My husband keeps telling me he needs a new quilt. The last one I made for him is threadbare and well loved. So, when I discovered the Sun, Sand and Sea Block of the Month at Sew Incredibly Crazy, I decided to join the fun and make the quilt as a Christmas gift. (Hopefully in 2017, not 2018. We'll see.) Our family is full of Oregon State University fans, so the orange and black theme seemed fitting. This is block 2. I still need to fill in the license plate, but have not decided what I want it to say. Until then, this block is done. In April, I aim to spend at least 10 minutes a day on my Winter/Christmas Wall Quilt. It may be the only way I motivate myself to finish quilting it with snowflakes. I hope to have progress to show on it next month, as well as blocks 1 & 3 from the Sun, Sand and Sea Block of the Month. Wishing you all a productive month in April. Renee
This month, I spent a couple of evenings quilting my Winter/Christmas Wall Quilt with embroidered snowflakes. I did not get as far as I hoped, but I did have fun working with some of the lovely snowflake patterns my friend at Magpie's Mumblings shared here, here and here. There is still a fair amount of beading to add to the snowflakes that have been embroidered. This is the first time I have really worked on this project since sharing it last March. I hope to make more progress (and maybe finish it?) this March. I love this project. The ladies that were in the round robin with me are so talented. And, I think the snowflakes make the border more fun. I am just so S-L-O-W stitching them.
This month, I finished off a UFO (unfinished object) that has been waiting to be bound into a mug rug since July of 2015. I hand embroidered the message, "Merry Christmas", the snowflakes, the pole for the sign and around the applique.
This Merry Christmas Red Metallic fabric seemed perfect for the back.
I also realized I forgot to share this fabric postcard (made with Susan Winget's Peeking Snowmen fabric) in December.
And, I forgot I did have a finish to share last November... I had been waiting for this little zipper pouch to reach a blogging friend before sharing. This is one side...
And this is the other. Narelle, thank you for all of the motivation with the workshop! It was just the motivation I needed to finish another UFO. :) Oh, on a complete side note, I learned that Living My Dream was a trademarked name, so I changed my blog name to Hand Stitched Treasure. The url is the same.
Welcome 2017 and a big welcome back to our workshop for another year of creativity, friendship and a head start on gifting and decorating for Christmas 2017.
Already January has been a busy month ... we welcomed a new grandson to our family ... first child for our daughter and hubby ... meet Parker.
My sewing priority has been working on a quilt for him ... seen here on my blog ... and of course back to work but once routine is established (is that at all possible?) there will be Christmas sewing and knitting and crochet. Always need more dishcloths, washcloths etc.
Same rules for the workshop in 2017:
# Make an item to decorate or be gifted OR make progress on a long term Christmas project
# Post with a pic (unless it's a secret) on our blog each month from the 25th
# Don't stress if you miss a month ... I'm sure that will happen to me too
# If using labels at the bottom of your post, please use the month/year provided and your name or blog name
# As you make a post each month, I will be adding a letter to your link on the right sidebar as an added insentive to keep in touch