i feel like a broken-down old record.... all i am showing on here these days is the progress i have made on my two big projects right now...
we have a big quilt show happening here in june and i wanted to make some special things for it
original, pretty things
to me a quilt show is like a fancy-dress ball
get out your prettiest pretties...
this week i have concentrated my efforts on the white-ivory-new-vintage-lace-linen project
from the embroider, embellish, create class with karen
i am appliqueing hearts here and there
i wanted to do stars but just couldn't face all those pointy points
"my heart wasn't in it"
after the applique was finished, i added french knots all along the edges of both of them, spaced not quite 1/4" apart
connecting the ones in the outer row with straight stitches, to add a kind of lace-like stitched edge
the centre heart looks a little "loose" right now, but batting under it to stuff it slightly and give it a padded look will sort that out
with web stitches and frothiness to be added all around it, so it doesn't look so lonely there on the cloth...
the little bits of eyelets you do see are part of the original stitching on the napkin
old and new
this is the rest of the section
cascading corners, cut from several different doilies and napkins and then layered
smyrna crosses added by me
(thanks again for the waste canvas marj - so very much appreciated)
i've left the corner above free so it can be lifted back
whilst i think about what i want to stitch in this space
something special, for any that are brave enough to reach out and try to lift a corner
i hope some do...
my other project, the frost queen, got put aside for a while
kind of like writer's cramp, only with needle and thread
i have posted about it all above so if you are interested, click on
"the frost project"
under the banner
yes, i pulled a prince and changed the name...
"the frost queen" was too limiting and i liked it less and less as time went by
i think it was premature to name it before it was done... like putting the cart before the horse
but now i am sorting it all out
in the meanwhile i knocked four things off my unfinished list
the original list - oh, i've added to the pile in the last year, to be sure
but the original list is the official list and that's what i'm working off!
and even though i did pitch six items as they were deemed not worthy of the energy, spirit nor resources it would take to finish them, i am down to 42...
yes, 42, from 101
oh, the lessons i have to learn...