Saturday, December 30, 2017

Empty house .......


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmastime..... we had half of our children and 3 of our 8 grandchildren with us.... fantastic.  Mixed with calls and chats from all the other family members  makes it a very special time....


Kathleen, you asked about my North Pole quilt - sorry but it's coming through as No-Reply without any links -  and I have quite a few Kathleens in my address book so I can't respond personally.  I did the North Pole quilt sewing blanket stitch by machine.  Details of the quilt can be seen HERE


This is by far my favourite present... pictures of my children and their families ..... we are very lucky to have such special people in our lives....


I did get a couple of lovely stitchy presents from lovely stitchy friends...

This parcel came from Shez... a pattern (wool applique - wonderful) with a gorgeous pincushion and notions/needle book..... thanks Shez... they will be used so much....


showing the inside of the needlebook - very handy to have space for the threads aswell...


As well as the sweet ornament and pattern, with handmade card (which is now framed to be a future part of our decorating thanks to Shez for the idea) 


... Michelle had also included a pretty parcel with this lovely panel...  there will be two new stockings and a door hanger next year!  Thanks Michelle, I love it and will have great fun making it up.... beautiful quality fabric....


Maria's ornament and card arrived just in time to decorate our tree at Christmas.... thanks Maria - I love it..... so much detail ...



Before Christmas I finally finished this quilt.... Kris donated her UFO to me a few years ago, last year I put together the panels and finally I quilted and bound it just in time to go on a bed this christmas....


It's pretty cute isn't it?

I have caught up on reading blogs but not commented much -  lovely to read what everyone's got up to....

Susan has been doing a circle quilt - you can see it in THIS POST.  Well I really liked the idea and I have some batik charm squares.... so I went shopping for circle fabric.....  I wanted a good contrast ...


I only bought fabric because I needed it so I could use up my batiks..... ??????    It looks like a great mobile project for when I need to pick up and go ......

Righto, I'm off to prep some circles and find a container for picking up and going......



19 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a perfect Christmas...well, with at least some of the family there. Wonderful gifts.

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  2. Lovely gifts from loved ones and dear friends xx
    Glad to know you are organized for 2018 projects ... you'll be off to a great start :)

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  3. Hi my lovely friend ,so glad you had such a wonderful time with family and it was awesome that the boys got to come up ,what a wonderful experience for them and so much fun.
    Oh what lovely gifts you got from your friends love the panel from Michelle,have fun making the up.
    Wishing you and your family a happy and safe New Year my friend xxxx

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  4. My card from Michelle is going in a frame too.. far too nice to do anything else with it. Glad you had a great Christmas.

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  5. Lovely gifts you received Fiona. It is so nice to have some family around isn't it. The Christmas quilt is lovely..good luck with the circles, hope you found your picking up and going container!!

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  6. Family at Christmas is the best, nothing else compares. Lovely gifts and your quilt is beautiful.
    It looks like a wonderful new project coming up.

    Debbie

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  7. Glad you had a fantastic Christmas..... and those prezzies 👍wow ❤️❤️❤️

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  8. You received some lovely gifts for Christmas. Have fun with your circle quilt.

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  9. look forward to seeing your circle quilt, I am going to be doing a bit more hand stitching in the year to come, I'm looking forward to it

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  10. Just lovely to have your gorgeous boys with you. Glad you were spoilt! I love Sue's circle quilt. It is nice to have a portable project. I have my eyes firmly SHUT! Love your inherited and now completed UFO xx

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  11. Such lovely photos Fiona... keeping family near, no matter how far away they are.
    What a great idea to do the circle quilt... I've seen some beautiful ones around in blogland & on IG... and like everything you do, yours will be just as beautiful.
    x

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  12. Glad you had a great time with most of your family... the photos are a beautiful gift.
    Lots of lovelies arrived in the post. Pretty Christmas Quilt...
    Have fun with the Circles..

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  13. A lovely family Christmas for you! We had just the two of us, this year. Those batik fabrics are scrumptious......I really like batiks.....

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  14. It looks like you had a lovely Christmas, dear Fiona, such wonderful gifties too! Love the photos!

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  15. I am sure you will treasure those photos...Looking forward to seeing the circles....

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  16. Nothing better than family time! glad you had a lovely Christmas...wishing you both a fabulous New Year xo

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  17. Always lovely to have a full house and its nice for it to go back to be quiet too.. Hope you have a fab New Year Fiona.. xx

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  18. I'm glad you had such a nice Christmas, Fiona! Happy New Year, my friend :)

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  19. I do enjoy reading about fun times with families. Sad to see them go home, though.
    Love seeing all your gifts, too, as well as you stitching plans.
    Happy New Year.

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