Friday, 8 November 2013

back to some stitching...

You've probably had enough of Swan Lake at the moment and I must say I needed a little rest from it as well.
The centre hexie flowers just need to be stitched in place and the corner blocks appliqued and it is done and dusted to be put away till next year when it will be sent for quilting.
I thought it best to get back to some stitching. My Kathy Schmitz blocks have been waiting for some attention. Make Merry is the Christmas themed block and it has been traced for a little while.
It sat waiting for some alterations. The original has Santa holding a little snowman but I would be quite shocked if we had snow at Christmas here so I wanted to 'remove' the snowman, in the nicest possible way.
I changed the design to have Santa carrying his sack full of goodies and I seem to have reversed this one too. I don't know what it is about me reversing my stitcheries?
Here he is (minus the little iron on embellishment, and minus a little ironing too-pardon the wrinkles. Now that is going to be the catch cry of my life lol)



Last  night I was keen to do some hand sewing so decided some little houses needed constructing.
Three more to add to the collection which makes a total of 10. I have about another 10 cut out ready to go.
I seem to have gotten the knack of putting them together relatively neatly, with some helpful instructions from Teresa and they are sitting a little more neatly.
Thing is I don't know if I will be able to stop at 20 they are so enjoyable to make. A few bloggy friends have purchased the stamps for the houses too so if they get going with theirs I will have company and I might keep making more and more.....you know who you are girls....
Well a day of cleaning the cave and hunting and gathering lies ahead.
If I am lucky I will try to incorporate some sewing. There is a Christmassy swap I need to get organised for!
Have a great weekend!
Marina
x

24 comments:

Cheryll said...

Your stitches look perfect to me... love santa's face! Cute little houses in your neighbourhood too! :)

shez said...

i so love your work Marina,you have been so busy,see you soon my friend.xx

Sue said...

Hi Marina
Love the Santa, and the house blocks are sooo cute, can you send me the link again please.
Thanks

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

I am with you, no snow here in my part of Australia, I think Santa would have a cold drink in his hand. Lovely stitching. Those houses must be quite small, what is there size? Happy house making.
Bev.

Fiona said...

That Santa has got such a nice kind face... it's perfect and Ilike your change (even though I love snowmen!) and your village may yet become a city the rate you are going with the houses....
Hugz

Raewyn said...

Your Santa is adorable - great idea with the adaptation! I don't mind a little winter flavour in my Christmas 'work' but also like to see a bit of summer with my Christmas. Your houses look so good too - you sure have got them sussed. Everytime I see yours I think I must pull out mine... maybe next year! (mine are foundation pieced).

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Lovely stitching...cute houses...

Karen said...

Your Santa is a delightful stitchery. Like the way you have taken the Snowman out. never know the difference!
And those little houses are adorable. Lots of scraps could disappear into them.

Elyte said...

Those houses will make a fabulous colourful and scrappy quilt. Well done adjusting Kathy's design, wouldn't know if you didn't tell.

Susan said...

He is a lovely Santa, and it looks like the snowman never existed. Christmas stitching in red thread just suits the season and helps those festive feelings along. Enjoy your day, hope you fit in some stitching.

Carrie P. said...

I just got my Santa in the mail yesterday. I like how you did him in red. good idea.

elliek said...

Look forward to seeing Santa in all his glory. Am still waiting on my house stamp but will be joining you in making them soon I hope. They look great!

Wendy said...

I like your modified Santa! My Santa block has not arrived yet, but it is in the mail so hopefully I will have it this next week. I could never tire of seeing your Swan Lake quilt as it is ever so beautiful. Be sure and take a pic when you get the hexies all sewn down. It has turned cold here and after letting out the furbabies I am going to get a cup of hot chocolate going before bedtime. Hope you have a great day.

Narelle said...

Santa is very handsome and those little houses too sweet :o)
I've been hunting/gathering today too ... cave tomorrow :(

Grit said...

Your Santa is so lovely .

Anita said...

Hi Marina,
I love the house blocks and what a great Christmas stitchery. Christmas is creeping up on us!!
Cheers, Anita.

Mistea said...

He looks like a friendly Santa, I hope he's got your order in his sack!
Cute little houses you're stitching up. Love the birdie house. Haha.

Lib said...

Very cute Santa, love his little bell. What are you doing with the houses?

Michelle Ridgway said...

Santa is so beautifully stitched Marina. Love the little houses too.

Maria said...

Your Santa stitchery is lovely and your builder is doing a great job with those cute houses...

Anthea said...

Beautiful stitching on Santa there, Marina... & those little houses are so cute, I bet you won't stop at 20!!

Jindi's Cottage said...

What a lovely happy Santa...snow would be a shock - although with the current lack of Spring sunshine may be even more of a surprise!!!...the little houses are so cute, can see how they would become addictive...

kiwikid said...

Santa has such a kind lovely face Marina.....lovley stitching too! Houses look great!
xx

Nicky said...

What a great Nordic Santa! And the houses are adorable! Must get stamping!