Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew November

Well you can't say that we haven't been warning you for a while, but with the countdown to Christmas now being measured in days in my local Post Office, it really is time to knuckle down and get that Christmas crafting started!

So, with that in mind welcome to this month's Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link party.

This month's link party is hosted by the very talented Joanne at Rose and Dahlia. Joanne was one of the contributors to the lovely Christmas jumper quilt in the recent issue of Fat Quarterly, and she has been stitching up a storm of Swoon blocks, definitely one to check out if you haven't come across her before! Joanne has a great project lined up for keeping all of those Christmas wrapping essentials neat and tidy, and that is definitely something that I could do with :)

If you are new to the party, let me fill you in on the details. Paula and I decided at the end of last year that Christmas 2014 was going to be different, this time round there would be no late-night sewing sessions or frantic last-minute dashes to the Post Office. This time we were going to work on Christmas and Holiday projects throughout the year so come December we would be so organised we wouldn't know what to do with ourselves :)

We decided to share our plans with our blogging friends and invite them to be organised too, with a monthly Link Party to provide a gentle nudge. As ever we have a lovely incentive for you to get crafting and linking and this time we have some FQ's of lovely Christmas fabric to give your Christmas crafting a nudge.


 The winners of last month's givewaways were Karen at Practically Pippy and Sandra at Suddenly Sandra. Thanks for linking up!

 Having only returned from yet another holiday my Christmas crafting has been somewhat minimal this month, but I have at least one Christmas project to add to my tally.

My Celtic Christmas Bauble cushion

So, now it is your turn to head on over to Rose and Dahlia and link up your Christmas projects for November. As ever the link party will remain open until the end of the month so there is plenty of time to get those projects completed!

Grateful thanks as always to our generous giveaway prize sponsors.

Fluffy Sheep QuiltingRay Stitch HaberdasheryBackstitch

Quiet PlayQuilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter ShopPlush Addict Logo  Posie: Patterns and Kits to Stitch by Alicia Paulson

Friday, 14 November 2014

Celtic Christmas

It is a very long time since I posted this photo of the fabric pull for an upcoming project

Well, the top fabric was discarded in favour of green bias strips and the project eventually became this

my Celtic Christmas Bauble cushion! 

The applique is made with some of my carefully hoarded Liberty lawn and ready-made fusible bias strips. The pattern and instructions for the cushion has just been published in this


There are so many wonderful projects in this issue it is hard to pick a favourite, but isn't that Christmas sweater themed quilt on the front cover just wonderful?

After a very long absence I am delighted to finally have a Friday finish :)

Linking up to  Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, 13 November 2014


I came across these different vehicle parks on our recent trip and had to share them with you!

New York car park
Certainly adds an extra dimension to the stress of the daily commute!

Miami Beach boat park
Well, of course this is Miami Beach :)

St Georges, Bermuda
The joys of island living in the Bermuda Triangle!
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