a baby at Christmas

We had a beautiful family-oriented Christmas, with children and adults and dogs all joining in. I hope you all had a lovely day as well. There’s something special about Christmas with children; we love to see them happy and excited. They put the bounce into Christmas! Just when it looked like the ‘children’ in our family were growing up and moving into adulthood we have a new generation coming along.
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My beautiful little ‘great’ nephew- he is the first baby for my niece- was born barely a week before Christmas. So he was only 7 days old but the definite star of attraction for our day. So tiny to hold, to cuddle, to stroke such soft baby skin. I’m now a Great-Aunty! His new Nanna, my sister, made him a little baby quilt, which I was so happy to quilt.

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She made it especially for her first grandson in crisp whites and blues and reds, just perfect for a little baby boy living at the coast.
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I quilted it with an all-over swirly pattern, except for the straight stitching in the skinny border.
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The fabric used for the backing and the binding is the ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ fabric.
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The swirly quilting resembled the trail of the caterpillar as he moved over the quilt…
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and I couldn’t resist adding just one word- I like writing with quilting!
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A lovely day with our cold Christmas lunch of seafood and ham and salads…. I don’t feel like eating for a week! Happy New Year to you all!
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Christmas 2014

It’s Christmas week already! the trees are up, the lights are on, presents are starting to gather. I just love Christmas!
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I made some little Christmas stars this year. They were made of a variety of fabric scraps, from re-purposed linen tea-towels, like this one I showed last week…
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to rusty cottons and linen scraps left over from past projects.
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I stitched random patterns on each of them, using blues and browns as my theme.
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Then beads were added to add a touch of sparkle. I sewed around them keeping the raw edges out, with some twine or cords to hang them with and filled with a little stuffing. Cute?!
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There’s something about a Christmas tree, so I did a little photo survey within my family:
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all different but all so nice!
And another thing nice about this time of year are the beautiful flowers that are blooming, like these irises from my brother-in-law’s garden:
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I hope you all have a joyful Christmas with your loved ones and look forward to a happy and healthy- and quilt-filled – New Year!
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Christmas party

We had a Christmas party with Gatton Quilters last week. No doubt, there are a lot of Christmas parties being held now! It’s a good time to catch up with everyone, to see the latest project they have been working on, as well as – in our case- the results of any challenges. We also had a lucky dip where we all had to bring along a Christmas ornament to swap with others. Here is the one I made to swap – a star made from an old linen teatowel, hand- embroidered and beaded:
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We have a bunch of talented ladies in Gatton Quilters, including a group of art quilters. The group had a challenge in this latter half of the year to produce a piece to the theme of ‘Recycled’- to interpret however we wanted, in whatever format and using whatever materials we wanted.
Here are a few of the challenge projects:

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This magnificent work below is by Shirley, using feathers to create the gentlemen: the work is mounted and framed. Really breathtaking.
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The party is also a chance to “show and tell”- here’s just a few:
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Helen- completed journal

Helen- completed journal


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On another note, at long last we have rain! The grass is green, the dams are full, the frogs are croaking and the storms are fierce! Here is my brave companion Hayley, who has to come inside at the first rumble of thunder, then promptly hides under the desk:
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and checking out the window at a particularly large clap of thunder:
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So brave!

spiders and butterflies

Another couple of quilts that I recently long-arm quilted.
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Meryl made these two lovely quilts with jars of bugs and butterflies and asked me to quilt them. As both quilts were the same- same design and same colours, I wanted to be able to quilt them differently to each other.
This first quilt has some spiderwebs all over it:
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and this is the back which shows up the quilting a little better:
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The second quilt has a sort-of echoing curvy design with some leaves and critters and dragon-flies here and there!
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The only thing with the black fabric was that it attracted a lot of fluff which you can see in the photos. I think I brushed these quilts numerous times!
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I’m busy sewing some Christmas gifts at the moment, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise so I can’t show them to you just yet! Are you also busy preparing for Christmas?
Hope you have a good week.:)

stitching a story

Some progress on my little Christmas cloth that I started last week.
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I’ve sewn down the tree and added another one.. I think this is going to be a “Twas the night before Christmas” story.
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Can you tell what this little patchwork animal is going to be?! It looks a lot like our lovely kelpieX dog Haley (I hope!). Only pinned in place at the moment and yet to work out the best way to sew her down, and then of course add her tail!
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Also I thought I’d show this quilt below, as I don’t think I have had it here on the blog before. It’s a pretty basic design I made some years ago for my daughter to take to Uni but it has recently made its way home again. It’s place has been taken by the Lollipop Trees quilt!
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It was made with a pattern published in a magazine about 5 or 6 years ago, and I can’t remember the name or who designed it.
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I used a large selection of mainly Kaffe Fassett fabrics and possibly a few others- I can’t remember exactly.
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I quilted it on my long-arm machine but decided to practise using a circular attachment which alows you to draw perfect circles. I quilted varying-sized circles randomly over the quilt.
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I’ve given it a wash so its even softer and crinkly now.