I forgot to share this earlier!! The next 9 days of goodies from the "beauty" advent calendar that Mr F treated me to. I still need to make a new toiletry bag to keep all these goodies in. Mr F will wonder who that glamourous woman is sitting in my sewing studio!
Well that's me done with handmade gifts for this year! This cosmetic bag is based on the pattern "Anna's Sminkepung" by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa. The fabric has been in my stash for simply ages, and seemed perfect for this project. Machine quilted with Aurifil 40wt thread, and embellished with some vintage lace trimming. I hope the recipient likes it!
Eeekkk!! Ohhh dear. That awkward moment when you've been contacted to see if you'd be interested in writing an article about a quilting FB group - and actually you were banned from that group a couple of years ago! Currently composing a polite reply. I wonder if I'll get a response??
"Waiting For Santa" is by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley. I've had this pattern for absolutely years and never made it as the run-up to Christmas is always so frantic! This year I decided it was finally time to make my daughters a stocking (they're only 25 and 24 for goodness sake!!) so set about cutting up some gorgeous festive fabrics. These are from the Christmas Fun collection by another Australian designer, Lynette Anderson, and were just perfect for this project. I used some soft homespun for the lining, and the "labels" have been hand embroidered using 2 strands of DMC thread. A lightweight fusible pellon was used as wadding. A wooden button was used to attach the label, as I thought a ribbon was too fussy for these fabrics. As you can see, I didn't want my eldest daughter's boyfriend to feel left out, so made him one too. Now I just need to pop some gifts inside and they'll be ready for Christmas, although Alice will have to wait a little bit longer for hers - we're having another Christmas Day at the end of January when she returns from her travels.
"Frosty the Postman" is in progress! This pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs is for a cushion, and so far I've completed the centre panel, with hand embroidery using variegated Valdani Threads, and hand applique using the applique paper and glue stick method with Apliquick tools. This was bought as a kit from Lynette's stall at The Festival of Quilts back in the summer, and these festive fabrics are from her Frosty Friends collection. The next step is to make several hexegons, which may take some time!
I've been busy putting up the decorations, and making our home look festive and cosy. Smells of homebaking are filling the kitchen, carols are playing on the radio, and most of my gifts for family and friends have been wrapped with brightly coloured paper and bows. Christmas at Foreman Towers will be a bit different this year. As my eldest daughter has a home of her own now, we'll spend the day there, with her boyfriend and his parents. And as my youngest daughter is still travelling in New Zealand, having an amazing adventure, we'll celebrate here once she's home at the end of January.
What's that noise down in the woods today - is it a bear? Is it a Gruffalo?? No, it's Mr F, felling the perfect Christmas tree, laden with pine cones. It's going to start looking a lot like Christmas when we get this back to Foreman Towers!
A little Christmas gift to myself arrived in the post today from Cross Patch in Wales. Sweet Christmas Ornaments by Lynette Anderson Designs will be perfect for decorating my sewing studio and making it look festive. This cute little kit contains all 12 stitchery designs, fabrics, twine and raw wood buttons. This won't be ready for this year, but is on my "to do" list for 2018.
Another journal cover - this time in black and white fabrics, and a fabulous "numbers" print. My sister-in-law had seen my previous journal covers and wanted one for her daughter-in-law who is a maths teacher. This fabric was just perfect for this project! This is now all ready to be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree ready for Christmas morning.
In my hoop tonight is a festive hand stitching project. I bought this "Frosty The Postman" kit from Lynette Anderson Designs at the Festival of Quilts in the summer. This is being hand appliqued using the applique paper and glue stick method with Apliquick tools and hand embroidered with variegated Valdani Threads.
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