Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Xmas Cooking!!

So whats the best part of Xmas cooking??? The wonderful smells?? the chocolate truffles?? the shortbread biscuits?? the plum pudding???...........nah, its definitely the clean-up:

Thats the "lick the bowl" kinda clean-up lol

Merry Xmas from our family to yours. May it be safe, full of joy and a wonderful time spent with family and friends!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Let the Holidays Begin!!

Its the kids last day of school today and then the holidays begin!! Both kids have had a fantastic year and you really have to commend the teachers on their hard work, their patience and guidance. They have done a wonderful job!!!
Its been a time of assemblies, BBQ's, concerts, SRC campaign/voting (congrats Mad on becoming SRC for 2010, wohoo!!!) and the production of Romeo and Juliet:
As a Shakespeare fan, I was eager to see the modernisation of the play and it was fantastic!! The teachers and kids should be very proud of the work they put into such an wonderful performance. It was great to see so many parents and relatives supporting the night and gaining a new understanding of a classic!
What little time Ive had left has been spent in the studio:
(playing around with the mystery quilt blocks)

(and stitching at night on a new design for 2010)

I know both kids will be eager for 3pm this afternoon and so will I (last school run of the year!!!!).

Let the holidays begin!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Huge Finish!

Last week I finally finished my Philadelphia Pavement quilt:
Its a huge quilt, measuring around 96" square. I did add 2 borders (due to popular demand lol) and I think it finishes and frames it nicely. I was worried about getting it under my machine but it all went smoothly and painlessly!
I love how all the crosshatching puffs up the squares and its all quilted with a lovely soft gold cotton called "Honey Butter". By the time Id finished all the squares I wasnt up for trying anything too complicated in the borders so its just quilted 1/4" from each seam!

Im so happy with this finish, I kept my promise to Anne Ida to finish what I started in 2009 and I havent added any UFO's to my list (except for a few blocks I was playing around with, which never became a quilt top)
Although this quilt doesnt have an "offical" home in our house yet, its just lying on the quilt rack, Im sure over the winter months it will grace our is far too heavy for the summer!!
A huge finish which I know will be loved in the coming years!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Carolina Christmas & Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered the Teen Dreams giveaway!! Maddi cant wait for the samples to come back and she has already "ordered" a wallhanging to match, so look out for another option using this pattern and fabrics! Ok the winners are Paulette and Kelly!! Thanks ladies, could you please email me your address and Ill post them out to you!
Ive been really busy getting ready for Xmas (all my lists, menus and recipes are in order) and been spending some time in the studio "me" sewing. Bonnies new mystery quilt couldnt have come at a better time.
Heres my Part One units. Although this is meant to be a Xmas quilt, I chose to keep it really scrappy and use up some of my old stash of country fabrics. My cream stash was depleted with my Double Delight quilt so for the background I chose beige/gold tones!! Part Two units:
I have no idea whether or not these fabrics will work together but that is half of the fun!! Its been nice to work on something where all the math has been worked out for you and not knowing how it goes together is driving me insane lol but I can wait!! Bonnie does such an amazing job with these mysteries and she is so generous in sharing them with us!
My Part Three units are almost all finished and I think Part Four might be already posted but I try not to peek ahead!! Its been good to finally find homes (and say goodbye) for some of my old fabrics.......last time I played it safe with my choices but this time Im just throwing it all together and hoping for the best!!!!
I also finished up one of my own quilts that I started earlier in the year. Ill share it with you next post as soon as I can get some good pictures!!! Its huge!!
Hope your enjoying your weekend!!
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