So, as previously stated, I was ahead of the game for March already. So, I only had one birthday block left:
Mary's Shooting Star block. I love a couple of the fabrics here that I pulled from my LFS scrap bin. The cupcakes and the 30's piece came from them. I enjoyed this one, aside from the fact that my sizing came out *really* wonky. Because of the bias cut, she should be able to stretch it to fit, but I did a second block for her anyway.
I really like the music fabric and the shamrock fabric. Those also came from the scrap bin at my LFS. You can see some repeats in fabric that I used, (lizards, doghouses and robins) but I don't think she'll mind.
So...progress to date is......
January - Wedding Wall Hanging Present *halfway done* February - Valentine's Wall Hanging + 1 birthday_blocks March - 3 x blocks for birthday_blocks
In addition, I made 5 postcards for our postcard swap here on LJ.
This was the first one, I called it "Beginning of a Quilt". Seriously, the colors were just what I had in my stash bag called, "random shapes" (I sort my scraps by shape, not color). So, it ended up being a brown and pink crazy quilted type. I wanted to get some of my surface stitching back, so I worked on my blanket stitch. I was pretty proud of it until I saw some of clumsy_chord
's and aalia7
's. Then I was less proud.
This was my second one and also made from my scraps. I love these swaps for that. This looked a million times better in my mind. It's hard to scale down these things, but I'm happy with my first real attempt of using some vintage lace accessories on it.
My third and the one I almost made twice because I liked it so much. I'm a tea drinker (can't have coffee) and I don't really feel awake until I have my spot of tea. I <3 the tea bag!
My fourth and one of the simplest in design. I like that I chose red ribbon and I'm pretty happy with my word stitches. Not as beautiful as aalia7
's script, but I think it's really fitting for what I envisioned.
I almost didn't send this one. Seriously. I just wasn't sure how it would be received (I hope whoever gets it likes it!). It was just one of those images that I couldn't get out of my head and had to make it. I actually think I'm going to do something similar in a hoop for my craft room.
Also, one more additional finish. I have been taking a canvas class at my LNS and I finished my piece.
I wasn't as nervous about the canvas work, but I'm glad I took a class. This piece will go in the bedroom, along with a companion piece that I have yet to start stitching, but the colors are just perfect. Despite the pattern being off in a couple of places and my counting being off in a couple more, I don't think anyone will notice....
And, since I really enjoyed this piece, a couple more shots.
This is the center motif. I'm really proud of my couching here. I didn't intentionally mean for my squiggle to look like a S, but now I can't see anything else in it.
This is the border of one of the ribbon and bargello sections. I really like how the colors work together, although I do think the watercolor gets lost in some of the green and ribbon sections. What do you think?