie and made them sptrings of miseltoe but they would not have shown up.
I then did a slant stitch with daisy stitches and back sitchining in both wildflowers and krenink threads. I did a fan on the bottom and added a single strand of silver. I highlighted with irridescent beads.
I then went to the top and did a collage of Christmas roses done in Christmas red and green and set off with sprigs of beads in size 13.
On the bottom end I used a gathered piece of wide lace with a red soutache cord running through the top. I hand stitched this down securely so it would not wave and was pleased. I did hesitate with the black but felt after it was on the red glitter beads were added in size 8 that it did make the block.
Now, across the ocean to Pam where she will work her magic. I had a totally wonderful day, and must play catch up with another two blocks I have on the go.
Perhaps tomorrow I can clean my sewing room and finish Leslie's second block and then work on my Art bra block at the same time.