Sunday, December 31, 2006

Last minute stitches before 2007

Below you will find Scene in the Dunes a freebie from Wishful Thinking a UK charter out of Leeds, UK. This was done for a Beach Themed quilt for OECS. I had to fudge the greenary a bit since long stitches are not suitable for quilting let alone for the elderly. (don't want stitches to get caught when washing or being "patted". I think it came out well all in all. It was a bit of a chore, more than it looked, but eh... it's well worth it. And my last finished stitched piece for 2006 is a poem by Robert Burns. This is for a Scottish themed quilt for OECS. We already have two themes full and this makes a start of a third. Wasn't sure at first if I could do this one so I did up Leezy Lindsay. I just barely got this to fit as it was.

All I can say at this point in time is thank the goddess that this year is ending and and am trying desperately not to wish for better luck next year, the bad luck fairy is out to get me. (or whatever she/he is) Not going into any details so not to depress anyone, but these last few weeks have not been good. I'm at the point where I'm afraid to get out of bed in the morning.

On a lighter note. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and wishing you all a wonderful and bright new year!

Hugs to you all!!

Currently reading: A Play of Dux Moraud by Margaret Frazer
Currently stitching: Romantic Girl by Sue Cook

Sunday, December 24, 2006

update on stitching2

Here is Card Tricks and Clay's Choice side by side. They were given to the Barron Center this past week along with a no sew blanket which I don't intend to do again anytime soon.
And here are some pillows I made using squares I couldn't find matches for to make into full quilts. Two are Card Tricks the pink and green is a four block of Old Maid's Puzzle.

Blogger is being a brat and won't let me type between these last two pictures. The top is of some mice I did a few years ago and have recently donated the litter of them to the Barron Center. Can't remember where I got the pattern from. But the name of the pattern was "Not a Creature was Stirring....Not even a mouse" There was even a pattern to make them a quilt and pillow. But I didn't go that far. The picture is missing two mice, I tried to put one of each colour in the picture but Mum had confiscated my tan mouse a few weeks prior to this photo and I couldn't seem to find anymore of the black ones, though the Navy one on the far left is close. (and yes in case anyone is wondering, the arms and legs do move up and down)

The bottom picture is the Saint Andrew or Scotland's flag. you can probably guess which OECS quilt this one is going to. I have one more square to stitch that I promised the Scottish co-ordinator. It's another verse, but both square lots are filled, but you never know a third could be initatied.

I wished I'd taken a photo of the rabbits I gave to the center as well, but didn't dawn on me till after. Though I still have a few left to finish off before my entire hutch is gone, but I'm not sure when that will be. I either need to find the pattern instructions again (good luck here, it's been about 8 years since I did the last few) or take a bunny into the store and try and figure out what I need for pom-poms. Still got a few of the mice left as well, though they're only waiting for thier tails to be put on. Right now they look like that wretched butcher's knife got them. Got some elves to finish up and will donate them as well. guess you could say that I'm clearing house of crafties that are well old enough to be adopted out.

I believe that catches me up to date on the stitching front. I have two pieces in the process of being molded into blocks, one is awaiting legs while the other I think I put the legs on wrong and am wondering if I should try and fix it or leave well enough alone for the first attempt.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

update on stitching

Here is the last four squares for the Disney Ladies quilt I promised OECS. I'm not fond of how Cinderella came out, but it completes the set.
Here is a celtic heart knotwork, done for the Scottish sector of OECS for a Scottish Themed quilt. I wish you guys could see this in person! This knotwork is done in three shades of green and the medium shade I used just gives it an extra dimension.
Here's another Celtic knotwork for the Scottish themed quilt. Didn't like stitching this one. Drove me up the wall.

And yet another square for a scottish themed quilt. This is from a fragment of a poem by Robert Burns. There's actually two scottish themed quilts being done up at the moment. The response to such a quilt from both stitchers and one of the nursing homes was overwhelming. (the scottish co-ordinator gave out one quilt at one of her nursing homes and the other patients were a bit jealous till she told them that others were being made and named a few themes and the Scottish one had quite a few interested.)

I've actually gotten more done since my last post but blogger only allows a certian amount of pictures per post. Hopefully I can get some more pictures in tomorrow.

I can't believe that I'm actually going to put this in print, but this is Maine, and we have no snow for Christmas! We had a downpour most of the day, the grass is green, the sun is out. The nights are FRIGID. I just hope we don't get dumped on later and that it'll get cold enough to kill all those warm weather pests so summer will be pleasant.

Won't bore you with the same old details but I'm still alive and kickin' as my gran always told us to tell people who asked about her.

Currently Stitching: Dune Scene
Currently reading: Traitor of St. Giles by Michael Jecks