Thursday, April 7, 2011

addendum....

6:36 am....temperature 21 degrees F.....enough already!!!!

more applique.....

here are a couple of more applique UFOs in the works.  the heart piece is a row sampler, not all rows are applique; the sewing machine is a little project that will have some spool blocks around the perimeter, sort of homage to the old viking.  last night i also put the beginner's star in the frame to start the quilting on it as it will need to be finished by the end of may in time for maine quilts this year.  it passes the time but sometimes that's all these projects do; it will never take the place of a real job and the passion for my work that goes unrequited still.....

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

red and white bandwagon

thanks to the current exhibit of red and white quilts in new york, red and white projects are popping up all over blogland. i, too, have succumbed but with restraint, meaning no bed size quilt. i've long admired the schoolhouse block and so i drafted a 6" version and picked up the fabrics and will make a small wallhanging or tabletopper or whatever. just another little project to squeeze in amongst the UFOs that are ongoing....

Monday, April 4, 2011

quilting detour

every so often the cross-stitch tote under my bed whispers to me in the wee hours to open it up and choose a project. for some time, i've wanted to do a vintage sampler AND i wanted a christmas stocking done in cross stitch. i found this pattern in a magazine eons ago and have kept it close by. i started it a while ago, did a bit and put it away. this past week or so i've spent a lot of time working on it, though the progress thus far is deceiving. i'm not expert, not like my daughter, but i love the result and best of all, it won't have to be framed. it's going to be my christmas stocking THIS year, God willing, and that'll be another needlework wish satisfied. ***** though we did get a bit of snow end of last week, it's mostly gone but winter just won't let go. one of these days it will probably be 80 or so and spring will be gone, even though we haven't had any yet of which to speak.