Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Round-up…

One of the nice things about the end of the year is that I can look back and see just how many projects I completed in 2012 and I have to admit I’m rather surprised.  Even more so as it's not even the complete list as I have yet to blog about the things I made as Christmas presents…that will have to be a post in January as the pictures are still on the camera :o)  Some items weren’t big and some items were things I started before 2012, but just the same a finish is a finish and it was really nice to get a few things crossed off the list.  Here are some of my finishes in 2012…click any of the pictures to see the original post.

This little purse was made earlier on in 2012 and has proven to be invaluable.  It is just the right size to hold a thimble, a spool of thread and a pair of scissors.

A Lynne Anderson kit for a pin cushion was a great project to start the new year with and so useful too :o)
This was the first of 2 bargellos made this year in an attempt to reduce the scraps piling up in the cupboard.  I love how quick this pattern sews up and I can’t wait to make another. I made this quilt over the last 2 years with a local group.  The book it is from is Lynne Edwards’ Sampler book.
This was the second bargello made with 2” strips.  If I had to pick a favourite for the year then this would be it.  It now lives on my bed and I love looking at all the fabrics.  This was the second sample quilt made along with the one above.  All made from homespuns and old shirts it is incredibly comfy.  In the end I over dyed it with beige dye to give it an aged look.
Another scrappy challenge and again such good fun to put together.  This one was given to Project Linus.
There were a few project along the way for Project Linus, some where I might have only done the quilting or stitched on a binding.  A worthy cause and one I plan to continue to support in 2013.

This was my Cheddar Cheese quilt made a couple of years ago.  Again it was a great scrap buster.
This was another favourite in 2012.  The granny craze swept through blogland and many of these quilts were made.  If you haven’t made one, then get to it!  These blocks sew up quickly and it’s fun to play with the colour variations.  Here’s the original link and here’s Lynda’s variation on piecing them which I found made them even easier to piece.

When the original cover for the basket grew old and tired I made a new one…

My mystery quilt from a few years ago finally got finished and put to good use.

So there you have it…my little round up of 2012.  Along with quilting and sewing I also managed to contribute to the 112 in 2012 challenge.  I didn’t quite finish it, but the pictures I did take I’m quite pleased with.  There is a 113 in 2013 group starting if you think you might like to join in this year.  I found it was quite helpful to have a running list of things to focus on and it made me take pictures I wouldn’t have otherwise. 

Well I’ll sign off here as my last post of 2012.  Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Until next time...♥

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas…

I’m in the final stages of prepping for the big day with my turkey crown defrosting the fridge.  It’s been there since last night and still solid as a rock!  Someone please let me know that it will be thawed by tomorrow morning!? I haven’t done turkey and all the trimmings for a number of years so I’m panicking slightly :o) 

Everything else is ready…the mince pies are made and the Christmas pud is ready too.  The gifts are wrapped and all ready to go under the tree. So I guess all that is left to do is wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.  May your days be merry and bright and filled with laughter and cheer!

Until next time...♥

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Christmas Crafting…

Just under a week ago I mentioned that I had entered Holiday Making Mode and I can tell you about the first things I made.  In the latest issue of Mollie Makes they had lots of beautiful ideas, but the one that caught my eye and looked the most achievable were some badges made from covered buttons.  A quick look on eBay found me a seller that had 10 self-covering buttons at a reasonable price and with them delivered in just a couple of days I knew I could get something made quickly before the rush of the season.

I made 3 reindeer badges and used fun foam for the antlers…

and three robins…

They weren’t difficult to make and will make excellent stocking stuffers :o)

Until next time...♥

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Steam Train Excursion…

Last weekend 12 of us boarded a train in Cheddleton in Staffordshire…not just any train but a Santa steam train!  I’d never been on nor ever seen a steam train up close before and it really was quite something to see.

As it roared into the station the steam billowed upward and I had only a second to take in its majestic entrance and snap a couple of pictures.  It’s really hard to tell from these pictures how big that steam cloud was nor the way that it enveloped you as it went past.

As we waited patiently in the cold for the earlier passengers to get off, members of my family toddled up and down the platform to keep warm.

The station was all decorated for the season and it was just the thing to put me in the Christmas mood :o)

They even had a couple of jolly clowns on hand to keep the children busy while we waited.

It wasn’t long before we were settled in our carriage and the big man himself came through with gifts for the children while the adults snacked on mince pies and sweet sherry.

It was fun for the whole family and there were smiles all about making it easy to catch great pictures of the family.  Many magic memories were made on the day!

Until next time...♥

Monday, December 03, 2012

Into Holiday Mode…

There is something about December that makes me shelve all projects and head into gift making mode… 

I will be back with updates as and when time allows :o)

Until next time...♥