Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Where Did 2013 Go?

Hello blogging friends. It has been a whirlwind year!  I have managed to finish a few things and I thought I would post them so that I can look back and remember what I accomplished. It was not as much as I would have liked, but a few things none the less.  This is the first time I have used my iPhone to post so I hope the pictures will be satisfactory. Above is my Shores framed. 
This is a punch needle pattern by Buttermilk Basin. It is in a series of blankets for a sheep. I mounted it on a hanging basket and added some rusty keys to the side. 
Halloween Queen by Notforgotten Farm. I stitched this on vacation in October.  I used the color changes from Shepherds Bush and added the buttons as they suggested. I loved stitching this!!!
This is a long retired pattern from CedarHill Cross Stitch. I have had it in my stash for a long time. I changed the colors to Gentle Art and it stitched up in a couple of nights. I love the frame for this piece. 
This is a little Shepherds Bush kit called Fa La La sheep. I stitched this on vacation too. Sorry for the blurry photo. 
This table runner is from a Primitive Gatherings magazine I believe it was Fall 2013. A couple friends and I made this at my house at a mini retreat we had in the Fall. This is a gift from my mom. It is a pattern by Pine mountain designs. I love how it sits on a cocktail plate that is glued to a candle stick holder. So clever. 
In September I went to a quilting retreat with my guild and I assembled some quilts that I had been doing as exchanges.   This is Kim Diehl's Idaho Farm Girl. This was a difficult quilt but the results were worth the effort!  
This is another exchange called The Spool Quilt from Edyta Sitar. It's from the book Friendship Strips and Scraps. I still have all of the appliqués on the border to do. That may take another retreat to finish!  
Another exchange we did several years ago. This one is called Girl Gang. I want to add a piano keyboard border to this quilt and back it with something soft. It looks like a nice usable quilt to me. 
Finally a Bullseye Quilt that we cut out using an Accucut machine. We exchanged blocks after all the sewing was done.  This quilt was made out of scraps we would normally throw away. There were no rules on fabrics, it was anything goes!  I love to sit and look at all of the odd combinations of fabrics. It was fun to put this one together.  
Earlier in the school year I took my kids to the Utah Shakespeare Festival and to Bryce Canyon. My daughter wanted a costume to wear so I made this from fabric and scraps I had on hand. I didn't buy one thing for it except grommets which my dad gave to me. He bought a package at Harbor Freight for $3.00 and they worked great!  That was a lot better than buying them at the sewing store. 
For Thanksgiving we were in Arizona and my mom and I went to The Attic for a visit.  I bought the pattern for this sampler, Petite Mexican Sampler by Sampler Workes. The company is no more so once the patterns are gone it will be OOP.  I thought is would look great with this little sampler ....
My Scarlett Letter sampler ABCD 1817.  I finally finished it last weekend!  It only took me all year to complete. I changed the colors and added the date and initials of friends.  
I loved seeing all of the Scarlett House samplers in the store. Tanya has an eye for great things!  I want to stitch them all!  
For now I am working on Snow Days by With Thy Needle and Thread.  Conversion by The Atttic Needlework store in Mesa Arizona. 
There are a few more things I could share but I think this post is long enough. I will share them next time. 
I hope all is well with all of you!  Enjoy your holiday season!  


Vonna Pfeiffer said...

WHOA! You have done a lot of stitching and quilting. I don't know where to begin! The shores is fabulous! I love the Halloween Girl too...cute! That dress for your daughter...stunning! And I'm reeling still from reading everything, but it was all fabulous top to bottom!

Chris said...

What a wonderful update!You finished so many things! Shores is amazing, your daughters costume...wow!! I love the pumpkin table runner too.
Your iphone pics are fine too.
Have a great December!!

Catherine said...

Loved your update!! Fun seeing all if your projects and goodies!

Cari said...

Oh my gosh Loraine…what a wonderful post. Your stitching / framing is amazing. I love every piece. And the quilts…what can I say about the quilts except that I love every single one of them. That really must have been fun to have exchanges. Bet it always added interest to the quilt. The costume you made for your daughter is beautiful. Way to go !! Hugs dear friend. Looking forward to drooling over all of your accomplishments in 2014. Hugs

Melissa said...

Oh wowser, Loraine, what a great lot of eye candy! Everything is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

woolwoman said...

Hi Loraine - what can I say - I think that costume you did for your DD was just about the most awesome thing I've ever seen from scraps. OUTSTANDING job my friend - it is just lovely and so is your DD. Wish you'd have shown a photo of her standing. Lovely stitching and quilting - oh my - what beautiful things and Shores framed - gorgeous ! what a year in review - very impressive kiddo ! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season - Mel

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh!!! What a treat this post was! So much eye candy! Wow! Stitching, quilting, everything! And you made that dress?! Seriously? Wow! You have real talent, girlfriend! Oh my oh my. I have to go look some more. I was saving this post for when I'd have time to comment and I'm so glad I did!

Carol said...

Oh, such beautiful, beautiful projects you've completed this year, Loraine!! I'm especially impressed by your daughter's Shakespeare costume--that is so impressive. And those quilts--wow!! So glad you took the time to share all of your lovely work :)

Barb said...

You have done so much beautiful quilting and stitching! I'd call it a successful year!

Anna Zont said...

Wonderful works!

Deb said...

Good grief Loraine - you have been so busy!! I can't believe all the projects that you've gotten finished. I have to say that I'm just totally blown away by that costume that you made your daughter. So detailed and I'm sure a lot of work. But so beautiful!! And even greater that you didn't have to really spend anything to make it!!

Can't wait to see what other things you have that you didn't post, dear friend!

Katrina said...

Wow oh wow, everything is just gorgeous. What eye candy, awesome pictures :-).

Karoline said...

Fantastic finishes, love the spool quilt

Brigitte said...

Oh Loraine, this update is really breath-taking, lol. So many great stitching and quilting projects - and even a costume for your daughter. Absolutely stunning to see how peoductive you have been.
If I was to choose one of all the projects it would be the Bullseye quilt. These blocks look fascinating with all the different scraps of fabrics.

Cari-in-VA said...

Love seeing all your stitching for 2013 - you made good use of your time!! Happy New Year!