Monday, June 17, 2019

Stained Glass Wall hangings - 1

It's a new day and a new project under way.  With no embroidery projects waiting to be finished, I looked at my Embroidery Wish List and decided to start with these beautiful wall hangings.

With today being a public holiday, I manage to embroider half of the panels needed for this wall hanging which will be 14.2" x 19.8" (35.5 x 49.5 cm) once finished.

Each panel measures approximately 6" x 8" and took between 77 to 106 minutes each stitching time, with an average of 15 thread changes and between 40 000 to 60 000 stitches each as well as having to clear the odd crow's nests every now and then.  But it will be well worth it in the end.






Saturday, June 15, 2019

Summer Lily 4

Finally all the panels needed for this quilt is completed.  8 of these diamonds in pairs of 2 cut at different angles and widths from the strips I wrote about in Summer Lily 3.



Now for compiling the top!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Spiral Burst 5

It's been such a long time since I posted anything as life happened in the meantime and thus my hobbies had to take 2nd place (apart from a few small embroidery projects here and there).

From being formally retrenched at my work (which was reversed some 6 weeks later after a hefty battle) to visiting our kids in England as well as having a severe bout with the flue and my brother-in-law dying, I didn't have much energy left.

But the juices started flowing again and I have some progress to report.

With 1/3 done this quilt now looks like this:


I also have a new companion in my studio, my son's kitten called Lily.  She was the runt of the litter and remains quite small.  She got lost on the 27th of April and we were quite lucky to find her via Facebook on the 8th of May.  She was however bitten by her rescuer's dogs (who actually broke her right front leg in the elbow) but not taken to the vet.  So, when we got her back, the leg was already set in a crooked position and the vet recommended we amputated the leg purely for pain management.

I just never could bring myself to make such a drastic decision which would impact her for life and decided to rather see how it goes whilst giving her pain medication.  Although limping, she used the leg for various activities and finally started walking on it.  So, a four legged kitty she will be.





Friday, March 29, 2019

Spit cloths

Various spit cloths I embroidered over the past few weeks.

Morehead-Bountiful-Bunnies-Embroidery-Design-Collection



 Various Saint Bernard dogs from unknown origin

Yet again the Zoo Baby elephant from Appliquetion_station on the right and the elephant of the Cuddlesome critters set 1 on the left from Hatched in Africa

Monday, March 25, 2019

Summer Lily 3

I have been stitching away at all the panels needed for this quilt.  At the moment I am busy stitching diamonds consisting of 8 sets of strips of different widths.

All of them started with the same 8 strips


which are then advanced by adding a lighter colour at the bottom, losing the darkest at the top 


until ending up with these 8 strips.


All of these are then again cut up into strips of different widths at set angles giving these beautiful diagonal stripes.


I started stitching these strips together only to find out that that is not as easy as it might look!  But nothing worth while happens overnight, so I'll just keep on stitching, unpicking, stitching and unpicking again until all 64 (!)  strips are done.








Monday, March 4, 2019

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mystery Quilt

I have been working hard the past two weeks to finish this quilt in time for our general meeting held yesterday.  As our quilting group co-hosted the meeting, we wanted to showcase our quilts to show how the same pattern can look completely different.



Below is a close-up of the frame and border.