This is where it all started for me but times change and now all of my blogging takes place over at my
Quilt Routes blog and I hope you will join me over there.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Okay...What is your secret?

I want to know. All you lovely bloggers out there, who day after day, share your photos of handmade gifts and pages and pages of hand baked goodness. How do you manage to get it all done? I am in awe of your talents, each and everyone of you. 
I have barely managed to clean and tidy, shop and wrap (of which there is still more to do). And before you view me as the typical woman who has to do everything I have to confess to you that I have a husband who likes to shop for, and cook the Christmas dinner, and just about every other meal we have over the holiday period.
I always have great plans which rarely come to fruition.

But do you know what?
It doesn't matter. We will be warm and well fed and together.
Wishing you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

Maybe while husband is in the kitchen I can sneak off and finish this.

Monday, 12 December 2011

It's beginning to look......

........a lot like Christmas!
Or NOT in my house as I haven't even thought about the decorating yet.
I have, however, always wanted to make a Christmas quilt. Every year I have had that thought. Every year nothing happens.

That just might change this year because of this "Countdown to Christmas" Jelly Roll.
Now I am not one who usually buys much in the way of commercially printed fabric, but when I spotted this on offer I thought it might be just what I needed.

This is what I have so far.
The plan had been to make the light central bit be more random and undulating and I had it all worked out on paper. Trouble is I started cutting just as the family started coming in from work, college and school and before I realised I had cut them all to the exact same measurement. The strips that is, not the family.

Not a mistake, just a design opportunity, as someone I know says.
Whether this gets quilted this Christmas or next remains to be seen. At least I have begun!

There are a number of giveaways going on over at my Quilt Routes blog this week, if you would care to take a look.
Giveaway No 2. Some fabric packs.
Giveaway No 3. More fabric.

Thursday, 8 December 2011


 Here are the rest of the Rusty Love swaps. First this wonderful book made by Cath.

 And some lovely pictures by Grace and Michelle. Sorry, none of them blog so it's down to me to share!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Rusty Love

This is what I recieved from my swap partner yesterday. An ingenious rusty chain of love!

With hanging hearts....

and lots of beading. I love it. Thank you Pam. I know you are reading this.

Unexpectedly I was also given this made by Cath whose work I have previously shown here, but given by the group because they know I have had a tough year.
Thank you so much girls. I am overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness.

It reminds me of this heart that I was given earlier in the year by different friends, at a particularly sad time. 

It was made by one dear friend and instigated by another one. There is a lot of love going on in this post today. For those friends around me and for you my blogging friends who take the time to read my missives.
More tomorrow.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

I seem to have been.......

............AWOL from my blogs for a while, for no other reason than life getting in the way as usual.
It is all good though. I have a kitchen again and can now concentrate on getting things ready for Christmas.

Yesterday I spent the days with my Rusty Love Girls. We first met when doing City and Guilds, in embroidery (them) and quilting (me). I enjoyed it so much that I stayed on and did Machine Embroidery after I had finished the Patchwork and Quilting.
We have always kept in touch, meeting up every now and then to stitch, chat and eat! It was only recently that I decided we needed to set a challenge for each other, each time making something to give to one of the other members of the group.
The title of the first challenge was Rusty Love and somehow that name has attached itself to the group permanently.

Above is the piece that I made for my interpretation of the theme. It might not seem immediately apparent how it fits into the title, but it is a place that the recipient knows and it is of a place that we both love. I have spent lots of holidays there as we used to have our little boat moored on that inlet, and her and her husband are now fortunate to have a holiday home there.

I also did a"Rusty Heart" for everyone.

More form the Rusty Love Girls next time when I show you what I received, but before I go I thought I would share a couple of photos I took in Bath on Sunday. We went to visit the Christmas Market but couldn't resist stopping off to look at what is probably one of the most famous streets in Great Britain. It looks like it should be a stately home or museum but it is a real street with ordinary people living there.

It was getting dark and the moon was out.