First up, speaking of sharing... My husband's cousin Larry and his family own a wholesale drapery and upholstery business, supplying fabrics for interior design. When I was in Vancouver in October for the needle-felting workshop, I stayed with Larry and his wife, Miri, at their lovely home, and we got to talking about my work. Larry offered to send me a box of remnants from their Vancouver warehouse. Last week they arrived. What treasures! I've only had a quick look through them, but they are mainly drapery materials in a variety of prints and patterns. I'm thinking of passing along Larry's generosity when I have my Blog Anniversary in February...so stay tuned!
|The box, just opened. Wow!|
|Look at that great reversible pattern!|
|Chanelling Charles Rennie Mackintosh|
|Luscious for landscapes!|
|I'm not too sure about these...|
I didn't have time to dwell on the fabric treats, though; I had to get back to the sewdio!
I'm making headway on Bonnie Hunter's current mystery, Grand Illusion, and will finish the last stack of Clue #2 units today.
have become these...
That tub (above photo) is now almost full, with the goal being five stacks of ten pair of rectangles, each pair making a 4 1/2"-square unit. Only 5 units left to piece and I can move on to Clue #3.
In other quilting...some years ago I made a top from a Thimbleberries block of the month project designed to create two throw quilts -- "Sunrise" (6 months of blocks) and "Sunset" (another 6 months of blocks). "Some" years ago? I just checked the pattern and the set was published in 2005!
Anyway, I put the "Sunrise" top together at a quilt retreat in December 2008...and did nothing with it. A few years later I sandwiched it, the idea being I would try to quilt it by hand. I tried doing so in a small frame I had at the time -- didn't like it. Sold the frame. Tried a hoop. Didn't like it.
You see, I'm a long-time embroiderer, and find the rocking motion of hand quilting very difficult. I also don't like to wear thimbles. I put up with gloves when I am free-motion quilting but get them off as quickly as I can. I seem to need to feel the fabric, and to control the piece on which I'm working by having it close to me.
This year, because my neighbours J & E are so kind to me, I dug out the top and decided to machine quilt it for them for Christmas (it was already heavily pin-basted from my earlier attempts). I procrastinated, finding even it's relatively small size hard to manipulate (62" x 76" is BIG for me!)
|Trying my hand...|
This past week, inspired once again by the hand-quilting practice of Joe Cunningham, I decided to try again to hand quilt it. I am doing it in my lap, no hoop, no frame. I've managed to develop a quasi-rocking movement and can put up to 5 small (but not infinitesimally tiny) stitches on the needle at a time. I have either Craft in America or my Craftsy class with Joe or classical music on in the background, and away I go. I likely won't be finished it for Christmas but there will be enough of it done to show them, and as E doesn't do this sort of handwork (I don't think she does any handwork to speak of), I'm not worried about criticism! ;-)
The Annual Christmas Boxer Shorts are almost finished...
And the knitting, too...the latest being a slouchy hat and button-up "scarflet" for my sister, in the mail today:
|Yarn: Diamond Luxury Gemstone in 'Onyx'|
Pattern: "Veronica Slouch" by Brenda K.B. Anderson
Buttons: a thrift store find!
Still a pair of socks on the needles, and a cowl...and another scarf to sew up ends etc....so what am I doing still sitting at the computer?
Time to link up to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday (okay; so I'm a bit late!) and the Monday Linky Party for Part 3 of the Grand Illusion Mystery...and get back into that sewdio!
Have a great week, everyone -- and a special Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish readers...their Festival of Lights begins tomorrow evening. Blessings, all!