Friday, 17 May 2013

a week of this and that

The week has just flown by. I have focused on my distractions more than I probably should but they are happily finished so it will now be back to my other projects, particularly my Swan Lake as I feel a burst of enthusiasm coming on for this project again. Hope mum is up to it!
I am very happy to say that last night I sewed my borders on my Park Avenue Hexies top. I checked back through my quilt journal and I started this back in the middle of 2010. It was never meant to be a get done quick project and I have really loved making it. I am toying with the idea of getting it quilted. The way my arms are at the moment I wouldn't even contemplate hand quilting it.
border design by the quilted crow girls.
there was a little unsewing involved as I cut the red border piece at 2 1/2 inches. I thought the thicker border would look twice as good as a 1 1/2 inch strip. Well it didn't so I unpicked and trimmed and am much happier with the result.
While the machine was out I thought I should finish Mr Cottontail who was patiently waiting for his binding.... another tick off the list!
Kathy Schmitz-Sweet Stitches bom
I was also inspired to do a little crosss stitching over the past week or so.
this is a lovely design by Samplers and Santa's. It is a freebie and one of several designs that were made up into pears.
Very cute and the designs aren't too difficult or large.
I have a few cross stitcheries that need to be made into pincushions. Must add that to the list. In the meantime I will get another one of these pears patterns ready for when the mood strikes.
The next Sweet Stitches block is ready to go and I think it better make it's way to the top of the pile. Focus......
Have a great weekend
Marina

24 comments:

Elyte said...

Wow, you have been busy and it's mid term!
The border on you Park Avenue hexies is stunning. I hope you will be keeping this one.
It can be handed down the generations so it will need a good label.
Mr Cottontail is very handsome and cross stitching as well. I am impressed.

Tracee Perry said...

So much beautiful work, well done.

Fiona said...

lovely projects.. the border on the hexies looks great.... your pictures are stunning too... taking photography lessons???
Hugz

shez said...

such beautiful projects Marina,you do such lovely work,i agree the weeks are flying by,enjoy your day my friend.xx

Charlie and Wendy said...

It all looks wonderful Marina, the hexie quilt is lovely and looks perfect with the border. Beautiful cross stitch. Lots of great finishes!

Susan said...

I think you have lots of focus.....you're getting so much done. I think the border suits your quilt beautifully, and after so much work you should choose the quilting that will make it even better for you. Very cute cross stitch.

Mistea said...

Lovely as always. The glimpse of your quilt with borders is looking gorgeous. PeterCottontail is perfect hanging there.
Enjoy the weekend.

Christine M said...

You're on a bit of a roll Marina. Everything looks great.

Sisbabestitches said...

Who can focus when there are so many lovely projects to play with? :) Your hexie quilt is amazing, and the border really works with it. Loving Mr Cottontail :) Good luck with er staying on track :)

Michelle Ridgway said...

Your work is so beautiful Marina and boy you have been busy. I love your cross stitch... Gorgeous.
Hugs xx

Shirley said...

It all looks great Marina. You are certainly working well.

Quiltjane said...

Wow, everything is looking fabulous, especially the hexagon quilt

Lib said...

Sorry to hear your arms are giving you trouble, rest up, you need to be able to keep up your stitching! Just love those hexies, the quilt is looking good.

Raewyn said...

Your Park Avenue is looking great - I love the colourways you have chosen. And Mr Cottontail also looks wonderful finished up...lots to keep you out of mischief, that's for sure!

Tatkis said...

So many wonderful projects! Love how Mr.Cottontail turned out, and the border is lovely!
Adorable cross stitching too :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Karen said...

That border is looking great on the hexies. Definitely no need to rush!
Good to see the bunny completed too. He is great!
And the cross stitch is lovely. I like the idea of the pear shape.

Sheila said...

Beautiful work Marina , I love that appliqué border , just gorgeous and mr cottontail is so sweet , great job ! Sorry to hear you are having issue with your ams. Take care ,

Anita said...

I love Mr. Cottontail, and who's been a busy girl then!! lol.
Cheers, Anita.

elliek said...

What a busy person you have been. Tonight I know you will be glued to the TV. I hope Denmark wins!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What wonderful projects...

Els koetsier said...

What a lovely text for the crosstitiching Marina. the other patterns are waaaaauwwwwwww

Lin said...

Your border is looking great Marina and I do love the cross stitch motto. Roughly what size is the finished piece please?

Cheryl said...

Your Peter Cotontail hanger is just gorgeous Marina - spurred me to finish mine off. And love your hexies

Carrie P. said...

Oh, your hexie quilt is going to be fabulous!
Your bunny is cute!