Friday, 28 December 2012

Christmas Joys

We have had a great Christmas with our two kids and their partners - despite all the rain  but at least we did not suffer any flooding like some parts of the UK- and still have the New Year festivities to look forward to.

I was a very lucky lady as I received CD's of my favourite singer Alfie Boe and some comedy DVD's - Peter Kay and Sara Milligan which we all enjoyed watching.  

My wonderful son once again braved  RAy Stitch in London (!!!!) and bought me a bundle of Amy Butler  fat quarters - lovely delicate prints and flowers. Not sure what I will make with them yet.

Then my hubby bought me a lovely book  " Quilts from Grandmothers Garden " which is another English piercing book but using only 1/4 or 1/2 inch hexagons -the design are really lovely and I intend using some of my Liberty lawn as it will be ideal for these small hexis.  I wondered if its a subtle hint to downscale my quilting to make smaller versions !!!
The patterns will make lovely wall hangings and even  postcards.
I treated myself to a Craftsy course just before Xmas -  Painted Pictorial Quilts by Annette Kennedy. It is excellant and very well produced. I am starting with a Cala lily and now need to wait for some textile medium to arrive before I can start the painting. 

I have spent much of the time whilst with the family crocheting a lovely Granny square blanket which I found on a blog by Lucy on Attic24. She makes some lovely things using some luscious colours so I sorted out my wool and got started.  It is growing quickly and looks so rich. I've also started a bag from her site -it's getting quite addictive.  !!!!!


I enjoyed opening my Santa sack gifts from Melanie and can't wait to see what swaps Cheryl at has planned for the new year. 
Happy New Year

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Santa sack gifts

I opened my Santa sack gifts from Melanie and I am so grateful for all the lovely things she has included particularly the handmade gifts. The Quilters Handbook is a great resource full of information you always need.
Thanks Melanie for being a great partner.

A lovely Xmas cushion 

Thanks to Cheryl  as well for organising another great Santa sack 

Monday, 3 December 2012

Bits and Pieces!!

I have been struggling with a nasty bout of flu and subsequent cough which I then passed  to Hubby and he   is still struggling to shake it off.   I have been unable to do more than flit between small projects depending on my energy levels and have discovered the worlds of antiques and home improvement shows on day time TV!!! - can't wait to summon up the energy to retreat to my sewing room and Radio2.  
I have managed to find aplace to hang my two new mini quilts from the recent mini quilt swaps  in my sewing room and think this is an ideal way to show them off.  Thanks to Sharon and Sue for these - they are both so lovely I intend leaving them up for quite a while.

I have started a new small quilt in red,white and blue, with no real pattern but just wanted to use up some of my stash in colours I don't often go for. It will be a medallion style with various blocks in each round and plenty of free space to practice machine quilting.   

There is also a new  apple core mat which I am doing by hand plus this  has also been an ideal time to start a crochet blanket in bright cotton to pick up when I feel in the mood.

I have also made a few embroidered Xmas cards but not nearly as many as I usually do by this time of the year so I need to get on and get some done this weekend. I still like to send REAL cards to friends and family - I don't think emails or e-cards are quite the same.

Christmas Shopping has not yet really started for us although the postman can be expected over the next week with some on-line orders I have made to try and make an effort!! 

My final parcel arrived from Melanie in the Santa Sack swop and my sack is now well and truly stuffed!!!!   I can't wait to open all these wonderful surprises she has sent. 

I have also received a lot of my Xmas postcards and they make a nice display on my pin board.

There are lots of great give-always at the moment in blog land and the one organised by Sew Mama Sew has been the one I have entered the most- there are some terrific prizes. So I hope I might be lucky this time around!

So lets hope we all get over this bug and can start to count down to Xmas and the arrival of some festive spririt!!

Best cough cough cough