Saturday, December 31, 2011

Out with the Old, In with the New!

One last quick post before we say goodbye to 2011!

Here is a mosaic of some of my "small makes" for this year...

I'm thinking I need some more colour in my life...

Can one use TOO much red?!

And another mosaic of my quilts, both big, mini and some in between....

There is a little more colour variation here!

Of course I have a number of WIPS leftover from previous years....

including my latest one!

Best wishes to all my friends, followers and those loitering in the background!

It's been fun getting to many of you better!

See you in 2012 with more patchwork and play!


Friday, December 30, 2011

One Last Finish...

for 2011!

A friend will become a grandmother for the first time soon!

As it has been on my 'to-do' list for quite some time,

I didn't need another excuse to make this.....

This is a Denyse Schmidt free pattern, available here!

The patchwork was the easy part!

The rest.....Well,

I'm not sure I'd make another one!

Although he is pretty cute, isn't he?

Oh, I did some fabric shopping today too!

But I will leave that until another time!

Happy days!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011


I love the period between Christmas and New Year!

Our simply set Christmas table!

The frenzy of THE season is over...

Mooching around.....

Even Santa is 'kicking back'!

A new year holds such great promise....

And making plans....

Time to do, whatever!
#4 Basket Weave
Like just one FW block!

Happy days!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Some last minute making....

in the kitchen!

This is a favourite recipe from my childhood with a little modern twist,

and it's called "White Christmas"!

And what would Christmas be without homemade shortbread....


And here are a couple of my favourite Christmas decorations

 from years past...

And one last stocking stuffer- a tissue cosy cover !

And I will leave you with my favourite Christmas Carol by one of 

my favourite singers, Eva Cassidy.

(Apologies for the advertising!)

Merry Christmas everyone!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Gift Making

I have been busy getting some last minute gifts completed!

My sister decided she wanted a pyramid door stop...

Firstly, I made myself one as a prototype......

It's filled with rice and dried lavender!

And then I made a slightly larger one for Helen....

I lined this one to make it more sturdy!

Then, yesterday, I whipped up a journal cover for a friend using this tutorial...

And finally, this was 'adapted' from a printed hoop I saw in "Typo" recently!

The heart is a little wonky, naive perhaps.....

I may still add some blanket stitch around the letters and 

 running stitch around the outside edge?

This might, also, be my next giveaway....


Happy days!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Arrived Early...

in my home!

Look at the pretty wrapping!

But more excitingly, this was nestled inside one package... toes! How did that happen?
 An amazing quilt in my favourite colours of red and aqua,

 See the blocks with the sweetest little bow ties in the corners!

And the fabulous French fabric... 

And will you look at the Spring garden on the back!

With its hand embroidered label!

All fantastically hand quilted by my dear friend Mary!

It has brought back many fond memories of my holidays in Paris...

And will make me think of my special friend every day!

Can you tell I love everything about my beautiful new quilt!

Words don't seem enough!

Oh, I almost forgot!

 This sweet tea towel was in the other package....

from Anthropologie! 

- but I don't think any dirty dishes will be coming anywhere near this

any time soon  


Thank you again Mary, I will treasure my early Christmas present, always!

Happy days indeed!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

And the WInner is....

Thank you to all my followers, and those who just popped in for a look, 

who visited during the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day (week)!

I loved reading your answers.....

Exotic things like Macaroons, Les Miserables and Amelie!

Or the everyday ones relating to pastries and coffee!

I could have given away my mini quilt countless times and wish I could send 

something to so many of you!

But there can be only one winner....


Her answer really resonated with me, especially as it had 

things that I hadn't heard of, 

things I'd like to do again 

AND things I can only dream of!

Rachael your mini quilt will soon be on its way!

And because I can't do a post without a photograph....

I have finally cut into my "Sherbet Pips" stash!

Better late than never, hey!

Happy days!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lost to the Great Outdoors?

After a  "Century of Progress"

Denyse was the "Prairie Queen"

riding the "Railroad"

over "Hill and Valley"!

Has the Farmer's Wife been lost to the great outdoors?

Or maybe Paris?

You'll have to come back to find out...

won't you?

(And you still have time to enter my giveaway!)


Monday, December 12, 2011

I've Lost My Head!

Despite Protests of "How could you?!" and "NO!!" 

 I have not changed my mind!

My header is being given away!

I have just completed the hand quilting on this mini quilt (measuring 19 inches 

square) and it's ready to go....

Pretty binding and a simply pieced back....

I used Auriful variegated cotton thread to quilt it....

And it is looking for a new and loving home!

So this giveaway will NOT be playing host to Mr Random Generator!

You will need to think of a creative answer to this question.....

"Where, in Paris, would like to go (or somewhere you have been) and why do you want to go there?

Simple, huh!

Many of my regular followers will know of my love of France, especially Paris, so give me some other great reasons to go back!

I will choose my favourite answer sometime on Saturday 17th December and mail my your header quilt away before Christmas!



Sunday, December 11, 2011

Giving you the Heads Up!

Yes, that's right!

I'm giving away my header....

as part of Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day !

Because I really love this mini you will need to get your thinking caps on!

(i.e. NO Mr. Random Generator) 

 I'll probably need a new header now!

But, nothing like a facelift, hey? 

And to get you in the mood....

Happy days!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Santa has paid a visit to some of my 'out-of-town country' friends!

Two special ladies have received some of these Christmas decorations

 I made recently....

And this little cross stitched boot, which came from a very old pattern...

with a hanger of vintage ribbon!

And I am still stitching away...

A red heart on natural linen!

Then I need to do some of my own decorating for Christmas!

Happy days!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Spring Bouquet...

The Farmer bought his wife a Bouquet today....

# 8

...of Tulips


and Rosebuds!


Ah- young love!!!
Happy sewing!


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