Saturday, October 9, 2010

Really, I have been working on things

but I have been a bit slow to finish much. I seem to be scattered -- you know, working a bit on this and a bit on that. But I finally have some things to share. First up is a crocheted scarf. Doesn't look like much I know. That's because it is a twisted ruffle. Several of my folks at work have been learning to crochet and all their requests for help got me interested in crocheting again. I had this yarn hanging around and this project was just small enough to be quick and fun.

And, yes, that is a little 2 foot ladder with a carpeted top. I don't go anywhere without my 2 foot ladder! And this one is at my cutting table in my quilting room. It makes a handy seat. Ages ago I did the tracing for this Buggy Barn pattern. And made the trees. And set aside stacks of fabric for the houses. And that's all.
I have finally chosen the fabrics to use and put the rest away. Soon it will get cut out. Yeah, soon! I think it will be one of my next projects. See, what happened, is after I made the trees and selected some fabrics I saw this made at a quilt show in Christmas coloured flannels. It looked absolutely terrific. It was used as a tablecloth at one of the quilt shop booths so I couldn't get a picture. It made me want to make it from flannel. So I set aside what I had done.

But sometimes these cut and swap around quilts end up with skinny slivers of triangles and this one certainly has lots of small pieces some of which will be quite small. I think flannel is better suited for larger pieces. And simpler blocks. It likes to shred and stretch so. Bottom line -- back to the original plan. Only about a 2 year detour!

I had made the snowball blocks for this quilt last year right after I saw it on Kim's blog. I decided I wanted to change the words around it (because I am probably the only person on the face of the earth who does not like pumpkin pie) and rather than use wool like she had, use fusible applique. But I wanted my letters to be all different. So I hunted around and found several types of scrapbook letters to trace. Then traced them, ironed them on to my fabric, cut them out, and -- nothing. It sat and sat. I sewed the words on a few weeks ago. Now it is pinned and ready to quilt as soon as I decide how to quilt it. That could take awhile, though, so I though I would share it.
And last year I decided when I was putting away Christmas that I would replace the corner yarn ties on this tree skirt I made way back when with buttons. So I dug around in my buttons, bought some additional green ones, and, ta da, actually got this done BEFORE Christmas. I used my 18 foot to sew on the buttons and only broke 2 buttons and 2 needles in the process. Yup, I am pretty darn proud of myself!
Oh, and I have worked a bit on my fall decorating. Fall is my favourite season but I don't seem to be able to get much done with my decorating. But at least I have done some.
This little wagon is a recent thrifted acquisition. I love the little ceramic leaf the pumpkin girl is holding. It is the only thing I found last year at my favourite Christmas craft fair. It's a keeper, though, I think.
And one more finish to show. In my kitchen eating area I usually have a long skinny quilt hanging as a kind of valance. I took a picture of the one that has been there and of this one when I put it up as part of the fall decorating. But it's hard to take a picture of a window during the day, so you will have to just imagine this as a valance. This has been made a long time too, but not sandwiched and quilted. But now it is finished!
Well, I am off to Scottsdale to teach the AP class. Just when I was getting used to the nice cool fall weather I am heading back to summer! Oh, well, it's only temporary.

1 comment:

  1. I made the Quilter's Village house quite some time ago. It still isn't quilted.