Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Christmas Card Swap 2016

 Many thanks to Amy from Love Made My Home  who organised the Christmas card swap.  My Christmas Card Swap partner was Wendy from September Violets. I love Christmas and this wonderful polar bear on snowshoes makes me smile.
I haven't posted since last January and I'm rather rusty and hope the link works.
Here hopefully is my card from Wendy.

I'm sorry the photo is so poor, the weather has been foul today.
Thank you Wendy for the lovely card.
If this works there will be more blog posts to follow with my projects from the last year, a lot were test patterns for The Quilt Pattern Magazine and I have to keep them under wraps till they're published.

Friday, 29 January 2016

1 Xmas Item A Month January 2015

The weather here is still mostly overcast and dark. I took photos anyway, although as usual I wish they were better.
I hope blogger lets me add them.
Well here they are but I forgot to rotate them!!!
My first attempt at binding the hexagons was appalling but improved with practice. I need to chose my next project for February. Something different, I have seen a cute small wall hanging to applique or a table runner.
Now to check inspiration from others on the 1XIAM blog.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

2016 FAL

Now if only I could remember how to do add the logo to this post and my side bar.
One of my quilts to be finished has disappeared into thin air so I am going with less this time.

1, My Temecula mini from a few years ago only needs binding again, I made a mess the first time, I couldn't leave it like that and unpicked it.
I an unable to post pictures, (thanks Blogger) at the moment but will add later.

2. Two Christmas mug rugs need finishing only the fronts hexied.

3. Last years virtual retreat quilt from The Quilt Pattern Magazine. Blocks made, sashing and corner stones cut, borders cut.

As soon as Blogger lets me I'll post pictures.

Saturday, 9 January 2016


Everyone is WelcoMe

As soon as I plan to sew, something crops up. So only working on my one Christmas item a month. I am starting off  with a pair of Christmas mug rugs.  Most of my time was taken up with tidying my craft room.
Today yet more tidying, I still can't find a nearly completed quilt. It seems to have disappeared into thin air. I've got to the stage of looking in places I've already checked!!! I'd much rather be sewing.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

12 Days of Christmas

Hazel ( has sent a lovely parcel of goodies for the 12 Days of Christmas swap organised by Jo ( The little packages are intriguing shapes, they are not numbered, so it will be interesting to see which shape I go for first on the 25th December.
Here they are this evening, under the angel tree on the landing.

I am just finishing off another swap for a mugrug, to go the States.
I will post photos tomorrow.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Friday Night Sewing

Saturday morning, just before 10am. the weather is grotty, raining and overcast. So as usual my excuse for the poor photos is bad lighting.
I managed to finish hand sewing the binding on the two place mats. The colours are more vibrant in real life, I enjoyed the simple leaf quilting with Finca no 5 variegated thread. It shows up better in good light.
I also used the leaf print to back the Halloween project from last week, to make it reversible.

I am hoping to sew again today, in between housework.

Sunday, 1 November 2015


I actually finished this on Friday, ready for my grandsons' party on Saturday. It was a printed panel I found in Bury St Edmunds in September. I decided, because I had left it so late, just to quilt the mock blocks. I used Insulbrite for the batting and a autumn leaf print for the backing.
They had a merry time with their friends, nothing scary, just fun.The panel is much brighter in real life, the orange dominates.