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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Crazy weather

Crazy weather here in AZ.  Raining, then sunny.  This was taken to try to show the black skies to the east while the sun was shining in the west. 

I spent all day in my sewing room instead of the kitchen.  Oh well... baking time tomorrow.  I worked on a really old ufo paper pieced wall hanging and it is ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Did I mention that I detest paper piecing? 

I also worked with a striped fabric and my 60ยบ ruler to create a table runner and then made 3 table toppers with the leftover triangles.  Not too sure if this is autumnal or Christmas?

And, I found time to play with a pattern and fabric from a project I started last December.  This was a free pattern online from a quilt shop and then I ordered their kit.  The project needed to be made with batik or closely woven fabrics because it is all raw edge.  Even the binding is the backing folded over the front of the runner and stitched down along the raw edge.  Different and kind of funky runner.

Tomorrow, for sure, baking time.  Mince tarts! 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The tree has a skirt

My Christmas tree has a skirt.  Such a simple project but it still took some time to get it made.  Except for some baking, am feeling quite organized for the 25th.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas is coming

Christmas is getting closer.  I have finished a couple of small projects with a few others waiting patiently for me to get to them.

This is my wreath made using the Let's Twist ruler.  I really need to get to the woodshop and get my dowelling cut so I can hang this nicely.

A small candle mat made from a kit of precut wool felt.  Was a fun project to do by hand while watching tv.  I have done some Christmas baking.  My shortbread and my sausage rolls are finished and made my Christmas cakes in early November.  Waiting for another day of rain to make my mince tarts and some cookies that use my leftover fruit from the cakes.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Countdown to Christmas

My trees are up - yes 2 of them!  Small one in our tv room and a larger one in the living room.  Seems strange to be using these prelit, not real trees but here in AZ, it makes more sense. 

I had to get busy and get ornaments made for an exchange with friends back home in B.C.  They are ready to package and mail.  Also made a stocking for my dad and my sister will fill it for us.  I tried various ideas for the ornaments and liked the star idea but it was very finicky to make.

I have my December wall hanging ready to layer and quilt and bind... but that will have to wait a few days as we have company arriving any moment for a few days.

And my tree in my living room needs a tree skirt so have these ready to stitch together and get quilted.  Lots of time, right?