I was on the fence about how to frame her, but I love this frame even though, now that I'm looking at it, I'm almost wondering if I should have gone with something even simpler. The design in the frame seems to be fighting the scroll work in the border. Is it just me? Anyway, I love how she came out and the colors are a much better representation than my finish pic of a couple posts ago. Daylight always makes a piece look great - even though I fell off the porch into three feet of snow while taking it! LOL
I've been trudging along on Ann Medd and it just amazes me how long this is taking me to stitch. Fill-in isn't hard, just so time consuming. Then there were the sheep. Let's talk sheep, shall we? The sheep in this section - well, there was a point when I was ready to throw this ole girl onto the bar-b-que (yes, we grill in the dead cold of winter). The sheep were driving me absolutely nuts!!! Making me crazy!! I think that it took me all of four, maybe five, days to get them in. And then one sheep had a leg that was all crazy and I discovered that I was going over three threads instead of two. So a frogging we go!! But, I seriously had mad moments just relishing the thought of this sampler going up in flames!! Bar-b-qued sheep!! But common sense took over and I trudged along.
Are we getting bored yet??? I'll tell you - there are days when I long to work on something else. But I told myself that she has to be done - and I want her done - but there are just some days. But those nasty sheep are done, so maybe things will be fine. Anyway, there's some progress - the fish and fisherman are now outlined, the sheep are in, although not all outlined and a wee bit of progress on the Shepherdess/Mermaid. The sheep were about the death of me though.
On the quilting front - lots done!! Well, kind of. I took advantage of that big storm we had last week. The kids had two days off and in the true fashion of teenagers, slept in late so I headed down to the craft room and took rotary cutter in hand and cut out all my BOMs and some extra:
All my civil war BOMs, the red and black quilt and Farmer's Wife blocks for the month. In the background is the Bliss quilt that I so optimistically thought that I'd have put together. Didn't get there! I was on a cutting tear, so instead I cut out some others and almost have them finished:
Remember those red and white fabrics! Well, here's just a peek!! I'd show the whole quilt, but it's not done. Reason why? Well, the kit included fabric for the borders - a great polka dot fabric, but it was upholstery fabric! Say what? Just too heavy to border the quilt with so I'm waiting for the correct fabric to show up. But this really brightens my day to look at it. Reminds me of a quilt that you would sit on when you're having a picnic. I used the Yellow Brick Road pattern for this one. Quick and easy!
So because I couldn't go any further with that quilt, I started on this:
Another similar quilt, but with bigger blocks made from the pattern Turning Twenty, and Pillow and Maxfield's Whimsy fabric! This is for my daughter - the crazier the fabric the better she likes it. Just have to sew these rows together, slap on borders and it's a WRAP!!! I loved making both of these - quick cutting and piecing. A welcome break from all those tiny pieces that are in the Farmer's Wife and Civil War quilts. But now the fun is over and time to go back to my other pieces. Although I was kind of thinking of cutting out that Marsha McCloskey pattern............hmmmmm.
And to leave on a note appropriate for the season, I thought I'd show a little wallhanging that I did years ago in honor of Valentine's Day. This is an old Thimbleberries pattern - if I remember right they used to have monthly kits that you could purchase and this was one of them. This is also my first machine quilting project. It was small so I managed to get through it. Probably the last one I will ever do myself though!
So that's what's been happening in my part of the world. The weather is absolutely frigid today - probably about 4 degrees with below zero temps with the wind chill. But maybe the groundhog was right - it's warming up into the 30's next week. Ya hoo!!!! Better get that red and white quilt finished. We may have to do a picnic!!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!