Friday, November 25, 2011

Wonky ornaments

I am in an ornament exchange on Mary Lou Weidman's Yahoo group and I made these 24 5" x 5" ornament blocks for the exchange.  You can't see it, but I did fancy machine decorative stitching on 12 of the blocks.  It was fun, but it uses so much thread.  It also tends to pucker if you don't use an interfacing.  I didn't want to add the extra weight, so I just ironed the puckers out as much as I could.  I am the collector and distributor for this exchange, and some of the ornaments that have come in so far are real beauties.  It will be interesting to see what I put together when the exchange is all done.  Any ideas?

I also finished this mug rug top.  The two with the deer heads are still in progress.  I am excited to have the next three full days in the studio.  It seems like it has been a long time.  I have a long list of things to get made for Christmas, so it is good to have these days.
I have been thinking about New Year's resolutions.  It is about that time, after all.  One of the things I want to do is organize my stash better.  My stash is made up mostly of bigger scraps.  I see that some people pre-cut their scraps into 2.5" strips or squares so they are ready to pull for quilting projects.  Others do this plus making strings for other projects.  I am torn about just what to do at this point.  I would appreciate hearing about how you organize your stash of smaller than fat quarter pieces.
Until tomorrow, joyful quilting, everyone.


Nifty Quilts said...

Hi Miki, I am amazed to see yet more wonderful projects coming from your workshop! Organize the stash???

Snoodles said...

I love the ornaments you made...I bet that the recipients will be very happy with them.
Flying Geese are one of my favorites! Great mugrug!

MareeR said...

Your ornaments look great together(love that you have used a variety of fabrics) - cant wait to see them with their mates when you have allotted all the swap blocks.

sheila 77 said...

Your ornaments look lovely. I just don't know how you manage to produce so much beautiful work. I'd make each ornament into a tiny quilt and hang them like bunting. As to organising the stash - the way I have it now has made my quilting life much easier - I bought a lot of transparent boxes, various sizes, and the fabric is kept in them, not neatly folded, in subject order - e.g batiks, liberty fabrics, Kaffe fabrics, spots and checks etc.

Sandi said...

Hi Miki,

Have you put your oranments together yet?

Want to see what you did with them.