I did get one or two things made this Christmas, even if I did not quite manage the handmade Christmas of last year. Now the gifts have been received I can show you, and I can breath out...
|Wash bag - has waterproof PVC pocket on the inside for toothbrush!|
|Flannel Scarf (super soft!) and wee square pin cushion stuffed with crushed walnut shells for sharpening pins|
I did have a rather lovely Christmas, despite missing my family. There was no snow, so Auntie was able to come stay. Christmas morning I got up and listened to Junior Choice on Radio 2 which is guaranteed to make me smile. Ellie and I had great fun with her toys, and a box...and some Catnip...
|Elliecat high on 'nip...|
There were some lovely pressies, lots of lovely grub, some musicals on telly, and new pyjamas with fleecy lined socks. Not to mention the champoo and a trip to Downton Abbey... Didn't have to go anywhere, do anything. I must say we rather enjoyed it!!
There was one other Christmas make, which was really more of a WIP finally finished. My most favourite quilt yet, with some of my most favourite fabrics. I fully intended to keep this one for myself. However, Auntie had seen it a few months ago and had
dropped hints the size of boulders expressed a bit of a liking for it... I had pretended not to pick up on the hints, but eventually she even offered to buy it! So, I made a valiant effort to finish it in time for Christmas. Didn't work, I had to wrap it with the binding machined on front but not attached on the back.... Well, I was on schedule but then my attempts at quilting it had gone terribly and had needed to be unpicked twice. Twice. I spent a whole day unpicking the second quilting attempt. Anyway. Here it is... (the feet are Aunties)
I call it Stained Pink.
here and here.
After a few abysmal attempts at straight line and patterned quilting, I decided it really had to be hidden. I settled on a black top thread and grey bobbin thread. I did a maze like meander through the black sashing, until every block had enough stitching in the sashing to ensure that there were no large areas unquilted. I have to admit I did not find the constant corner turning easy, but eventually it came good.
Until I turned it over and realised that I had very bright, ugly pale grey stitch lines over my lovely black side borders.... Sharpie black permanent marker to the rescue! Worked a treat :-)
Now, where can I find more of that back print, preferably on sale, for me to keep this time?!