I have a confession to make. I can't wait until Christmas is over. The tree is taking up precious sewing space! I guess that's what happens when you turn the living room into a sewing room. I've also already made Christmas dinner earlier this week so I don't spend Christmas day in the kitchen and can opt for something simpler to make. This means today was a day of delicious grilled turkey and smoked gouda sandwiches.
I finished two embroideries I was making for gifts, First was Heart o' Flowers. After I put a backing on it I realized I hadn't finished the outer part of the leaves all the way, and so ripped out the stitches rather than dissemble it. I wanted to embroider EVERYthing in it, but apparently there's a fine art to not actually covering things 100% with floss, and I am trying to figure out how to accomplish that.
Also I made an impromptu toasty one when a friend who I haven't seen in months popped back into my life - they are very fond of toast and I thought something fun was in order. The pattern is from a digital stamp by someoddgirl.
I decided to try some shading with oil pastels after seeing the idea at Wild Olive. I didn't tint it until afterward the fact since I wasn't sure about it, and it turned out OK but next time I'll tint ahead of time. It has some imperfections but I was still kind of sad to give it away! I also tried combining fabric and embroidery.using a bit of Anna Maria Horner flannel stitched on for a countertop - too stretchy for it I think, so next time it will be regular old cotton.
I'm working on a bunch of new projects again, my sister rummaged through my stash for some fabrics for a chevron pillow top I'll be sewing together for her (she seemed drawn to Art Gallery fabrics, I love so many of their prints that I was happy to see she felt the same). It was fun to watch somebody else work through their placement process.
Hopefully this next holiday week I will finish a pillow cover of my own I've been working on, and the all solids quilt top I started spontaneously last night. I'm using some bright Kaffe Fassett shot cottons and Kona in Coal, and it's looking good so far. I must say, I am really happy I decided to get interested in quilting earlier this year!