Monday, October 28, 2019

Needlework Rotation - Next up?

Well, as I said yesterday in my Slow Sunday Stitching update, I completed my 10 hours on the Teresa Wentzler "Millennium" piece that I have been working on.   I'm currently working on the landscape area between the bottom of the two angels.

Where I started:

Where I am now:

As you can see, I got all of the "sky and clouds" done and got started on the "mountain".

And that actually finishes this rotation list.   I know I can't get around to all my projects again in the time between now and the end of the year when the rotation reboots and starts over fresh on the first of January.   So I have a plan to finish up some lingering 'semi-needlework' projects over the next couple of months.  

First up - there is one project from last fall's Silver Needle camp that I never got the finishing work done on.   It's a tray to match the "Bee Fob" that I did way last December and posted a photo of in January.  I REALLY try to get camp projects done in a timely manner, but this one has lingered.   I need to set up a sewing machine to do the base assembly.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching - Oct 27, 2019

Woof, color me exhausted.   Bells played this morning - luckily for the prelude before the service so that I could go to early church and then sneak out to the library. 

The library fiber fair was actually pretty fun - there were several city guilds there, including weavers (both guilds), spinners, lace makers, knit/crochet, embroiders and our quilter's guild.   Also a local alpaca farm with a petting zoo for the kids.   And demos from most of the guilds and a local basket maker.   Also lectures from several local fiber artists.  

Here's our booth - with me front and center.   Right to left - English Paper Piecing, Applique, me with traditional hand piecing, quilting (she's snuggled up under the hoop in her lap - it was COLD in there), and just out of the picture to the left, sewing down the binding.  

You can see that I took my Carpenter's Wheel from "It was the 80s" and the new Christmas fabric one. 
I had little demos of marking the pieces (there in the front), how the lines work to be able to sew things and tools/materials as well as the star block flipped over to show how the seams can go all directions.   We handed out about 30 membership brochures, so hopefully we did a good job of being ambassadors for the guild.

The other thing that happened this week is that I got "Millennium" to the 10 hour point for this rotation.

I'll write something up (hopefully tomorrow) about the start and stop point for this rotation and my plans for what's up next on the needlework front.   But right now, this girl is beat and I'm going to unpack my case and crash.   Slow Sunday, it was NOT. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching - October 20, 2019

Being on vacation for most of last week was great for my crafting, though I did a lot more reading than I had intended.

At about seven hours, Millennium is down to the top of the mountain and its clouds. There are a LOT of colors in this area, but I should finish off all of the sky before this rotation ends in three more hours.  There's a bit of sketch in of the snow on the slopes of the mountain where one of the 'cloud' colors carried down, but I mostly have stayed up in the 'sky' area so as to have a clear ending point for this round.

And I got the corners based for Aunt Lottie's Garden.   This project will go on hold for a bit.  I need to get the pieces cut for next Sunday's hand piecing demo.  I won't get the entire block done at the library, I'm sure, but I'll finish that block for the orphan block bin before moving on.

Linking up with Kathy for SSS. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Decisions, Decisions

Weekend after next is the annual "Fiber Fair" at the local library.  Our guild is invited to do quilting demonstrations, and I agreed to do a hand piecing demo.   That's great, but I don't have a hand piecing project underway.   I'm NOT going to start another quilt just to have something to demo (though you have to know I was tempted.....). 

What I do have a is a random collection of blocks in Christmas fabrics that may someday be a 'gypsy' style quilt.   And one of them is a Leymone Star.
Yep, I see another Carpenter's Star in my immediate future LOL.   I do need to get some white on white fabric to replace the background.   The red with gold print will be the four corner squares and will repeat the red from the center star, and the poinsettia fabric in the background will be the outer star (I have almost a half yard of it.   It's actually the same print as the star pieces, but with a white base instead of black).  I'm hoping that the dark colors in the center star will keep it the focus.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching - October 13, 2019

Work is good - we got past quarter close and I actually have a few vacation days coming up.  I offered to cancel, as the staffing situation is still not resolved.  But my boss told me to go ahead and take the days.  I'm not going anywhere - a "staycation" is fine with me.  

I will hopefully get some good crafting in!  Probably focusing on "Millennium".   I put in about 2 1/2 hours this week and got the first couple of the 'sky' colors on the landscape area done.
This section started out about where St. Michael's hand ends, but because the colors in through here are a very subtle gradient, the progress is not very noticeable.  And look at all that confetti stitching!

On the quilting front, I got the replacement block finished.
Next step on this project is to prep and baste the four border cornerstone blocks - finally!  That's what I'll be working on today.   I won't be appliqueing them down until I work on the border vine, so I'll do closer basting than I did on the center blocks.  The borders will get handled a lot.  Definitely hitting the corner blocks with a heavy dose of Best Press to help everything stay in shape. 

The other project for this week is to prep a block or two to demonstrate hand piecing at the local library's "Fiber Fair" which is the 27th.   I'll try to get some pictures and report in late that day.   Bells are playing that morning, so it will be a very busy day.   I can't decide what to prep for the demo.   I'm leaning toward a block in Christmas fabric.  I am gradually collecting random blocks for a "gypsy" style sampler quilt.  Every time I make a test block, I do it in Christmas fabric and put it in the bin.  Someday I'll have enough...…  

Linking up with the rest of the SSS crew over at Kathy's blog. 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Needlework Rotation changeover. Millenium is back

First of all.  I am FINALLY at the 2/3 point on Dutch Beauty.   About 13 hours this time around so that I could get to that point.   But I made it.
Terrible picture.   I will get a better one.  But it was late and I was tired.  It shows.  I think the next thing on this will be to get the green vine border all the way around the bottom row.  But for now, I'm enjoying the fact that I hit a major milestone on this piece.

And next up is Millennium.   I left off with just a touch of the "landscape" area at the bottom of the piece done - just enough to do the back stitching on the angels on the sides. 
This round will be one of the simpler bits on this project.  No over one and only a small amount of partial stitches and back stitching (just the edge of the mountain and it's crags and then the 'water line' of the lake/loch/fiord (not sure, but it's pretty with reflections of the mountain LOL).   However, there's still a LOT of colors in it - all blues and smoky purples and greys.  So it won't go FAST.  Teresa Wentzler designs never go fast......

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching - October 6, 2019

Skating in just under the wire with a link up to link up to Kathy reporting that Dutch Beauty is at the 2/3 point!   I'll get a better picture of the whole thing when there is better light.