Tuesday, March 29, 2011

work in progress

Somebody commented on another blog they'd like to see more things in progress. So I'll show you where I started and where I end up with this project.

The first photo shows the fabrics and the pattern laid out together. I really don't do blue at all so I changed to the purply gray fabrics.

The second photo is of the final layout of the applique background and the first flower pinned to it.

The pattern uses holly leaves, flowers and berries. The berries and flowers aren't holly berries or flowers though. Once I got the holly leaves done and pinned onto the background I hated them. I think part of it may have been the colors of the leaves. They just didn't really do anything for it.

So I changed them to ivy leaves and made about 4 times as many leaves as in the original. Since I made soooo many more leaves I can leave off the berries and the applique will still fill the space.

Since our move is only two weeks away it'll be a while before I get back to this.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

back in boxes

There's a good size stack of boxes in the spare bedroom now. I hired a kid to come help me. I put an ad on craigslist and he emailed me 41 minutes after I posted!! He packed what would have taken me a week to do in a little less than 4 hours. That room is so small I couldn't get far enough away to get the whole stack in the picture!
My second oldest granddaughter is coming to visit for her spring break so she'll help me build another giant stack of boxes. We'll build the second stack in the living room.
After I take her back and go sign the papers on the house if there's anything left to pack I'll call my packing helper again. He really was great help. We'll have him and his two brothers come load for us when that day gets here.