I have to say that having a break from blogging was beneficial in some ways. I went about me sewing busy-ness with not a thought about documentation. I barely managed to get photos of a lot of things. Of course, that's good and bad!
I finished the quilt in the photo on top. It's from Kaffe Fassett's book, "Shots and Stripes". I had gotten he book and the fabrics for this quilt when I was on Vashon Island for "Camp" last April. It felt great to decide on a project and finish it in the same year! It's being quilted now. I had the material so I did not spend any more on this on! It measures about 79" X 96"
The quilt above was finished and quilted and I am working on the binding now. It's from the book "Making Quilts With Kathy Doughty of Material Obsessions". I used 90% stash fabrics for this quilt. It measures about 96' X 108'. I wanted to use my reproductions fabric stash in a modern way. I think it worked out well. I have now made three large bed quilts from my reproduction stash nd there is still more to use. It's great to reduce the amount of fabric that I have...it gives me an "excuse" to buy a bit more! I have to take a phot of it now tha the quilting is done!
This knit shawl was a mystery knit from Sivia Harding. It's beaded and pretty and I learned some new stitches in the making of it. It's an odd shape though - sort of wedge shape - and I have not figured out how best to wear it yet. It may be remade into something else.
These are Clover Wonder Clips. I have been interested in trying them for some years now, but I found that the price was a bit high and I was not convinced that they would be any better than what I had been using. DH gifted me with these. I found them in these lovely multi colors and for a reasonable price too! I have to admit that they DO work very well, better than what I had been using for certain. I have been using them for quilt bindings and for holding the thick layers of the bags I have been making. Plus, I love these shiny colors... offering these in multi-colors was a good move for Clover!
When I make bags I often need a lot of small tools that I like to have close by. I also tend to use two different needles sizes. I kept knocking things off accidentally with my elbow or they somehow found they way onto the floor rather than into my hand. I decided to try this easy fix. I cut a piece of shelf lining and placed it right on the side of my machine. The small items stay put, don't mar the surface of the machine, and I can easily keep the extra needle tucked into the material. No more "lost" tools and they are right where I need them when I need them!
Tilly is wishing everyone a happy holiday season... I had to laugh when I took this photo. She was beginning to look irritated that I was getting too close to her carefully placed selection of toys!