Little Houses, Favourite Scarf and Nowhere Cowl
I finished my favourite scarf – it is currently blocking on my outdoor table. I am not too happy with the kitchener join – I think I should have had the pieces abutting each other rather than wrong sides together when I did it.
On the left of the image is the start of one of my Little Houses – I have to say working on the plastic canvas is surprisingly fun.
On the right of the image is my Nowhere Cowl – I don’t know if you can read it in the image, but there is quite a nice message about how the chart seems daunting, but is really quite easy. So far that does seem to be the case – it is quite easy to remember each row as I am doing it.
Craftsy – In the Hoop Gifts
I have also been watching my In the Hoop Gifts craftsy class – just the lesson on making zipper pouches. I do like the instructor – Sue O’Very -I am going to have to go and buy labels! I like how she has constructed her zipper bag and there a lots of little hints and tips I can use for other projects. Now to just get onto making one.
I know another new project – does anything ever get finished around here?
I found this project in the Christmas edition of the Family Circle magazine. I thought it might be something that the girls would like to do. You can find the project sheet here.
I have purchased supplies (I have no idea if my plastic canvas is the right size, but it was all I could find), wound the DMC thread onto the cards and now I am ready to go.
We made the teachers felt Christmas tree ornaments. This is one of the designs I used for my Advent Calendar – the back has the girls’ names and the year.
The buttons are on. Now I’ve just got to finish the ornaments…
All of the pockets are attached! I need to sew the buttons onto the tree and finish off the ornaments.
A pile of pockets ready to be sewn on and ornaments in a production line …
The ornaments are a machine embroidery design from here. They’ve used velvet as the base whereas I have used felt, so I’m not sure how to cut the edges away (they used a candle and melted the edges, but I’m not sure if that would work with felt). I’ve made 8 so only 16 to go … (I am feeling positive that I will get it done in time).
The quilting is done …
The tree, stem and pot are free motion quilted and I used a hanging diamond pattern on the white background.
Here is a closer look …
I’m quilting the base and I’ve made one ornament …
The Star consists of a front and a back and I didn’t manage to sew them together very well.
I’ve decided to make an Advent Calendar – just to put myself under a bit more pressure. I got the idea from here, but it’s developed a mind of it’s own.
Each pocket will have a number embroidered on it. I haven’t quite decided on the position of the pockets yet – the one above is just placed on the quilt.
I’m going to sew buttons onto the tree from which we can hang ornaments (they’ll be stored in the pockets).
The ornaments are going to like this …
The number is on the back of the ornament. There will also be a star, tree and stocking (so six of each type).
I still have all of the pockets and the ornaments to sew as well as quilting the base. So lots to do and not much time.
On the weekend I realised that I hadn’t thought of presents for my girls’ teachers.Â As school finishes on friday, I don’t have much time. I decided to make the bird christmas tree ornament from this book.
Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t get the belly section to join the body section without puckers.
The timing was pretty much spot-on – it took about four hours to make five of them. I think several in the tree would look fabulous, but I’m not sure if I have the motivation to make any more.