Deep red and vivid red plus white and ecru, simple piecing and even simpler hand quilting and all done!
I finished this a couple of days ago - stitching late at night, after midnight, which is quite unusual for me. Still it felt comforting - stitching the binding down and joining and stitching it to the quilt on side by hand too. It was not planned - impulsive late quilting by the lamp. I realized how happy I am, I am using my kid's desk lamp - I actually do not stitch after sunset! Well, I did this Wednesday and I am happy I did.
It is Valentine quilt officially but I am sure it will live as a March quilt too here. Local tradition celebrates wine on Feb 14th and March is the red-and-white month with the martnenitsa rituals. So this quilty is mixing love, wine and health wishes all in one for a February-March quilt on the wall. Or maybe on a table... Have not decided yet.
The pink background is the back of a Strippy quilt. I am not a pink person in general, but reds and pinks together is something I like.
Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Wine Day!
It is a late but really cold winter start here and the perfect time for a Doublemassa hat - the thickest and warmest hat I have ever seen or knitted.
I took a lot of pictures when it was all knitted but have not posted one with the complete folded look and all the four /yay, they are four!/ layers of pure wool. So here it is.
Here is what I am doing now - tiny stitches on a quilt, finished back in 2006.
The green tread is machine stitch and it was happy with it for a year. Then I decided to add some hand-quilting stitches and kept adding them from time to time in a really relaxed manner... So I am about to finish them now.
It felt strange at first how small these stitches are. They are not really consistent, or perfect, or in particularly clean lines. Still the texture they add, and the little detail, is something I like.
It was meant to be pre-Christmas actually. I opted for a bit belated gift and knitted the days around Christmas. One knitting project from start to finish, one project waiting 10 months for its lining stitched down, one project waiting for final few rows /also 10 months/. Felt good to finish them all!
I finished the new project first. Than stitched the Inga hat lining, I was to busy to knit in this spring. Than finished the giant and lovely Doublemassa in chocolate and cream. Luckily I had dark chocolate around when stitching those final little rows.
Happy, colourful, healthy, prosperous, smiling and creative 2014, dear friends!
Wishing you magic moments, fantastic journeys, inspiring meetings, rewarding projects and dreams coming true!
It is almost the end of the Christmas-New-year holiday here. Cookies are gone, Christmas tree is still decorated, lights sparkle in the evening and the sea is covered with fog every day. Bonbon-boutique is moving forward these days and I am moving from holiday knitting time to new year to-do list.
More on knitting and list next time.
Checking pictures I see I have not shown a fun quilt here and I will fix this now.
This custom quilt was finished back in May and I showed just a corner here as it had not been presented to it is owner at that time.
It is one of those quilts I make, pack and give, and wish I make a copy for myself.
It was fun in every single aspect - design, piecing, the back, quilting, binding, adding the letters /the smudged thing on the second picture, hiding the embroidered wishes/. Like most of my quilts it has a history of its own and I love this.
I will check the making pictures now and share the story of this quilt with you tomorrow.
Dear December, I am so happy it is sunny lately!
Sunny weather and stormy wind led us to a sunny beach with calm waters and a jelly fish this weekend. Collecting sun in pictures felt like collecting it in jars. Glorious winter light, sea shells and tons of sand protecting what was a bar in the summer.
Start of December is start of the end of a year. A time for resolution maybe and certainly time to sum up the year. I write lists sometimes. Sometimes, I don't. Thinking of lists and no-lists time, lists time seem to be more productive and adventurous. So I am back in a list mode. It is official!
Pre-Christmas knitting is taking place, and pace too. I suppose May 2014 will start with Christmas knitting in the lists. LOL
Flowers continue flowering and, decoratively, Christmas seems months away. I am procrastinating washing the Christmas fabrics to be sewn for home decoration... and the only way to feel Christmas at home is smell it - cinnamon, quince, no-meat meals...
I am slowly filling a project gallery on Craftsy and checking lists now, while baking potatoes and planning next knitting project. Etsy shop comes next.
It's been a lovely summer. Sea, roses... lots and loads of great moments and things. It included some sewing, some quilting and lately knitting was introduced to fill in some gift lists items for Christmas.
I was making quince and apple deserts in November, boiling quinces and planning some cheese maybe... Wondering what to sew with my newly bought woven checks in December.
Christmas preparation are being planned but not really started yet. I am moving faster with flowers than decoration or gifts. Not counting the packing paper. LOL
It is all done. It is a label embroidery and a washing away from packing.
It took me so long to complete it. I mixed and matched sessions around important things in the past couple of months. I am happy it is done.
It is the Light week now - the one following Orthodox Easter. The quilt was bound for Palm Sunday - my name day - almost 2 weeks ago.
Busy dynamics week sometimes mean less quilting than desired. This week seems to be a day-in - day-out quilting rhythm one. I was quilting on Monday and Wednesday and will probably quilt again tomorrow.
Here how it goes. Monday added fuchsia touches here and there. Flowers and fillers around. Wednesday added more details and I am curious to see how the original plan will relate to the rest of the quilt /not shown on pictures here/. I suppose it will be moving