Friday, December 30, 2011

Quilt in Progress

Here is my Norwegian medieval quilt in progress.  I still have elements to work out.  Since the diamond blocks are at a 60 degree angle, they will not make a 45 degree angle, so I must figure out how the diamond sections are going to mesh with the cross pieces.  I still haven't decided the end corners yet either.

Originally, I have the blue block in the middle of the cross but it looks a bit out of place.  The blue block was going to be appliqued or pieced like a small, stained glass window to represent the window in the cathedral in Trondheim.

The diamonds represent shingles on a stave church roof.  I tried out random placing versus rows and thought the rows looked more roof-like.  Stave church roofs can have a number of levels, topped by a smaller roof.  Some roof timber ends have carved dragon-
like finials.  For the shingles, I chose fabrics that I thought might be recycled from finery.  I wanted to put in a wavy path encircling the quilt but I might just put a wide border with curly elements in it because the quilt's name originally was "All Roads Lead to Nidaros" as in the pilgrim's trail.  Still a ways to go to finish up the layout before I start piecing but when I look at it at random, I like it.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I don't know where the time has gone this holiday season.  It seems that I am behind schedule on getting all of the things I want done around the house so I didn't decorate as much as usual.

This little miniature tree is my favorite Christmas decoration this year.  And, little birds seem to be making their way into the decorations.  I really love the little handmade felted birds I bought from  CraftCaptive  on ebay .  

Maybe next year I will get my cleaning/decorating/superwoman act together.  I've decided that I really would like a new house or at least a different one.  But, I doubt that I will do anything about it for awhile so I will have to make do.  In the meantime, I have a few sewing projects that I am obsessing about which is why I have not been able to focus on the tasks at hand.  Fabric is everywhere.  Books are scattered here and there.  Little scratchy drawings torture me.  My trainer wants me to exercise five days a week.  The weeds in the garden are out of control and my strawberry plants will be here soon so I will have to abandon my sewing projects until I get them squared away.  Plus, I need to clean my house before New Year's Eve.  I need more time, more daylight and more energy. 

So, here is wishing you and yours, wherever you are, a Merry Christmas and hoping for so much more(whatever more of you need in your life) in the New Year!