Sunday, November 20, 2011

Less is More Silhouette Challenge - Week 42

I recently came across the Less is More challenge blog and was immediately smitten with the beautiful and simple cards I saw. I didn't have time to complete the challenge last week, so this is my first attempt at the Less is More challenge. The theme this week is "Silhouettes". I love the idea, but this was much harder than I thought it would be.

The flower silhouette is from a CTMH stamp set "Treasure Life" and the sentiment is from a CTMH stamp set "You're Invited". The black ink is CTMH black. The cardstock for the card is a DCWV textured white cardstock. The cardstock with stamped image is Bazzill Basics Coconut Swirl. The black is from my stash and have had it forever. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Finished! - 2 x4 Christmas trees

Sorry it took so long to get this posted, but I did finish it on Thursday! These are just the first two I made. Ya know, to make sure it was going to work out OK. I am making a whole slew of these trees to give as neighbor gifts this Christmas (along with some yummy treat). I am considering putting a little garland of red berries. Now, I just have to find a tiny garland of red berries.
I loved the wood block trees I saw on The Wood Connection blog, but I don't live anywhere near there. And, I recently got a double bevel compound miter saw, so I thought a wood block tree with angled edges would be more fun to make. These were easy and fun!
The only hard part was getting the stars right. I started out buying some pre-cut wood stars and they didn't work for a variety of reasons. In the end, my good friend, Kathy, cut the stars for me with her scroll saw. So much better. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing

I find that I am starting a lot and finishing nothing lately. Not good. Must prioritize and focus.

I will finish at least one project today. Come back tomorrow to find out what it is! I wonder what it will be.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mini Quilt Challenge

As I was browsing through the Bloggers' Quilt Festival, enjoying all the quilty goodness, I came across Amylouwho and her Mini Quilt Challenge. I totally relate to the not quilting as often as I would like because it takes too long to complete a big quilt. I now have to figure out what I am going to make!

What are you making?

Patriotic Table Topper


I love the Bloggers' Quilt Festival! It's so fun to see what everyone is making.

This year, my favorite quilt is actually a table topper. I love this block and thought it would make a fun patriotic table topper. It turned out so much better than I thought would! I made a few mistakes when calculating the border, and I am OK with that. It is a lesson I won't forget any time soon!
I machine quilted this topper. I don't love machine quilting on my machine, but I like to hand quilt even less. There are a variety of fabrics in this quilt, some from my stash and some fat quarters I picked up over the summer. Overall, I am happy with the results, and I definitely learned something in the process.