Healing · Quilting · sewing · Stitching

Happy New Year!

Well it has been a while since I have written in my blog. Unfortunately I have spent some time in hospital and the rest of the time I have been busily finishing my Christmas presents or resting as the good doctor ordered.

I promised that I would put some photos up of our Christmas decorations. Couldn’t go as all out as I wanted, purely because I wasn’t well enough but it was a start & I’ll expand on that next year or should I say this year. 2018 already! Christmas was quiet but relaxing, not as sad as I feared it might be (of which I was glad).

So what has been filling my time up? Christmas presents I made for my Mum and my sister. My sister was my secret Santa this year and since she’s had a pretty crap year I thought I would make her a quilt so that anytime she wanted a warm embrace & I couldn’t be there to give it to her, she could just wrap herself in her quilt.

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She is just such a gorgeous person. I truly hope she knows how much she means to me. I used my Accuquilt to make the chevrons and because I was only supposed to spend $40 – $50 I tried to use fabric from my stash. I wanted to quilt lots of geometric patterns on the chevrons but then I got sick, so in the end I just did some in the ditch quilting. I was so close to finishing but alas time did get away from me so the quilt was wrapped with a temporary label until I have time to embroider the real one.

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I wasn’t supposed to buy for Mum but I had already started this table topper from Natalie Bird’s book, “Cottage Style Charm”. My Mum’s house is really country and so I did it in these gorgeous aqua and pink fabrics. For the embroidery I used a Cottage Garden Threads (Ruby).

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I can’t wait to see it on her dining table. I’ll try and remember to take a photo of it next time I go up. Mum loved it and I hope it reminds her that she always has family, friends, love and home to support her.

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So before I got sick I did another lesson at Southlands Fabric & Sewing Centre. I took a photo this time of my work. Very sloppy but I’m pleased that you can recognise some hearts and wishbones.

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As I may have mentioned previously I have finally finished my “Happy Days” quilt top. Over Christmas I went and bought the backing fabric and wadding for it. My brain is very mushy at the moment so once I have my faculties back I will start quilting it.

I thought that whilst I was on holidays that I would try my hand at a Jemima Flendt kit that I bought from Carols of Midland. It’s called “Just Sew Happy” (see www.tiedwitharibbon.com). Once again I didn’t get much done. I’ve cut and stuck down all the appliqué pieces and now need to sew them on. I decided to do it by hand, mainly because my brain is not working very well and also because I really want a handmade feel to this little mini quilt. I may even try my hand at hand quilting it…

So that’s it for me for now. I have a specialist appointment next week so fingers crossed this illness gets nipped in the bud quickly and I can get back to my usual crafty self.

Until next time…happy creating!

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