Sunday, February 27, 2011

2000 Years Ago

2000 Years Ago Top

2000 years ago I started this project, um, I mean back in December of 2005. It just seems like 2000 years ago. Shepherd's Bush designed a series of eight ornaments that were released in the annual JCS Ornament issues. Knowing that they were going to be doing eight, I ordered eight ornament cuts of the recommended fabric, 32ct Dark Espresso by R&R (back in the days when a lot of shops offered ornament cuts of fabric). Of course, each ornament also featured a sterling silver charm from Shepherd's Bush, so each year I made sure to order the new one.

Of course, stitching this was a two year long project, since I started them after the first few had been released. The last ornament was released in 2007, I believe. Shepherd's Bush has since released all eight of these designs in two leaflets (four ornaments in each).

In Spring of 2008, I decided I wanted to finish these into a wallhanging, so that the entire series could be showcased together. I've since seen my friend Ava's finish of these and her's are framed and so gorgeous - I almost regret not framing them. But, anyway, I think this post was the last time I posted (or worked on) this piece. Back at Christmas, I decided to pull this out and work on it a bit more, with the hopes of having it hanging for the season. No such luck, but this weekend I decided I really needed to get this done. And in less than two hours, it was finished.

You can see the top four ornaments in the photo above, and below and the last four.

2000 Years Ago Bottom

I decided to teach myself how to make Prairie Points, and I am so thrilled with how they finish off the bottom of the piece. I may have even squealed when I saw how they looked.

2000 Years Ago Prairie Points

And here's the whole thing.

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I am so happy with how it turned out and it will be beautiful hanging during the holiday season this year! So, that's one more thing off of my to do list. I can now turn my sewing machine over to working on my Batiks BOM from 2007 that needs another six blocks.

As for stitching this week, there wasn't a lot of it. I had a migraine for three days, so only minimal progress was made on Valentine Rose. I've started filling in the mortar between the bricks though.

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I'm taking a break from Valentine Rose in order to work on the pre-stitching for a Stacy Nash workshop I'll be taking in March. I managed a good little start on it yesterday, after finishing my wallhanging, and I'll be continuing to work on it this evening.

I am grateful for Eric proposing six years ago.

39 comments:

Arthemise said...

Your nativity piece is beautiful! I really like the colors and fabric designs you chose.

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh, Michelle! Your wallhanging is just wonderful! The prairie points add that perfect touch to the piece! Congratulations -- what a wonderful piece you have for Christmas now. Seems a shame just to bring it out for Christmas. Love your BBD too. Good luck with the Stacy Nash pre-stitching!

Deb said...

Wow, Michelle. What a wonderful way to finish these off! I love the idea of this instead of ornaments. Wonderful finish - even if took 2,000 years to finish it!

Anna van Schurman said...

Happy Proposalversary! And love the finish!

CalamityJr said...

Your wall hanging is amazing! I'm sure you'll really enjoy it.

Missy Ann said...

Fantastic!

valerie said...

Your SB wallhanging is amazing! You did a wonderful job on it. Valentine Rose is looking great too. I couldn't resist and started the bonus because I am *hating* my class prestitching. I hope the Stacy Nash prestitching is fun.

Christine said...

An absolutely gorgeous finish!

Littlebit said...

Oh, Michelle! It's absolutely beautiful! I love the prairie points on it! I used PPs on the quilted bag I made last fall and love the added effect. Great job!

Rachel said...

Very beautiful finish on the wall hanging. Wonderful start on Valentine Rose.

candleprayer said...

I love the nativity, it's gorgeous! Well done :)

Katrina said...

How gorgeous, the colours you chose were just perfect and what a neat idea to make them into a wall hanging :)

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your ornament quilted wall hanging looks fabulous Michelle. I love those prairie points too. YGG

Karin said...

That is lovely!

mainely stitching said...

Michelle that's just insanely gorgeous! I absolutely love how you finished the bottom!!

Jackie said...

