Sunday, December 31, 2006
May this coming year bring you many happy and homemade moments!
I have an unbelievable amount of quilt UFOs sitting in my quilt studio waiting for attention. Some are samples for classes that I never finished while others are samples for the quilt group's projects. I have to move on quickly to the next idea for the group so many get left in their unfinished stage. There are also many quilts I start for myself but get so busy with ideas for the quilt group that they also become left behind and forgotten.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away. ~~Eva Logue
Yesterday, I had to run to the garden center to buy a couple of gifts to take along with my to Brugge on Tuesday. I wanted a little something to give the owner of the B&B. While there, I found some beautiful ornaments and tinsel for myself that I could not resist and inspired me to come home and create this candle arrangement. I had the candles and plate already. I am really pleased with how this looks. It gives the prettiest glow in the evenings.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
This tree is the same tree used for the autumn if you read my blog regularly. It is fun to use it for the various themes and seasons.
The angel is 'Angel of Hope' from Lavender and Lace. I seem to like her earlier angels the best. I think it is because I still remember the excitement of visiting my parents in the States and discovering these designs for the first time.
The lace tree lit up in the evening gives a really romantic look. The lace catches the light beautifully.
Some detail photos of the lace for those who like bobbin lace.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I have been working on this gift for our quilt group's gift exchange this year. I am so pleased with how it turned out! I was out with a friend at IKEA and saw this magazine rack. This idea popped into my head as soon as I saw it and we both bought them to make for the ladies names we drew. Since the 'holder' is canvas attached with velcro, we simply sewed patchwork together and then hand appliqued it onto the canvas on both sides. It will make a perfect project basket. We will give them their presents at the same time. They are the same except for the colors of the fabrics we choose which fit the favorite colors of the ladies themselves. I can't wait to give my gift away!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
I believe in Santa.....do you?
Monday, December 11, 2006
The last few months, I was very busy putting these Christmas basket ornaments together. They are from a magazine called 'For the Love of Quilting' by Fons and Porter. I do a 'Christmas in July' project each year for my quilt group. This was the project we did this July and I decided they would be fun to use for the ornament exchange I did with one of my Yahoo lists. All the ornaments have been sent out and since I just got mine, I know it is okay to share the ones I made with you.
These various threads I drew,
And now behold this finished piece
Lies glorious to the view.
So when bright youth shall charm no more
And age shall chill my blood,
May I review my life and say
Behold my works were good."
This weekend, we drove the 'DrentsRondje' while at our cottage up north. It is a route you can follow stopping at various beautiful farms and old houses. Some of the homes are lived in by artists which open them to the public each Christmas to view their works. There is a wine tasting at one farm, a B&B open house, homemade ice cream, etc..
We visited two places, one being a historic farm that has been turned into a museum. There were a number of beautiful pieces of needlework hanging there. They are part of the museum's collection. They also had an exhibition with various examples of clothing, lace and needlework. There were four ladies doing their crafts.
I wanted to share one of the needlework samplers hanging in the museum. This is from 1853 and depicts a hunter holding his bounty, swans, various angels, flowers and birds. There is no verse on the sampler but it contains a number of intials.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
I found this wonderful reproduction ornament in Germany last year. It is from on old Clark's thread add. She is just adorable sitting on the spool of thread. I hope your Christmas will be full of homemade items that give warmth to your heart!
I designed this quilt for a workshop quite a number of years ago. It was fun to make and gives a whimsical place to hang all my Christmas cards.
"Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself."
~Norman W. Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas"
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Each year I have a tradition to reread 'The Christmas Mystery' by Jostein Gaarder. This is a story about a little boy in Oslo, Norway who goes with his father to buy a magical Advent calendar. He finds a story unfolding as he opens a window each morning. Each chapter in the book is one of the days on the calendar. I use this book as an Advent calendar for myself reading a chapter each day. I won't reveal too much as I would really recommend looking for this book. It is wonderful story that you too may want to read over and over each December.
I am also sharing a photo of a Victorian style Christmas sign I stitched about 4 years ago. Each year we hang this in the living room.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I had been going through a basket of WIPs looking for one I wanted to work on when I found a couple of holiday projects that were stitched and not finished. I decided that this pillow cover would make the perfect gift for her. The moment I unfolded it, it reminded me of her list of favorite Christmas music on her holiday blog!
Autumn has been more fun sharing it with you Joanne!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I have just about completed the hand quilting on my log cabin swap quilt. I will be preparing the bias binding tonight. I will share photos of it in the next few days.
Monday, November 27, 2006
"But needlework is not a fashionable accomplishment, my dear."
"Sorry for it. My girls shall learn all I can teach them about it, even if they give up the Latin, Algebra, and half-a-dozen ologies it is considered necessary for girls to muddle their poor brains over now-a-days. Amy means to make Bess an accomplished woman, but the dear's mite of a forefinger has little pricks on it already, and her mother has several specimens of needlework which she values more than the clay bird without a bill, that filled Laurie with such pride when Bess made it."
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
On one of my lists recently, we talked about an area of our home we were very proud of. This is a corner in my living room that makes me smile. I had been inspired a number of years ago by an article I read in Victoria magazine. It was a December issue and had photos of an author's home. This was the results of that inspiration. I created a special space using my antique side table. It contains many things I love ~ some of my antique books, an antique tea caddy, a few pieces of my homemade lace, antique eye glasses and opera glasses, reproduction Victorian cards, my hunt prints and miniatures. My lamps are on dimmers so I can create a low lighting in the evenings.
This is a Slovanian type of lace called 'Idrija'. It is a kind of tape lace that is made using only about six pairs of bobbins. I really enjoy making this kind of lace. The pattern meanders back and forth until you come back to where you start and bind off.
You can enlarge to photo to see the lace closer up.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Last night, I finished making my Christmas ornaments for an exchange on one of my lists. I will be mailing them today thankfully. They were hard work but I hope they will bring enjoyment to all the others participating. I cannot share a photo yet as they are to be a surprise for everyone receiving them. I will borrow a cute idea from Tracy whom is also participating by simply showing you a beautiful Christmas picture with the promise of photos of the ornaments once the exchange is complete.
Tammy, the ornaments will be on their way to you now today. Thanks so much for organizing this for us!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosiac days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.
A few incisive mornings,
A few ascetic eves,
Gone Mr. Bryant's golden rod,
And Mr. Thomson's sheaves.
Still is the bustle in the brook,
Sealed are the spicy valves;
Mesmeric fingers softly touch
The eyes of many elves.
Perhaps a squirrel may remain,
My sentiments to share.
Grant me, O Lord, a sunny mind,
Thy windy will to bear!
~~ Emily Dickinson ~~
Photo of our red maple just before the leaves started to fall this past weekend.