We had a nice quiet New Year with just the 4 of us – we had a chinese meal out early in the evening and then came home and relaxed until Big Ben did its thing at midnight. Christmas holidays always seem to speed by so quickly and tomorrow Twelfth Night arrives!
I have a couple of things that I finished last year that I've not shown yet. This is the wrap that I finished at the ver last moment on Christmas Eve…well actually by the time I finished it was actually Christmas Day! I had to beg for this photo! I long to make things in pink but the preferred colours is blue so I used Sweetwater jellyroll of Pure (same as in the tutorial on the Moda bakeshop as it happens) and for the back I found some rather wonderful snuggles fabric with quite a deep pile on it – it's very luxurious indeed although I think I inhaled a good deal of it when cutting it as it shed like mad! I was glad to find the snuggles in the UK at Minkyland as otherwise I think shipping would have been prohibitive…very good service too.
I've one more finish from 2010 to take a picture of and that is My Little Heart – I'm amazed that I kept up to date with it and finished it on time.
My first finish for 2011 is block number 6 from Lynette Anderson's mystery button quilt project, I think this one is called Window Box – the button is a ladybird, very sweet but will be sewn on at the end. I've enjoyed this BOM and noticed that Lynette has a sneak peak of what is possibly the next mystery button quilt on her blog today…it looks Christmassy to me.
I've thought about stitching plans for this year and have a very loose 'plan' in mind – as soon as I start being too formally organised about it I'm turned off doing anything at all. My current loose plan involves working on some projects that are already in progress and actually finishing them off as well as a few new starts.
Already working on…
Tail Feathers : I've stitched all of the blocks for this and have the top partially sewn together…as soon as it's completed I going to make a start on either Leanne's Down in the Garden or her Vignette in Stitches quilt. I've arranged to send this quilt out to be long arm quilted – something of an extravagance but I really want a good job making of the quilting on this one.
My Garden : I'm up to date with the stitching on this although I think the next block is due soon, there are only 3 left to stitch, I'm looking forward to seeing what this will be like finished.
Scandinavian Christmas : oh dear, I didn't get very far with this at all in fact, I have yet to finish off one block. I'm going to get that one finished before the end of this month and try and get the applique cut for the rest of the blocks. I've already done the tracing for another two blocks so I just need to give this project a little bit more time and hopefully get it completed in time for this year's Christmas.
Theresa's Garden : love stitching the hexagons and I will be carrying on with this as and when the mood strikes me throughout the year, I'd like to finish it this year. (I'd also like to train myself to cut down on the number of projects on the go at any one time!)
Green/Black Pinwheels : I've formulated a plan for this quilt and bought a bigger ruler to make trimming the blocks easier. I've thought up a quilting design and hope to get it done and dusted this year.
Folk Medallion : another lovely project which once I've finished doing the stitcheries will go together very quickly.
Life is Beautiful : I'm making progress on this one and have worked on the blocks since Christmas. I have all of the fabric cut out for the actual blocks and have them half sewn together. Once I've finished the stitcheries for the Folk Medallion I'll resume stitching the lovely little designs for this quilt.
Pennsylvania Dutch : I love this and should have had it finished last year – the blocks are so easy to make. Definitely on my list of things that I will work on this year and would like to finish.
Bluebird of Hope : progress totally stalled on this quilt. I'm leaving it for now until I feel excited about it again which I know will happen when I've ticked a few other things off my list.
Dear Jane : oh dear, no action on this one for quite a while but I'll get back to it eventually.
Clamshells : no action here either as I still wasn't liking the colours and then I decided that I need some nice creams to go with the blues in this quilt…I think it will look altogether different once there is more cream in there. Won't be working on it just at the moment though.
Kim McClean's Heart quilt : I was going quite well on this but have stalled – I may take it along to the next crop and get going on it again.
I think that's all my WIPs in the quilt department…rather a lot :blush: Of course, I keep stumbling across enticing designs on the web which tempt me no end. The 3 that are currently tempting me the most are…
Birdie Stitches by Little Miss Shabby : I'm waiting for my charm pack to arrive for this – I'm going with the Sweetwater Sunkissed, it's gorgeous and lets face it I won't get to use it for my lovely but pink-hating daughter and I would love to use it for something! I'm going to make it smaller though – I have printed out the first month's picture at 50% of the size so my block will finish at 4.5" instead of the larger 8.5".
Henrietta Whiskers by Bunny Hill Designs : first block made available today – how cute is Henrietta? I'm very tempted and may look for some wool.
Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilt : irresisitible…little 6" quilt blocks plus tales of history every week for all of this year to celebrate the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.
I am also committed to making Leanne Beasley's Down in the Garden and Vignette In Stitches quilts because a) I love them both and b) have bought the fabric to make them with! I won't start one until Tail Feathers is in the post to the quilter though. I have the pattern for Susan's Garden, a Dresden Plate design as well and Kim McClean's Stars and Sprigs quilt pattern.
Oops – not mentioned any cross stitch 😮 I have LHN The Bookshelf, a Blackbird stocking and Mary Wigham's wardrobe in progress. Won't be starting anything new until one of these is finished.
That's my sort of plan. No doubt something will leap out at me and demand to be made in addition to all of this. There is no way I'll finish it all this year of course but I'll have fun trying!