Saturday, December 31, 2011

Finished - With 6 Hours to Spare

A little while ago I final finished my Christmas stocking.  And there is almost 6 hours left in this year!

Tomorrow I go back to what I truly love quilting (and maybe just a little knitting on the side).

Hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

"Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas,
  when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
  not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

. . . . sort of

As you know, I have been madly working on my Christmas stocking, trying to finish by today. Although I am close - it is not quite finished.

Yesterday morning about 10, I finished all the cross stitch -  and had to do all the back stitching and embellishment work.  I worked like a fiend late into last night and most of today but couldn't quite finish and still have a life.

I am not going to do what I normal do at the end of Christmas and put it up and say I will finish it before next year.  By New Year's Eve it will be done!

We did manage a nice long walk at the Isle of Palms this afternoon and I played with my new camera some - so

Happy Christmas to  all,
  and to all a good night!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Stocking Progress

With less than a week to go until Christmas Eve, I am making progress on my stocking.  I've been working on it so hard - that I wore out a needle this morning. 

To the Toe!

In addition to many hours of cross-stitching (this is the last piece I will ever do!), I also made six Christmas tree blocks for a exchange.  I wanted the trees to have some dimension so I used Heat n' Bond Ultra which will maintain a shape and does not require edge stitching.  I also painted the edges with Lumiere paint to add a bit of "snow".  My tree point was terrible - but that is the beauty of embellishments - you can hide a multitude of sins.

While working on the stocking I had two visitors to my bird tree.
A Great Blue heron

A Snowy Egret

I absolutely love my new camera.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Will I Hang My Stocking Christmas Eve?

I haven't posted in awhile, but I have been busy. 

I taught a class on making a wine bottle gift bag using machine applique at our local quilt shop earlier in the month using my own pattern design,

knitted like crazy on Christmas gifts (sorry no pic's) as some are still to be given, worked on several challenge quilts, got a new camera (I love it - but there is a learning curve)

Bird taken from same place as where I took the Eagle pics in the last post.  What a difference!
and made significant progress on my Christmas stocking (I am in the toe area). 

I have hung the rest of the family's stockings by the chimney with care - but now the big question is will I hang my stocking Christmas Eve?

Two weeks and counting.  Stay tuned.