Saturday, 19 December 2009

Working on - D9P baby quilt

This quilt is actually finished and gifted already, but I am so behind on my blogging that we have to pretend that it is still in the works ;)

Here the top is almost done, just the final outer border to go. The fabric is the lovely Ginger Blossom by Sandi Henderson, in the pink colourway.

Advent Day one-two-miss-a-few-19 - Christmas Socks!

Who was I kidding? I was never going to blog for 24 days straight ;)

One pair of Christmas socks finished, one pair to go.

The pattern is the fabulous Thuja, as always!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Advent Day 6 - Letter from Santa

Miss M wrote Santa a lovely letter this year telling him what she wanted most for Christmas (a red scooter and a golden dragon), and last week we received his reply in the mail. Miss M was so excited :)

It's such a lovely thing that Australia Post runs each year, there is even a link to a youtube movie showing Santa receiving his letters :)

Saturday, 5 December 2009

In the Mail - Oh Boy!

I just couldn't resist this fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop - it is so very cute :) I'm planning on using it for a quilt for Mr O, for when he moves into a big bed - although at the moment he seems ready to stay in his cot forever *sigh*

This is the fabric I bought for the backing, there was only 3/4 of a yard left but I bought it anyway, it is my favourite piece.

Advent Day 5 - Working on: Round Robin Block Swap

This is sort of Christmas related :)

I have been participating in a round robin quilt block swap with a fantastic group of ladies, and last week I sent off the final blocks. We will be getting our blocks back this month (in time for Christmas - see, it is Christmas related!) in order to make them into a quilt, and I can't wait to see what everyone has made out of my fabric!

Some months it has been difficult to find the time to make the blocks - because I'm so picky I have been taking about 4.5 hours to sew one block, which I'm sure is quite ridiculous. Now that it's all over though I can see the benefits of all that pickiness - my measuring, cutting, piecing and sewing is now much more accurate, in fact I hadn't realised how inaccurate it was before. I have also figured out how to iron properly so that the pieces don't get pulled out of shape.

So all in all I'm so glad that I was part of this swap, my very first one. The EB Newbie Quilters who also participated are all so helpful and understanding, all the stress of the swap is non existent, once I had come to terms with cutting into someone else's fabric that is ;)

Friday, 4 December 2009

Advent Day 4 - In the Mail - more fabric!

OK, so this isn't a Christmas post. I do actually have some Christmas related photos on my camera. Which is in another room. It's been a long day.

This is some of my favourite fabric, Sandi Henderson's Ginger Blossom range. I was delighted to see the fat quarter bundle on sale at the Fat Quarter Shop, down to $31.80! I ended up getting two bundles, one of which is being used in the d9p baby quilt I'm working on at the moment.

I also got some Rouenneries charm squares, 6 in all. I do love this fabric, it's not my usual style but I love the colours of the linen and the red together.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Advent Day 3 - Working on: Christmas Socks

I can't tell you how many pairs of these Thuja socks I've made, but I never get tired of knitting them. It helps that I now know the pattern off by heart and I can finish a sock in two days :)

My dad loves these socks, so I always have a pair on the needles for him. I thought that instead of the usual plain ones I give him that I would make some Christmassy ones instead.

As always with my Thujas, I'm using superwash wool, this time it's Lincraft brand.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

2009 Advent Blog-a-Long

Since the Christmas season is my favourite time of year, I have decided to fit in as many Christmassy things as possible. And since I have already blogged for December 1st, it seemed to be a perfect time to join in Car's Advent blog-a-long. I only hope that I can find enough Christmas themed things to blog about!

And sadly this will have to be my Christmassy blog of today, since I don't want to run out of topics ;)

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Happy December 1st :)

We put up our Christmas tree today, it was the first time that Mr O was really able to join in and he was just entranced by it all, although I think that the chocolate advent calendar may have won out :)

Fabulous Mood!

One of my sisters recently went on a holiday to the US. While she was in New York she hunted the streets until she found Mood, the fabulous fabric store patronised by the contestants on the US Project Runway. She bought 3 yards of a lovely sheer fabric for me - I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet but I just love it.

The bag is so familiar to me, I've seen so many seasons worth of PR contestants carrying them around :)