Wednesday, 17 February 2016

A Little Early for Xmas?!!

Wow - I have actually managed two posts this month!

AND.... I have finished another item from the Dreaded Drawer 3 (an "unlisted project" unfortunately,  but from the DD3 just the same!). I have also made some progress with another project (Number 9 - 'Miracles by Appointment" - very appropriate I thought!), as well as managing to cut, and iron into place ready for stitching, the violet bouquets for another block for the 'Love Letters Quilt' in Drawer 6.

Last month I joined an online group called 1 Xmas Item a Month  .  Members of this group work on projects/items for Xmas, whether it be decorations or gifts, individual projects or a larger project, and share their progress each month. As I try to make most of my Xmas gifts for family and friends I thought it would be fun to join this group and share my progress with them. Already proven a successful motivation for me as the finished PiP mentioned above is my first "show and tell" project with the group. Looking forward to adding more finished Xmas projects to their blog throughout the year.

This is the finished PiP.  It is a design by a Victorian designer at Smee Designs  . I bought the pre-printed pattern online quite some time ago and I have been working on it for over two years.  A redwork design, the original is mainly worked in backstitch but I added my own personal touch with a variety of stitches and added some embellishments to complete each block. The sashing and border material is Seasons Greeting by Fabri-Quilt - I bought this fabric on our recent travels to WA.

Xmas Wall-hanging - 'Subversive Santa'

During the month I also downloaded a sheet from +Cynthia's Ark to list my UFOs and PiPs to help me keep track of the projects I either complete or make some progress with.  I now have TWO lists - one for the hand embroidery stitching and one for the projects in the DD3 - that should keep me busy for awhile.  Of course, in answer to my quilty friend +Marilyn C , there may also be one or two "new" projects to work on during the year.

Stitching UFOs and PiPs for 2016

Soooo..... more progress in the last ten days.  It must be all the excitement around here as we finalise our preparations for the big trip starting on 25th February.  Yes, I do have projects ready to take with me and hopefully, now that we have the comfort of the new A-van, I will be able to complete some more of those UFOs and PiPs before we get home in July.

So until next month ........


Friday, 5 February 2016

OMG - Progress Already!

Finally, creativity has returned to the 'Woman's Cave'! It must be this wet, dreary weather keeping me indoors, but whatever it is I am happy to say I have made some progress on the contents of that 'dreaded Drawer 3'.

Activity in the 'Cave' stepped up a notch or two this last two weeks, with an increase in cardmaking and stitching.  There's a long way to go before that 'dreaded Drawer 3' is empty but here are the results so far this month. (A couple of "before" and "after" shots too).

These projects, as numerically listed in my previous post, have now been completed.

Lovely bright backing
Dragonflies in Sashiko
Number 1 - Dragonfly sashiko square - now complete with lovely Kaffe Fasset fabric. Already in the A-van to be used as a candle mat.

'Keys to my Heart' Cushion Cover
Redwork Heart "before"
Number 3 - Redwork Heart cushion front - now complete with borders, backing, and insert. Another lovely addition in the A-van.

Candlewick Bears on pillowcase
Candlewick Bears "before"
Number 4 - Candlewick Bears x 4 - I didn't know what I was going to do with this project until I finished the stitching. The candlewicking is now finished and I have made a binding on each square and attached both squares to decorate a pillow case - maybe a Christmas gift for a little girl with a 'Bear Hugs' quilt!

 There has also been some progress made on the following projects:

Number 6 - Bareroots "Written in Thread" wall-hanging
Number 7 - Mystery Runner from AP&Q magazine
Drawer 6 -  "Love Letters Quilt" (Faeries in My Garden BOM 2011?)

Mystery Quilt Block1
Broderie Perse progress

In addition to all that stitching activity there has been some very successful cardmaking activity. There are so many 'new' techniques in cardmaking and I have enjoyed the 'challenges' some of these have presented. There a few samples of those "challenges" below.

My "Scan 'n' Cut shopper
My DH was very generous at Christmas and gave me a Brother Scan 'n' Cut machine, despite agreeing there would be no expensive gifts this year as we had purchased our A-van just before Christmas. However, I must say I am thrilled with this new addition in the "Cave" and I have spent a few hours 'playing' over the last couple of weeks. 

So until my next "progress report" --- stay safe, be happy, and may the creative juices flow freely.

Happy crafting.

Just a sample of my finished cards.
Paper folding and Scan 'n' Cut stencil

Baby girl pop-up card
"Flip" technique
Pop-up card - folds flat for postage
'Waterfall' technique - just pull the ribbon
Tri-fold with a difference

Another 'pop-up' baby boy card
'Step' technique
Simple Male birthday easel card
'Book' card with Scan 'n' Cut images

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

What did you give as gifts for Christmas?

My post before Christmas included a "taster" of some of the projects I had been working on as gifts.  I must say it was a miracle that I managed to finish as many projects as I did after being away travelling for three months! There were a couple of projects I had to hastily work on - into late hours of the night I might add - that I omitted from my follow up post.  So here is a little "catch-up" on those projects that I did manage to finish just in the nick of time (no pun intended!).

Arwen's quilt - 'Bear Hugs'
The first is a small quilt for my great-niece, Arwen.  It was actually 99% completed before we started our travels in September and was on show at our Embroiderer's Guild Open Day and Exhibition in October. This photo was taken before we left.  All I needed to complete it was a label and embroider the little one's name and birthdate on the front.  Unfortunately, I can't seem to locate a photo of the completed quilt with embroidery but will try to get one before my next post.

Master K's - "I Spy" cuddle quilt
The next is a small quilt for Master K. I was still working on this quilt two days before our gift-giving day! I designed it myself as an animal I-Spy quilt and incorporated his nursery colours. It's not large enough for his cot/bed but I hope he will enjoy it as a cuddle rug. I used a lovely warm minky fabric on the back (photos at end of this post).

Miss Nellie's gift of love
There was a small wall-hanging for my lovely sister-in-law, Miss Nellie, which I embroidered whilst travelling in WA.

Water bottle carriers
And I finally found 'homes' for the last two water bottle carriers that were in my 'stash'.

Another stocking for Santa
All of my children and grandchildren have received a very special handmade Christmas stocking over the last five or six years. So, of course, it was expected that the newest addition, that being Master K, would also need a special stocking.  This one I was still finishing at five to midnight the day before our gift-giving day - what else would a Nanna be doing!!!!!

The only disappointing thing for me is that I was not able to send precious gifts to my family in the UK. Aside from the cost of postage involved, there is always the element of "lost" parcels around that time of year.  However, I hope that everyone enjoyed their special gifts that were sent and made with love. All sent from the heart.

Until my next post (a follow-up on the progress of my "Stitching Journey for 2016"),

Hugs --  and  -- Happy Stitching

More photos of Master K's quilt:
Printed label
Soft minky backing
"I-Spy" animals