I’ve gotten a lot accomplished this weekend (so far). I’ll try to do this in chronological order so I don’t forget anything.
First the weekend started out great with my Pinkeep Exchange arriving from Catherine in Quebec:
Love the teeny little pumpkin from Sweetheart Tree, she also sent along some ribbons and floss and a lovely piece of Golden Wings belfast from Silkweaver. I really like this color, I don’t know if I’m going to stitch on it or keep in “virgin” to use in floss tosses.
Friday early evening I finished up the applique work on Gingerbread Boy:
It may not look like much, but is 90% of the work done on this block. The block has been squared up so what it left is the borders, quilting (maybe I’ll try hand quilting? it’s a small block 12″ so it’d be a good beginner size I think), and attaching the buttons and ribbons that decorate him. My quilt shop has also make a companion for him, Gingerbread Girl and I will be picking up the kit to make her too. I think the poor little guy would be lonely all by himself.
Late Friday night… brains, braaaaaaiiinns, braaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiinnnnnssssss!!
My *favorite* block on Crabby All Year hands down, or bursting through the earth as the case may be. I also decided to sign my piece. And where better to sign it? Yeah, it does feel like I’m tempting fate here a bit, but if I am, it looks like I’ll come back as a Zombie.
And the whole thing:
I am so excited! Two months to go and it’ll be all done. I’m planning on ordering the 3 button packs I still need for it from Drema as part of my “birthday order”.
On to Saturday. First thing I ran to my closest quilt shop and picked up the remaining fabric I needed to start work on my Christmas throw (it’ll co-ordinate with my star pillows). Sorry forgot to grab a pic of that, but you’ll see plenty of it once I get going on it. Then it was off to the next closest quilt shop for Zelda’s Fancy Hat class. Great teacher. Very relaxed and loose style, she just pointed us in the right direction and wandered the room answering questions as they came up and holding my hand when I needed it. 😉
As of Saturday night and doing 1 section of embroidery at home after class I have this:
Sorry blury pic… this is the part that will form the cone of the hat.
Ah focus! Hmm hocus, focus, pocus… I like it… This is the brim of the hat.
A bit of beading I did during the class:
I just slapped some beads on in a random fashion here. I will be beading this entire section.
And my very first embroidery EVER!
The stems and lazy daisy leaves are stitched in Weeks Loden, the french knot “orange lavender” is done in random silk from a Dinky Dyes Oops Pack. I am going to be using the heck of the Oops Packs I have for this pieces. The best part of crazy quilting is that you can’t do too much. I feel like Imelda Marcos at the Christian Louboutin showroom.
One thing I have learned, it may not have been the best idea ever to do my first embroidery on black. It’s not that it is difficult to see, it’s that it is a complete and total bitch to transfer embroidery patterns onto black.
So that’s it for now, off to run more laundry and do some more embroidery. The bats & moon are next!