Monday, February 20, 2012

“Furisode” (big sleeves) Kimono for an 18” Doll

I had planned on spending a quiet weekend basting my sister’s quilt but instead I helped my husband put up a shed and then on Sunday made a Kimono for my granddaughter’s new male 18” doll that she wanted, and found on the website:Runo dollmaker. Runo makes dolls and clothes, and offers the patterns free at her website. I really recommend it. It did take me most of yesterday and finished today. The pattern is not easy, but doable. I love how the finished project looks and have photos below.
I also used a pink fabric for the lining for a nice contract and here's a photo of it
,and the finished kimono, I really will have to make myself a 18" doll now, so I can make clothes for her too!!




















My HOE was received by Erin so I can post now to my blog, it's a free pattern from 2009 at Gigi's, titled V Comme Valentine from 2009. I made a hanger type ornament with fabric and here’s a photo of the finish. I really love it too and hope to make one for me to hang next year maybe…

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine HOE Exchange Ornament received

Monday evening, I received my Valentine HOE ornament from Ellen. She stitched a February Stamp design for me and it's really cute. I plan to hang it at work since my work area is a ugly gray cubicle. It should really brighten up the area. She also included some really cute Love post-it-notes, which I love to collect and floss from Weeks Dye Works, can't wait to stitch with it (Turkish Red)!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A busy Saturday yesterday

I am happy to report that I finished the back of my sister's quilt so next week I can baste with the batting to the front and get ready for some machine quilting and hand quilting. I also finished my Valentine HOE exchange piece to mail on Monday, and I really want to post as my blog photo as I really love it and of course, want to stitch one for myself, but can't do it. I watched a really neat documentary titled, Team of Sky Adventurers (balloonists) on RT.com this morning on Dish network. It's the local TV station for Moscow I think. It's quite refreshing with all the garbage we see on American TV during government campaigns..Hope everyone has a restful Sunday out there. Happy stitching, sewing and knitting too...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

January Has Gone By...quickly

Well, dear stitching friends, it’s been almost a month since my last post and I’ve been busy working on a lot of projects. I’ve provided some photos below except for the Valentine HOE exchange piece that must be mailed by February 14th (Valentine’s Day of course) – I hope to finish this weekend and mail on Saturday morning, or at the latest Monday the 13th.

First off is a photo of our Knit-a-long project we’re stitching at Black Mountain Yarn Shop. We have all been confused by the designer’s instructions, so I and others have had to take out and “knit back in” – multiple times. The photo is hard to see but it’s quite interesting to knit – I just hope that I can finish it.

The next 2 photos are of my 1st Fair Isle knitting project that I am so excited about. I have sold it to a co-worker who loves it and has already worn it a couple of times - for a little less than the cost of the yarn, since I knit for fun, not for profit. I’ll use the money to buy more yarn since my sister and nephew want a hat too...it’s just so much fun and I realized, you can use any cross-stitching pattern and yarn colors of your choice to knit anything! How cool is that – you just can’t sell it (depending on copywrites, permissions, etc.)!


I have also managed to work on the back of my sister Deb’s quilt and posting a photo since she’s already see it and loves it too. I hope to finish the back this weekend and hopefully baste it and begin the quilting process next week some time. I hope to machine and hand quilt it.
Lastly, I’ve started working on my oldest son’s remaining sock and once it’s finished I can mail to him to wear. I also finished and mailed the headband for my niece, Christy. I was late mailing, as sometimes I just hate to go to the post office, don’t really know why, just procrastination I guess.

Happy stitching everyone - Diana