Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I'm baaaaack!

I doubt there are too many folks out there still following my posts after this very long hiatus.  To those that are reading, thanks for stopping by!  Blogging, stitching and just about any other hobby has been put on the back burner for awhile now because things just got so busy.  We bought a house and moved a few months ago.  I now have my very own room for crafting!

So, through-out this hiatus, there was no stitching whatsoever.  About two months ago I started to get back into the groove a little bit, but still very little stitching was taking place.  I started quilting instead!

My daughter's quilt top

This is a quilt top I've made for my daughter.  She picked out all of the fabrics and I sewed the blocks together.   After that, we both arranged and rearranged the blocks to make the top.  It was fun, by my goodness it's definitely much more difficult than it looks.

I still have to baste it and quilt it.  I hope to have it finished for her for Christmas.

After getting this far with the quilt top, I started putting a whole lot of effort into stitching.  I've been working super hard the last few weeks on Donna Kooler's Winter Scene Stocking (also a gift for my daughter).  I'm so close to being finished it, I can taste it!  

This piece is on a scroll frame, so, unfortunately all you can see is what will be the foot of the stocking.  I added the picture below so you can see what it will look like once finished.

All I have left is the horse and carriage and one more little tree.  Plus, of course all of the backstitching and there is an enormous amount of it!  This is a piece I started back in 2012, so, if I can finish this for Christmas this year, it will be a huge accomplishment for me.  

With all of the stitching I've been doing, I figured a trip to my LNS was warranted to see the latest trends and of course, I didn't come home empty handed.

I bought all of the goodies needed to kit up the needlepoint kit (Holiday Tree IV) and the Victoria Sampler Accessory pack for the biscornus.  I've wanted this pattern for ages.  I've never actually made a biscornu and can't wait to try it.  I'm now on the hunt for some wooden sewing spools as well for the little hardanger ornaments.  

So, I'll leave you with a couple of pictures.  One of our new fur baby and another of a rainbow that we saw from our deck a couple of days ago.

 Meet Kino!


Brigitte said...

Welcome back. And great to read that you now have a craft room all to yourself in your new house.

I love that quilt top, it has such nice fabrics. And that stocking you are working on is right after my taste. A gorgeous design. And you will soon have a happy dance with it.

Terri said...

An American Eskimo!! Well, that's what we call them. I have 2 - Allie and Kody. Allie is a mini and Kody is a toy and they are WONDERFUL dogs! Your Kino is beautiful! Congratulations!

Oh, and I love your stitching! :-) Can't wait to see pictures of your stitching room!

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Welcome Back Karen!!! *throws glitter confetti* So glad you're back to blogging, I've missed you :) Your quilt is looking amazing, and your daughter's stocking is going to be so beautiful - I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Christmas finish for you! Looks like a lot of shading in the horses though. Wonderful stashing - I didn't realize the JCS Christmas one was out yet, so I'll have to have a look around. I haven't done a biscornu either but they look like fun :) Also - a BIG hello to Kino!!! What a cutie ;)