Tuesday, December 1, 2009

finally finished something

I'm back from another absence from blogworld due to computer unavailability (otherwise known as Thanksgiving break). I'll keep my complaining to a minimum and get to the finishes:

Currants, Coxcomb and Rose, done with recommended threads on a sparkly Silkweaver solo. I really like the way this turned out, it looks Christmas-y to me!

And here is proof that UFO Tuesday really works, Chester, one of The Goode Huswife cats, done with recommneded threads on white aida (yuk) in all his unironed glory. Modified the border a bit to make it more narrow since I hate working on borders. I did work on him on days other than Tuesday since I wanted him to be a Christmas gift for DD. I plan to incorporate him into a tote/bookbag instead of framing him, since one of my birthday gifts to myself was to have this repaired.

My old Brother machine had been sitting in a closet for years and I really missed having a working sewing machine. The man at the repair shop said that someone had apparently dropped a quarter into one of the openings on the machine which caused it to jam. Thanks kids!

I used to be a quilter and maybe I will pick up that hobby again too, but right now I'm a little rusty so I'm going to start off with small stuff.

Other than that I have been working on some Christmas smalls

Penny Angel by Primitive Needle from the Just Cross Stitch Christmas issue. This was also my first effort to make a fabric-covered box--directions are on the Blackbird Designs blog. Barb and Alma make everything look easy. It was not easy and it caused me to chuck my spray adhesive out the window. It looks OK from a distance though.

I'm also trying to finish ornies for kiddies' teachers:

This was a Debbie Draper freebie. One down, three to go.

My next UFO Tuesday effort will be a Shepard's Bush stocking which I began last Christmas.

That's all the news that's fit to report. I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and survives the Christmas shopping frenzy. Thank you for all comments!


Emily said...

Glad you got Chester done, all you other finishes are great as well. Yeah for getting the sewing machine fixed.

~Judy~ said...

All of your stitching and finishes are wonderful. Can't wait to see more.

Margaret said...

I love all your finishes! So pretty! Glad you got your sewing machine working again too.

Meari said...

Congrats on your finishes. I know spray adhesive can be frustrating. I have a can and have used it twice. It's not easy to use. Tacky Glue is much less stressful.

Rene la Frog said...

Congrats on getting that UFO finished at last...great job! All the stitching looks great.

Carolyn NC said...

Wow - you've been busy - it all looks wonderful!

Kelly said...

Fabulous that you finished a UFO! All your stitching is lovely!

Linda said...

Beautiful stitching and great finishes. CCR is very pretty and does look Christmas-y. I love Penny Angel and your little covered box. I know how many steps there are in covering a piece with fabric and yours looks wonderful...hugs, Linda

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Your stitching is wonderful!

Shelley said...

Doing a happy dance for you and chester. So glad to hear that UFO Tuesday was such a success for you.

lenna said...

I like your quilted stitched piece. It does look like Christmas. The Debbie Draper freebie is very nice too.
I need to get one of my three machines fixed, too. But the repair people here just want you to sell them your parts. It makes you afraid to leave the machine behind. Glad yours is working again.
I like your blog and am going to follow you now.
Come by and see me at theflyingitchesneedle.blogspot.com.
God Bless ~

Deb said...

Your finishes all look great! When I first saw CCR I thought it was a quilt for a minute! I think that a lot of people have been hit by the quilting bug lately - must just be that time of the year! And boo on the quarter in the machine. I told my kids if they got within a yard of mine they were toast! LOL

Nancy M said...

You've been very busy! All your finishes look nice. I hate it when things look easy enough, but really aren't.

Karyn said...

Your stitching is gorgeous! I love your blog :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog and welcome! I entered you into the giveaway.


Michele Avanti said...

Hi: crazy how I came to visit your blog. I was searching for the model of my sewing machine,and the picture of yours came up, it is the same model as mine. I wanted to get a manual from Brother for mine but since the model number is no where on my machine, I wondered if you know the model number? I also realize that this entry in your blog is back in 2009, so you might not even have this machine anymore. If do or , or if you know, I would so appreciate it, if you would jot me a note back. Your work is lovely. I will have to check out your newer blogs and see what you are up to now. Thanks so much for any help you may share. Blessings & joy to you!

Thomas said...

geesh, I also found this post by Google image search. Just like the poster above, I search for the model number of this Brother sewing machine. Any chance to find it out?

greetings and keep up the good work.