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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Some more Christmas...

This year I took part in just one bloggy Christmas swap - I love Chooky Blue's swap where we have no idea who is sending to us, and we send to someone totally different....
We're allowed to open the small parcel, a tree decoration, now. Here is the gorgeous little hanging sent to me.... don't you just love it?? I do ...thank you, mystery giver :-)
There's another interesting feeling pressie tucked away in a safe place - I'm sure I can I think I can wait till the big day to open it...!
Also made in felt is the one I sent to Sue....she's figured out that it's from me so I can share about it. The hanging rod is made up of cinnamon sticks... I'm so pleased the rod arrived intact as I had to hot glue 2 together to make it long enough!
This pattern is from an old Australian Homespun magazine
#38 Vol 7/6. The designer is Marg Low
Now Sue is pretty lucky as I got my swap details muddled and sent her 5 gifts not the 2 we were supposed to!!! Silly of me to do things from memory and not read the paperwork properly. Never mind, I had fun putting it all together!!
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I've had some more happy mail recently with a parcel arriving from SewCalGal... I took part in The Year of Red and White challenges she ran.... SewCalGal arranged sponsors for the challenges and did a big drawing recently.... and I was the lucky recipient of some Aurifil thread and this gorgeous Martingale book - thank you to the sponsors and of course a special thankyou to SewCalGal for the year of challenges and also everything else she does to enhance the quilting world. I'll be looking to see if she comes up with anything special next year...
Lovely prizes, thank you Aurifil and Martingale :-)
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Also finished and off in the post is this hanging. You may remember that Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts had a little stitchalong recently. As I progressed through the blocks I realised it would be perfect for a special friend so I was doubly motivated to finish it....
It did take me a while to put together as I went through two other border fabrics before I was finally happy with it... yes, they got to the sewn on stage too!!!
Haven't done feathers for a while, seemed like a good excuse to play!
One of the dangers of an open toed foot!!
Wendy's blocks are available through her Craftsy store here.
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And one last little cutie; I sewed up this Libby Richardson design as a shop sample recently....such a sweetie; I can also imagine him on an actual stocking...but not this year...!!
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It seems that Blogger has been playing up again... apologies if anyone has been annoyed with word/number verification on my blog recently...a friend let me know it was on but I checked all the settings and all seemed correct... thanks to Terry's post this morning which led me to Kathy's post *here*. Hopefully I have fixed the problem...please let me know if I still have it on!
Have a lovely day everyone, thank you for sparing a moment to read along... it is a busy time of the year, isn't it?
Hope a bit of creativity sneaks into your day,

25 comments:

KaHolly said...

Oh, my, everything is so delightful. I am 'migrating' and can't wait to get back to a sewing machine!!

Chookyblue...... said...

gorgeous ornaments both sent and received............I love sneaky Santas................lol...

Julie said...

Gosh Raewyn, those christmas ornies you received AND sent are just gorgeous. And your little stitched teddy in the stocking is beautiful too. Love the colours & fabrics you have used. I noticed the word verifiction thingy popping up on a few blogs lately ... didnt know it could just do that by itself. Its gone from yours today you will be pleased to know :-)

Lesley said...

What a wonderful post! Love seeing your little gift that you received and the one you sent away...too cute! Love that hanging...your stitching and those feathers are perfect! Such a pretty stocking too!

Rebecca in AK said...

So many lovely Christmassy Quilty projects! Your quilting in the stitchery is beautiful!

Suz J said...

Lots of lovely busy-ness going on here... I do love the look of the Red and White book - I'm sure there is lots of inspiration.

Janet O. said...

Cute ornaments.
I especially love your little Stitch-along quilt. So sweet! And great quilting!

margaret said...

a very christmassy blog lovely items here especially love the stitchalong you have done for a dear frind

Cisca Heiden van der said...

Lovely Christmas blog, you made such adorable gifts! I love the little quilt an the wooly bag on the cinnamon stick! The book you've got looks so nice, I love red and white quilts.
Have a nice day, Cisca

Leeanne said...

Wow you got some sweet gifts and wins! Cute hanging you made. Those open toed feet are a pain for stitchery quilts.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

So. Any beautiful projects sent and received 🎅

Karen S said...

Lovely Christmas projects. Gorgeous stitching with all you have sent. So pleased there was no damage done with the open toed foot!

sigisart said...

Dear Raewyn,
your two little wallhangings are so cute, lovely finishes!!!!
And the book looks very interesting and with lots of new inspirations.
Finally the christmas swap brought you a wonderful little tree-hanging. My christmas tree will also be full of memories throuout the past 20...30 years.
Have a good and familiar time waiting for christmas and until soon.
Many, many hugs
sigisart

Karen H said...

What a great show of Christmas treats and gifts! Your wall hangings are so cute with your lovely embroidery! Congrats on your win!

Béa said...

BRAVO Raewyn XXX

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Love all the designs and what you have done with them all-
my favorite one it the stocking with the teddy bear in it!!!
and I think you got the comments thingy fixed--had the same problem and I also was able to get it turned off by way of Terry and Kathy!!!
hugs, di and miss gracie

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love your wall hangings. Merry Christmas!

Daisy Jayne said...

Season greetings - great idea cinnamon sticks makes it also smell like christmas in the air thanks for sharing

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Awesome to see the festive season colours dominate on your post Raewyn. Spreading the joy with stitching and a touch of whimsy....love it! Happy Holidays!

marina said...

beautiful festive crafting!
lovely ornament and the hangings look gorgeous.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Beautiful post Raewyn, all your Christmas makes are gorgeous. Beautiful wallhangings and your quilting is amazing.

Connie said...

Gee Wiz Raewyn, This was such a fun post . . . everything was so pretty. I am so inspired and impressed with all the projects. I need to run over to the Art barn while I'm feeling creative and get some sewing done. Thanks for giving me that little boost that I needed to get moving again :)
Here's wishing you a lovely Christmas season . . . stay warm and happy.
Connie xx

Sue said...

Love the Christmasy Gifts Raewyn. You'll love the Aurifil thread. I love using it!
Have a great Christmas.

Leonie said...

Such awesome gifts sent and received - You always manage to pack to much into your time - amazing!

Doniene said...

I feel so blessed that I am that special friend!!! I really can't believe I missed this post earlier! Lovely, lovely little projects! Such inspiration!!

Hugs from across the big pond!