Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Needlework Tuesday - The Stitches are Flying
Last week I had a mini contest for all readers who left a comment. There were three commenters, and I have decided that they are all winners. I'll be mailing each of you a lovely printed quilty postcard. Congratulations to Linda, Sherrie and Elly.
I spent time working on my 'snowball and nine patch' quilt. The back is now ready to go, and I have the batting. What I need, is inspiration for the actual quilting. I will continue to muse on that. In the mean time, I have been working on the Block of the Month for my local guild. I don't know where they acquired the pattern, nor do I know the designer. Will let you know should I find out.
Sew Sisters, and they are having a contest for the subscribers to their 'Fabric lovers' bundle of the month.
I have to tell you a bit about my local guild. They are a very conservative lot. When the guild started 10 years ago, they did a Block of the Month. I chose some lovely orange fabrics. Each month we brought our blocks and displayed them. I was standing behind some ladies, and they were talking about my block, to paraphrase them "She did a lovely job of the sewing, but a shame that she used that orange fabric". I was shocked. What's wrong with orange. My thought about their blocks was "a shame they used those boring florals". To this day, I rarely use florals and try and include orange in every quilt. The more orange the better.
Last evening I sewed my blocks together and pinned it on the wall. Even I had to admit that perhaps I got a little carried away. It was just to darn busy.
Needless to say, I just couldn't maintain myself, I had to keep sewing. Before I knew it, I had finished sewing the strips and had cut it into blocks. Daughter came home and saw the blocks and asked what it would make. I really did intend to make the table runner for mom, honest. Then I recalled that mom doesn't have a coffee table. I should make her a square table mat. By the end of the evening, I had finished the middle of the top and was auditioning fabrics for the borders. The completed top is sitting waiting for me to show it to mom. I can't show you first, you'll have to wait until I show it to her. You're gonna love how this table runner transformed into ....
Birds Nest Smoke Ring by Shui Kuen Kozinski .
I am using a much darker yarn. The yarn is Peruvian Baby Silk (20% baby alpaca and 20% silk) from Elann.com. It uses four balls of yarn and you change to a large size needle two times. This is my first project using a provisional cast on. Notice the white/black wool at the bottom of the photo. IN this photo I have completed more than one repeat of the pattern . Need to do a total of four repeats plus twenty rows. (almost five repeats). I hadn't thought I would get so much completed, but each time I picked it up, I didn't want to stitch just one row.
What have you been stitching this week? Did you get carried away by any of your projects?