Saturday, 27 April 2013

some near finishes.

Will a nearly finished Christmas item still count?
I really wanted to get back on track with Narelle's one item a month but I have struggled most of the year to get anything organised or finished as far as Christmas gifting goes.
This stitchery has been done for ages and is one I have done a few times as I love it so much. It was time it got finished.... I thought a nice mini hanging would be appropriate.

Chose the borders, sewed the borders, basted the wadding and that is as close as I am to a finish. Must say that is a heap closer than I have been for awhile.









The next project on the agenda was to get the borders on my May block of Kathy Schmitz's Sweet Stitches bom. Oh boy all those 1 1/2" hst!
I was extra careful and did a little unsewing and resewing but am very happy with the result. Not bad for someone who doesn't like piecing?
I have always admired and loved mini quilts but working on these borders have just come to the realisation that mini quilts require mini pieces....
I should be a rocket scientist?
Thankfully it is only a matter of piecing borders not a whole quilt.

Seeing as there is a chance that I might get this done to hang for May I thought it would be good to get it basted and ready to hand quilt. I couldn't forget poor Mr Cottontail and thought he should get to that stage too even though he won't be hanging up till next year.
So that makes three minis to hand quilt!
I read on Mrs Martin's blog that the next pattern will be posted out next week!
Can't wait.

I received a lovely comment from Kathy Schmitz on my post showing block 1, remember how I had to have him walking the opposite way to the pattern? Well she drew him that way originally as she preferred him walking that way too but the pattern was reversed when she traced him to stitch. So I am not as odd as I thought I was. Funny stuff.
Well I am off to prepare some green hexagons. Thanks everyone for your supportive comments, the green it is! I got two more metres to make sure that I won't run out and yesterday I was doing some rough calculations as to how to set out the flowers and as to how many green stepping stones I would need. Let's just say bazillions!
I have about 40 - so far enough for one row, bazillions here I come.
Hope you have a great weekend

Marina
x

26 comments:

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

Three lovely projects on the go. I would have had the rabbit going the same way as you too. Good luck with the hexies, it is going to be a heirloom.

Happy hand quilting.
Bev.

Grit said...

Marina, so wonderful work.
Grit from Germany

Susan said...

You have been a busy girl. That Christmas stitchery is so cute. And wow, I love your May block....perfect stitching and piecing....great fabric choices too. Isn't it a great feeling when a designer comments on your blog, I forget sometimes that they are probably thrilled that we want to make their designs.

Sisbabestitches said...

Of course your almost a mini counts for xmas- honestly check out how some of us are fudging the concept of 'finished'- namely me, lol. Lovely set of mini's such a lot of stitching in each. And oh my gosh, 1 1/2" hst, golly you are brave!

Melody said...

Everything you stitch is a masterpiece.

Els koetsier said...

What a lovely stitchery pattern for Christmas Marina, also the other one.

Lot of succes with making Hexa's on the Green Fabric.

Shirley said...

Beautiful stitching Marina. You are working well as far as I can see.

Mistea said...

All your stitching looks gorgeous. Enjoy the quilting and the bazillion green hexies.

Cath said...

Your stitching is stunning and I love the hst border.
Cathxx

Elyte said...

Lovely Christmas stitchery, love that little bird in the bottom left hand corner.
I am drooling over your Kathy Schmitz blocks - just gorgeous and framed by those lovely pieced borders.
How lovely to get a message from the designer herself.
Rocket scientist no, but great stitcher and quilter - yes!

Cheryll said...

LoVe that Christmas stitchery... it's wonderful! No wonder you use it again and again!
Lovely compliment to receive too! :)

Val Spiers said...

I love all your stitcheries especially the Christmas one.

Nicky said...

I adore your stitching projects! Keep going - each step is one step closer to the end....

Cheryl said...

Love your xmas stitchery Marina. it's one I havn't seen before, but it is so very cute. I am stitching the May block at the moment. Am trying not to think about all those small hst lol

Sheila said...

Three very lovely projects , great job on all three ! Those are sure tiny Hst's but oh so pretty :-)

Janet said...

Wonderful stitcheries! Your satin stitch is perfect. And the small pieces make the border on the flowered piece really bloom.

Lib said...

Love the wish quilt stitcheries, you have done a great job and hand quilting I am in awe!

Fiona said...

Those are all so gorgeous and what a lot of beautiful work in each of them....so much detail in that stitching and the tiny piecing might be fiddly but it is so worth it... just frames it so well...
Hugz

Briar Rose said...

You stitch beautifully Marina, everything is gorgeous.
A lovely post.
Hugs from Rosalie.

katherine said...

They are gorgeous minis you have been working on. They will look beautiful hand quilted too.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow....all are so gorgeous Marina....

elliek said...

You do such beautiful work. Good luck with the bazillion hexies!

Charlie and Wendy said...

All your stitcheries are so beautiful Marina and I love the different finishes for each. The triangle border looks tricky but very effective. xx

Jindi's Cottage said...

Such beautiful stitching...can I send anything that needs satin stitch down to you? yours is so lovely and even...all three little quilts are so lovely, enjoy your hand quilting...and those bazillion hexes!!...

Lynda said...

Oh those tiny pieces in the borders - amazing. All of those mini-quilts are going to be wonderful.

Tatkis said...

Your projects are so nice, I love the vase with flowers stitching!

Hugs,
Tatyana