Thursday, November 10, 2011
Stitches for Me
I am keeping to my goal of putting some stitching time in every day. This piece is going slowly as I am working around some 'missing' color - floss is on order. Once that is here, I think I will work a full day on it to get all the missing pieces filled in.
I just love this bear! I chose to use real little buttons for his joints instead of stitching them. And I am working on the snowman. Then just the tree is left to do. Remember today she posts the final finishing for this mantel banner here.
The fourth block of the Fat Quarter Stars Quilt Along. This is not an easy block - beginners, don't skip it. Use it as a learning tool - just cut carefully and sew slowly. Use the pressing directions provided and you will be successful.
I have to tell you, I went two full days without touching my machines! Then one night I just had to sew. This is my block for the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler. The designer has a 4 present block, but I didn't want a lot of seams and wanted a balance with the other blocks. So I did one of the blocks from 'Gift Boxes' - I want a BIG present!
The next 12 Days of Christmas block is a snowflake done with selvedge and raw applique. I don't have any selvedge nor do I like the look of raw applique. So I went hunting for a similiar paper pieced block - I love to paper piece. I found this one here, check out the home page - lots of lovelies and some freebies! The light blue cone of thread in the photo - just to show you how much thread I go thru. If you have followed me for some time you may remember a post on this cone thread and how many I use. The cone is from Connecting Threads and holds 5000 yrds. This is my 4th cone for the year. That's not counting how many spools of other threads I have used either. I have another order in, but I do have a box, two cases and some specialty threads in a tin - so I can work while I wait.
I am linking this post up with Marcia's Minutes For Me.
Hope you are popping into Sew We Quilt as all November is a Block Party. Lots of block tutorials with tips, techniques and inspiration to assist with your quilting.
The Raspberry Rabbits 12 of Hearts block comes out on Saturday 12th
The Christmas Quilt Along over at Quilt Times is this Saturday 12th. Join in getting some of your gifts done and maybe some inspiration, too.
Haven't heard of the Traveling Stash being ready to move on, but will update when I do.
New button added to the side bar for the Henry Glass Blog Hop. This was one of the fabric sites I posted a long time ago. They have updated the look of their site. Introducing some new things as well as sharing and give aways.
"From the manner in which a woman draws her thread at every stitch of her needlework, any other woman can surmise her thoughts." ~Honore de Balzac