Wednesday, November 30, 2022

November project for Crafter's Edge

 I'm sliding in under the wire for my November project, and there is no good reason--except that I haven't put the photos on my blog.

I made a banner using the Christmas stocking die set and the Whimsical Christmas tree die set.

Here is the banner in its entirety. 
Using the Crafter's Edge Crossover II and the die sets I mentioned, I cut out the stockings and tree.

I cut everything out of felt and handstitched all the pieces together. 
Then using a piece of red rattail, I stitched the stockings and tree in place so they can be hung from a railing or fireplace. 

This was a fun project. I enjoy having handstitching to do in the evenings when the TV is on.
Thanks, Crafter's Edge for having me on your Design Team this year!

Friday, November 18, 2022

The Piano Quilt is done


It's done. My own grand piano. :) 
I quilted a piano key border and then made the rose, leaves, and stem according to the directions in the pattern. I'm not really pleased with the rose or the leaves, but there they are, and they look pretty good from a distance.

Here's a closer look. Maybe I needed more length for the rose, but I really think the trouble was my fingers and hands, not the rose itself. It was hard to stitch it together underneath. And I seriously don't like the leaves. If I do them over again, I will cut out the leaf shapes, stitch front and back together, turn them right side out, and then slip them under the stem. I made a black binding, as the pattern directed, although I pondered a red one. Then I decided red might distract too much from the piano itself, so black it is.

Overall, I'm happy with it, and with all the projects I have lined up to do, the leaves will probably never get redone. LOL.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Music, music, music

 Today is my turn to show the musical projects I have created. Thank you, Carla, of Creatin' in the Sticks, for hosting this hop. Yesterday I saw some fabulous projects, and I'm eager to see everyone else's!

I am upset with myself for not being able to finish my project, but with life getting in the way, it just didn't quite happen. 
This is The Piano Quilt, designed by Pam Booras. It's about 30 x 30".
I have the inside all quilted but couldn't get to the border or the binding. Being gone all weekend long didn't help.  At least you can see what I've done so far. 

The quilting is a flower design, maybe kind of like roses?? I will be making a 3-D red rose to sit on the piano after I finish quilting and binding it.

I play the piano but I don't have a grand. When I saw this pattern several years ago, I had to have it, and when Carla announced this hop, I knew what I would make. It will be done in another day or 2. :)

I have done a few other musically themed things in the past:

This musical 3-panel number sits on my piano sometimes, especially around Valentine's Day.

The above is from DIY (Frond Designs) in Webster Grove, MO--a row by row the year the theme was music. Sadly, that shop isn't open anymore, but Frond Designs is alive and well in Iowa.

I made up this Amazing Grace panel several years ago for our church district auction, and then made another to hang in my own church.

Don't forget to visit everyone else and see what they've been up to!