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Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas 2013. 100 not out. Happy New Year 2014

This is my 100th post.  I can hardly believe it. I am thankful to God for all the lovely friends I have made through blogging. I don't have to see you every week, month, or year, or ever, to experience your friendship through our shared love of stitching. You all inspire me with your lovely work, and your generousity in sharing your designs.  I am not a designer, only a lover of working with fabric and thread. It brings me such satisfaction and enjoyment.
These little fellows were gifted to me by one of the children I worked with.  I love them, and they come out each Christmas to sing Christmas Carols in our home.

This is mum with Joan the lady in charge of the facility where mum lives.  It has been open 25 years and mum was one of the first tenants. She came out of hospital to join the celebrations as she was going to be discharged a few days later anyway.  If you look closely you will see her hospital ID on her wrist. We had a good time.

Here is The Christmas Cat. I rechristened Amber for Christmas. She enjoyed sitting on my Christmas Throw Quilt beside the tree. Don't you think her chest looks like Sants's beard.

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts.  We keep gifts down to small things, but many small things add up to a lovely Gifty Christmas.  What do you think of the ceramic thread reel container. It came with 4 reels of cotton. I am going to tidy my sewing room and find a special place for this.

Yes, there is no food.  I snapped this at my daughter's, as she  was hostess for Christmas day dinner. After making 40+ dinners (I did eat out the first few years of my marriage) I enjoyed soooooo much being served.  The girls did a great job.
Best wishes for 2014

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Glasgow,Coasters for Aunties, Nearly there

Dear all. I started to write this post a couple days ago. My very lovely, but very curious cat decided to 'help'. She climbed on to my lap and put a paw on the keyboard.  I don't know which key she pressed, but two photos and my written post disappeared....poof! like a puff of wind.  I gave up and thought, 'I will try again'.  So here goes. 
This is the view of the fairground and skating rink from our hotel window when two friends and I went to Glasgow the first weekend in December.  We didn't attempt the rink or the rides.  Feet firmly planted on the ground we shopped til we dropped, and had a great weekend.We started the journey with a lovely Gingerbread Latte at the airport.

I met up with my Aunt in Edinburgh on the Saturday, and was able to have a good old yarn.  Started off having coffee, then stayed for lunch, and a good browse through John Lewis's fabric department.  I made Auntie little coasters using a tut by Beth at Love Laugh Quilt.  I managed to finish the Christmas Throw Quilts for my girls.
 Here they are folded by the tree.

 I got a calm day and took the three of them outside to photograph.  Then a light breeze sprang up and The quilts were on the move.  Well, I did the best I could.  The first is my favourite.  It was a Nancy Halverson panel, and I planned it out using Kaaren's Happy Scrappy Spring Quilt as my inspiration.

 This started out as simply square in a square blocks which I kept making til I had enough for a quilt.

 For this one I used a pattern called Steps and Stairs by The Fennel Shed, Buncrana, Co Donegal.  I am going to finish this post now, as it has been a loooooong time in the writing.  I hope to blog again before Christmas Day (which is in one week). If I don't get  back to the computer I wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas and a Happy quilty New Year xxx.