CQJP July Block

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ring In The New Year!

Hi everyone! I hope those of you who so celebrate had a wonderful Christmas!
There was ice:

 more ice
and snow!

We had a fun time with family, but now it's time to get back to 'normal'.
The tree is down and away in storage until next year, and the house will soon be put to rights with vacuuming and polishing........well, unless of course I'm distracted by stitching. Lol

 I'm happy to report that I finished the cable blanket, and even made a faux sheepskin blanket as well as a teepee for DS's cat. He'll be purring in cushy comfort. (The cat, that is. ;-)   )
For my 2014 CQJP, I plan to create a red Christmas tree skirt, and the theme will be snowflakes. Debra of the Tuesday Stitchers, has already machine embroidered a pile of snowflakes for me (thanks so much, Debra!!) and I shall be waiting until their arrival before piecing the skirt. In the meantime, I shall tat some snowflakes of my own and work on other projects in the wings: my wrapping cloth, a pink/blue/purple wallhanging with 'silkies' of my darling granddaughter, projects for StitchMAP, knitting, wool sculpture, painting, and I may just get to teaching myself how to crochet..............maybe. I might return to finishing the Lace and Roses wall hanging if time permits.
As for the Christmas tree skirt, I plan to have an opening of 12" around the tree base and two triangles' sides trimmed, but not joined, to allow room for easy placing after the tree is decorated. The total circumference will be ~15 1/2 feet with each triangle measuring 24" x15", not counting any trim I may add.
Well, that's the plan right now, anyway..........
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
May you and yours all be well,
And may there always be some spare time for stitching! and tatting! and creating!

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's Almost Christmas!

Hi everyone. Hope you're all ready for Christmas.

in the foyer
Here's a pic of the cotton tape I'm using for the sashing between my blocks. It ties in with the colours nicely, I think.
The first step of the sashing. I then trimmed the sides, and added the long strips of tape, then layers of lace.

And that's when I noticed a problem..........and had to rip the hanging apart......  :-(   ...there was wailing and moaning, and the air turned blue........

Time was getting short, so I've tucked the pieces away until after Christmas........

After all, I still have the cabled blanket to finish, and a sewing gift to finish, and baking to do, and some visiting, and one more present to buy......

My other projects are also on hold........
Our Christmas tree is up and filled with memories and history, including the lights and many ornaments from our first Christmas as hubby and wife! Those items are now 40 years old!

And, they still work! wow.

All lit at night.....well except for the lights that are blinking....

See that empty space under the tree?
It's the perfect spot for a Christmas tree skirt, don't you agree?
So, guess what I'm making for CQJP 2014?   
 In red!!

ooooh, ...pixilated.....

and a bit more playing in Picasa........wouldn't this make a neat card?

I shall be taking a break from now until after the New Year.
Wishing you all a wondrous, safe and very


        and All the Best for 2014


Thanks for visiting. Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CQJP - Wrapping it Up

With the finish of my December block, I completed CQJP 2013!  Yay!

 Here's how they'll fit together for my Lace and Roses wall hanging.

Next, I need to add a border between each, then add lots and lots of lace!

Work on piece #10 of my wrapping cloth has begun with a row of french knots and the start of buttonhole lace.......

I am smitten with the strip of lace across the top. It's pinned in place for now.

Piece # 10 is rather small, so it won't be long until it's fully titivated..........I hope

I've been making progress on my cable blanket, and am almost half way...............
Snow arrived......
and made the neighbourhood white and fluffy.......

In keeping with the season, you might like to listen to this acapella hymn. I think it's beautiful.
Wherever you may be, I hope you're having a wonderful December.

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz