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