Sunday, December 27, 2009

Days after Christmas

Although Christmas is over, the spirit is still alive here. I received a lot of fun and useful gifts. My daughter's gave me a beautiful tea pot (I am a heavy tea drinker) and an Arshile Gorky art book (which I am looking forward to reading/looking through). My husband gave me tools (so I won't borrow his). The last time I used his pliers for a craft project, I broke one of the tips. I felt really bad, but what could I do? I had to finish my project. Now I have my own tools to break. I also got the Accuquilt Go cutter which I can't wait to use. It looks really easy to use and I have read all the instructions (1/2 a page). I wish all directions were that short.

Enjoy the next few days and have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Holidays

Not much going on around here. Just getting ready for the holidays. I thought I was doing well, but that was just an illusion. My husband just turned the big 50 and my daughter will be coming home from college soon. My other daughter has been accepted to the college of her choice. So hopefully it will be a bit happier around here this year.

I finished this carefree doll last night while I was watching television. She came out the way I wanted (which is not always the case). Her face is made from molding clay and painted and the body is made from wool felt and adorned with zippers and beads. I have yet to name her, but she will be next to my sewing machine when I sew.

Happy Holidays everyone.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Block Swap

The firehouse quilters (this is what I call us since we meet about once a month in a firehouse) did a swap in October. I finally finished putting it together. I added a few blocks here and there and am planning on quilting around the blocks 1/4" away from the seams. I may also quilt around the objects in the blocks (angel, mittens, stocking, etc...). I hope to have it done by Christmas, but who knows.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Armenian Alphabet Quilt

There is a very funny story regarding this quilt. I had made all the rail fence blocks using the colors of the Armenian flag (red, orange, and blue) for a relative for Christmas 2008. My daughter walked into the room just as I was viewing the finished quilt top. She took one look at it and said, "That is ugly as sin." Needless to say, I set this quilt top aside and started on an entirely different quilt. I made a log cabin quilt that my daughter said was much better. So this quilt top sat for months while I thought about what to do with it. I finally decided that I would applique the Armenian alphabet around the borders to make it more appealing. I had completed one side of the border when my daughter (the same one) walked in the room and said, "Wow that looks great, that's my quilt right?" ...And so it will be. I am giving it to her on her birthday.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Box in Box

I saw this quilt (when one just like it anyway) in Vermont a long time ago. I finished piecing it within a week or two. However, I wanted to hand quilt it which took me a long time. I took a picture of it before I wrapped it for Christmas. I wish the quilting would be more noticeable, but unfortunately the batiks I used are so colorful that they are hard to see. I quilted a variety of different size circles and have included a picture of one of the blocks. I also pieced the back.