Every year I do one design that is tree themed. This card was supposed to be the design for last year but I got stuck in the design process and couldn't come up with anything that I liked.
They ended last year like this. I had the stenciling done and just did not like it and didn't think I could save them. I decided to let them rest for a year.
They needed more red! I think the red stripe fabric is a Kaffe fabric that I had in my stash. It made for nice edges and some red paint dots fixed the trees. Once I had my mind made up they came together quickly.
I made 24 of these.
I think I made a total of 80 cards and they are addressed and ready to mail today or Thursday. Also, I have a few extras! If you would like to receive a card leave a comment below and I'll contact you to get your address. I have at least 5 extras and will take them on a first come first served basis.
The idea for this card started in the heat of summer when I did some sunprinting with Estelle and Marcy. I dyed 32 fat quarters that weekend. Two of them were dyed using a window sheer that I picked up at Goodwill. The star motif sunprinted really well and I knew that I wanted to use these fabrics for some Christmas cards this year.
Two years ago I painted a stash of fabric with metallic and pearlized paints. I found a couple of those to use for my moon and star.
The stitching took two different machines. Once all of the Christmas cards were done I had used all 5 of my sewing machines! The Brother (the most expensive machine) doesn't like sewing with specialty threads so I could only use that one for some stitching on the tree cards (unveiled Wednesday). I used a Janome 415 for the zig zag on the star but it doesn't have a free motion foot. I pulled out the Janome Gem Gold to stitch the gold loop and do the straight stitching on the star. I used the Juki for some stitching on the candle card that I shared Friday and I finished all of the cards on my serger.
For once I didn't have too many machines!
It took me a long time to figure out what to do on the edges but in the end I felt that the card needed more sparkle so I picked a Razzle Dazzle thread from Superior Threads.
It needed just one more thing. I had a ton of crystals left over from on one (and only) foray into diamond painting and just needed some Super Glue to finish these cards off.
I made 24 of these cards. I'm addressing a few each night and hope to have them all in the mail by Saturday.
The first of my 3 postcard designs is a Christmas candle.
These cards started with the "snowflake" batik. I don't know what this pattern is really called but I'm calling it snowflakes. I found this fabric in a quilt shop in Greenville, Maine called Crazy Moose Fabrics. I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted to figure out a way to use it to make postcards. It's not very often that you get a good Christmassy batik and one with metallic highlights is an extra bonus. I bought enough that I have leftovers and feel some new placemats coming on soon.
I wanted to feature one of the motifs in whatever design I used and I ultimately came up with the idea of having the motif be the background for a candle flame. I found some pretty textured hand dyes in my stash to use for the candles.
My first trial was having 3 candles but that was just too busy and took away from the fabric motif. Then I tried on one chunky candle and that was much better.
I fussy cut the 4" x 6" background pieces and fused them to the Peltex and then painted the flame with a couple of different metallic paints. I cut a template out of an index card to use as a stencil for the flame because I was never going to be able to paint an attractive flame freehand.
Every step in postcard making involves some kind of trial and error and that includes the edging. First I tried the dark green on the right and I felt that it left the card flat and I would need to add some other element. Then I tried the dusty red and that finished it off perfectly. I'll still use the green one, it's not "bad", but it's not as good as the red one.
I made 30 of these cards.
I made good progress on my Paula Nadelstern quilts this week. I've finished the first one and have started the second. I can't wait to show you these fabrics in color so you can see how much the background fabrics sparkle.
Meanwhile, I can share my latest crochet project in full color.
Sometime last year (I think), Lion Brand put their Ice Cream Cotton Blend yarn on sale at a deep discount. I had heard great things about it so I got some in blue and some in tan to make shawls or wheelchair blankets. This shawl is 3+a little skeins of the blue and can probably be considered a large size. The pattern is this one from Etsy.
I do not love the way the colors pool with this yarn but it it great to work with and is going to be a very warm and comfortable shawl. All of the "Ice Cream" line of yarns pool like this and I really don't like it. I will use what I have but will not buy more. But I know this will appeal to someone. I have 3 more skeins of the blue and 6 of tan so I can make 3 more shawls if I want.
The pattern is incredibly easy and fast. It's basically double V stitches. The pattern doesn't specify the yarn, but based on the hook size and image, it's meant for a smaller gauge yarn. I made this size by chaining 75+4. I'm starting the next one with 66+4 for a medium size.
These scallops make a nice finished edge. There's supposed to be one more round but I didn't think it looked good in this heavier weight yarn. This is sufficient for this project.
I started the medium sized one while watching football between meals yesterday.
On Monday Laura, Mom and I took a day trip to Farmville, VA to visit a friend and to hike a bit of the High Bridge Trail. High Bridge Trail is a historic (abandoned) railroad trail that has a lot of history from the Civil War. At the far end of this bridge is the site for Camp Paradise. You can read about Camp Paradise at the link. It's kind of humorous to find out how it got it's name.
Because Laura mostly has knitting projects (not sewing), I've been mostly crocheting with her the last 3 weeks. As a result, the David blanket is done!
