Friday, 16 January 2015

A quickie before I say, 'Au revoir!'

My little niece is 13 tomorrow so I've made her a handbag and purse (and put a little shopping money for her in the purse!) I have used this tutorial before from Missouri Star Quilters, each time I love the way the bags turn out. This time I used a different stitch on my Juki to quilt it:

And my new thing this week? I made Bread and Butter pudding for the first time - it was yum-meeeeeeeeeee!

And tomorrow we go on our annual ski holiday to France with DH's sis and hubby. In 2011, I broke my ankle skiing. In 2014, I broke my shoulder shopping  - my colleagues and all who love me have made me promise to be careful! 
I will x

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts and Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Back to work, here's to routine!

I had a really good first week back at work ... don't get me wrong, I missed home, the Christmas decorations, the time off - but in many ways, I like it when things 'return to normal' and doesn't it make you appreciate the weekends even more? 

Last night, I finished the binding on the cushion for the lady at work who's retiring this month. I enjoyed making this Dresden Plate cushion very much and, as Jane enjoys gardening, I'm hoping the flower and outdoor theme will hit the spot:

Also, just as a little extra ... one of my Pants Bags for her netball games:

My little big sister visited before Christmas and asked for a 'scrappy iPad case' - your wish is granted, dear sis:

And the back:

There's a lot of quilting activity going on out there this week and I'm doing my best to keep up but, in the meantime, I'll just keep tinkering away in my little oasis here (my delightful sewing room) on a very blustery day in Wales. Happy weekend :)

Linking up to Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

New Year ... new challenges :)

After reading my friend Carla's post @ creatin in the sticks, I was drawn to respond with this quote by Albert Einstein:

A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new

I'm not really one for making resolutions (years of disappointment after no success!) but this year, I'm making two :)

My personal one is simply - GET FITTER! After breaking my shoulder last March, I have let my fitness go and I will have to do a running test at work soon so that'll be my motivation. 

My quilting one is - TRY NEW STUFF! I'm in a rut and my sewing time is limited compared to last year which puts me in a rush and tends to have me repeating myself, whilst not trying anything new.

In the spirit of it all, here are my 3 little finishes - zipped make-up/toiletries bags for my best friend's 3 daughters who came to stay with us for the New Year. We wrapped up well (yes that's me in the silly red hat) and went for a 2 hour country walk:

And here is my something new - for me - the start of a Dresden Plate cushion for a friend at work who retires this month. I can't remember when I bought the ruler but it was still in its packaging!

I'm pressing the seams open and joining in quarters:

And taking my time quilting it:

Hope to finish this tomorrow! I'd love to hear about your resolutions :)

Linking up to Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts and Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict. So thankful these ladies still host these linky parties so that little blogs like mine get read! And that I can find inspiration by reading others' blogs. 

Happy New Year to you all x

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Quick and easy gift that's always loved :)

I've made a few zipped bags now (iPad cases, pencil cases, make-up bags) when I've needed a gift that's quick and easy to make but still loved by the recipient and Boxing Day was no exception. We were off to a family party and I had underestimated my Christmas gift purchases so quickly made this little bag for my brother in law's niece (and she loved it):

I used this tutorial from Thimble Lane as I find her instructions for adding the zip really easy to follow. Our friends from London arrive tomorrow for a few days holidays so this afternoon I'm making their 3 daughters each a bag to go with a store voucher and sweets we already have for them:

I've appliquéd their initials to personalise them and chosen colours which I know the girls favour.

Oh, and please indulge me, but we had a tiny bit of snow yesterday in Wales which I think makes our new home look even lovelier:

Linking up with TGIFF, hosted this week by the delightful Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts:

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas ... and a last minute present :)

I did tidy up on Sunday and it spurred me on to make an extra last minute gift for dear niece (yes, that's my niece who has more of my Quilty creations than anyone else - including me!) I have made her a coffee table quilt out of some fun Christmas fabrics I had in my stash.

A couple of hours to piece, an hour to wiggly line quilt it and a couple of hours on the binding:

She'll love it! 

Also, I had previously made the 144 HSTs to make a quilt for my frolleague ... inspired by this photo of her rug:

And had such fun placing them - I really did think about each and every one and where it should go (I would like to be more random but, like many of my quilty friends, I just can't let it go!) 

I made the first row - 4x4 - only two more to go - can't wait to finish this up:

And then there was no stopping me - I made some Reindeer napkins too:

Nick's Mum and sister will be here in half an hour; we're having a light bite to eat (in the kitchen - got to save the big table for tomorrow!) then Mum is staying over until Boxing Day. Tomorrow, there will be 7 of us for Christmas Day ... can't wait to have our dear family with us for our first Christmas in our new home:

Linking up with a delightful quilter and friend, the lovely Lorna:

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Merry Christmas, I hope you have a most wonderful day, however you are spending it. Blessings to you all xx

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Last few Christmas gifts and a tidy up ...

I'm so looking forward to today as I am going to spend the day in my sewing room ... after I've tidied it up:


I have a few little finishes to share - for Madalena (our cleaner at work):

For my cousin's daughter (for her trip to Paris):

For my little sister:

I'm going to make my big sister a mini iPad case, a charm square bag for my little niece and work on some UFOs. Happy days :)

Saturday, 13 December 2014

A bit of a spurt ...

How's your Christmas preparation coming on? Not even two weeks left ... oh dear! How did that happen?! 

I took part in our work's Christmas Gift campaign (you buy gifts for a child in care, all you get told is their age and gender, you drop them off and they are then wrapped and anonymously donated.) I wanted to add something home-made to the gifts I bought so made a London pencil case:

Merry Christmas, little boy, and God bless you x 

My sister was ogling my tote bag when we met up last week:

So she's getting one of her own for Christmas. The joy of scraps: 

I cut my handles at 5" and when folded they end up at 1 1/4" which I like:

Just needs quilting and putting together. Also, I have started on a Pants Bag for my cousin's daughter who's going to Paris in the New Year:

Finally, for dear SIL - out of the leftovers of her chicken bag, I cut out 36 x 3 1/2" squares, sewed them together, pressed open the seams (don't really need to but it does give a nice flat finish):

And placed it in front of the tree for a festive photo:

Something furry and amazing heard the baubles knocking and came a-looking  ... tried to hide from me but I spotted her: 

I love the cushion on our chair under the stairs too ... sooooooo very tempted to keep it for myself ... but I wont - we never do, hey?

And today - a first - Mum came over for the day and we sat together for a few hours chatting away in my sewing room, drinking coffee whilst we made some bunting (for dear niece's wedding next year):

Enjoy your weekend, linking up with the lovely Lorna and Amanda

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