Saturday, 12 July 2008

Fanfare Please!!

Yes, folks! This FINISH definitely deserves a fanfare, because it's been quite a while in coming. Are you sitting down ... I've FINISHED my red and green quilt!!!! TA DA!! Now, some of you who've only been popping in for a while are wondering if I've finally lost my last marble (nope! They're in a container in the sewing room!!) but those of you who've been visiting for a while will know that for longer than I've been blogging, I've been working on a red and green quilt featuring nine Bronwyn Hayes stitchery designs, done in redwork, for one of the lounge chairs. And after much ado and many interruptions - it's finished! YAY me!! Here it is ...

I had a little bit of trouble finding somewhere to hang it to take a good photo. I intended to hang it on the washing line, but we have gale force winds here today and I thought I might be picking it up in Brisbane if I tried!! So pinning it to the spare room curtain was the best solution I could come up with. It gives a pretty good idea of how it looks. I'm really pleased with how it's come up. I love the red and green combo (it's NOT just for Christmas!!) and I love Bronwyn's stitcheries, so really, I couldn't go too far wrong by putting them together! The top centre stitchery is my favourite, as I dream of one day having a sewing nook in my garden like this one. Although, with two rather boisterous dogs in the yard, I'm not likely to find a lot of peace, quiet and tranquility! Just lots of jumps, licks, drool and slimy tennis balls dropped on my foot!! Eeeeeew!! So, taking my mind of slimy tennis balls ... here's a photo of the quilt on the lounge chair it will now live on ...

Oh look! There's Ruby, resting on a cushion! Tee! Hee! Hee! She's one of my fave Rosalie Quinlan patterns!! This quilt was originally going to drape over the couch, but it really didn't show off the stitcheries very well, so I'll shift the green floral and check quilt that WAS on this chair and put it on the other single chair in the corner, this one will stay where it is and as for the couch ... guess I'll have to add another quilt to my "To Do" list!! SIGH! So many quilts/bears/stitcheries/dolls and so little time!!!

The other great thing about finishing this quilt is that it's another of my five projects for Peg's "Finish Five Before The End Of July" challenge! YAY!!! Two down, three to go and I'm fast running out of July!! I have to say, I'm not overly confident that I'll get the five projects finished by the end of July, but at least I've made progress and that's something. It's all that naughty Granny Loz's fault for calling me a chicken!! I don't know whether to THANK her or BLAME her!! Tee! Hee! Hee!

And because I have soooooooo much "free" time .....????? I've signed up for a swap. I've GOT to be a little crazy - but that's why you love me, right? RIGHT??!!??!! It's being organised by Helen at Hugs From Helen and it will involve seven wonderfully talented designers, seven FREE (yes, you read right!!) patterns and a swap! It's called the Stitchers' Angel swap and I've added the tag and a direct link on the left sidebar so you can check it out.

There are two ways of taking part. Firstly you can visit Helen every week from Monday August 18 to view and print a free pattern. Secondly, you can join the swap by filling out and emailing the form on the page the link takes you to. You are then allocated a Secret Stitching Angel and will be given a Stitcher for you to spoil. Over the seven weeks you need to hand make at least three projects to surprise your stitcher with (not necessarily using the free patterns) and you will receive at least three lovely surprises in your letter box in return. Now, everyone out there in blogland is always showing off yummy stuff they get in their mail box and since usually all I get is junk mail and bills, I thought pretty stitching gifts would be a nice change!! If you're like me and have lots of "free" time (HA!) and you'd like to join in the fun, head to Helen's blog, add the badge to your blog and spread the word. Lynette Anderson is one of the seven designers, so that shows just how high the standard of free patterns will be!!

However, I think that means I REALLY need to finish some other projects before August 18, so I shall sign off and head back to my stitching!! Hope you're all having a great weekend and crossing things of your "To Do" list, too. Bear Hugs!



Anonymous said...

AAARRRRGGHHH1=! Trust u to find me something else to do. Those are fantastic stitcheries. o what to do what to do??? I am still tracing yours for my quilt! (I am NOT a fast hand sewer.) (And it took some time to locate a lightbox I could borrow!)

Congrats on the finito quilt. It's really great!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Hooray for you...well done Kris.
The quilt looks so nice on your chair. While we do hate this cold winter weather,you are at least utilizing your time in front of the heater by finishing your UFO projects.
Keep stitching.
Hugs & jugs,

Lorraine said...

that is a fabulous quilt Kris...well done....and it looks great on the chair.....I need to get on with my next two projects which I have earmarked to finish by the end of July....but not tomorrow....that is reserved for cupcake goodness.....should be fun.....LOL

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Three Kris...fantastic I just love it...another finish well done

Jo said...

Well done Kris for another finish (wish I could say the same!)The quilt is lovely.

Carin said...

Firstly: I love your quilt is is beautiful!!!!
Secondly: I have been so tempted by this swap I just am wondering if A)will I have the time and B)can I make something worthy of the other stitchers in the swap.

Bek said...


thanks for visiting my blog. Great to see someone else from Toowoomba. Let me know if you would like to meet for Coffee sometime.


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