Saturday, December 17, 2011

2011 - A year of Sheepies - near completion

Here we are, two weeks before the end of the year and our Christmas tree has yet to make an appearance....  Why???  Because, for our tree to be put up in front of my sewing machine cabinet, I have to stop sewing ...  I have made some gifts for friends, but I really wanted to finish my sheepie stitches into the quilted top that I envisaged way back in February, when I decided to make this a monthly series.
I tried laying them out 2 x 6 and 6 x 2 and 4 x 3, but the best layout for colour placement, was 3 x 4. 
2011 - The Year of the Sheepies

I'm sure you will agree, this just works out well.  I had found some sheep fabric on a side trip to Mount Gambier in October and spent this morning fussy-cutting sheep heads.
Closeup of sheep heads and grass
After piecing them and ironing the strips, I had a near mental breakdown, because one strip of sheep and grass went missing for 2 hours.  I had not left the room, I was ironing them, my family thought me mad, and that I had not cut 20 heads in the first place, but I knew I had lost one solitary strip.  I had a little nanna-nap after moving furniture looking for this strip, (I even removed the ironing-board cover looking for it!), I dreamt of strips of sheep heads, woke up, continued on my search, then found it UNDER a box that I had moved before.  Perhaps it was my body telling me I needed sheepie sleeping.
I've been able to finish it off - now I am happy, although I need to find some suitable backing fabric and binding, but that can wait until the New Year - my family want a Christmas Tree!

Sheepie Greetings everybody - thank you for joining me on my obsession in 2011


cucki said...

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww it is looking so beautiful..beautiful finish..well done deary.
hugs for you..have a lovely weekend..
merry christmas and a very happy new year :)
hugs cucki xx

gracie said...

it looks for the tree!

stitcheranon said...

It looks amazing..well done you should be very proud of yourself.

CalamityJr said...

It looks fabulous! I'm sure looking at each month's sheepies will remind you of events in your life and home - what a great way to remember this year!

Bette said...

What a great finish! I love the sheepie fabric you found. Now go decorate your tree!

Denise said...

Haha - I know that fabric! Love the fussy cut sheep heads. Your quilt will be fabulous! Have fun decorating your tree!

Jennifer said...

oh how precious!

Vicky said...

Awesome Bronny, can't wait for next year :0)

Beatrice said...

I love that you combined stitching and quilting...both my favorite thing.Have fun with the tree!
Merry Christmas.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

The quilt is gorgeous, what a great way to finish the Year of the Sheep!