I'm showing this photo first because the color is most accurate here. It's the same pattern that I've been making for the brother blankets.
I had an extra skein of yarn in this colorway so this blanket, for my youngest brother, is a little larger than the other 2. He's a little larger than the other 2 brothers so that worked out just fine. This one finished 54 x 68, compared to 46 x 64. They are so stretchy that they will grow to whatever size needed.
I know that I say this all the time but I absolutely love this yarn. I love working with it and I love the color blends. It's too bad that it's discontinued but there are lots of other yarns out there, like Premier Puzzle, that have a similar effect.
I have enough of this yarn to make 4 more blankets but only have a recipient identified for the next one. I'm going to make this one for my cousin's husband. He went to University of Richmond and follows their sports avidly. Their colors are red and blue. I'll get this one started this weekend.
Sadly, Laura has to go home tomorrow so we only have today left to visit. She's going to spend some time with a friend while I am dyeing but we will have the evening together and I'm sure Chris will fix us a tasty meal.
Yesterday was my monthly meeting with the knit and crochet group at the Ashland library. I only take my donation projects to work on there and I was able to finish this baby blanket. I suppose they could decided to use it for a wheelchair blanket and I trust the ladies at the charity to find the best home for it.
Here are the details:
Pattern is Alpenhaus Easy Crochet Throw
Yarn is Lion Brand Mandala Ombre in the color Happy, 3 cakes
Chained 180 stitches with a J hook, worked pattern with I hook.
Finished size approximately 27" x 36"
I could have made it a bit bigger because I have one more cake but I'm using it to make a hat and scarf set, also for donation.
This yarn is so soft and squishy. I wish Lion Brand would come out with new colors. This is the second blanket I've made with this yarn and I have another color to make a third. I really like the linen stitch (combination of single crochet and chain 1) and it works really well with the self-striping yarns. This pattern is a keeper too!
So, there's one more finish for the month of October. It might actually be the only finish for the month!
This little project sat dormant for a while but I want to start a new cardigan and needed to get this wrapped up. I left off with the hen hedge and sleeve edges left to do.
The hem finish I used is not the one from the pattern. I like the pattern hem a lot but it used a puff stitch and that proved to be really frustrating with a splitty yarn. The pattern hem was also too long and I needed to come up with something shorter. I settled on 3 rows of SC, 1 row of DC mesh, 1 r0w of alternating DC mesh and DC3 together, 1 row of DC mesh and 3 rows of SC.
Next I moved on to the sleeves and did one with a modified version of the pattern. I then tried it on and Chris and I both agreed that it looked better without the extra sleeve. My shoulders are narrow and the cardigan as designed is plenty wide for me.
I have to say that this is a well written pattern and what I loved most about it is that there's no seaming. It starts at the shoulders and works down. Once the back is done you attach the yarn back at the shoulder to work one side of the front and then do the same for the other side. So you seam as you crochet. I liked that a lot.
The pattern is Mimosa Spring Cardigan by Sharon Murphy
Lion Brand Coboo yarn (worked great!)
Hook size G (4mm)
I made this to be a summer cardigan to wear over tank tops and I have some summer shorts that this will match perfectly.
Now I'm going to start a hexagon cardigan sweater with Lion Brand Jeans yarn. It will be my third start with that yarn. Hopefully third time really will be the charm.
Groovy III is done and I can take it on vacation! Because of my fragrance and bleach allergies I travel with my own linens as much as possible. This quilt will be on our bed every night in Maine. By the title, you will probably know that this is the 3rd in a series of quilts made with ice dyed fabric. You can see all of the Groovy quilts here. This is the first one that I made using the larger Crystal fabrics. I used one on point for the center and anther cut in quarters on the diagonal for the corners.
Here's how it will look on a bed. It's got a nice wide overhang.
It's quilted with Superior Magnifico and SoFine thread using the Star Swirl pantograph.
The back is soft and shiny cotton sateen dyed with the Oasis gradient pattern.
I'm very happy to have this one done!
Yesterday I got 2 more veterans quilts quilted. These are the last two for the month. My quilt top closet is empty!
I not only got this one quilted, I got the binding on it too. It's now moved to the finished quilt pile. I really love this quilt. I think it's very happy and it's made totally with leftovers!
Of course, I quilt veterans quilts in pairs so the second one is this one made by Betsy. I think it's a very masculine quilt that's perfect for many veterans.
Both of these were perfect for the quick and simple wavy crosshatch.
With the trimmings and another stack of batting scraps, I was able to get one more big dog bed made to take to my friend this evening.
I consulted with a couple of my local art quilt friends and we all decided on option 2 for the orientation. I think my nephew is going to like it. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out and I even had time to make the label for this and the wedding quilt. You can click on the image to go to the page with the details of this quilt.
To make the labels I downloaded fonts for each and downloaded the music bar image and the duck frame. They were all from sites where I could make donations to "purchase".
I even had some time to work on my scrappy HST veterans quilt.
Today will be all bout baking and packing for the trip. I have to prepare a lot of my foods for travel so that my week will be relaxed.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.