Monday, December 26, 2011

TFW - Blocks 24 & 25

It is so hard to believe that Christmas is over for another year. The preparations are always so enjoyable, and occupy so much time - and then when the big day comes, it's all a blur and very quickly finished! We had such a lovely day spent with family - we ate, drank and made merry - and we were all thoroughly spoiled!

This morning I tidied and put the house mostly to rights - and then this afternoon because I miss them so much, I treated myself to a little Farmers Wife action - and here are the results:

Block 24 - Country Path

Since taking the picture I've noticed that I have the cream triangles and tablet shape in the centre a quarter turn the wrong way - but it doesn't really affect the block in a terrible way, so it's staying as is. Apart from that, it's a very cute block.

Block 25 - Cups and Saucers

I have no plans for tomorrow, so I see plenty of sewing time ahead of me ... happy days!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays

The cookies have been baked ...

And the gingerbread house made ...

The table is set ...

Some of the presents are under the tree ...

Jam has been made ...

So, all that remains is to wish you all a Merry Christmas ... Happy Holidays ... and if I don't get back to you in time, an entirely wonderful New Year! xox

Saturday, December 17, 2011


On Thursday I promised my sweet friend Monica that I would work on a post for my blog that very evening. She'd told me she was stopping by every day to see what was new, and of course there have been crickets chirping at my end.

There has been so much going on - you all know how busy this time of year can be - but the honest truth is that most of my 'quilty' doings have been of the 'secret squirrel' variety.

However, in a very time consuming sense, I have had major work going on in Camo's room:

I had to completely empty his bedroom, and on Tuesday the 6th, the painter came and made his room beautiful. Then on Friday the 9th the wardrobe installation guy came and installed the new robe/desk combo. I'm just so pleased with how it has come up. It took best part of a week to sort/purge/empty his room, and it took pretty much the whole weekend to put everything away again - and there are still more things to do. I'll share more pictures when it's all done. Camo's so happy with his new more grown-up digs.

Some little bits I can share ... I've pieced the backs for some placemats using my 3.5" strips. It feels so virtuous to use up fabrics that might have otherwise sat around for a while :-) The blue strip of fabric there is the binding for some other mats I made a while back and finished recently - they're super cute. And in icky work - the Xmas mat in the background is one I need to replace the binding on. My little man was very naughty and snipped it. Grrr ... but at least it's an easy fix.

No Farmers Wife blocks just at the moment, but I've printed foundations for the next two blocks. Hopefully I'll have a few hours just to myself sometime soon!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

TFW - Block 23

I made one more block this week - and I've since had to move on to other things. Hopefully I'll be able to share pictures on the weekend.

Block 23 - Country Farm

I foundation pieced this block - it really makes the process super easy, and super accurate too. I hope to use the same technique for more of them.

There are only four more working days until I'm on holidays - once all the Xmas shopping etc is taken care of, I can really spend some serious time in the sewing room. Bring it on!!

Monday, December 05, 2011

TFW - Blocks 19 & 22

I put a couple more Farmers Wife blocks together this morning - it is so nice to be back stitching on them again :-)

Block 19 - Checkerboard

Block 22 - Corn & Beans

Both simply rotary cut and pieced. Corn and Beans was made much easier with Marti Michell's point trimmer - it really does make it easier to line up the triangles for stitching. Once again - no affiliations, just a very happy customer.

The rest of today must be dedicated to getting Camo's room ready for painting tomorrow, so it's unlikely there will be any more stitching for me. He's having a huge re-decorate this week, so hopefully I'll be able to share some pictures on the weekend.

Chatter soon! xox

Saturday, December 03, 2011

TFW - Block 18

Last night I made up Block 18 - Century of Progress from my Farmers Wife project.

I need to take out the bottom right hand portion of the block and have another go at it - it just doesn't line up well enough. If it weren't 1am when I completed the block, I would have done it immediately ... there comes a time when a girl really has to sleep. I've decided I'll make a few more blocks and come back to it. Sometimes it's better to leave things be for a little :-)

Update: And I should add that I changed the placement of some of the colours in the block. The block in the book lacked a little symmetry I thought, and you all know how that can bug me ...

And I'm still completely on a high from my amazing news at guild on Thursday night. Just can't believe that my NI quilt won viewers choice. Thank you all for your amazing comments and congratulations, both here and on the Facebooks. This past month has truly been the most amazing ever! xox

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Oh my goodness!

And it got better again, I'm at the guild meeting, and just learned that my NI quilt won the:


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