But in the lead up to Christmas there were a lot more finishes...
**Warning long post***
Holly Cottage Christmas QuiltOur Sunday Stitchers Challenge number to end the year was - of course- #6 - which was my version of Michelle Ridgway's Holly Cottage Christmas.
I started this quilt in conjunction with a Stitch A Long Blog - this time hosted by Fiona - there was a plan of when to make blocks and when to finish it - I think my blocks were all done on time - but not my finish....I still want to add a bit more before I post on the SAL Blog but I showed this at the December SS meeting as my #6:
I did make many changes to the original pattern - and a formal apology to Michelle - I started off following the pattern - although I left out the words, but then it became a quilt for my eldest daughter and she wanted certain things in it - so I deviated a lot more from the pattern.
It was beautifully quilted by Fiona...just perfect ...
I have now gifted it to my daughter and her husband as part of their Christmas present and they are delighted.
I really enjoyed making this quit.
I personalised a lot of the blocks to include the various sewing groups and retreats that I go to.
I must admit it was a battle to get these both finished in time along with all the other Christmas stuff that happens - maybe next year I will be ahead of the game??? maybe...probably not.
Only 6 crochet blocks this month
Alphabet BookMy eldest daughter is due to have a baby in March and I have made her a cloth alphabet book. I started this in September or so....and in November she decided to have a "Book Themed" baby shower....so it is very appropriate...Guess I chose well.
I loved doing the Q page....
I have since gifted this to her too - as she had the Baby Shower whilst down in Brisbane for Christmas. It was a big hit!
Mini QuiltsMy best friend (Maureen) and I swap presents each year and we decided to stick with the mini quilt idea - this year it was Christmas themed.
I had thought about a bauble made from strips of fabric and ribbon which I started in October...and then I saw a lovely Crazy Christmas tree as a machine embroidery project...mmm...couldn't decide - so I made both - I gave this one to Maureen
and I have kept this one for me
Non slip machine foot pedal mats
I actually made two of these - I've given one away . This one is for my eldest daughter - I added it to a sewing box and thread holder which were her Christmas presents.
Boy!!! no wonder I was busy in December!!!
There are still 2 days of december - what else can I finish???