Thursday, 10 January 2019

New Year 2019!

 Happy New Year to you! I hope 2019 has started well for you, I also hope you had a good Christmas.

We had a lovely Christmas and New Year has started quietly which is just the way I like it.

DD had her birthday on the 11th of December and we had a little jaunt to Bent's Garden Centre near Warrington to look at the Christmas displays and have lunch (the food there is very good!)

Son of Mine and his girlfriend were able to come down from Edinburgh on the Saturday before Christmas and stay until Boxing Day. On the Sunday we all went to Chester as it has become a tradition that we go to the Cathedral to look at the Christmas tree display (which was lovely). It was lovely to spend some time together as a family!

I made this quilt for DD for Christmas. The pattern is "Festive" from Moda Bake Shop and the fabric lines are Katie & Birdie's Winter's Lane and Return to Winter's Lane. It was the first time I've cut out, stitched, layered and quilted a quilt from beginning to end without breaking off and doing something else and I loved it. It is really they way I should quilt all the time!

 DD, Little Gromit and Miss Moo on Christmas Day! The children are growing so fast! Little Gromit will be five in February! 

Over on Instagram there is a hashtag #makenine which is a really good hashtag if you want a goal for the year to make certain things but for me, I have so many things I want to finish I am going with the hashtag #finishnine. One of the things I want to ideally finish or at least move forward is my civil war hexi quilt, this is EPP and I can only stitch on this for a short time before I get pain in my hands so I have set myself a goal of stitching on it for 15 minutes a day. So far I have managed most days and I have added a line of hexies and half a line of diamonds to one quarter of it. Two quarters are finished and the borders are started so I just need to keeping plugging away!

As part of looking at projects for the #finishnine I looked at all my started quilted and knitted projects. all my quilted projects are still to be finished but a lot of my knitted projects have been frogged for various reasons - I don't like them anymore or something is going to be too short! You get the picture! But this Land of Sweets cowl is definitely is to be finished and shouldn't take long and will be the first finish of #finishnine 

I am still in Christmas making mode so I am taking advantage of this and starting some Christmas makes for gifts. I'll explain further when I've got further!

Another one of my #finishnine is this Missouri Star Quilt Company pattern 'Quatrefoil', it is for my best friend and has been started quite a while - ideally I want to finish this by the end of the month which is doable if a I pull my finger out!

Last but not least - another #finishnine project, 'Starfall' by Jennifer Steingass, knitted out of Wendy Ramsdale. I am loving this so when my cowl is finished this is next!

I'll report back soon as to how I'm getting on!


Susan said...

You have a busy year ahead.... Looks like we are going to have fun

mamasmercantile said...

Such beautiful projects in the making. I was amazed at how much the children have grown, how time flies.

busybusybeejay said...

We have a few things in common.My OHs birthday is 11th December.My daughter and family live in Northwich( Kingsmead) and we also went to Chester Cathedral.Have a look on my blog to see what is happening next there.Also, some photos of my OH playing ukulele there in December!,,I am also a crafter but not patchwork.Barbara

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Nice to hear from you. Lots of projects. Hopefully this comment won't get 'bounced' like it normally does.

Rosie said...

Your quilts are beautiful. I bet the trees in Chester Cathedral were wonderful and very festive:)