Sunday, December 11, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 11: Christmas Tree

Can you guess what we'll be doing today?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 10: Star

Sarah's home today for her Christmas break, and she chose the star. 

Friday, December 09, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 9: Cardinal

Cardinals are not actually a bird we have here in the UK, but the pattern is from North America (can't remember if it's Canadian or American - I think the former) and I do love the way cardinals look, so I include it anyway. 

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 8: Christmas Ornament

Olivia's choice today; she was in Kingston and really enjoyed the Christmas decorations. As the lights were already up, she chose an ornament.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 7: Train

Wouldn't be Christmas without a train.  There are no special, train-related activities today, but Alex chose the train because, well, why not.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Trunk Show Tuesday

Another baby quilt for a colleague who had a baby (or in this case, his wife had the baby) - this one, I honestly have virtually no memory of! But I do remember the fabric. This would have been around 2002.

Advent Calendar, Day 6: Christmas Lights

Sarah chose this one, remotely. Because they put some decorations up at uni, apparently.  Reminded me that I hadn't strung my two little strings of outdoor lights up yet, and I had been planning to. So now, they are up as well!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 5: Church

Chose the church today because it was the scouts' annual Christmas Carol service this evening. The one (approximately) time each year I actually go to a church service. 

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 4: Apple

Nothing significant about today's choice - Olivia just picked the apple to put up. It looks so bare now, but it won't be long until it's full... December certainly flies by.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Advent Calendar Day 3: Drum

Alex's choice today, and he wasn't sure what to pick at first - then we remembered it's the bands' Christmas concert today, so a drum seemed apt, even if neither of my kids actually play the drum.  

Friday, December 02, 2016

ATC Friday

In this instance, I was the second person to add things to these cards. I then sent them on to another person, who made a final addition and returned them to me and the starter. With these cards I added the measuring tape and the small buttons.

And with theseones, I added a letter brad and a flower brad. The final person put a word/definition across the middle - wonder what words were chosen for C and Q?

Advent Calendar, Day 2: Wreath

This was my choice today - as we put the wreath on the door, I thought the wreath on the advent calendar was a nice addition. If you've not seen my calendar before, you should note that each of the individual squares is about 3.5" - so some of them do have some very tiny pieces. The designs are all paper pieced. 

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 1: Mitten

Time once again for our quilted advent calendar - today's piece was chosen, at a distance, by Sarah, who suggested that in honour of the incredibly cold weather, we put up the mitten. Good choice, I thought!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Trunk Show Tuesday

This is one of those quilts I remembered once I saw it, but would never have remembered otherwise. It was made for a colleague who went on maternity leave, back when I used to work at New Scientist. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

ATC Friday

Two sets of cards here, both of which were ones where I made the final addition. The first one needed something to fill that large pink flower, so I went with some words - a fallback option for me.

And this one seemed to call for an apple pie. Kind of an obvious choice, maybe, but it's what the card wanted!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Trunk Show Tuesday

A lot of the older quilts I've been showing, I barely remember even making - especially some of the baby quilts. This one, though, I do remember. I made it for my mother, and she probably even still has it, though I have made her quite a few since then. I do remember there were LOTS of pieces on this one!

Friday, November 18, 2016

ATC Friday

These cards, I was the last player to make an addition. The first one was easy - it cried out for poetry, and there was lots of space on the card.

This one was not so easy, as the card was quite full, but I like the addition of a person, and I think they worked well.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cross Stitch Update

After a few weeks of not doing much, I did have a chance to stitch a bit more. I will probably leave this now and work on Christmassy things. Perhaps I'll get it done for next year!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Trunk Show Tuesday

A baby quilt for a friend's daughter, made in 2002.  

Monday, November 14, 2016

Before and After (After and Before!)

Here's one of the two quilts, being put together. (There are lots more blocks in another pile for the other quilt). I have laid out all the feature blocks and am now working on putting them together using blocks made from other shirts. The top section is completely together, but as you can see, there are still many gaps below. Getting there, though!

Here it was before I worked on it yesterday - you can see I made quite a few additions.