Tuesday, 31 January 2012

January round up....

It's the last day of January so I thought it is time to double check my 'to do' list for this month and see how well (or poorly) I have kept on track.
my list included
a christmas item- fail, though I did prepare a pile of stitcheries to make throughout the year and I also signed up for a Christmas swap, Will that count?

Block 5 Down in the garden
Well I am nearly half way through. I started off by stitching the same thing all way round, eg the centres of the flowers and it felt is wasn't progressing at all so I decided to start in a corner and work my way around. I feel it is growing much quicker.


Next on the list was my Swan Lake quilt....
I have a total of 26 dollies cut out ready to applique and have made 14 hexagon flowers. Just need to pluck up the courage to cut in to the 9 metres of backing fabric.... Maybe next holidays, in the meantime I will have to set some targets for some more dollies and flowers.


Jack and Jill was a big tick off my list as it was hand quilted and delivered to a very grateful recipient.
Lastly on my list was to make up the cross stitch kits I received for christmas.
Got a little excited there and have made 5 pincushions. 



I had an issue with my first two when stitching up the 'stuffing hole' and Lisa (at the Quiltery) suggested that I put a seam in the back fabric of the pincushion so I gave it a try and they have a nicer shape. I also managed to hide the seam with a piece of trimming. Thanks for your tip Lisa.
There was also an unplanned January project..... Appliqueing and quilting this wall hanging for No 1 son to hang in his class room. Mum pieced the top and it looks pretty snazzy. He is very happy with his hanging and I am relieved it is done.


Well there are quite a few pics there and I am happy with my list of finishes.
Not everything was achieved but there were those little distractions thrown in.
It all comes out in the wash...
Now to make a list for February!
Happy stitching
Marina

19 comments:

Melody said...

You did a brilliant job and achieved so much. Everything is so beautiful.

Cheryll said...

What a cute set of pin cushions...especially the ones with the sissors etc on them. And the classroom would be so much brighter with that fantastic wall hanger in it. Great work :)

Josie said...

How did you do all this in a month! Are you taking something? If so... what is it so I can get some!
Your pin cushions are gorgeous... all 5 of them. Down in the Garden is gobsmacking. Love your colours. Hexies are so perfect. Don't be scared of the whole 9 yards... the sooner you start cutting the sooner your hexies will have a home and your dollies will be dancing!
The wallhanging is inspired. Bet No.1 son is proud as punch of his mum. Bet it looks great in situ too. You are truly amazing!!

shez said...

you have acheived quite a bit Marina,well done, lovely projects,xx

Nicky said...

You've been busy! But still have a bit to do - go get them finished

Sheila said...

Sounds like January was a very successful month, your stitchery is gorgeous and the wall hanging for your son's classroom is too cute . Well done !

Charlie and Wendy said...

You have lovely projects on the go and your pincushions are absolutely lovely. Thanks for sharing that tip, I will try it that way next time. Cute wall hanging for your son too.

Mistea said...

Nice work.
Down in the Garden does have a lot of detail and you are making progress.
Love the hanging for your son's new classroom - not long now til his students get to share.
Enjoy February. I wonder what gorgeousness you will share there?

els koetsier said...

Waauw Marina. Youre Stitcery blocks lovely and so perfect. Hexa's flowers also. How many will you make?

What a lovely tread you need for the pincussion's. Youre are doing that very well ans so Quick.

Fiona said...

You did so well.... I do love the school masters special quilt hanging!! Please wish him all the best from me... Down in the Garden is just beautiful .... and you have made a great start on your Swan Lake.... will be so lovely... delicious fabrics...
Hugz

Michelle Ridgway said...

Your Butterfly garden block is gorgeous. Wow you have got a heap of stitching done.

Lib said...

Always focus on the achievements, I say. Well done, and good luck for February!

Elyte said...

I think that you have achieved a great deal. Your pincushions are very cute. There could be a Christmas gift among those. Your son's wall hanging looks great. Let us know if it well received in the classroom.

Yvette said...

Look at you go! I love everything, especially the Down in the Garden block.

Narelle said...

Looking like you achieved lots and I'll give you a 'pass' on the Christmas items too...tracing all the stitcheries will save time later.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What a month Marina, all your projects look fantastic..

Carrie P. said...

Great projects, I just love that embroidered block.
I just noticed the little mouse pincushion in your header peeking out among the other ones. So cute.

Diamant said...

I'm very taken with the butterflies. That small amount of applique blends beautifully with the embroidery, in fact it enhances the embroidery. I keep coming back for another look at them. They are quite magnetic.

Stitchin' time said...

Down in the garden block is so pretty and the pincushions are lovely. I really like the "Reading..." wall hanging and it would be much nicer than having a cardboard poster one hanging in the classroom.
Cheers,
Robyn