Sunday, March 28, 2010

English Paper Peicing

On March 6th and 7th, my quilt guild was in charge of a booth at the Civil War Re-enactment of the Skirmish at Gamble's hotel in Florence, SC.  Guild members were asked to help man the booth and to bring some hand work to do while we were there.  So I decided it was time for me to start the Christmas present I was given, a quilt kit titled Litha Park from Connecting Threads.  Most of the design of the quilt is done using the English paper piecing method.  I had never tried that before, but as long as it came with directions, I was sure I could tackle it.  The night before the event I cut out all my diamond shapes from the fabric.  That way I could be all ready to sew.  The re-enactment was a lot of fun and I did get a few diamonds prepped, but not as many as I wanted.  I spent most my time chatting and helping some of the kids make fabric yo-yo's, which was also fun.  As of now though, I have all my diamonds prepped and ready to sew into flowers.  I will need a total of 16 flowers, made from 6 diamonds each.

This is what I have as of today.

I did most of them in the car when I traveled places, and a couple more when I watched a few new shows late at night.   (That is probably why my cross stitched cat whiskers got delayed in the previous post. I skipped right over the evening craft project, and went right into the late night crafting project)  :)

I want to have this quilt done by the May quilt guild meeting since that month's program will be all about English paper piecing.  It would make a great item for show and tell that month.  I hope I haven't taken on something too ambitious with such a short deadline.  We shall see....

Saturday, March 27, 2010

My Cross-Stitched Cat

It is finally finished. It had been almost finished for weeks. All I had left to stitch was the whiskers. I kept saying to myself, "That will only take a few minutes, I can do that later tonight...." Well later tonight never came, so I made myself sit down this morning and put on the whiskers.

As I was putting on these whiskers this morning, I realized most of my unfinished projects are classified as almost finished.  So if I sit down and take a couple hours on each one, then I will have lots of finishes this year.  Sounds like a good plan, we shall see if I can put it in action.  :)