It's a wrap!!!

I have been trying really hard to finish up some projects and clear the sewing room, before Christmas prep gets underway.  As usual, I have far too many things on the go and it takes a bit of resolve to nail them - but nail them I HAVE!  I'm so excited with the results - all three projects are quite different and all three will find their place in our new home easily.  It's starting to get pretty colourful around here!

First up - finally got my Vintage Picnic Quilt finished.  This was a pattern taken from the American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine way back at the begining of the year and was a really fun quilt-along on Instagram.  I had pieced it months ago, but had been waiting for my new machine to quilt it.  Then, of course, I was busy with moving and it has all dragged on far too long.  Once I made up my mind to get on with it though, my new Janome Horizon made light work of it and now that it is done - I am so thrilled with it, I cannot tell you.  I think it may turn out to be my favourite quilt EVER! From the orginal idea and inspiration.....my grandparents picnic box....

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to the finished quilt!  It is a 'Ta da' moment I think.

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Second up is this piece of embroidery.  Inspired by Alison Glass' fab design and fabrics and a birthday card that reminded me of our garden in Stockholm, where we had a 'narnia lampost' that seemed to be a resting point for the wild deer.  Now that we are back in England, I am so delighted to have this finished and will take it up to be properly framed and with great ceromony, shall hand it up on a freshly painted wall in our new home.   I am especially pleased as well, because this year I set myself the task of experimenting with colour and this piece is saturated with it and despite my initial concerns, I think it works.  It is cheerful and original and my system of building a storyboard for a peice of needlework, seemed to help everything to fall into place.

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Finally - gosh, I have been busy..... my little piece of applique, inspired by visits to Gripsholm Castle in Sweden.  I wasn't sure where this was going in the begining, but... this is where it went!

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(So enamoured with the pompom trimming - spotted it in our local market and it was love at first sight - I think they are my new 'thing' - so friendly, don't you think?)

It is such a great feeling to finish up things and put them to use.  I'm feeling pleased too that I have stuck to my new year's resolution and experimented with colour.   Next year, I will have a new resolution and a new direction.....I'm thinking about it.......But before that.....CHRISTMAS is coming...Yay!  so time to get busy with some festive fabrics!  Stop by soon and see how that goes!

Ruby x