There will be three posts today: some on my doings during the past week, my "Get It Done" challenge recap and (hopefully) a report on the Slow Sunday Stitching I hope to work on once the first two posts are done.
Having finally gotten a new Christmas quilt to the flimsie stage (see "High Strung +2" posted here), I had also put on the project list for this year a couple of wool ornament kits that I want to do as a personal block-of-the-month project:
Since this was the last week of the month I needed to get started! So here's block 1:
I'm machine stitching these with Perle Cotton #12 having learned from Rosie McCready DeLeon's website that #12 Perle is similar to working with two strands of embroidery floss. For me the advantage of using Perle is getting to do that by machine. This is helpful since I've already got another hand work embroidery project going for Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching (and that will be a separate post today).
Also on the wool and Block of the Month list is getting back to my Heart & Home BOM. I had started the blocks back in March 2012 to participate in Sinta Borland's "BOM Rehab" challenge (her blog is Pink Pincushion). The kits had been purchased that year from Homestead Hearth so have been percolating since then which is why I want to get it back underway and hopefully finished this year. I pulled out the stash of kits and the next block (#8 of 12) is this one.
The wool appliques are stitched onto backgrounds of Japanese Taupe fabrics using wool thread. I had been able to stash a bunch of Aurifil Lana wool back when I started this. When I pulled out the kits, I found that I actually also needed to finish the detail stitching on the last block so was pleased to also get that done.
and mine so far...
As you can see, I only got as far as tracing out the templates onto freezer paper and starting to pull some stash for it. I have high hopes to get both the "Cherries" quilt and this little table topper completed by Valentines Day or shortly after. I have (yet) another wool project I've long wanted to get up on the dock and hopefully once this last one is finished, I will be able to start on that one. Nothing like working with wool in the winter!
P.S. As I publish this, it looks like it's the second quarter and the score is tied for the game. Ok, I may not be watching but I am interested in what's going on!