Tuesday, 11 December 2018

December Days

 These december days are passing so quickly and we are enjoying the countdown to christmas...here is my red berry wreath on the cottage garden gate.....(and in the cottage garden itself there are already signs of bulbs growing and the promise of spring)………..
 ……….the red berries are one of my favourites at this time of year...and here is a peek at my new red and white irish chain  quilt.....more of this soon.....it is one to add to my red and white collection of quilts.....
 ……..here is holly hare.....a christmas gift...…..wearing her woolly hat and striped scarf and a lace trimmed dress made from a lovely old cath kidston red floral...……..
 ………..the pretty hexagons have been turned into bags to hold gifts.....they make nice thread catchers or small project holders once the gift is opened...….the pattern is the one in my book *modern vintage gifts* ………….
 ……...the lining is a candy striped old favourite but the hexies are made from the gorgeous new guestroom fabrics by moda and some pretty red lecien florals too...……...
 ………..the little bag in my book is decorated with fabric flowers but this time i used yo yos….
 ………….i got lots of christmas shopping done last week...….
 ………...both online and when i went to chester with my eldest daughter......
 ………..chester is so full of atmosphere i've always loved it and this time of year it feels really special.....above is the christmas market...……..
 ………...we shopped all day just stopping for a quick lunch and later coffee and mince pies...……..
 ……….heading back to the car in the winter twilight...all the lights twinkling...….
Thank you for visiting my little blogspace dear readers and for taking time to leave me sweet comments...….i hope you are enjoying these december days too....this week i plan to finish decorating the house and will be back with some festive photos soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx




Monday, 3 December 2018

Heartstrings Quilt

 Happy new week lovely readers...........we have the heartstrings quilt finally finished here today.....
 ...........i don't have a pattern for this quilt but it is very easy to make using four inch squares in low volume fabrics, each with a heart appliqued on it in alternating red and blue fabrics......it was inspired by the hearts and flowers pillow in my book *pretty patchwork gifts* ......
 .............i quilted it by hand in the evenings...very cosy and relaxing work to do....
 ..........although it isn't a christmas design and can be used all year round, i think it may pop up in my festive decorating this year....
 ..............i chose a blue and white large floral for the backing (you can just see it in the picture above) and after much deliberation i used blue gingham for the binding.....
 ..........the house is slowly returning to normal after the decorating....i snapped a few pictures here and there as things just seemed to arrange themselves as they were moved from room to room.....below is my chalkboard with the top collaged by me a long time ago and of course ruby rabbit sitting next to it.....
 .............quilts on the quilt ladder and little cross stitch home sweet home sign from a magazine commission i did a while ago....

 ...............this weekend we had friends over, did some cooking and baking, did some gardening (pics to come) and pottered on sunday getting things organised......
 ............i baked festive cakes for the grandchildren (some to put in the freezer too).....and brought down the wooden advent calendar ready for the countdown (i put sweets in the numbered drawers for the grandchildren on the days they come to me after school).....
 ..............enjoying the cosy times now that i have the house back and all is quiet again.....looking forward to lots of cosy crafting throughout december.....will be going christmas shopping with my eldest later this week..........and the mince pies have arrived here too.....
................thank you so much for dropping in to see me here in my little blog space dear readers......it is always lovely to hear from you too............wishing you all a happy december..........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx