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
This is an old project, I never called UFO. It is kind of on going with a few stitches done now and then between other machine quilted ones.
March and December a re pretty red and white months for me - snow and Christmas berries and ribbons for December and white and red yarn for March as in the martenica tradition.
So I decided to finish this red and white quilt in March. Brought it home and started adding a few stitches every day. Or a few motives every couple of days between busiest days.
Here is how vivid our living room was when I was taking pictures yesterday.
I just laid them next to each other and enjoyed the pure colors.
I am in the mids of making a big bed quilt and already planning a smaller one. Maybe a lap size.
The pastel quilt on the picture /left/ was an impulsive project - I cut rolls for the fabric shop and loved the combo, so just pieced and quilted it. It matched the living groom perfectly and lives there. I think of a brighter one for this spring to join it...
What I love most in a quilt is the crinkles and the lovely texture and softness they result in. Here is a washed softness. So much better than the "plain" unwashed thing it was at first!
The green-blue palette is so me. It makes the current pink quilt look a little strange.
Played with a few quilts today. Thus the pink in the corner. More pictures coming tomorrow. Happy Thursday!
I've been playing with pink, fuchsia and violet patches lately. Here is the result so far. It was a baby quilt test at first. It went totally on its own and is about to become something else. I tend to "listen" to a project and let it form its style - it is a journey. This one is a little more.
I respect multiple bias seams and I am not normally anxious to sew something with so many patches joining together in single point. This is 8 patches in every block corner! Not my piece of cake for sure. What did I think with my really scarce time?... But... it gone wild. Absolutely and helplessly wild. I even had to press. I do not usually do - just piece.
A new month and glorious sun! It's worth celebrating after all the snow a couple of days ago. It is a special holiday here today. We celebrate the first day of March for it is the day of Granny Marta. She is a folklore character and nice loving woman who gives people twisted red and white wool threads. It is a a little magic for health and long tradition celebrating the end of winter and welcoming spring.