I have been concentrating on "finishing" this week. I finished that challenge/charity quilt I showed you last time. My machine quilting isn't very professional but maybe a little girl won't notice. Hopefully, she will only look at the little ballerinas on their tippy toes.
Do you see where I ran out of the challenge fabric? There are four of the bow tie blocks missing some of the brown challenge fabric. I wasn't about to try to buy more of that fabric and I really like those blocks the best. I actually considered (very briefly) remaking the other 12 blocks. Instead, I will operate on the galloping horse theory.
This next project, I am almost ashamed to share its history. I purchased this little needlepoint canvas in Charleston, SC sometime in the mid 90's. I completed the needlepoint and it went into a drawer until I could finish it. In my defense, I was still working then. Last week, I talked my hubby into helping me move some furniture and created a little sitting area in a spare bedroom. The room has lots of light and I thought it would make a good handwork and reading area. I was so happy with it that I redecorated the entire room around it. While looking for something else, I came across the little needlepoint canvas and thought it would fit in that room. I mounted it on some natural linen from my stash and made this little pillow. It sits on an antique ladder back chair in my sitting room. Such a feeling of accomplishment to actually finish a UFO that is 15-20 years old. There is hope for all of us, girls.
This next one is more recent. I love to work with wool in the winter. I love its soft colors and the way it feels. I love the way the appliqué seems to wed itself to the background as you stitch it. And I love the way it looks on the antiques. Currently, my favorite designer is Maggie Bonanomi. She actually lives in Lexington, MO and I was fortunate enough to see her house on a house tour last fall. It is an 1840's Federal and decorated in the primitive style. Her textiles are all through the house and are beautiful. I now own three of her books and am systematically working my way through my favorite patterns. This one is called "Flowering Vine Pillow" from "A Day at Sunnybrook". I didn't make it into a pillow as I wanted to use it as a table rug. The background is re-purposed wool from a thrift shop (it was a wraparound skirt). The backing is from a vintage army blanket, that wonderful brownish green that is also used for the leaves on the front. I found the army blanket in an antique mall for $15.00. That is a lot of wool for a small amount of money. A wool fat quarter is usually $10-12.
That's all my finishes for this past week, but there is still more to come, I hope. Now, to choose the next UFO from that stack in the sewing room.