Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Quilts - Part 7

Yes it's been awhile since I have posted something. I'm still busy with the Christmas quilts but things are taking longer than I expected. In part it is as a result of having a bad reaction to the H1N1 flu shot. I had a rare reaction to the shot and ended up with what is called extreme exhaustion that lasts on average 4 - 6 weeks. I'm on week 5 and still am feeling pretty tired. I have made an appointment to go back and see my family doctor next week to discuss if there is anything that can be done because this is getting most annoying.

Any way, I have finished the trapunto bird border and I tried to take a picture but unfortunately the days have been rather dreary here, and today was quite stormy and my camera couldn't capture the extra dimension of the birds. I will try on the weekend since we are suppose to have a sunny day, so perhaps I will have better luck.

I am now working through the snowflakes on the main squares of the quilt and I do have to say they are turning out very nice. I an using a speciality thread by Sulky called Holoshimmer. It has a very nice iridescent quality to it. It is part of their metallic threads so it's a bit finicky to work with. I'm finding that after each block I have to re-thread the machine because the thread has a funny twist to it and it develops these wonderful kinks as it unravels. Still it is worth it. Below are three samples of my snowflakes. The colour of thread that I selected has a light green cast to it and then it changes to various colours depending on how the light hits it. It sort of reminds me of some of the colours you see inside of seashells. Unfortunately my camera can't capture those colours.

I also spent about a week on and off decorating my Chirstmas tree. Normally it only takes me the weekend to do it, but with this exhuasion I could only do so much so it dragged out for a week.
Here is a close up of some of the ornaments that are on the tree. I have been collecting ornaments for many years including trying to find some from places when I go on vacations. The tree has everything on it from animals, birds, flowers, fruit, vegetables, objects and people.


Elizabeth said...

Your tree and tree skirt are beautiful. Your ornaments are all so different and breathtaking. Great collection. What is that long silver one? It reminds me of an angel's trumpet.

The snowflakes are great, I can just see in some where the light is hitting the thread differently

Bev C said...

Hello Vicki, Just love that quilt. I am sorry to hear about your reaction to the flu shot. I ended up with a reaction but in the rear end department. A whole day spent on the toilet. I had the shot because my sister in laws brother passed away with it. Not a nice way to go. He was fit and healthy no underlying causes. I know in Australia they will be incorporating the annual flu shot with it next year. Hope things finally get back to normal.

hetty said...

Wow! Love those snowflakes! They look great! (I enlarged the picture to be able to see them) Your tree looks amazing too. Great ornament collection you have there. I haven't put ours up yet. Maybe I won't bother this year. I am also suffering from fatigue, but I did not have the flu shot. It's just part of my immune disorder. Sorry to hear that you are still suffering.

lucy said...

Your tree is just beautiful!!! Lucy x (Munyip Makes)

Angelcat said...

Hope you feel better soon! Your tree is beautiful!