Friday, 26 December 2008

Christmas Girls

I finished their sweaters in time for Christmas, and they were so happy to wear them. G.

Christmas Present

My husband's aunt is the best in finding everyone the perfect Christmas gift. She bought me this cute little cross-stitch sachet. Laverder included. G.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Thousands of Diamonds

The last homework block. Now I can start sewing a skirt for little Miss T.! G.

Mud Hole

I worked myself through the paper piecing homework. Here's the first one. G.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Yankee Papers by M.

Four down, one to go. The one I dread most.

Meeting General Lee by M.


Thousands of Diamonds by M.

My last paper piece homework block. G. does our homework in reverse order... we both chose our favourite method first ;-) Borrowed another fabric from one of my quilts in progress... the pale blue with brown roses...not sure whether the reproduction fabric authenticity police would agree, but I believe it works here...

Mud Hole by M.

Pigs playing in mud. M.

Civil War Diary Class - December

Class Show (less Tell here) last Tuesday. Ours are the top three rows again...merely due to seating rather than skill/design level.

Parlor Activities


Meeting General Lee

I'm just rushing through our homework (leaving the paper piecing for last, of course)

Monday, 22 December 2008

Yankee Papers

I feel a bit ashamed to dedicate an entire post to such a simple block, sorry, M. G.

Games, Music and Knitting

Don't worry, I haven't taken up knitting (yet?). This is a block for the Civil War Diary Quilt. Non homework, but our teacher explained to me how to cut and piece this one together. I usually predict which block will be our homework for next time, and I had predicted this one to be part of it, but it wasn't, and I am a very bad loser, so I decided to make it anyway. G.

News Revisited

I didn't like my previous attempt at news, so I decided to stay in my comfort zone (which meant, not using green green and green...) and I pieced it without the paper and voila, much better! G.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Tris' Shirt and Polywhirl

My boys haven't featured in our blog yet. So here's a first of Tris in his new shirt I made him. The fabric was so thick, I broke two twin needles on it (very expensive sweater it turned out to be...). For the leftover fabric Tris made a design for a stuffed Pokemon. He was very happy with the result.

2000 Years Ago

I had some doubts on framing our 2000 years ago stitching project from Shepherds Bush. It was a bit expensive and it would only hang in my house for a few weeks... But to leave it in a cupboard and do nothing more with it was not an option either. Now I am so happy I did frame it. It looks great! M and I have been stitching it for 3 or 4 years. We started off with the first four pictures and then had to wait for the Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament issue to be published each year. When the eighth picture was published we thought the sentence didn't make sense and we thought we had to start all over again. When we mailed the designers from Shepherd's Bush they explained to us how the sentence should be read and we, students of English, were very much ashamed! It now reads: 2000 years ago, the angels sang, shepherds watched, wisemen came, in a stable, as Bethlehem slept, Mary and Joseph, their sweet baby kept. G.
And this is mine! Spot the difference.... apart from the mat... and the odd amish... M.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Random Colours

My Christmas tree with all its trimmings is on full display again... a tad on the small side and pretty crammed... talking about wonderful displays... I love our collection of Civil War fabrics... would make a nice display in a wicker basket on a coffee table. But alas, I do not own a coffee table - much to the dismay of family and friends - and do not intend to buy one... also G. would never let me... put the fabrics on display that is.M.

PS. Darn... just realised... G. does own a coffee table... Well G. you can forget about it!!

M.'s Folly

My failed first Mail Delivery attempt... I named it 'M.'s Folly'... a spare block... might need another row anyway...


At Long Last - Mail Delivery

Second attempt... thought quilting and talking to a friend on the phone were to blame... turned out the paper pierce pattern failed me... so one taketh a pencil and draweth all lines on the reverse side of the paper... eh voila!

PS. Fitting Civil War title come to think of it!

Monday, 8 December 2008

New Dresses

The girls wore their new dresses to the wedding anniversary of their grandparents and danced in them!
Little Miss T. looks to her brother for the next move...

Me in my new dress (in my new role as singer in the band!) G.


My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this weekend. My mom cross-stitched this sampler for the occasion and M. and I picked it up at the framer's just in time to present it to my parents at their party.
My own small contribution to the festivities! It's a pattern by Brenda Keyes. It looked quite easy in her book, "Traditional Samplers", but turned out to be a lot of work! The charm is one of the Shepherd Bush silver charms. Luckily I had just enough Gloriana thread to finish it (with only an inch or so left, which was quite stressful at the end) G.