Monday, June 30, 2008

Cats and quilts

Here are three versions of a CCS pattern that I've had for a long time. The original has just one quilt with the cat, but I liked the sleeping cat so much that I added it to the other quilt patterns. The first is a star pattern with a tuxedo cat (and I changed the colors of everything, of course):

The second is a flower basket with a grey tabby:

And third is a pastel log cabin with a ginger tabby. This is one of the UFOs I found recently that I've now finished.

Any suggestions as to what to do with these? They'll probably go back into the stack of finished CCS pieces I have tucked into a drawer. My daughters can figure out what to do with them someday.

Friday, June 27, 2008

From out of the cranny...

This is the framed piece that has been sitting on the floor in a cranny of my bedroom. The center alphabet portion is from one of Donna Kooler's CCS books (of which I have so many!). The other elements are either also from her books or perhaps from magazines or I don't remember where. It's really been a long time since I did this and regretfully, I didn't date it. I have taken down another framed piece of CCS and replaced it with this on the dining room wall, for now.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Almost done....

Here's my version of Aunt Verdi's Porch. It still lacks a few wall boards, but I will have to finish those when I get some more DMC 613 floss. As you can see, I left out the straight-back chair, the hat, and the flower pots. I added a different flower pot and a cat who is so intently watching a mouse hole that she can't even be bothered to let us see her face. Sad thing for the tiny mouse (behind the rocker), wondering how he's going to get home.

The cat and flower pot are from Donna Kooler's 555 Timeless Cross-Stitch Patterns. While I was hunting through my library for the cat motif, I found several CCS UFOs (unfinished objects). Some are nearly done. I really should finish those.....

Monday, June 9, 2008

Takin' a break

I'm taking a short break from CQing to do a little counted cross stitch. I used to do CCS all the time before I got into CQ, and recently have had the urge to do it again. So here's what I'm working on.

I'm posting the pic of the cover of the chart because I'm pretty sure my finished project won't look exactly like the example. I've already changed a few colors in the quilt and I don't plan to do the second chair in my version. There might be a cat sleeping there, or something else I haven't figured out yet.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Regal eagles

Debbie on CQ4N is going to do a wall hanging with an eagle theme and asked for donated blocks. Here's mine. I had some eagle print fabric, but ended up not using it. The only eagle on the block is the hand-painted button. I set him (or her) in a mountainous area with fish to eat and a fisherman to admire his (or her) majestic flight.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Wedding block

This is a block for a project that Leslie is doing for a breast cancer research donation. We were to use bridal gown fabrics in shades of white and cream, with accents of pink, green and yellow (if we wanted) and the theme is hearts. Leslie was given a box of donated wedding gowns to cut up and use, but I had plenty of those type fabrics (if not from actual wedding gowns) here so I used them.

Close-ups; if you click on the pictures, you'll get closer-ups.