On the Tide...
Last Christmas, I made my brother an heirloom quilted table topper as part of his holiday gift. As it turned out, he loved it. In fact, he loved it enough that he was going to leave it out all year long. Because the border was quilted with a holly leaf and berry design, and the fabric was a French General Christmas collection in red and white, I thought "Maybe Not." After speaking with him about colour choices, I decided to try a long cherished project - a Plus quilt. I know I've missed the frenzy for Plus quilts, but having seen the beauties everyone else has made - I absolutely love them.
Last night turned out to be an incredibly productive quilting night, and a Facebook Messenger quilt-along night (with my friend Ange who lives in Tasmania). The world has come a long way thanks to technology, when you can have a great bud whom you've never met in person, and quilt with them over a distance of thousands and thousands of miles! Incredible. We had a ball. And ended up laughing because she was having tension issues after changing a needle on her Bernina, and I was having so much fun that I accidentally quilted an overlap edge - but we laughed, and kept on chatting as we picked out stitches! It all ended with both of us putting on our kettles, and having tea and cookies. A lovely evening indeed!
Late in December, I met a lovely new customer through Quilts for Sale. She was interested in buying the Cottage Breeze pillows I had listed at QFS, but unfortunately, I had just (two days before) mailed them to a good friend on Grand Manan Island as part of her Christmas gift.
Thought I'd start the post-holiday season with a little alliteration in my heading! LOL... Linking up with Connie over at Freemotion by the River today - after seeing her spectacular Aurifil BOM quilt on Facebook the other day! Beautiful work, Connie - just love your quilt! While all the blocks in that BOM are beautiful - I particularly like Carrie Nelson's flying geese block - and plan to make it as the centre point of a 20 x 20 inch pillow. Soon. Very soon.
I've been a "bad blogger" this month - too many projects, not enough hours! But, finally! my holiday sewing is all done, and the packages have been wrapped with care...and it's time to relax and enjoy (and remember what this holiday is really all about).
Mug rugs have occupied centre-stage in my sewing world this past week or so. One of my Facebook quilting groups, Quick Quilt Saturday, posted an adorable snowman mug rug as the weekly project two weeks ago. I made one, and got hooked! Then I began thinking (always dangerous!)....hmmmm....what could I add to these for gifting?
The answer? Tim Cards, cute complementary mugs, gourmet hot chocolate and sweet treats! Then....careful packaging to make things look really nice.
Here's how the idea turned out...
Aside from these, I've been making table runners - which were accompanied by cute Peace & Joy serving dishes featuring holiday trees, birds and deer in a primitive country style...these have now arrived at their new "forever" homes!
As a holiday gift to me, I'm going to be absent from my blog for a little while - and also off social media...taking a break from the (wonderful) constant stream of information and ideas.
So...to my personal friends, quilting groups and fellow bloggers - wishing you and yours all the warmth and beauty of this special season. Merry Christmas!
It's hard to believe Linky Tuesday over at Freemotion by the River is here again already - the countdown to Christmas is going so quickly...
A couple of months ago All People Quilt had a number of great holiday patterns for pillows, table toppers and runners and quilts in their weekly newsletter. I found one particularly endearing - it was called Holiday Trees.
It is WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts - one of my favourite days of the week! Inspiration always strikes when I see Katie's lovely quilts, and browsing everyone's links sets the creative side of my mind soaring (and makes me want to go home from work early to quilt!).
It's been a while since I linked up with Connie Kresin at her Linky Tuesday party over at Freemotion by the River...and I'm happy to be visiting today!
It is WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts, and I'm excited to link up some holiday quilting and sewing.
It would be hard to explain how much I'm enjoying my holiday sewing! I have no time because this is also our crazy season at work, and more projects to make than there is time for - but for whatever reason, I'm having a ball!
Yup. It's just over a month away, and I'm asking the annual question, "Where on earth has the time gone?" I mean, it's not like Christmas doesn't happen at the same time each year, but if you're like me, even the best of intentions still leaves you sewing at all hours to get those gifts finished in time for Santa to deliver them!!!
Early this morning, I was catching up on my favourite quilting blogs, and headed over to "La Vie en Rosie" because I knew Carrie Nelson (the quilting genius behind Miss Rosie's Quilt Company") was back from Quilt Market, and had probably updated her news. And.....she had.