Monday, 26 December 2011

Nearly finished Christmas quilt and next projects!

So here is the nearly finished Christmas quilt, I'm quite happy with it so far and showed it to Mam today and she loves it so I am really really, really pleased.  It will have red binding and I will quilt in straight lines, maybe stitch in the ditch but I am undecided as my stitching tends to hop in and out of the ditch. I don't find it especially easy. Hopefully I can finish it the first week back in January.

Next project is a  Travel photo frame  as JJ is going away to work and mentioned taking a photograph of  little E. I think it could be a difficult few months with him away from home so much but I am sure we will manage. Although Little E was restless and not quite himself when JJ went away on a training course recently and that was only for a week. Still this cute frame can go with him and sit beside his bedside.

Besides that Sister in Laws new baby is due in January and so I will need to get on with appliquing some onsies and perhaps a picture for the nursery....I an mulling over some ideas.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Christmas Catchup!

It has been a lovely (if rainy) day, a big family lunch, good company and Little E and his cousin B running around playing hide and seek and far more interested in that than their presents.  The open fire going (Mam only sets the fire at Christmas), Other Half made the dinner, a little stressed out  but it tasted great, sprouts got burned but that tends to happen when you turn the hob on with no water in the pan,  sprouts was my job. I have no defence. Karin who came to lunch brought a gingerbread cottage which apparently is a tradition in her country (Estonia) but it was the first one she had made so pretty impressive don't you think? Little E is now flat out snoring peacefully and making me worry that it could be a sleepless night.......

On the whole it's been a mild December and we have had several trips to the beach, it has been hard to believe it is Winter at all! Many happy afternoons chasing birds and finding shells on the shoreline.

I completed one 'Ben and Holly' themed bunting made for a little girl we know....well a Holly from 'Ben and Holly' themed bunting really, the Ben applique went missing in the Christmas chaos  and was replaced by a flower. Hopefully it has been well received, wonky stitching and all!

The Christmas quilt  for Mam, yes it was optimistic to expect to finish it but the top is mostly pieced and I am hoping to pin it together tomorrow morning so I have something to show her.

The advent calendar was completed, picture to follow and Little E soon cottoned onto the chocolates inside.

Happy Christmas! Give the sewing machine a well earned break today!