Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Winter Song


Winter Song (from the JCS Ornament Issue 2008)
Blackbird Designs
DMC on 28ct Cashel Linen FOTM Exclusive from Silkweaver
Finished 11/30/08


Over the weekend, I was able to start and finish an ornament for my Guild's annual holiday ornament exchange. The holiday party took place last night, and I had such a good time. I was able to spend time talking with people I'd met before at the meetings, and also meet some new people. So much fun. And the woman who hosted the party had an amazing home. It was full of gorgeous stitched pieces. She had several large samplers stitched and framed, three (yes three!) large Chatelaine pieces framed and hanging in her bedroom. Upstairs she had a huge stitching room. One wall had shelves that held some amazing smalls. I just stared in awe at all the beautiful things she's completed!


Anyway, the ornament exchange was a ton of fun too, and there were so many gorgeous stitched ornaments. I have several on my list now that I want to find the patterns for! I was the lucky recipient of this beautiful piece stitched by Gloria of Milady's Needle. She used Weeks Wool for the backing fabric, and I just love the beaded hanger. Those are little beads scattered over the design too. This design is called Running Stag and is by Carriage House Samplings from the JCS Ornament Issue 2004. I am thrilled with it! (By the way, the red fabric behind it is what I used to back my little stocking ornament.)

I am still hard at work on my Kimono quilt. I finished up the binding on it, and just need to stitch on a hanging sleeve and the label. I intend to have it hanging in my dining room soon! Now, I need to get started on my 3rd Day of Christmas ornament for Eric. I am way behind on getting that together. And, since it is now December I thought I'd post some end of year goals...


Finish Red Thread (just the December block and border to go)
Finish Kimono Quilt and hang
Finish the quilting on Partridges quilt
Work on 2000 Years Ago wallhanging
Mermaid SAL with Anna
3rd Day Ornament for Eric
Order Fabric and Threads for Me, Myself and I RR (Town Square)
I think that will be plenty to keep me busy!

I am grateful for a fun night.

15 comments:

Nicole said...

Beautiful ornaments Michelle! I love them both! Sounds like me when I go to Amy's house. She has a ton of things framed and a ton of little smalls all around! :)

mainely stitching said...

How lovely! Wonderful designs, and gorgeous finishing!

cathymk said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening! Lovely ornaments -both beautifully finished!

staci said...

Gorgeous ornaments!!!

Tammy said...

Oh, those are so beautiful and dainty and pretty! Beautiful job finishing them!

J Rae said...

Wow! You stitched a beautiful ornament and received an equally beautiful one as well.

Sounds like you had a great time at the party!

Svenja said...

Beautiful ornaments!

Sally said...

Very pretty finishes Michelle:)

Milly~ said...

Nice ornaments. Love the Blackbird Designs.

Linen Stitcher said...

I love both of your ornaments. I don't own this year's JCS ornament issue, but I might just have the 2004 issue. Must go look . . . .

Irene said...

They are both nice finishes !

Addicted to crafts said...

Gorgeous work. Keep it up.

Siobhan said...

Wow, both ornaments are beautiful, Michelle! Sounds like you had a fabulous time at the party!

Wendy said...

Lovely ornaments!

Kathy said...

Beautiful ornaments. Both the one you stitched and the one you received. Good luck with your goals.