I’ve been busy trying to juggle things in my life the last couple of weeks. What with family and work and studies, I have had very little time to do as much quilting as I would like. I have been able to complete something small things. I have completed at least the small stitchery in BOM 3 of It’s Time for Christmas. It’s a lovely little basket full of candy.
I’ve also had to catch up with another BOM I’m doing – Welcome to the North Pole. I have done two blocks – The Marble House and the Sleigh Shed. Some I have not completed the later though.
I also been trying to complete a few more things and working on a few more…just need more times in the day. Holidays are coming up for me so I should be able to do some more.
Ok this is the first day of my holidays (yeah!!!!) and I have so much to do. I’m currently doing a course at university and this starts today. I have also commenced a number of quilts despite not finishing some already. But I do have a good reason for starting some of them. The first one is that this quilt, Lynette Anderson’s A Dog’s Life, is a baby blanket for a friend I know. Yes a dog design blanket for a baby blanket – crazy but it will be perfect. I had spotted a new quilt called Welcome to the North Pole and I am doing it with other ladies who are online as a stitch-a-long where we show our work by the last Wednesday of each month. I’m doing my quilt through Angels in Gumboots and am doing it in applique with a small number of needle turning. The quilt looks quiet challenging. If you have this quilt and wish to join in click here to direct you to the site.
Well I think it was about July when I first say this block in Homespun. I fell in love with it. So I commenced at working out my background fabric and brought my cottons and stabilizer backing. I traced the pattern every so carefully and started to stitch my first block. Then to find the other fabric need to complete this quilt – all that worked so well together. Each fortnight I waited for the next quilt – sometimes it didn’t come online when it should. Cut the block, trace the pattern and iron the stabilizer on commence stitching. In most cases I did have the blocks finished before the next one and there were some that I just cursed at with the thread not working my way. But in the end, it came together with the binding now completed – it is now finished. Thankyou very much Homespun and Natashia Curtin of Smee Designs for a wonderful quilt. The only thing now is to do my label….
Hello everyone I hope you had a happy Christmas and New Year. I spent it with my children. I have almost finished Long Time Ago In Bethleham, had a little problem with finishing Twas the night before Christmas and am slowly catching up with Christmas in Italy and Fernhill which only means I have to get my act together. I am hoping to have Long Time Ago In Bethleham finished over the weekend. I hope you and yours had a wonder time and I’ll catch up again.
Now the stitchery has been finished it is time to sew it all together. As I cut the blocks out, I did notice that some of the blocks couldn’t be cut to the size suggested due to stitches being cut so I made the blocks bigger. I choose to use the star like color fabric for the boarder. I need to cut out the yellow boarder then the smaller blocks then the teal starburst. So I cut the boarders – only to find that I forgot to have purchased one lot of material which is to be cream floral. While I was sewing this together, I ran out of cotton – have to finish it tomorrow. Oh well that means I have an excuse to buy some more cotton and perhaps some fabric…
Yeah I’m nearly finished – one my block then cutting out the fabric and I am finished. I love the way this quilt is coming along – very comically but still telling the story. Imagine talking chickens giving advice – it makes me smile.
Just think about it – an angel up in the sky with a strong spotlight shining done on earth and moving along to guide a group of people to a special event yet to occur but predicted in a land far away. I think it is cute. This is the ninth block in this serious and am starting to wish it would hurry up so I can have it finished before Christmas. I think there is about 3 more blocks to go and looking at the finished picture there would be some another big one to finish in about a two week period – oh the challenge. And I still have to finish my other quilts. Well I’ll just have to get my act together.