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The Gourmet Garden

The Gourmet Garden

As a side effect of updating the Character Creations website, Dave also got me back access to my very old web gallery (all coded in HTML by hand as tables). There’s no way I’m mucking around like that these days, so I pulled off all the images and set up a Cross Stitch Gallery and a Quilt Gallery here on WordPress. You should see links to both in the menu bar under the header image.

Not everything is there as I’ve had things I never photographed or I’ve lost pictures, but it’s a good indication of my stitching and quilting careers.

If I track down any extra pictures, I’ll add them. I’d certainly like to get one of my very first beginner’s quilt. Since that’s folded up downstairs, I can always take a new photo if necessary. And I know I have a picture of Tracy Horner’s Book of Ink Circles somewhere, but since I didn’t add it to my Flickr album, I’d have to go through our photo directories to find it.

I’m going down to Christchurch for the weekend to go to a friend’s 50th birthday, so there won’t be any more “Craft Every Day” posts until I’m back. I’m not planning on taking anything with me (I need to relax and enjoy the visit) so there may not be anything for those days anyway, but I’ll see if I can find something I can convince you is craft related!

Yay, All Finished by rocalisa
Yay, All Finished, a photo by rocalisa on Flickr.

Here he is, Yoki the Fat Dragon, finished and in all his glory. Nothing is quite as straight as he should be, but I don’t care. I’m delighted with him. He now gets to languish in the cupboard for a week until someone around here has a birthday.

If there’s a way to use Flickr to put multiple photos in one post, I don’t know what it is, so I’m afraid you’ll have to pop along to the Flickr photoset to see some more pictures. Please do, as I’m very proud of how he’s turned out and it’s worth being able to see him from a few other angles as well.

Whatever shall I work on tomorrow?

Army Pig by rocalisa
Army Pig, a photo by rocalisa on Flickr.

Marcus has also wanted to have an Army Pig for quite a while. I was intimidated by the helmet, but oncm e I discovered that couldn’t be bought here in New Zealand anyway, I set myself the challenge to make one. Ideas have been turning in my brain ever since, but he has now been made and finished.

He’s a middle sized pig, made by reducing the big pig pattern to 75% on the printer. He does have ears tucked up inside his helmet, so he can lose his helmet and still be an intact pig 🙂 I think the helmet will get loose with time and use, but I can always make another one.

Two baby pigs by rocalisa
Two baby pigs, a photo by rocalisa on Flickr.

I made Marcus a new baby pig. He’s been asking for one for ages, but while I was doing the work on Emma’s quilt, I had to keep putting him off. Finally, I got one done for him. Since they both look the same and I have no idea which is which, here he is with both of them.

All the Angry Birds and Pigs by rocalisa
All the Angry Birds and Pigs, a photo by rocalisa on Flickr.

For anyone who didn’t know, I have been making Angry Birds and Bad Pigges for Marcus. Dave bought his his favourite at the time – the black Bomb Pig – and Marcus immediately wanted more.

Equally immediately, I found myself channelling my mother and told him he most definitely have them all, not at the price they were going for.

Then, in a combination of both my mother and myself, I offered to make him some more if I could find some patterns. It took a bit of searching but I finally found some great ideas at the Obsessively Stitching blog and used those to start making birds and pigs.

This is the full collection so far (except for the yellow egg, which has got lost somewhere). The two black Bomb Birds and the King Pig were purchased; everything else was made my me.

I think I’m expected to make another pig next; this one with a moustache. Oh, and some building blocks that the birds can knock over. That’s going to be the hardest challenge in my immediate future.

(I’ve categorised this post as “Completed Projects” but I expect it will never be truly completed for as long as Marcus feels he can ask me to make another one.)

Since my last Angry Birds post, Marcus now has at least one of all the original birds. I promised I’d do three small blue ones, since that bird splits into three. I made the second one of those three today, which made me remember I hadn’t posted my most recent photo.

Dave also drove me over to Cushla’s Village Fabrics in Devonport to get the batting for my Irish Chain quilt. I’m dreaming of getting it all pinned over the next week so the floor is clear once the school holidays start, but we’ll see how it goes.

All in all and along with my 3 pages finish on QS Garnet, it’s been a good and crafty day for me.

Still more Angry Birds (I’ve made them all except the black one)

After a very, very long time, tonight I finished the blocks for my Irish Chain quilt.

Irish Chain block construction finished

Sorry about the quality of the photo (using a cell phone and taken at night) and the fact my lounge room floor isn’t quite big enough for it. There are other floor spaces in the house for laying it all out and pinning it once the borders are done, but that will probably mean the rumpus room, which is downstairs and colder and I can’t watch TV there, which is what I’m trying to do right now.

This is intended to be Dave and my wedding quilt. If I can get it finished by October, it will only be 10 years late!

However, I saw the book of patterns and the fabric several years before we ever got engaged, let alone married. I ended up ordering the two green fabrics (you can’t tell in the photo, but the light green pattern is actually serpent dragons) from Australia and getting the silver and blue from the shop where I worked. I didn’t know what size it was going to be way back then so buying the right amount of fabric was a bit of a gamble.

I had been worrying that I’d have to add in some new fabrics (in a 15 year different style) to do the borders. But now that I’ve crawled across it all a few times, tape measure in hand and done some scribbly maths on a sheet of paper, I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to do my borders from the fabric I have already. This makes me very happy, since I didn’t really want to introduce a new colour of style.

I’ve been laying out the various options at the edge of the top, and I’m pretty certain this is what I’ll use, with a thin strip of dark blue, about 5″ of the pale dragons and then a binding of the dark green. (I’d have liked to try a blue binding as well, but I don’t have enough for that.

Planned borders for Irish Chain (excuse the distraction of my shadow)

I’m feeling rather smug and pleased with myself right now.

Which is probably why I’m refusing to think about actually quilting it.