Christmas Tea - table topper. The blocks were a gift from a friend and are machine embroidered. I liked the idea of omitting the corners and continuing the shape of the blocks.
I got stuck on these being quilts, and it wasn't until I was turning them with a faux binding technique from this magazine that inspiration struck to make them little pillows! So much easier to display than 5 little quilts.
Both of these projects were begun in workshops. I am beginning to see a pattern of workshop/class projects lingering in completion for far too long. I shall take note and focus in the future a little more intently on getting them done. As much as I like them, they sure felt like dead weight while they were on the UFO list.
I'm taking a break from projects and will be lingering with family and friends for the holidays. I hope that you have a blessed Christmas wherever you are.
I'm well aware that my children learned it from me. My excuse has always been that maybe a better idea will come along later, so why do the work now. I'm learning that if you do the work early, you get to enjoy the fruits of your work, not to mention less stress, for the period of time remaining. And if a better idea comes along, jump in and do it for the pure fun of the pursuit of an idea.
I started with these vintage postcards, some from as early as 1912. Then following the directions from Virginia Cole I managed to get these done, with time enough to photo them before wrapping and heading out the door to gift to friends.
How I would have loved to enjoy them for so much longer! I'm happy to have the photo as inspiration to change my habits, because right now I'm caught up and will need something to jog my memory when a project arises in the future. Well....I do need to do some shopping.
Hope that you have a blessed day and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
My days have been bright compositions lately, aka lack of focus, but in a fun sense of color anyway. Holiday plans have been coming together and decorations are getting done. I opted to not use the same ol' same ornaments that we have used for years. Didn't even put up the big tree. I have pulled out my boxes of shiny bright ornaments and had fun rediscovering what I had in there.
In an attempt at simplicity, I stuck with the basic globe shape on the tree.
I also had a group of high school girls over for a cookie swap and graham cracker cottage building day this weekend. Now that was colorful! And all of the cookies were a big hit. What good cooks!!!
There were Molasses Ginger Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Sugar Cookies, and Cereal cookies.
The candy disappeared quickly onto rooftops and into tummies!
I hope that your days are filled with colorful sweetness!
More retreat photos, things that the sew sisters got done.
Barbara made two of these Christmas star pieces, among starting work on 6 quilts for her brothers new home.
It's difficult to tell, but all of the bow tie blocks are dimensional in this quilt done by Cathy.
Another project, a block of the month, finished by Cathy.
Wanda got this green check top done. She took some great hazing about needing a design wall for that!
Donna was busy with machine applique on this Christmas piece and the stained glass piece below.
Donna was also responsible for this beauty. The marbled fabric has metallic veins in it, so rich.
Peggy worked on this, I think from a patterned called "Cheese and Crackers" ?
I completely missed snapping pictures of what Marisha, Betty, Abbie and Tami were working on. But, Betty was working on fleece blankets and pillowcases to gift to others, Abbie crocheted a rug from fabric strips for her new home, Tami worked on two different crazy quilt blocks, and Marisha ironed a lot of fabric! No, she did eventually get a top made from her Great Grandmothers scraps, and finished a project that has been in the works for 6 years!
It was a great time, and we are all anxious to go again. Such a treat, a great gift idea if your set with fabric and supplies, ask for a retreat gift certificate! You will be blessed with time creating with friends!