Friday, 29 November 2013

Santa sack posting!

 I have just posted off  my Santa sack to my partner Linda - this year my partner lives only about 30 miles away ! - so hopefully it should be there in a couple of days 

I have not done much sewing this week but have managed a couple of paintings ! This is the first time I have painted for about 8 months and enjoyed getting back to it.  I hope to give these as Xmas presents but it has spurred me on to try and paint a bit more regularly. 
This is Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland 

This is Buttermere in the Lake District. 

And this is a robin for a Xmas card. 

It feels like Christmas is coming fast now with the 1st December tomorrow! 


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Christmas is coming!

This is the lovely card I received from Susan as part of Sheila's postcard swop - so it really feels that Christmas is coming fast!

We went to lovely Artists market yesterday in Richmond and saw some lovely work by local crafts people. In particular I was so pleased to meet Fiona who blogs at And who I have been following for a while.  She is a very talented lady who makes some wonderful felt items including pictures of animals and bags with little elves on them.  
This is her Mr Fox picture which is just stunning to see. Do have a look at her blog and etsy shop.

I was prompted to try and get started on some Xmas gifts and came across an IPad cushion  by teresadownunder on her blog at So I have spent the day trying out a prototype and tweaking it to get the dimensions right  and have finished one for the I pad and one for my Kindle.

This is the one for the Kindle 

This is the slightly bigger one for the I Pad. 

I intend making them for family and friends as we all seem to be using these types of kit and as an occupational therapist I am quite concerned that we will all end  up with neck and back problems from being hunched over them for hours on end so these will help with our posture. I am using the IPad version to type up this and it does make it a more user friendly angle to type  at.

So only about another 8 to make - but I will enjoy choosing fabric for each of them to match each recipient!

I did go the big Knitting and stitching show in Harrogate with a friend this week but was disappointed  some of the main patchwork suppliers seems to have given it a miss - there were more stands dedicated to wool -but bought some of Lynnette Anderson's lovely new fabric but can't decide what to make with it yet!
 So will have to use the Internet to order a few items I was looking forward to buying.   Just as well I now have my I pad cushion while I do my Xmas shopping on line aswell!!!!
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Friday, 8 November 2013

Colourul Kids Quilts

After a complete disaster at my quilt group with my I Spy quilt where I tried a split 9 patch design without thinking about the orientation of the picture blocks UHHH!  -   I had to start again and ended up with a simple block design which has worked well and I did not waste any of my picture blocks.
 It is backed with some lovely snuggly fleece and I hope will prove popular with little Arthur - while his new brother gets the transport quilt.

The transport quilt uses my favourite applique designs from KiwiKreations - I have used these before and they are lovely designs. I decided to do a strip quilt this time as I found this great fabric with trucks and lorries and did not want to cut it up too much.
There has been a blog hop this week "Just for the Boys" and there have been some great ideas for future project.
So just need to get these off into the post to keep these little ones cosy as the weather turns colder.
Now to get on with xmas cards and a few xmas gifts  plus a request for another little knitted cardigan for another friend's new granddaughter.
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