My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Christmas again!

I think this will be my last post about Christmas 2013 ... Christmas sure stretched out this time, with the final gift-giving just this past week when my local group of sewing soulmates got together.
Secret Santa Swaps are always fun and of course hand-made gifts came to the fore....
I received this beautiful pin-cushion -
It is a Lynette Anderson design, one I've had my eye on but never purchased!

And made this as my gift -

The box itself was from an Australian Country Craft magazine. It had embroidery designs with it but I decided to use [yet again :-)] the gorgeous stitchery patterns by Rag-Tag Designs (Michelle's blog *here*)

I have a few projects in the pipeline but they are secret sewing so I'll just share a peek of one —
Woohoo, I'm up to the quilting on this one :-)
Lately in the evenings when relaxing in front of the telly with the MOML, I've been doing some little stitcheries, they are from Anni Down's book, Simple Pleasures. I have stitched and used these designs over and over again, they are so cute.
 Now it's time to get back to the quilting, so it's time to wish you a great day! Thank you for visiting and happy stitching,

23 comments:

Suz J said...

Love your applique sneak peak Raewyn... although it looks like something I'd want to add to my WIP list... so maybe I don't really want to know what it is! And that little pin cushion is to die for... if you could bear to poke pins into it, that is.

Janet O. said...

Lovely gifts! What a cute, cute pincushion you received!! And your creation is wonderful! A clever bunch of ladies, it appears.
Both of the projects we got a peek of look great. Can't wait to see the finishes. : )

marina said...

can't beat home made gifties.
like your sneak peaks. the batiks in the first pic look so beautiful and perfect for the stems and leaves.cute stitching too.

shez said...

such gorgeous gifts i love how you have put michelle's stitcherys on the box,it looks fantastic and that pin cushion is so cute.xx

Maria said...

Sew many gorgeous gifts.
sweet Pincushion and love the special box you stitched and put together....

The Knotty Lass said...

The box turned out great! The little wall hanger is adorable! Tessa is coming by tomorrow to open her Christmas gifts. THEN we will finally be done!

margaret said...

very pretty gifts both given and received, must look out for Anni Downs book

Cisca Heiden van der said...

Wow, wonderful gifts, the pincushion is so cute! And the box you made, I LOVE it!
Have a great day (night), Cisca

Starr White said...

what a lovely exchange…sew many beautiful things ;-)

KaHolly said...

I always love to see your work! It is so inspiring. Always makes me want to shut down the computer immediately and get to work!!

Michelle said...

All those gifts looked gorgeous! That is a talented group! I love the sewing box you made, will check that out. Sneak peaks look interesting, is that blanket stitch done by hand or machine?
Michelle

Sheila said...

What lovely gifts , that pincushion is just sweet, love the button . Your sewing box is wonderful and I just bet the recipient was pleased . Love the sneak peak too :-)

Fiona said...

Lovely swap gifts ... And the sneaky peaks are lovely too ... Certainly keeping busy..
Hugz

Needled Mom said...

The swap gifts are beautiful and I love your simple pleasures stitcheries.

Leeanne said...

awesome presents aye!!
Your little stitcheries sure are cute.
happy quilting!

Julie said...

Gorgeous gifts & sneaky peeks Raewyn. I love that variegated thread you are using in the final pics ... is it a Cottage Garden one??
I have just purchased the initials pattern from Michelle so look forward to using some of the designs. Happy Monday x0x

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely gifties!!! I adore that box...love how you used the designs. Have to lookout the CT issue. My Nan had one she kept her hankies in and I have always wanted one xx

Caroline Heinrichs said...

I'm loving these gifts, too cute. I'm working on a box, but its a square one, I'll post it soon. Its a a chilly -27 C. today in Northern BC.
all the best,
Carli

Anthea said...

Lovely gifts there from your belated Christmas gathering Raewyn... and that sneak peek looks interesting, can't wait to see it fully! x

Nicky said...

What a lovely collection of gifts, so pretty. So many sneak peeks in your neck of the woods at the moment.....lol...good things take time though don't they!

Tatkis said...

Both gifts are wonderful!
Love your box :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Sue W said...

Beautiful gifts Raewyn! I've made up that lovely hexi box using machine embroidery......Love, love, love yours.... using Christmas fabric and hand worked designs. Might go search out the pattern.....hmm!
Hope you're enjoying some rain over your way.....it's been raining steady hear for a while so we're looking green again!

Leonie said...

The little box is adorable and I love that pincushion! Stitching is so relaxing isn't it? Have been doing a bit too in the evenings :)