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Christmas gifts 
26th-Dec-2008 09:20 am
Vulture block
Well, I managed to finish three of the four gifts I was planning for Christmas (the fourth is more of a birth sampler, so as long as I get it done by the baby's first birthday in June, I'm calling it good :) ). I framed them as well, though I'm not as happy with the frame jobs as I could be. Either way, they're better than good, they're done. :)

My mom's Christmas gift - really, if it's patriotic, involves cats, or involves Coca-Cola, she'll like it. I really should have added a little Coke bottle next to the kitty on this one, to make it the trifecta. :)

Close up

For my father-in-law, an architect who also cross stitches (and quilts, and carves wood, makes jewelery, makes chess sets, etches glass...my father-in-law is impressive). This is a pattern based on a Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass window. I'm also giving him another FLW pattern that I've kitted up, so he can do one, too.

Close up on the top

Close up on the bottom

And finally, my mother-in-law's gift, the big quilt pattern that I hated and was having trouble finishing. I finished, yay! There's actually supposed to be another border on this one, but 1) it fit in the frame better without the second border, and 2) I didn't really have the time for another border. :)

Close up on a "Rose of Sharon" block

Close up on my favorite block (the name of which I can't remember)

My mother's already received hers, and she loved it. My in-laws will be receiving theirs tomorrow when we finally meet up for the gift-giving. :)
26th-Dec-2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Fabulous work, all!
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26th-Dec-2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed doing that one a lot, though ZOMG so much backstitching! It was nice to do something that's not too cutesy (like the one for my mom - she loves "cute" things, which can kind of wear on you after awhile). I think my father-in-law will enjoy having one to do, too.
26th-Dec-2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, they're all great. And I'm glad to see what the FLW looks like.
26th-Dec-2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Those are beautiful pieces!
26th-Dec-2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
They are all gorgeous! I especially like the FLW one ... it's so art deco.
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26th-Dec-2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
They are! The pattern calls them out as longstitches, and actually says to do them after washing and ironing the piece. I, uh, kinda missed that particular instruction until after I'd already done them. :) I don't think it did any harm, really.
27th-Dec-2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Lovely work! I'm especially taken by the Frank Lloyd Wright piece. I really love that.
27th-Dec-2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Awesome stuff!! That KBK is adorable!
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