Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
BTW, HGTV had a special called Holiday Windows 2006 which showed the windows and how they come together. It was good! Any whooo, May your day be MERRY AND BRIGHT!! and until next year, Quilt til you wilt!~~
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The challenge was NOT to reproduce the painting in fabric but to capture the essence of the painting in your quilt. Any color used in the quilt had to be found in the painting. The difficult part for me was once I saw the painting, I had a hard time coming up with an idea. The challenge was given out in June and come October, the flames were at my fanny to get started. I found a super pattern called "Frames" by Maple Island Quilts. Since this was to be my "masterpiece", I thought it was perfect.
I used the Stitch and Flip technique to make the flowers. I made about 15 different flowers and then spent about 2 weeks auditioning the flowers on the quilt. I'd add some, step back, subtract some, move them around. Too much yellow, not enough red. I almost drove myself to madness!!! All the fabric, other than the flower frame, was hand dyed by me at a workshop our guild held a couple of summers ago. My original idea was to bead the flowers but when I went to the drawer with all the beads. I found this embellishment kit I had bought at a show and the boa yarn was in it. I put the yarn along the edge of the flowers and the beading idea went right out the window.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
This tree came prelit with 1000 lights. We added an additional 400 for good measure. It was pretty easy to set up and is 9 1/2 feet tall. We will finish decorating this one and the decorating will be done.
Now, on to present wrapping, Christmas card writing, cookie baking, more shopping, and of course, quilting and knitting!!!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
This little feather tree is in our bathroom. I bought all the little ornaments at a gift shop which went out of business. Again, boo! hoo! I hate when little novelty shops aren't able to make it! You never find things like this at Walmart!
This second tree is in our bedroom. It's a new addition this year. We bought the tree from a store which was going out of business. It was used as a display. It's perfect for showing off all of our Margaret Furlong ornaments. I'm not sure what they are made from but each ornament resembles a shell angel and each year the angel was holding something different. This one is holding a floral garland. They stopped making these ornaments about 3 years ago. We were really sad!! :( Of course, we have Santa counting down the days until Christmas and our trio of snowpeople.
Last night, my DH began putting ornaments on our real tree. We cut it down on Saturday. We forgot to bring the tape measure so we just "eyeballed" it for size. Of course, when we got it home, it was too tall. (We should have known when the tree was longer than the car!) But a little off the top and bottom and we made it fit. It's about 10 1/2 feet tall. There is barely enough room for the angel!! We spent Sunday putting on 1200 lights and the garland. We will finish the ornaments tonight and I will post pics of the three full size trees tomorrow.
Well, I have a couple more but Blogger says NO! So I will try to post them later.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
DONE!! FINIS!! COMPLETE!!
As many of you may remember, this was a UFO that was started 4 years ago and became the infamous Mystery Quilt from Hell. I would pull it out, try to remember where I left off, do a little more and shove it in the closet again. I worked on this consistently this fall as a PIG for my guild's PIG roast but didn't finish it in time. WELL, it is done with label! I was going to give it to my SIL but DH really likes it so it will live at our house after all. Sure feels good to have this monkey off my back.
And I have been doing other things!! This is a little knitted skirt for my fairy goddaughter, Bridie, for Christmas. A skein of Chenille yarn and some fun fur at the bottom! She is going to love it. Made her a scarf to match!
And Finally, these are the wool christmas ornaments that I cut and brought to work on in Houston. Now complete and ready for my tree. I had the idea of making a bunch of them as gifts but didn't like working with the tiny pieces. They are cute and will be a nice addition to my tree.
The last picture is a close up of the snowman.
I am still working on my super secret guild challenge quilt. It is now in the quilting stage and will be ready for the presentation on Tuesday for our guild's Christmas party. I will post a picture on Wednesday.
I have been visiting everyone and loving the pictures of your Christmas projects and decorations. You gals are sewwwww inspiring!! Our house is just about done. We are decorating the tree in our living room today and cutting the tree for our den to be decorated tomorrow. We will have a total of EIGHT trees in our house when we are done ranging in size from a foot to 8 1/2 feet!! It takes about 2 weeks to get all the decorating done and we leave most of it up til 3 Kings Day in January. I want to be able to say it's for the kids, but we only have one, who is 20, and there are no grandkids yet. It's really for my DH. He has an EXTREME love of all things Christmas. (Please don't tell all the guys in the office !) He is really a kid at heart which is what I love about him. I'll post a couple of pictures of our trees next week.
Til then, quilt til you wilt and from DH, HO! HO! HO!
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