I joined a year-long swap with my online rug hooking group. It was a seasonal swap so we didn't need to make 12 mats-- thank goodness. We only had to make 4 Ü
I decided that all of mine would feature the same tree but with different seasonal birds on them. I liked having a theme to work with and it made my decision easier when it came time to come up with a new design for the next mat to swap.
This was my winter swap-- R 197 Winter Bird
This was my spring swap-- R 198 Cherry Blossom
This was my summer swap-- R 199 Summer Crow
And this is the Fall mat (8" X8") I just finished and mailed off this last week-- R 200 Night Owl. I have to say, this one was my favorite of the four I did.
Ok-- not the SAME exact tree, as the first tree is a Cherry Blossom tree (I live in the DC area), and the last tree is an oak tree, but the trunks are same Ü I want to do them all over again but together in a long piece.
I received adorable mats in return--
Fall-- I'm still waiting to receive it but will post it when it 's here!! Ü
On Friday, I finally started my Dear Jane blocks. If you are unaware of this exquisite quilt (Dear Jane quilt by Brenda Papadakis), the blocks in the quilt are 4 1/2" finished blocks. There are 225 blocks to this quilt-- very tedious to do but amazing to see!!! The outer border 'Pies" are about 6' long maybe-- I haven't measured one of those yet. For the past two January's, I've said that would be one of my New Year Resolutions-- to start a Dear Jane something. Another January is almost here and guess what??? I still had not started it ;-/ So, I mentioned it to my Quilt Guild, Hayfield Country Quilters and a few showed interest. YAY!!!
Wendy came over on Friday morning and we selected three blocks to start-- an easy block, an applique`block, and a challenging block.
I didn't say "quilt" earlier because, to start, I'm thinking maybe just a table runner (how many bed quilts do I really need?????) LOL!! Also, neither Wendy or I know how many blocks we want to make, so blocks it is.
Of the three blocks we decided on, I finished one while she was here (the green block) and another (the pink block) that afternoon.
What I learned about myself is that I am SOOOO out of practice for hand piecing ;-( I haven't hand-pieced a block in years!! I've been rug hooking and doing punch needle for the last two years almost exclusively and just the small little bit of piecing that I did on Friday sure let me know how rusty I am...
I didn't have the right needles, I put a hole in my finger from where the eye of the needle rested while I made my stitches, and I couldn't find a thimble to save myself. I did have good thread though Ü Woo Hoo!!!
I will probably re-make the green block and pay more attention to my seam allowance or my cutting...
Another note about Dear Jane-- last year my online rug group did Dear Jane rugs!!! I didn't get around to doing that one either... (read slug). I have always loved these blocks though and I hope to make a small showing of my appreciation in one form or another.
Along with my hooking and my piecing, I'm in the middle of punching a new design... I posted a picture of the back a few days ago with a plea for help Ü. I had drawn the design off a while back and was just getting to punching it. I decided I didn't really want an owl on it and threw it out to the world to see what suggestions would come up.
A bird was the overall winner and it's punched in!! I've got the background to go and then fini Ü
This summer I joined another needlework group "Nelly's Needlers", which is a service organization that supports Woodlawn Plantation. George Washington gave the property to Nelly Custis Lewis, his step-granddaughter, who was an avid stitcher. The "Nelly's" as they are called, make and sell needlework and operate a Tea Room, with all profits going to the preservation of the Woodlawn home.
Since I live in the DC area, I wanted to take advantage of the historical handwork societies that surround me. It's a wonderful group of ladies and I'm excited to be a member of the group Ü
I brought home a cross-stitch ornament to stitch and donate-- it's a beast!!! It has soooo many color changes after every few stitches... it's driving me nuts!!! I think I need to find another way to donate my time to this group-- this ornament has taken me forever to do and I'm only 1/2 way done!!
I think the wreath will only measure not quite 3 inches across-- it's tiny!! Am I insane?? (yes.)
Back to Dear Jane--
Today I'm on block 3...
Until next time...