We moved into our current house more than 6 years ago - and I'm still trying to find my sewing room.
As for what I'm working on or is in the pipeline: cushions and a dress for granddaughter for Christmas (I still have to get the fabric for the dress but am ready to go with the cushions), an interpretation of a photo from a friend's trip to Tuscany (the olive tree is giving me a bit of a problem), working free machine embroidery swirls into a knitted, felted piece of fabric, and knitting a jumper for granddaughter. There are other UFOs around but these are the things I'm actually working on.
LOL, well that gives me alot of encouragement :) and now I don't feel so guilty. I have a Daughter that is pregnant so I should be working on 1 of 2 baby quilts I am supposed to be making her but haven't started either one of them yet. It is nice coming home from work and relaxing after a stressful move so hoping to get a little ambition here shortly. 1 of the quilts is for her baby shower, (they are having a little boy) so I bought a pair of bib overalls at Good will and am going to applique them on to a whole cloth and have everyone at the baby shower sign the quilt. :) Should be a fun project. thinking I will tie it after wards rather than quilt it so she can hang it in the baby's room. or maybe I will do that before everyone signs it, that way I will only have to applique the bibs on 1 time instead of on the whole cloth 1st and then the batting and backing later. Anyone have any thoughts on that?
Jeanne, it seems that we can finally get down to some serious handiwork once we have grandchildren! I have just created a little cluster of tree ornaments so granddaughter can now come over to help decorate the tree. I may get her involved too, either making one with her name on it , or asking her to select colours. I am hesitant with that option as she will want pink or purple. She is 4!
It is the first time that i have had the luxury of time at this time of the year and have enjoyed working with the felt. I haven't used felt at all, other than for a needle case project a French friend inspired me to complete. Next will be a dress for the summer for grand daughter and then some fun with a small quilt challenge.
....regarding your special project, perhaps you could get participants to sign and write a simple message on squares of fabric. You can then embroider the messages and build them into the quilt? You can control the layout and balance of the final design.
I have just started a new project. I am creating a piece based on The Forest Floor. It has leaves, other bits and bobs and a "secret" hand sneaking out from onder a leaf to grab a bag of treasure.
I am hoping this will restart my creative urges as I have so many ideas but struggle to get my ass into the craft room.
I am starting a piece for a challenge that is due in February.
I also need to quilt 2 quilts for my newest granddaughter. Just finding the time. :)
Its the sceond weekend in the New year and I am working on my Phase IV Japanese Beading design Peacock mat. Which I wanted finished by the end of 2011. So working hard to finish loving ever minute of it once finished I can then finish getting ready for my course in April for Phase V, handbag.
I am also stitching this year, finishing my phase VIII Japanese Embroidery, final dress up at the same time I have to stitch two wedding samplers and three advent calanders by the end of November.
Busy year I feel not to mention anything else I pick up over the year which we all do??
Your current projects all sound fascinating. I managed to finish the cushions (in the shapes of the letters of her name) and dress for my granddaughter for Christmas. However, her baby sister arrived on 21 December and had to wait until early January for hers.
Since Christmas, I have also tray-dyed some fabric and am just back from a shopping trip to Sydney, where I stocked up on fabrics, threads, beads and other bits and bobs. I'm now doing hand embroidery onto a knitted/felted/free machine stitched cushion top. I also hope to sew together a black fabric collage cushion today.
Lesley, I love leaf litter and look forward to seeing your finished piece.
I scanned a photo of a tree I saw at the Grand Canyon, using the DMC program. I have 1/4 of the picture done in needlepoint - 22 count hardanger fabric - TEDIOUS!! - but looking good.
It will be 8" by 10" - so not too big - thank goodness