So to give myself some me-time, I've done a bit of catching-up at Nessa's Place this week. Here are three WIPs (works in progress) that I've updated today:
W.I.P. 1On and off (mostly off) I am working on some hand sewing. (I tend to occupy myself with this when the mother-in-law comes to tea) It is a hand appliqued and patchworked quilt, designed by Anni Downs. It is going to be a lovely big wall hanging quilt for our stairwell.
Today I finally finished the fourth 20" x 20" square! This large flower pot has been a bit of a nightmare - I have not enjoyed the fiddliness of the stalk and stems at all, and I think it has taken so long to do, simply because I was putting it off.
This quilt is a Block of the Month (BOM) idea called In My Garden, and was supposed to have been finished by November 2012 but oh well, life is busy. I do like it and shall keep going with it (on and off).
Actually it is quite nice to spend an hour getting the fabric and little pieces all ready and pack it all into a little project bag, ready for picking up and taking anywhere to do a little hand stitching whenever I feel the need. I think I enjoy this preparing work quite a lot actually... I've posted about the joy of preparation before.
On our last holiday to the Isle of Skye I bought some materials to make a small wall-hanging quilt inspired by the colours and the landscape. Well, I have done absolutely nothing on that since the last time I mentioned it. Could have done a bit today but I didn't feel like it. You know how some days one project seems more fun to do than the one you know you should do? Well today just wasn't Skye quilt's day.
But we also bought some Harris Tweed remnants that were on sale in a knitting shop. (Harris Tweed is made in people's homes on the Island of Harris, off the west coast of Scotland, and it is lovely) I have pressed the pieces and cut them into workable lengths, all prepared and ready to be made into cushions for our lounge room.
As part of House of Pinheiro's International Craft Swap, I am also working on something crafty to give to my Pinheiro-paired partner. Just in case she reads this post, I won't mention what I am thinking of making for her just yet, but here is a sneaky peak at some of the things I just might be using to make it.
The idea is to make something with a Nautical theme to suit my paired-up partner, and she will make something Nautical for me. We're supposed to use things from our stash, but I didn't have anything nautical so I got a few things at the recent Stitching exhibition in Glasgow and the Quilt show that was in Edinburgh.
I'd be interested to know what you would make from these lovely fabrics and ribbons?