Thursday, October 07, 2010

Another Round Thing

In my quest for more presents to give away at the end of the year, I completed another temari.  This one's a simple design of interlocking spindles with an obi.  I like the way the colors came out.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Shopping and Collecting

About a week and a half ago, we went on a road trip to Punta del Este.  This first picture is what we bought when we got back - we hit up the bead shop yet again.  They always have something new.

 I collected these shells on the beaches of Jose Ignacio and La Paloma.  There are a lot of complete ones - almost all of them are flawless, if small.  Some are definitely going onto crazy quilting blocks.  It was fun sitting in a field of shells and picking through them, even if the day was windy and cold.

Okay, so this one's really different.  We were in the Punta del Este mall, and a place was having a clearance sale.  This was only 100 pesos (about $5).  I'm -not- going to wear it!  I'm going to take it apart for all the motifs and beading and such for crazy quilting.  There's so much of it and it's such a good deal that I bought two.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Celtic Block Home

Thank you to Rebecca, Wendy, Cathy and Faye for working on my Celtic block.  My inspiration in piecing it was Mont St. Michel in France.  I have space to add more things, since Faye had a personal problem and was unable to add more to the block.  Thank you all for the work.
This is a picture of the block before embroidery.

Janet's Jewels on Black DYB

I believe I am currently in six crazy quilting round robins.  This is one of the newer ones, Jewels on Black.  Janet made her blocks all black with only differences in texture.  This is the one I chose to work on.

This is the block after I finished it.  It's quite a bit brighter.  For some reason, it called to me to make it polychromatic and with lots of silk ribbon.  Hopefully, she'll like it.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Mystery Revealed

Yay!  I finished something!  The German Group Mystery by Kelly Searles is complete.  Only one of many stitchalongs in the Sticklounge group that I've been working on, but at least it's complete.  I really like the colors I chose, too.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Yet Another Sticklounge Start

This piece is called Riesenmustertuch, which translates into Giant Sampler.  It's 600 stitches square.  Huge.  And it's a three year project with Sticklounge.  Anyway, here's my start... I'm using HDF Dragon Opal on 32 count Sandcastle linen from Zweigart.  Wish me luck.  Oh, and I'm doing it in tent stitch over one.

Prado Purchases

 A couple of weeks ago we went to the annual Prado exhibition.  It's the Uruguayan version of a stock show or 4-H Fair.  I'll have pictures of it to put up when they're given me.  In the meantime here are some pictures of my purchases.  Most are from the Indonesian pavilion. 

These books are handmade and covered in dried leaves.  Don't they look neat?
 This fan was also bought there.
The two trays are going to be lacquered and then used as change trays.  The lizard was a choice of Andreas'.  I  vetoed the gaudy dragons of the same basic design but larger.  They were painted up and down in green, purple, yellow and red.