Monday, December 2, 2013

Starting Over

Hard to believe it's been almost 2 years since posting anything; hopefully I'll be better from here on out.

Starting in January I'm going to participate in the Delightful Stars Quilt-A-Long hosted by Michelle Foster.  I have a bolt of a solid black batik ordered but it's on backorder so I might be running a few weeks behind from the start.  I'm going to try and make this one from my stash but I've never been good at that before.

Speaking of stash, I'm overrun with it.  Seems I've become a serial starter this past year and didn't finish much.  I put myself on a stash diet but you all know that a new project screams for new fabric.  Don't know how well I can keep that promise. 

This is just one picture of what I took out of my sewing room today.  Somehow I've got to go through all of it and get it back into that room so we can use this as our guest room again.  And wouldn't you know that the first thing I need to use is all the way in the back of the items on the floor.  Just my luck.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Earthdancer Update Feb 28, 2012

This is 5 weeks of work.  Not a lot of progress to show this week as I took time out to put together a quilt top. 

All the blank areas you see are for the bead work and specialty threads which is just 2 feathers and a clump of trees away.  Surely only 1 more week of stitching and then I can start adding the finishing touches.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Earthdancer Update Feb 20, 2012

I can't believe how far I've gotten in just one month; there's not much more to do on Earthdancer's dress, then on to the trees and then to the beadwork and specialty threads.  I was thinking this would take about three months, but now it looks like she'll be finished within two months.

I have to start work on a new quilt top Tuesday morning.  The plan is to sew during the day and cross stitch at night so there might not be much progress to show at the next update.

She's looking so pretty.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Earthdancer Update Feb 14, 2012

I'm a day late posting this photo.  I spent most of my time putting my office/craft room back together and I still have a day or two more before I'm finished.  Only worked on Earthdancer twice so there's not much advancement.

Hopefully I'll get more stitching done this week.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Earthdancer Update Feb 6, 2012

Not as much progress to show this week. I spent more time cleaning my office/craft room than I did stitching, but I'm not complaining.  Still hoping to have this piece completed in a 2 or 3 month timeframe.

When I saw the photo my first thought was that I'd somehow gotten stains on the fabric but when I looked closer I had to laugh at myself - it was only the embroidery work on my tablecloth showing through.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Christmas Gift in Full Bloom

Last year I received an Amaryllis bulb from a new friend of mine.  Her name is Karen and she's one of the nicest ladies I've met in a long time.  Here is the Amaryllis in full bloom - isn't it absolutely gorgeous.

Here's a close up of the flower.

Thank you so much Karen.


Spring Cleaning

I decided to do a really in-depth spring cleaning on my office/craft room.  Because I'm not able to do very much at one time, it took me 3 days to get the room looking like this.

The inside of the armoire:

 The 4 bookcases; the containers on top house my threads, the left-hand bookcase are my reading books, the next one holds our cookbooks and the last 2 are cross stitch charts, magazines and books:

My desk - can't remember the last time I saw it this neat:

The hanging board DH made me to hold the acrylic rulers, stencils, hoops, rotary cutters; you name it - there's a place for it here.  The fabric on the cutting table is what I'll be using for a kaleidoscope dresden plate table runner class next month; I'll be using that piece for a black & white with one accent color challenge I've got coming up in June.

Now I've got to go through everything I took out of this room and decide what I'm keeping, what goes to my quilt guild's upcoming auction, what goes in a yard sale later this year, what gets put up for sale or giveaway and what just gets thrown away.  Take a look at the following pictures and you'll see this won't be an easy task to do.

As you see, I've got my work cut out for me during the next few days.