Friday, November 03, 2017

ATC Friday

Three sets of round robin cards here, all three where I was the final player (third) to add something. The eskimo cards didn't need much as they were already quite full - a few snowflakes did the trick. 

These fish and chips cards just needed to be identifed as such - gotta love a bit of lettering!

And this fashionable lady really need some washi tape and a huge newspaper flower. (The lefthand card isn't really sliced off at the top - the scan is just a bit wonky....)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Cross Stitch Update

Well, I had intended to work more on this, but foolishly (accidentally) sliced the pad of my thumb open on a broken teacup, so even after it finally stopped bleeding, it's been awkward to use for the better part of a week. Especially for any task you have to use the pad of your thumb for, like pushing a needle through fabric (I hate thimbles). Maybe next week!  (The dress is the only area of progress, so it's all I've shown in detail.)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A few scrappy log cabins

Although most of my time this holiday week has been spent hanging around doing very little, I did finally take some time one day to make up a few blocks, using strips from my strip bag (and a few from the scrap basket). I've just gone with a generic light/dark block, rather than any colour theme (though there's a lot of navy and black in there). They'll do, I'm sure. There are 12 blocks (12" blocks) so it will make a small quilt top, which is all I need...

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Binding on (well, partway)

So, I finally got some binding stitched on to this quilt - only took me...a bunch of weeks. Of course, now I have to stitch it down, but I don't need it for a few weeks yet, so I have time...

Friday, October 27, 2017

ATC Friday

These cards were made for a PAT (Pick-a-theme) swap. Instead of one overall swap theme, each player in a group (5 people) chooses a theme to which they'd like cards made. So instead of a few cards made to the same theme, you make one to each theme. Here, the chosen themes were cats (above), elephant(s), 

(the fox was made as a hostess gift)

horses and Game of Thrones. 

Funny enough, everyone in our group chose animals except the GoT person. My chosen theme was black birds (a common choice for me as I collect cards with black birds on them). 

Friday, October 20, 2017

ATC Friday

Another set of ATCs where the background was already made and I added all the other elements. All of these went into my gallery on the site I like to trade on, to be available for private trades.

Friday, October 13, 2017

ATC Friday

All of these ATCs are ones where I had the background already, either from gifts or from background swaps. I added all the rest of the stuff, but it's fun to work on other people's backgrounds sometimes - just maybe inspires you to work in a slightly different direction than you might normally take. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cross Stitch Update

Made a bit of progress on this - it doesn't look like that much, but stitching the brown of the gown actually took quite a while. Next week it might get a bit more interesting - I hope!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Eyes & Owls

A couple of swaps I joined recently - the first one had a theme of "just one eye" - you could interpret that theme any way you liked, so I had a go at it in a variety of ways.  It was great fun.

The second shown here was more straightforward - it was simply an owl theme. 

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Scrappy Stars

A quilt which has been waiting to be quilted for a long time - but decided that it would make a good gift for a friend who got married a while back. Now I just need to get some binding on it...

Friday, September 29, 2017

ATC Friday

Here are somore more round robin cards - these are ones where I was the middle person to work on them, so you can see the finished card (above), as well as the starting point and what the card looked like when I had added something to it.

This was was a simple finish, but effective...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cross Stitch Update

Having finished the Hallowe'en piece, I pulled out this half-finished Alice in Wonderland stitching to work on, at least until I need to move on to Christmas things. Didn't get a lot done, but did finish the vine on the bottom left and make a start on the Red Queen's dress.  I haven't been home much this week in the evening, so there hasn't been a lot of stitching time...

Friday, September 22, 2017

ATC Friday

With all the swaps I was taking part in over the summer, it's been ages since I showed some round robin cards, so I thought today was a good chance for that. Sometimes I get cards which are quite cute, and I'm not always sure what to do with them, but I had an idea straight away for these kitties...

This is another example of a card which was quite hard to decide how to finish - mainly because it was pretty full. Luckily, I had some nice shiny stars I could add.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cross Stitch Update (Finished!)

Well, here it is - it's finished!  Woo Hoo, and in plenty of time for Hallowe'en - not that I will necessarily be able to find a frame for it by then, but I can always just leave it lying about or something, lol.  Or maybe I'll make this one into a cushion!  Think I might work on the Alice in Wonderland piece for a few weeks before I feel ready to tackle other seasonal work (not thinking about that winter holiday just yet...). 

Friday, September 15, 2017

ATC Friday

Two more swaps I took part in. This one used as a main element (at least 90 per cent of the card) paper from the inside of security envelopes. We were also allowed to use other elements found on envelopes - preprinted text, postmarks, stamps, etc. So technically, my cards are 100 percent swap requirements. I really liked the extra effect of the stamps, just gave it a little zing.

These are a bit more back to my roots - fabric cards with detail done in stitching. The theme for this swap was jack-o-lanterns, not surprisingly.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

What's next...

Coming up soon in my sewing (assuming I have any time in the next few weeks) - looks like a sort out of the scrap basket and/or strip bag is in order. They're getting really full!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cross Stitch Update

And here's this week's progress - nearly finished!  Definitely going to be done in time for Hallowe'en, yay!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Slightly bigger scrappy top

...and I put this one together as well - a few more blocks to it, but basically the same as yesterday's. Again, it will need a border, but that's a concern for another time.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Little scrappy top

Spent some time today putting together some scrappy blocks into a top. No border yet, but it's going in the pile...