Friday, November 26, 2010

Not a lot happening here.

I did finish the not so secret Santa gift for swapping with my sewing group, actually on the morning of the swap (phew). Not so secret because we can all guess who made what but it was a lot of fun and we had a nice dinner out to boot.
The Hardanger heart is a pattern by Emie Bishop.
The gift I received is this gorgeous felt wool heart, all hand beaded which must have taken for-EVER. What a hoot to give a heart and get one back.
I got another wee gift in the mail, I love the look of the Zentangle on the card but I have no plans to start another addiction. If you don't know what the Zentangle craze is, where have you been? The ladybird bookmark is a cutie too, thank you friend, you know who you are.
I feel like I've been possessed by a need, an obsession to sort out how I would quilt the Stars and Sprigs before I've even finished the top. I'm killing two birds with one stone here and keeping up my practice on the machine. While I like what's happening here, I think not for the quilt. You'd think I could do something simple but no, not me, I have to try the fancy pants stuff, just because.
The truth is I may be in one of those sewing slumps, I haven't done any sewing in the evenings for the last three days. I must be sick or needing some battery recharging. Hopefully, I can get back into gear this weekend and get that applique going again.

Have a wonderful weekend.

35 comments:

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous ornaments gifted and received! Zentangle you say? I had to click on the link to see what it is. Interesting.

I thought of you...just got a danish dough whisk and a lovely bread baking book from family Creations for my belated birthday.

Alice said...

Beautiful quilting!

Crispy said...

Oh My!! I love hardanger but failed miserably when I tried to do it. I know who you got the Zentangle from :0)

WOW Janet the quilting on the sprig block is amazing! It almost makes me want to take up machine quilting....almost LOL.

Crispy

Jackie said...

Great little gifts!! Love the Zentangle. My daughter had made one in Art Class several years ago they are quite neat. I hope you get your battery recharged soon. I personally don't enjoy being in a sewing slump.

Lynn said...

Your Hardanger heart ornament is just precious.

Darlene said...

Oh Emie Bishop's hardanger designs are some of the best. The heart is stunning. The one you received in return is beautiful with the beading.

Fabulous quilting, Janet.

Lori said...

What intricate adn wonderful heart ornaments!!
I love the quilting you've done. A special quilt needs special quilting. I'm sure whatever you decide on will only compliment your quilt beautifully!!

Barb said...

Those hearts are just wonderful!!!

Hope you get your mojo back!!

Dolores said...

A break from stitching is always good. Don't feel guilty. I love the hearts. There is so much workmanship in both.

Janet said...

What a wonderful exchange. Your
machine quilting is really looking good.No,nothing simple about it.
Janet

Barb said...

pretty ornament exchange.
Lovely quilting too -

Mitt lille rosa syrom said...

Beautiful Hardanger piece - strange to see something made using a technique that originated from my home country hanging on a christmas tree on the other side of the world! Best wishes from Norway :-)

Sally Anne said...

All your work is exquisite Janet...I love the hardanger.
I too have been wondering how I am going to quilt my flowerpots quilt. With such large applique pieces do I leave them unquilted, I wonder ? I shall be looking closely at the glorious applique blog to see how others have tackled it.

Janet said...

Wow that's a pretty ornament you made!! The one you received is lovely as well.
I love your quilting sample/practice. I look forward to seeing more of your "fancy pants" quilting :0) I especially like the arcs with the single row of pebbles in them.
I hope your sewing slump comes to an end soon.

Maree: said...

I Take My Hat Off to You Janet..anyone who can do Hardanger is a Gem..I've tried it & it doesn't like Me...Your Heart is just Gorgeous...as is the one you recieved...
Your Quilting is just Wonderful your practice is paying off...
I'm sure you will pick up some stitching over the weekend...
Enjoy.
cheers

Terry said...

Your Hardanger heart is so beautiful! We put up our tree today and I was just enjoying all the homemade ornaments I have on it. :0)

Kim D. said...

Your heart is just gorgeous! I'm sure whoever receives it, will be pleasantly surprised.

Your quilting is lovely, you are such an inspiration. Sometimes we need a little sewing break, but not for too long. You also have a lovely weekend!

Oops-Lah said...

Sorry for repeating myself, but your quilting looks excellent! And what lovely gifts (made and received). Was the theme hearts or is that a coincidence?

Notjustnat said...

Lovely Christmas swaps Janet. Heart is always a winner for Christmas. You are not the only one not sewing at night. I haven't been sewing at since I set up our exhibition almost 2 weeks ago. Battery recharging that what we need - Have a great weekend - Hugs Nat

Carrie P. said...

Both ornaments are fabulous. You both put in a lot of time in them.
I have not heard of Zentangle. Pretty neat.
You would be pretty good at it because your quilting reminds me of some of the designs.
Wendy from Ivory Spring is phenomenal. Keep up the good work.

Ann Champion said...

What a nice swap! You both put time into making such nice ornaments.
The zentangle is new to me. Very interesting.

I like the way you've quilted the practice block of S&S. It's going to be stunning.

Shirley said...

Well you are always informative. I doodle things like that all the time didn't know it as an art form though - just scribbling. I have several of those hardanger patterns that one day I am going to get round to doing. We have a lot in common Janet. Sounds like quite a lot happening in your neck of the woods.
Love Shirley.x

Teresa said...

Beautiful hearts! All hearts come home for the holidays...

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, that little sample looks gorgeous. And I must've been hiding under a rock -- I've never heard of zentangle!

Linda said...

The heart is gorgeous! Your practice quilting is beautiful. Looks so pretty!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh thanks for sharing everything. I"ve always wondered what hardanger looked like! I've read about it, but never knew what it visually looked like! Your is wonderful!

Kathie said...

beautiful ornaments!!!!
just beautiful. I love home made ornaments. what a great idea to swap with your sewing friends.
I haven't been sewing either M goes back to college today its been a whirl wind of activity here for the past 5 days...no sewing just so happy she is home again
will be sad to put her back on a plane today
Kathie

Lisa said...

The hearts are both wonderful, Janet. It looks like you had a good time. I have NO idea what a Zentangle is. Maybe that's for the best!

Alicia said...

wow! you did that hardanger by HAND? Awesome! Good job on the McTavishing, too!

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh Janet...love that background filler!! I MUST give that a try sometime soon!!! Love it!!

kmcl said...

Gorgeous things Janet! Love yout quilting on the stars & sprigs. How do you that, when you haven't finished the quilt top? Don't you have to baste the 3 layers together before you can quilt? Very clever! Cheers, Kim McL

Dixie said...

The hearts you made and received are beautiful! I hadn't heard of zentangle, but forwarded the link to my daughter who loves to doodle. Your machine quilting looks terrific - I'm really impressed!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Well it does look like you got your tree up. That is alot!

Miriam said...

Two gorgeous hearts!!!
Amazing quilting on your Stars and Sprigs block!

I hope you have a very quilty weekend!!!

Ivory Spring said...

Beautiful gifts, Janet! And those ornaments are just darling.

Your quilting is perfect!!! You don't need to practice - you ought to jump right in!!!

Hugs.