Because of other plans and obligations, I realized in early November that there would be limited, if any, time to quilt before Christmas. That certainly proved to be the case. I had set out a few hand stitching goals for myself during this time, some of which were met, others not, plus a new, unplanned project was added.
The first projects that were completed were the two star embroideries for my grand daughter. When I made her quilt last year, "Catch a Falling Star", I made the label on the back into a pocket into which I will add a little star with a wish for her every year. For this year's star I borrowed a small piece of my precious yellow boutis batiste cotton (precious because I am having difficulty sourcing it) and proceeded with some easy embroidery stitches. Beads were added to give it a touch of sparkle.
And then, much to my surprise, (and delight) after our trip to Hawaii before Christmas, I came home with yet another new hand stitching project. After taking a class in traditional Hawaiian quilting, I fell in love all over again with applique. It seems like forever since I had done any and it was such a delight to be stitching on these bright, cheerful colours that I couldn't leave it alone until I had finished it.
|"Kanani O Ka Home" (Beauty of Home) Design by John Serrao|
With my fingers itching to work on a second Hawaiian applique, I have prepped another, but it will have to wait in the wings until some of my other projects have been tended to.
|"Pupu O Ke Kai" (Shells of the Sea), another pattern by John Serrao|
One of the projects on my November list that didn't get finished were the monogrammed cocktail napkins for my husband. I chose a burnished gold floss to match the rich amber colour of his favourite scotch. His initials with the surrounding shamrock were to be done in raised satin stitch. After the under pad stitching had been completed on all 4 napkins, I decided that I really didn't like either the colour or the design. (Why didn't I admit that after the first one?) Needless to say, they did not find their way under the tree. Lucky for me, I have more of the same antique linen napkins for a second set, and a preferable, possibly easier design idea percolating. Maybe they'll end up under the tree next Christmas!
There was a little time to pick up one or another of my boutis pieces now and then, although none of them were finished. I did however, finally manage to put a simple frame around the cicadas below. These two little guys were my first boutis design, and even with their imperfections, it's satisfying to see them framed.
But alas, this poor golden rose window boutis below is still waiting for a purpose. Inspiration is bound to come one day!