Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 Daily and Weekly Projects Done

On Christmas Day I finished both my daily and weekly projects for the year, so I've time to work on getting the next ones prepped and ready to start. I also finished piecing my silk piece and have started the stitching it. Here's how it looked when I finished.

I spent most of a morning removing all the paper from the back.

These are the pearl cotton threads I'm stitching with.

A peek at the stitching.

2018 Weekly Leaf
Week #52

I also took a picture of the back.

You can see all of this years leaves here.

2018 Daily Stitching #3 days 93-97
I painted the edges of a canvas black and pillowcase a black backing onto the piece.
2018 Daily Stitching #3
97 days
10" x 10"

Two years worth of daily stitching, time for a change.

This week I'm making the final decisions on next years projects, getting materials collected and getting ready to start again.

 I've been doing daily stitching projects since the beginning of 2012, you can see them all here, in the order they were done. Some years I worked on two simultaneously, one from the beginning of the year, the other from birthday to birthday. This year I'll be making some changes again which makes me feel a bit unsettled, but I know once I get started I'll get into the rhythm and feel more comfortable.
This vintage white napkin (and 15 others) was a gift from my friend Lisa. It has been fused to white felt and is waiting for the new year,

I'll be continuing with leaves for my weekly stitching.

In March I'll be 72 and that is the 73rd day of the year, so I'll be starting something brand new to do for each day leading up to my birthday. Here's a peek at some of the materials involved.

I may be sorry with this one because I've already broken one of my rules and have to much stuff involved, we shall see what happens.

I want to thank all of you that read my posts for following along on my journey. Doing a blog post every week helps keep me on task and knowing that there are readers out there keeps me motivated, so Thank You all from the bottom of my heart. Happy New Year to everyone and just for fun give  a daily project a try.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas cards

Since last Christmas I said that I was done making fabric postcards for ever, that meant I needed to try something new for this year. This years cards are on paper and were printed on a gelatin plate. I love my gelli plates but decided to use a real gelatin plate for these. Here are a few of the finished cards, these are the leftovers that I wasn't quite as happy with.

This is the stencil I cut out of tyvek and used in a two color process that I had learned in an online class.

It was a fun process and each card came out slightly different.

I've been working on the paper pieced project made out of vintage silk ties, I've also tossed in some sari silk and vintage kimono silk. Only 11 more blocks to go, then I'll sew them together and do the tedious removal of the paper pieces.

2018 Weekly Leaf #51

2018 Daily stitching #3  days 86-92
Just about done!

We will be spending a quiet Christmas at home. I wish all of you a Merry Christmas.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Getting Distracted

December is when I start to seriously consider options for next years daily stitching, so far I have ideas but nothing is taking form. This is not unusual it has happened before, but this year I've gotten a bit off track.

One of my rules for daily stitching is that it has to incorporate stuff I already have, which of course leads me to digging through a lot of stuff. On Sunday I pulled out my container of vintage mens ties. I used to make vests and pillows for sale using these and had put aside some that I really liked to make something for myself. That was about twenty years ago and I still haven't used them. Well, I'm now using them but not in daily stitching project. Here is the pile .

I'm actually doing paper piecing and making a wall hanging. There will be 48 three inch squares of log cabin blocks. So far they are taking about 45 minutes per block and I have six done. I've got a drawing on paper as my guide and this is what the ones that are pieced look like.

Another idea was to use the four inch squares that I showed a couple of months ago that had been indigo dipped. I sewed them end to end and now have a strip nine feet long.

It got rolled up and stuck in a drawer, so that's two ideas down and a few more to go, but I will have something to start on Jan 1.

2018 Weekly Leaf
Week #50

2018 Daily stitching #3 days 79 -85

Just the bottom right corner to go.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Thursday, December 6, 2018

More Donation Quilts

A couple of weeks ago I was given a couple of pieces of fabric to use in donation quilts and I now have one done and one waiting for me to quilt it.
This is the finished one, the very brightly patterned fabric in the stars is what I was given.

This one is ready to quilt, the grey background print is what I was given.

I used up every single bit of the two fabrics and it was a fun divergence.

This morning the Art Guild met to change art at the various locations we have around town. I hadn't gotten anything new done so it was time to go through old work. I found a pair of pieces that had been patterned with flour paste and paint, in a positive /negative circle design.

I added a few stitches on each, mounted them onto canvas and they are now hanging at Weiser Classic candies.

2018 Weekly Leaf
Week #49

2018 Daily Stitching #3  Days #72 - 78
 The big green blob on the bottom left got turned into a green leafy shape.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"