I've been working on a few small projects that I've had stashed away for the long winter.
I managed to get this guy done in just 3 days.
I love the texture of the hat. It was a Rag Spun piece included in the kit.
Lots of other fun elements to add: metal snowflakes for buttons, fibers for a scarf and embroidery detail branches.
Finished size of mine came to 11 1/4" x 17". Pattern is called Promises...Snowman.
Here are a couple of mini quilts I've been working on from two different panels of birds. Each one has a dozen different scenes. I'm making these up to hang on a 6 inch stand. They've been great practice for my free motion quilting!
Last night was the first episode of the final season. I have mixed feelings. As far as season premieres go, I was left wanting more. I think they really gave away far too much in all the "sneak peeks" leading up to the airing. It felt like I already knew what was going to happen and I wasn't surprised by anything....and I've come to expect great writing and big surprises from Julian Fellows, so I was disappointed. I'll chalk it up to PBS over-hyping and trying to milk it for all it's worth in order to make some money before the series is over. Many of the story lines were wrapped up way too quickly. On seeing previews of Mary and her blackmailer, I thought surely this was a story that would carry through a couple of weeks, but all of a sudden Lord Grantham swoops in and saves the day. It wasn't even incredibly creative as he had done the exact same thing when Carson's old buddy from the Cheerful Charlies showed up begging for money. I hope this is not a recurring theme throughout the season. I realize that there is a lot of ground to cover if you are trying to tie up all the loose ends on every character, but I hate to see the integrity of the writing suffer at the expense of simply coming to "resolution". There. My two cents.
I didn't quite make my deadline. I really wanted to get this done by the time the show started. There are just two more borders to add. When I saw that there was a new border print that came out in December as part of the Dowager collection, I thought it would be perfect for the outside border. Now I have to wait on my order to arrive... Eagerly anticipating next week's show, and hoping for some surprises this time!
I think my new year's resolution should be keeping my blog up to date with my current projects! I just can't seem to keep up with the picture taking/ photo editing/ blog writing process. I find that I would much rather be spending my time in actual creative pursuits, rather than doing all this technological nonsense. Therefore most of the process goes undocumented. I would like for this to change, but I have doubts that it ever will. It's just not my cup of tea...which by the way sounds pretty good right now. I think I'll go put the kettle on...
Ok, so now that I've got a proper cuppa brewed we can get down to the business at hand: the Downton Abbey quilt!
With only a few more days before the last season (boohoo!) starts, I'm working hard to get the top finished so I can hang it for the season premiere. Here I've got the rows of blocks laid out, with the next step being the sashing between the rows. After that is just the borders- which should go together quickly.
Last week I finished piecing this quilt top.
The blocks were part of a free pattern called Women of the Bible from Stitchin' Tree Quilts.
I made up my own final layout, using sashing strips for labeling each block with the embroidered name of each woman represented.
I finished two more blocks on Saturday- Birds in the Air and Homemaker. I just love the white fabric in the Homemaker block. It has canning jars printed on it- just perfect for the homemaker! It's from Red Rooster.
Getting started on sewing the Farmer's Wife blocks. I got three done.
I got fabrics chosen and cut for a couple more, I think I'll just take pics as I finish them.
Alas, can it be...the end of Downton Abbey!? Well all good things come to an end and I've been expecting it, although I didn't want to believe it. To help me cope with this momentous loss, I've formed a support group (ok really there's just two of us). We're sewing this quilt using a free pattern from Andover called Fanfare.
Step #1 on attacking this quilt is to cut out 288 fan pieces.
Ok...that wasn't so bad. Only two days of very focused effort!
I've got my castle print fussy cut-twelve of those blocks...check!
Now I'll be ready to do some actual sewing at our next meeting of the Midwest Area Downton Abbey Support Sisters...yep, we're madass!