Thursday, October 30, 2008
The other day I gathered some of my Christmas stash and started to play! I've been wanting to start on a Christmas wall-hanging called "A Christmas Story" by Anni Downs. You can see part of the "Christmas Story" quilt on the header of her blog. It's always fun to have a Christmas project to work on during the Christmas season (even if it won't be on the wall until the next year).
This is what I have so far--the quilt is actually in five different sections now. I won't put them together until I have finished the applique' and stitchery. I'm changing up the border from what is pictured in the pattern--I'm still kind of designing that in my head. Now I'm ready to play with the fabric again and gather all the pieces for the applique. I'm debating whether to do machine or hand applique'. I've been doing mostly machine applique' lately...but I think I'm feeling brave!
I've won a few give-aways recently as well. The one above is from Sandi who participated in the Fall into Fall Bloggers Give-Away. I knew about the basket of felted wool...but I had no idea there would be so many other goodies in the package. There were yummy treats, Moda fabrics, fat quarters, notebooks, photo books, patterns, and an adorable pumpkin votive with candle. I'm especially looking forward to doing the pattern Sandi designed!
I also won this lovely pillow from IvorySpring. IvorySpring is a quilter extraordinaire who designs quilts and patterns for Benartex and "The Quilter" magazine. Her handiwork is precise, and she has some amazing examples of her quilting on her blog! I also love her tableware (gorgeous china and other decor) posts and the history she weaves in and out of her writings. Another fun fall give-away I won was from the Drucilla's Stitches blog! She sent the cutest stuffed pumpkin (the photo doesn't do it justice), a candle, some fabric, and some fall gift bags and darling fall cards! I also won a fun pattern, "All the Year Through" from Australian designer Amanda Brooke. I've been wanting to play with hexagons, so this pattern will be perfect, and there are the cutest partridge and pear patterns included as well!
Well, I'm off to play with fabric again...I've got more to-do's on the list!