Saturday, 31 December 2011

Open in 2012

Well, the Christmas holiday is over and 2011 has drawn to a must be time to look forward to 2012! Happy New Year folks.

So, what's planned for 2012? I think my main two projects this year are surely going to be the Crazy Quilt Journal Project and Take a Stitch Tuesday. But a Christmas gift of this book from my mum may well inspire a new craze:

apron book

I do love a nice apron! Or, as I prefer to call it, a "pinny"! I think I will probably start off with the basic waist apron:

basic waist apron

And then progress to a basic smock apron:

basic smock apron

2012- The Year of the Apron. Watch this space.

When I was having a bit of a clear out over the holidays, I came across a stack of HST units leftover from my scrappy Jacob's Ladder quilt, and having promised a quilt to a friend of mine, I think I will make this the start of a scrappy triangles quilt:


Waif helped with the layout for the photo, and was quite insistent that all the red triangles needed to go in the middle. I wasn't sure, but I think he's quite right! So perhaps scrappy but with red diamonds at the centre of all the blocks. I certainly have plenty of scraps of red after making Gman's quilt.

On a more general level, my aims for 2012 can be summed up in one word: OPEN. I am going to aim to be more OPEN to trying new challenges, OPEN to new ideas, OPEN to accepting change. This will be the year of no-holds barred.

What are your plans for 2012?

Monday, 19 December 2011

Christmas Through the Year - December

Sorry about the terrible photo, but it's evidence, right?

I whipped up this little drawstring lingerie bag for a certain person, who shall remain nameless in case she reads this! There's some pretty undies to go inside of course...

lingerie bag

Hop on over to Allie's blog to see what other folks have made this month.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Turn Out the Lights

It's been a while since I did any art journalling, but I was inspired by something I read this week to put together this spread:

turn out the lights

The page was one I had already prepped with black gesso and I cut the "Turn Out The Lights" from a magazine a while back, knowing that it would come in useful one day!  The reading that inspired it was from a book about Zen koans called Bring Me the Rhinoceros.  I have to concede that a lot of this book is way beyond my level of understanding but there are odd bits that sink in and get me thinking.  This particular koan was about being open to the idea that everything is inconceivable when it comes down to it, so that rather than trying to know the unknown we should "make friends with the inconceivable" and "start an exploration into the unlit realms".  Fascinating stuff and an excuse to break out the metallic pens and silver star stickers :-)

Monday, 12 December 2011

Fickle, me?

I've been thinking and rethinking my idea for 2012's Crazy Quilt Journal Project. In this post, I talked about my idea of each month representing a birth flower. But after giving this some thought, I think this will end up being a very tasteful and feminine quilt. And although there is nothing wrong with tasteful and feminine, it's just not me!!

So, I'm thinking I'm going to go for something a bit more vibrant and colourful, and have started pulling together fabrics in hot pinks, oranges and reds, with silks and sparkly bits and ethnic prints:

indian summer fabric choices
indian summer fabric choices (2)

And with regards to the embellishment and embroidery I'm thinking BEADS and SHISHA MIRRORS and SPARKLY THINGS and SHINY THINGS and SEQUINS and RIBBONS - just generally no holds barred!

Now, doesn't that sound a lot more me??!!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Fenced In is Finally Finished

Ooh, I do like a nice bit of alliteration.

Yes, Waif's quilt "Fenced In" is finally complete and on his bed. He is chuffed to bits with it, and so am I. It has to be my favourite quilt so far (sssh, don't tell his brother). A bit tricky to get a photo that shows it off in all its glory so here are three:

Fenced Infenced in 2fenced in full flat shot

After months of laboriously and lovingly hand quilting with pearl cottons, I passed it on to the Binding Fairy (aka my mum, aka Spidergran) to sew the binding on. Didn't she do a great job?

This is the first time I have used a pieced backing on a quilt and I quite like that too:

fenced in back

although sometimes the multiple seams did make it a bit tricky to get the quilting thread through.

In other news, I knocked up a little penguin Christmas ornament:

round penguin

We have all been enjoying watching the BBC's Frozen Planet and Waif in particular has formed quite a love for penguins. I thought it only fitting that we should have some penguin ornaments to hang on the tree. I stumbled across A Creative Dream blog and June is sharing 15 days of 15 ornaments, including two penguin ornaments amongst others (santas, snowmen, moons, an angel...they are all gorgeous). The tutorial for this particular penguin can be found here although you may notice I have made a couple of lazy stitcher amendments...French knots instead of beads for eyes, and my penguin has a plain scarf...

Waif likes it anyway:

waif models penguin