Your ornament wall hanging is lovely! How smart to finish it off early in the year instead of working like mad to finish it close to the holiday season.

I worked on assembling a Stacy Nash project from a class yesterday. She is a great teacher and I really enjoyed this second project. Hope to have it fully completed soon!

Sylvia said...

Michelle, its beautiful!!! I love how you finished this. I know Ava's is gorgeous as well, but I really, really like how you did yours.

VR is also looking good. Can't wait to see the Stacy Nash piece.

Hope you had a good weekend.

vEr0n!c@ said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I really love how you've chosen to finish it. The fabric you've chosen to accompany it really makes the stitching pop.

Valentine Rose is coming along beautifully as well. I have migraines regularly as well so I understand how it is. Not fun! Hope you'll be able to get more stitching done this week :)

KarenV said...

Michelle, you did a fabulous job on your wallhanging, the prairie points are the perfect finishing touch. I had dreams of making something similar, but dreams are as far as I got, sadly.

Vonna said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Well done! Bravo! Take a bow :)

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the lovely wallhanging! And Valentine Rose is looking great too.

Natalia said...

Michelle, I love your wall hanging !!! I think you did a wonderful job with it and what a great way to display the ornaments.
Valentine Rose is looking good too !!!
I love Stacy Nash... I hope you enjoy her workshop.

Natasha said...

I love your wall hanging what a wonderful way to showcase your lovely stitching

Nicole said...

Your wallhanging turned out gorgeous Michelle! It's just perfect! Congrats on the finish!!

AotH is looking great too!! :)

Hazel said...

Oh wow!!! I didn't realise they were all connected. I was wanting to stitch some of them but I only have the issues to 2005. Absolutely stunning. x

Katrina said...

Love, love, love your finish!!! And the pairie points are so sweet. Love your BBD and can't wait to see your Stash Nash pre-stitching.

Sally said...

Michelle your SB finish is absolutely stunning! So pretty :)

Valentine Rose is coming along beautifully.

Karoline said...

Your SB list is gorgeous, congratulations

Valentine Rose is looking lovely, great progress

woolwoman said...

what a great finish for your SB oranment series - I love the color of the fabric you chose for the quilting - it is unusual for Christmas but is a perfect palette for these darling pieces. Glad you moved something out and can get going with your batiks - the BBD AoTH is looking good. Gotta love that series too. Hope your week is migraine free - they suck! Melody

Andrea said...

A gorgeous finish. Love the fabric you've used.

Melissa said...

Michelle! Your wallhanging is beyond words beautiful! I think I squealed when I saw your prairie points too! What a wonderful way to finish the ornaments.

Heather said...

I love it Michelle! I have about 1/2 of those stitched, and want to finish them up. You did a beautiful job.

Jeanne said...

I know what you mean about those UFO's seeming like they take 2000 years LOL. Beautiful finish and love what you did with the finishing. Your BBD piece is looking great - lots of progress!

Siobhan said...

Wow!! Michelle, the wallhanging is GORGEOUS! I love the rich colored fabric that you chose for it--totally lets the stitching shine. Great finish with the prairie points, too. Love the progress on the BBD!

Solstitches said...

Beautiful stitching and I love the way you've finished the pieces into this gorgeous banner.

Margaret

merumo said...

Wow, you are way ahead of the game for the holiday project!! It looks really nice. And lucky you are taking Stacy's workshop. I missed the one at my LNS in past January. I love her primitive style a lot.

Brigitte said...

Oh Michelle, this is just gorgeous! What a wonderful idea to make this wallhanging.

Berit said...

Gorgeous! I'd have squealed, too. I've spent a good portion of this week trying to "quilt" something so that I can make it into a box to hold video game accessories on our shelf--I can tell you I'm getting really good with the seam ripper! :D

I am getting somewhat familiar with my machine, too...

That mortar looks great! This is one of my 3 favorite Anniversaries! :D

Pointed Stitcher said...

I absolutely love the SB's piece. You finised it beautifully ;)