Monday, November 13, 2006

Brief update

First of all I'd like to show you all some quilts that were recently done up by the OECS quilter (Kim) that includes some of the squares I've stitched.

In this general themed quilt I have two. The panda Bear and the the chick with the tea cup.

In this one I only have the basket of hearts. (middle of first row, it is a little hard to see)
And last but not least... here's the Pooh Quilt! In case someone is new to reading this blog I suggested this theme and stitched all the squares including the logo. I just love how Kim put this quilt together.

And here's a few squares I've been working on in between the fabric quilt squares. All three of the above are cats. In order from the top are : white scottish-fold, bicolor;black Maine Coon, and a Russian Blue. The Scottish fold is a bit hard to see white on white, but there is no out-lining mentioned for these mini's. Just a bit for eyes and maybe the nose and mouth. Any ideas on outlining some of these white cats? The patterns I'm using have many breeds and some have about 4 or 5 differant colourings for each breed and many are white.

and here are two Ballerina's. Got them as a freebie from one of the British Cross Stitch mags I picked up a few months ago. They were a consulation gift since they weren't allowed to send the free gift intended over here. There's five total and I will be stitching them all and sending them to OECS for a ballerina quilt.

Not much to update. It's the same ol thing just a differant day. Gram is sick again. It seems like things are "attacking" her all at once. The rain and damp aren't doing me any favors but I'll not depress you any with those rantings. It's winter and my joints are older than me that's all I'll say.

Saturday was Veteran's Day and Rolling Thunder helped organize the ceremony in Sanford. Not a bad turn out. Much better than last year, and a lot warmer as well. Last estimate I got was over 200 people. But since I didn't get to the meeting yesterday I'm not sure if there was a more accurate number given. Next month at the meeting we will be having our last toy collection and donations for our veteran's.

Thanks for the well wishes and compliments.

Lili, I don't think I'm that good of a sewer. If you could see the backs of these blocks or a good look at the edges you wouldn't agree either. But at least you can't see through the stitches and they hold together pretty good.

You see, I hand stitch the quilt squares and the two panels for the top piece and machine sew the center line. DH actually does the rest. I help sandwich the layers and he stitches them together and births the quilt, I tuck and pin the bottom and he sews it shut then I tie the quilt. So you take your own tally on who actually makes the quilt. So far I have 4 more squares to cut and sew, and one more that needs to be made. I'm seriously debating on wether or not to finish the last four and save that one for next year, and give only four hand made quilts and a few ornies to the nursing home and one of those no sew blankets as well. I'm hoping to stay in touch with my quilting side from now on and interspace the cross-stitch with some fabric quilts to donate each year to the nursing home. Maybe then I won't get burnt out on cross-stitch again or quilting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow! Those quilts are beautiful!

Monday, November 13, 2006 8:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Julie B said...

Love the quilts!!! Great stitching!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 5:49:00 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

Amanda, your Pooh Quilt is brightly finished! You must be very proud of it!
All the quilts presented here are very beautiful, and I'm sure OECS counts you as one of their best recruits. (is it the right word?).
I find it very cute that your DH helps you with the quilts: the perfect team!
November is hard on people, generally speaking, and I hope your Gram will overcome this one...
My joints are also older than myself: I have had arthritis since I was 20... so I relate to your -unspoken- rant... Continuous pain can be depressing at times...
Take care, Amanda! You're doing a great job!

Thursday, November 16, 2006 8:12:00 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

The quilts are beautiful! Great job on your stitching projects also.

Saturday, November 18, 2006 1:05:00 PM  
Blogger AnneS said...

Your quilts are all lovely, as are the new squares you've stitched - boy you've been busy! :D

Monday, November 20, 2006 7:24:00 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

You've been BUSY Amanda! The quilts look great - you and DH are a super duo, and you mustn't sell your talents short.

You might try outlining the white kitties in a light gray (one strand) just to help them stand out a bit from the white background without making them look too artificially outlined.

Your ballerinas are beautiful! That's going to be an amazing quilt!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 4:52:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

The quilts and your stitching are great. I hope you and your grandmother feel better soon!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 10:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those turned out very nice!

By the way, you've been tagged! I hope you'll play and list 8 facts/habits about yourself on one of your blogs. You can read mine on my Angela's Gift Nook blog. Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 1:17:00 PM  

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