Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Frogs and ducks and little boys

Well, I'm still sewing...

My eldest daughter wanted me to make the boys aprons of their own. I chose some fabrics and photographed them and this one is the one that Luc chose.

This frog fabric has been on my shelves since my children were little. Laila chose this for Patric.

Ducks and frogs. I hope they fit.

I'm almost finished the front of Patric's sweater. Looks like it'll be done for the second Christmas when the little boys will be here.

There's still more sewing on my list but this is the end for 2014.

I hope you all enjoy good health and happiness in 2015.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Just a little sewing

I had some Thomas the Tank Engine fabric and since little Luc enjoys watching Thomas, I thought I would make him something. He has quite a few little train cars and loads of track. The fabric didn't lend itself to any sort of garment sewing so I figured I would make pillow cases. 
We will be having a second Christmas celebration in January when Luc, his brother Patric, his mother and Auntie Ayla will be here. It appears as if Santa isn't finished yet.

I'm linking up to the last Needle and Thread Network of the year.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Decorating and collections

Lots of red and white.
 Ziggy Santa and a Garfield angel.

Coca Cola drinking polar bear.

Three Santas all together.

Snowmen, a penguin and a couple of trees.

Santa with his list, my birdie Santa and a trio of polar bears.

The Christmas Star is up in the hallway. I wonder how many people will notice?

I'll just show you a few ornaments. This one was made by my eldest daughter Laila.

I wish she would make more but she's busy with two little boys who take up a lot of her time.
 Many, many years ago, a member of our guild taught us how to make these folded ribbon Christmas pine cones.

I don't remember how to make them anymore (I'm sure there are you tube videos out there) but I do remember that they take a lot of little sequin pins.

Before grandchildren came along, I would get my children and their significant others an ornament each year.

Both of these obviously belong to Eric. One day he can take them and put them on his own tree.

I have several cross stitch ornaments I should be making. 

Maybe I'll start making one for each of the grandchildren...

I leave you with this collection. I honestly didn't know I had this many stuffies that could hang (I know that the first one isn't but the rest are non-breakable.) I thought that the little ones would get a kick out of these. If they get pulled off, that's fine.

Cookies are made. They were so easy and if I run out, I can always make another batch.
Today is cleaning day.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Off the frame

Well, I knuckled down and quilted. Each square is 10 inches so the finished size is a lap quilt - 50 inches square.

As you can see, it is off the frame. I am not going to trim it or bind it until sometime in the new year.
Now, I have to go and bake some cookies, bring some books-on-tape back to the library, sew a few things, clean up a couple of bedrooms, decorate the tree, etc. I have a winter wall hanging kit cut out and the pieces are going to be fused so hopefully, it will be done quickly. I'll show it off once it's done.
Have a great week and don't stress about the holidays. You can only do what you can do.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Good news

A week ago we skyped with Ayla, who lives in Ireland at the moment, and lo and behold we got the news that she became engaged.
No date has been set yet but the whole family is excited and happy for the young couple.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A little progress

Only two more rows of blocks left to quilt.

All the pieces and rows have been sewn together and it is now a quilt top. I suppose I could put a border or two on it and it could be used for a singe bed but I have not yet decided if that's what I want to do. It's hanging on a hanger in a closet at the moment, waiting to be quilted. I'm glad I decided to make it. The fabrics are totally from my stash using scraps and some fat quarters.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Just quilting

I need to move on this since it's in the dining room and that's where the tree is supposed to go.

There have been a few turns of the quilt taken.

For some reason, I decided to quilt in brown thread. Probably because I have two spools of brown quilting thread and when else would I use it? The black squares are quilted in black.

I'm linking up with Kathy's slow Sunday stitching...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Slow progress

There's been a couple of turns taken from both ends of the frame. I'm just randomly quilting straight lines across the quilt and there are a few lines perpendicular. If I keep up with a bit of quilting here and there, it will be finished before I know it.

I also managed to finish the sleeves of Patric's sweater. All that's left is the front and then the dreaded sewing of all the pieces together.

I've got to make a few stockings for some little people and I have a wall hanging that I want to get done too. It's been hanging around long enough. I'll show it to you once I get it all together.

I'm linking up with Esther's blog and also with The Needle and Thread Network. Check out the links for some wonderful inspiration.