Saturday, December 31, 2011

I Did It

In an earlier post...or two...or three...I mentioned wanting to finish a quilt for LeLe's Christmas gift. I finally gave up, just content to work on it as I could. And you know what? I finished it. I was surprised at myself.

She chose the fabric, and a design, and I altered the design to my own liking. It wasn't an easy thing to do, and I fussed at myself frequently. I also quilted it as I went. Part of that was great because the quilting part was much easier. But connecting the pieces together was a pain. The entire quilt is queen size, so it was still hard to handle. I'm very glad I finished, and she seemed to be very happy with it. So, here is the finished product.

It was so big, there was no place in my house I could hang it up to take a better photo. Maybe she will post a photo of it on her bed.

When I first began, I mentioned to Sharon at Vrooman's Quilts that I was using the Lilly and Will II fabric, and she was so kind to send me a jelly roll. That made doing the center and the squares so much easier!  And after so many of Marcia's posts at Marcia's Crafty Sewing and Quilting blog, I decided to try using a decorative stitch on the binding.

It was a bit tricky, and I'll not use such an intricate design again until I have more practice, but all in all, I like it.

I plan to try making some shams to match, as soon as I recover from all the Christmas stress, and the severe cold I've been dealing with.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Winter Wreath

Here is the winter yarn wreath I finished last night. I used dark gray yarn on a styrofoam wreath form and several different wintery accents that I bought at Michael's for 60% off. I love the little cardinal. The lace was some that Mom had given me a few months ago. I really like how it turned out! I wanted to do something that was more versatile than just Christmas, so this will last until at least February. I know the photo isn't the best (it was on my phone at around 10 PM last night).

What a Mess

You see this mess?

Well, it is supposed to be a Christmas gift. By the looks of it, I doubt seriously if that will happen. But, it's for my LeLe, she knows it probably won't, and is ok with it.

That's how my sewing room usually looks when I'm in the middle of something. Not a pretty picture is it? But, it's how I work. I don't have a good space to spread it all out, and the ironing board usually doubles as a table, the bed as a design board. You use what you have eh?  I normally clean the biggest part of it up every other day or so. If someone should come in and see it before I do, oh well.

This is a little wooden Nativity set I made umpteen years ago for my Mother-in-Law.

I had a band saw and lots of scraps and I made countless little things like this. They are all gone now except for this and a few Christmas decorations. I made this simple by design, and she thought LMW would enjoy playing with it. He does like wiping them all off the table.

Back to work in the messy sewing room.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Be Merry!

This has been a great couple of weeks mail wise. So many lovely things arriving in my mail box. I recently won a giveaway on SewCalGal's blog and it arrived today. Woo Hoo! It was for her 2011 Christmas Quilt Show and I won a door prize. (I didn't enter a quilt)

 It's Be Merry by Martha Walker at Wagons West Designs, and it's full to bursting with awesome Christmas projects I can't wait to try. It gives me something to work on for Christmas all year long.   I'm so very pleased to have won this, and feel very blessed. Merry Christmas to Me!!

I also posted about this on my other blog.

Thank you SewCalGal and Martha!!