Friday, March 21, 2008

More Finishes

I was going to title this post "February Finishes" but March is more than half gone and I might as well include everything while I'm uploading pictures.

I'm still stitching the Homespun Elegance Wooly Thyme sheep blankets, one every month. Here is the February blanket.
In January of 2006 I started a Dutch Treat tabletopper. It was meant to be a Christmas gift that year...and it didn't happen. Well, Christmas happened. The gift did not. 2007 came and went. I finally finished it earlier this month. I'm so glad it is done! The giftee reads my blog from time to time, so I'm not going to share a picture until April. I am SO glad it is done! Oh. I think I mentioned that already.

Laundry signs by Echevette - These were fun to do but disturbingly like chocolate or potato chips - I couldn't stop at just one. All were stitched on 32 ct fabric and I used the DMC floss colors called for on the chart. Blanc was stitched on Natural Belfast.
Fragile was stitched on Antique White Belfast.
Couleurs was stitched on African Daisy Jobelan.
If there are more than 3, please don't tell me. I need to work on other things.

My Mark Swirly Heart - Stitched on gingham linen. Too cute!
My progress on Old Sampler and Deftly Wrought has been slow and I don't have any pictures to share. Maybe next time. My progress on BOAF Happy Hearts has been nil, thanks to the Echevette laundry signs. My regrets to fellow SALers, Lelia and Carol, both of whom are overdue for emails from me and have probably finished their samplers by now...

I did manage to finish something crafty. Some months ago Pat taught us how to make fabric baskets during a Violet Threads meeting. I bought the book the weekend of Art East and had good intentions. Here is my first attempt, a two-color basket.
My technique for finishing off leaves a lot to be desired. I'm hoping Pat can give me a few more tips at Violet Threads next week. In case you are wondering, this was made with clothesline (from Walmart) that is wrapped with fabric strips (from my stash) and then zig-zagged together on the sewing machine. I've been told that this was popular in the 80's but apparently I missed it the first time around.

I also learned to hand piece at Violet Threads. Ilene taught us. It was fun and easy. I'm still not inspired to quilt, but I am all for improving my handwork skills.
Thanks to everyone for your encouraging emails and comments. I have good intentions to blog regularly and obviously it doesn't happen. I also have good intentions to visit your blogs and that hasn't been happening either. I recently left about half of the Yahoo Groups I was a member of. Hopefully this will lighten my imaginary load and give me a bit more time for the things I enjoy. Blogs are near the top of my "enjoy" list.

March 21st is my blogiversary. It seems wrong to celebrate, in light of my recent bad blogging behavior. I guess I'll just be happy with the fact that I haven't quit and try to forge ahead into a better blogging year.

20 comments:

monique said...

Happy Blogiversary! And Happy Easter,too :) Nice finishes!

Vonna said...

Well your certainly don't disappoint when you blog :) Your items are all just cute as buttons...those Laundry series will be sweet in your Laundry Room.
And that fabric bowl is gorgeous!
Totally talented Chelle!

Barbara said...

Even if we don't get updates from you as often as we might wish, it's great to see all the pretty projects you've been busy with. Now how are you displaying your laundry projects? They are so cute!

Katrina said...

Love everything! The colors on the Homespun Elegance piece is gorgeous :-). And that basket is so cool.

BTW, had a lot of fun with your sister when we met up last month :-).

Linen Stitcher said...

Well, at least if you haven't been online, we know you've been stitching. Just look at how much you've gotten done!! Love the little HE project. And I was wondering the same thing as Barbara: How are you going to finish those adorable laundry signs?

No worries about me finishing HH before you. I'm still plugging away.

Here's wishing you a very merry blogaversary. Your posts are worth waiting for, so please keep them coming!

Karoline said...

They're all lovely Chelle, congratulations. Happy Easter and Blogiversary

Annemarie said...

Stop beating yourself up over not blogging regularly! Blogging (and stitching!) should be fun, and you should do it whenever you feel like it, not because you feel you have to. When you're off enjoying other things (like creating those sweet baskets), that's perfectly alright. Although of course reading a blog post by you and seeing your lovely work is always a pleasure :o)

Sharon said...

Hi Chelle, lovely finishes-my favorite would be the fragile in the pink. I also love the basket-neat idea. I remember seeing those a long time ago. Don't worry about blogging-just do it when you can!

Happy Blog Anniversary!

Michele said...

Hiya Chelle :) I really enjoy when you do blog .. so just keep it up, whenever you feel the want to blog do so .. we'll all keep coming back :)

Love your finishes! That swirly heart is too cute :) I too want to know what you're going to do with the laundry lists .. they are really great!

ohhh fabric bowls .. very nice!

Karin said...

My goodness! What progress updates!

Carla said...

Lovely finishes!! The fabric basket is super nice!

Lillie said...

Everything looked so lovely , you've been mighty busy. I've slowed down on my samplers too ;P

Sonda in OR said...

Your stitching is wonderful...no worries about infrequent blogging...we all go thru that here and there. Happy Blogoversary!!!

Jenna said...

Look at all of those lovely finishes! We may not hear from you often, but you have a lot to show for your time. :)

Lelia said...

Fabulous finishes! Luv your hand pieced block, too. Happy Blog-versary to you!!!

I've been stitching basket motifs from some of my sampler patterns. It is fun & I'm enjoying it : )

Charlene said...

A lot of wonderful stitch especially the Homespun Elegance. Congratulation !!

Juanita - aka flosslady said...

I'm finally able to read blogs, and what a treat I found on yours! Congratulations on the finishes... they're really cute. I like that basket, too. Like you, I must have missed that craft in the 80s. And here I thought I had tried them all. LOL

Maddie Can Fly said...

What cha been working on lately?

Nicole and Phil said...

interesting cross stitched laundry labels,,,what will they think of next??
you have done some lovely stitching since I popped in to see your blog!

Michelle said...

Happy blogiversary! You have been busy!! I love the Echevette laundry pieces. The fabric bowl is fabulous too - I've added that book to my wish list!