Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Day30 - Winter Watergarden (almost) finished

This is the 30th day of the 100 day challenge, and I am extremely satified with my progress: I have finsihed the stitching on Winter Watergarden! Only the beads are missing - I would have never thought that it will be so quick! I have added the last part close-up, it was the medallion with the bare trees. It was a pleasure to stitch from the very first x. I have started in 2016 midMarch, so it took 2 years to do the center and 3 medallions and 1 month to finish up :) The last quarter is always the fastest, but still, it was so smooth that I can hardly believe my eyes. I am always up to a challenge, I see the motivation behind my speed.





Chatelaine: Winter Watergarden
Fonal/Floss: DMC + many silks as suggested in the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart antique white 32 ct Belfast

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Last birdie

Last birdie in Winter. I ahave just finished my last birdie for Winter Watergarden, and also added the cattails to the frozen lake. There is only the central medallion what left to be stitched, and of course beading is still under way. Out of the Cahtelaines I stitched, I think this was my favourite. There is no part I did not liked to stitch, and it is a pity that it is almost done. However, other nice design are impatiently waiting to be stitched, so I am not complaining - a little bit like a child grows and flies away...



Chatelaine: Winter Watergarden
Fonal/Floss: DMC + many silks as suggested in the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart antique white 32 ct Belfast

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

3 weeks of 100 days

Moving along

Chatelaine: Winter Watergarden
Fonal/Floss: DMC + many silks as suggested in the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart antique white 32 ct Belfast

Sunday, April 8, 2018

100 Days Challenge - Chatelaine marathon on the way

I joined the 100 days challenge on face in the Facebook Chatelaine group. After stopping with my Octopus it brought back my stitching mojo, so it was a really good idea to get on the train!

This is the 3rd week, and I made good progress. Here is day 7 (the greens are more relaistic on the day1 picture, other colors are better on the day 7). I finished the little birdies since, and now I am working on the last gate.







Chatelaine: Winter Watergarden
Fonal/Floss: DMC + many silks as suggested in the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart antique white 32 ct Belfast

Storm at Sea for my Godmother

I have disappeared for a while, but my hands were not idle.

I whipped up a long waited quilt for my godmother. Actually it is me who is thinking to give her something, she was not expecting anything at all - she is too modest to wait such things from anyone. Last time we met I asked her to check out my pinterest and choose something from my pins to see her preference. She said something simple and not too white and opted for a storm-at-sea in blues greens grays. I did not want to discourage her and explain that it may look simple, but in practice it is far from an easy one - so I went through my stash, did the math, and I finished the top in a week. 

The original:

Wow. I think this is a tough block to make at full size!  And the quilting enhances it.  Not sure who made this Miniquilt



My version, no batting/binding/quilting yet. In reality it is much greener and a lot less grey, but my photos are a washed out. Maybe it is time for a new phone having a better camera?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Closing the old, starting the new

At the beginning if the new year it is good to look back and see how many things I did accomplish. It was quite a tough year in my professional life (I was promoted to a new position, there was a mass reduction in my workplace, not affecting me, but definitely affecting my mood, and my boss, whom I really liked left during the year) to let out the extra stress. So the net result is the abundance of quilts and some moderate progress on the stitching side.

9 Quilts:
  • Christmas birdies
  • Falling leaves
  • Simplified Love Entwined
  • Grandpa's scrappy quilt
  • Skill Builder
  • Scrappy Blue and Scrappy Red
  • 2 Baby Quilts: Owls for Berci and the Universe for Elza

I had 2 little cross stitch finishes with herbs, thyme and oregano. 

I was working on 2 major Chatelaines:
I have started Pomarium at the end of 2016, and I almost managed to finish the 1st quarter by yearend 2017.  The other was Winter Watergarden, what I started to stitch in 2016 March, and I finished 3/4 until September.

There are 2 other WIP in my basket, the holiday piece from Victoria Sampler (Heirloom Nativity Sampler), which is almost ready, and the Stitches around the World, which will be a forever UFO most probably.

In 2018 I would like to finish Winter Watergarden, and start one or two Chatelaines, depending on my stitching bug's behaviour. The sad news of the yearend that Martina Weber, owner and designer of Chatelaine passed away, so there will be no new such beauties what she created. She was an extraordinary designer, it is such a loss that she is not with us anymore.

Quiltingwise I would like to sew a bedcover for my godmother, and some smaller ones for friends and family. I do not have any specific thing on my mind, I will see what grabs my attention. I already put together a yellow-green scrappy one.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Octopus moving forward

I made some progress on Octopus Treasure Cave. I getting the hang of stitching on dark fabric, and I really like this hand dyed one.