Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015 as it had wings!

Saying goodbye to 2015 this day. Don't know where the year went. But it was a great one stitching wise.

Had some last minute finishes this week!
 Winter Tree. Stitched 3 of these. They are very fast! A Lesley Teare blog freebie. Changed the colors from red/gold.
 Lizzie Kate No Peaking. From a Tiny Tidings VIII pattern.
This is Angie Designer Mandala. And I am bored with it.. So this will be a finish made into a tube pillow.

 These are my new starts, packaged up, for the FB January Challenge. Also the HAED New Start event.
 This is the first piece I want to stitch for the challenge. Brooke's Books January birthday cake.
 HAED New Start FB. Mini Boo, Artist Randal Spangler. A RAK Gift from Courtney Sands.

New start Trim The Tree Stocking. HAED Artist Randal Spangler.
Many of the wonderful HAED designs have been converted to stockings. This solves my problem of wall space. I have an electric fireplace and the stockings, I plan to stitch, will look very nice hanging there.

It has been a banner year for stitching. With nearly 80 finishes, including 3 HAED WIP's, it has been a fun productive year. Making up for a dismal 2014.

On the machine embroidery side. I stitched a blanket throw for SIL, and made a Winter Cardinal pillow for her. The pillow is a recycled baby blanket ment for cross stitch. It was such bad quality for stitching and decided to use it for the pillow. Saved me from throwing it out.

The one color designs were fun to do. I found some Variegated polyester maxilock thread for the red poinsettia. Gold metallic is always a pain to work with. But very pretty. I liked the red so much that we printed out coupons and went back to Handcock fabrics. After a hand full of coupons, multiple discounts. we eneded up getting 3000 yard cones of thread for $3.19. Regular $7.49. Finishing fabrics, regular $9.99, for $3.49. Happy Dance!!!

 Here is some lace.
And here is the lace sewn together! Add light source and looks pretty at night.

The baine of my existance, for december and november, has been this memory quilt. SIL wanted my mom to make her one(she would pay for it). Knowing my mom would not like to make another, since she has already made 2 or 3 dozen, i "volunteered.... I am NOT a quilter. Claim to be at times. But it was nefarious claims... Here is the result, to be shipped out of the country, never to be seen again, But, SIL's inlaws loved it flaws and all. The printer did not like it. Was flipping over the fabric sheets and printing on the wrong side. My sewing machine, didn't like it either, it broke two needles. First time ever for breaking needles. Please excuse the blurryness, as i have told others, I was giggling like a school girl because it was finally done.

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Years holiday and a spectacular 2016.
See you on the other side!


Le trame della Galaverna said...

Happy new year

Lesley said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year.

gominam said...

Congrats on your final adorable finishes for the year. And you're all set for 2016, Happy New Year:)

Claudette497 said...

Beautiful finishes! Happy New Year!

cucki said...

Beautiful finishes ..
Happy new year x

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the gorgeous finishes Deb. Love your new year starts.


Preeti said...

Beautiful finishes!! Happy new year!!:)
Which embroidery machine do you use?

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely finishes. Happy New Year!

Heather said...

Holy cow 80?! That's amazing! I had 0 lol everything looks fantastic! Happy new year!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Deb, this is just awesome. Nearly 80 finishes the last year, that is something. A very impressive number. And you are totally prepared for the new stitching year with your kitted projects. Have fun in 2016. Happy New Year!

Justine said...

What a great year you've had - and looks as if you're heading for another one! Lovely finishes especially those Winter Trees.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

That's an amazing amount of work for one year! Very productive.
I love those winter trees, especially on the blue patterned fabric.
We all have those "love to hate" projects like the quilt. Mine was a large owl using a computer generated chart. If I hadn't been paid to stitch it, it would have been in the UFO bin about half way through!