Sunday, December 29, 2013

CQJP Completed; on to BJP 2012

Well, I made the ultimate sacrifice today.  I stayed inside in my robe all morning rather than going out in this freezing weather so I could complete another project (UFO).  My doll size quilt now has a band and backing all tied into place.  Oh the sacrifices I make *giggle.

Right now it is hanging on my wall above my bookcase so I can enjoy it a few days before it goes into the doll trunk stash.  Looking at it as I bound it I was thinking it could make a really pretty pillow but decided to stick with my original plan.

I tied the front and back together just as my grandmother used to do her quilts, using the same golden thread as used for stitching the seams.

Below are a couple of plate ornaments that I purchased while on vacation.  They are just the right size for the trunk collection, about 2 1/2" - 2 3/4" diameter.

They are shown again below with a few other pieces I have collected over the years including a silver coffee urn, some miniature clothes pins, a rhinestone crown, a couple of tiny boxes with floral motifs and a tiny camera.  These aren't all appropriate for the Victorian era, but the clothes pins were too cute and I love the camera.  I had one of these cameras when I was much, much younger.  You could actually buy rolls of film for it and take photos!  It is only about 2" wide x 1 1/2" high and made out of the same material as larger cameras.

As soon as I completed my mini quilt I rummaged through my stash of UFOs and decided to work on my bead journal project (BJP) from 2012.  I experimented with bead embroidery by creating lace designs, some original designs and some fashioned following the design of actual pieces of lace.

I think I will put a stiff backing behind each and overlap them similar to how they are pinned in place here.  I will then probably bind the outside edges and back the entire piece to make a hanging.  That could all change once I get going on it.  I'm not sure if I will stick with the fabric I've pinned along the edges in these pictures.

Hope you all have a wonderful New Year 2014.  The new year will start off with a new moon this year.  That's a good sign that it will be a fresh new beginning.  Right?

I will be using my new word "FOCUS"!  Do you all have an inspirational word chosen to guide you through the coming year?


Lady Locust said...

That is such a beautiful little crazy. I would love to just sit and stitch with you (& observe & learn too:) Using all gold thread/floss makes it look so rich.
Thank you for sharing.
Oh only one word...hmmm...
'survive' comes to mind, but now I will stew on it and come up with a real word I would like to focus on.

margaret said...

I just love the mini quilt, you must have a very well furnished dolls house. The bead work is excellent, have done very little myself, so hard to thread a beading needle so tend to use larger beads if I use any

Anita said...

The mini quilt is gorgeous Connie.I love the way you've finished the bead journal project.I've followed your BJP progress then and it's great to see it again.

I've already borrowed your word 'FOCUS' for 2014 :)

Wishing you and your family a very happy,healthy and prosperous new year!

Monica said...

Somehow I missed the post that said you were working on a doll quilt, Connie! All this time I thought it was much bigger. But now I see it all together, it is completely perfect!! I love the gold threads and the jewel toned silks. Another tour de force from you.

Yes, I would say the new moon is hopeful, and my resolutions involve more focus too! They are set to post at midnight tonight. Happy New Year!

Connie said...

Gorgeous Connie! Love your style!

Createology said...

I am very behind so far for a fresh new year however working to catch up. Your CQ quilt is stunning and I love your beaded lace sampler panel. Focus is a wonderful word. My 2014 word is "giving". I want to do more than I normally feeds my soul. Happy New Year Dear and Creative Blessings...

Hideko Ishida 石田英子 said...

I've been keeping seeing the progress of your CQ doll quilt. I love its classic looking and beautifullness. Thank you very much sharing your work.