Wednesday, December 19, 2018

It's Christmas time!!!


Kris fancied up some pillowcases previously and whilst chatting to her a week or so ago I decided I could do some for young boys who will be here at Christmastime

I got out Toni's Happy Quilts book and printed out a few pictures.....

I wanted to do raw edge applique and so I threaded up my Sweet Sixteen and did it on the quilting machine....  saves turning the fabric round all the time and I just had to make sure I tucked in the bits of the pillow case...


.. we have a B for Blair ... 

 
…. and Jack for Jack ……


… and X for Xavier (widget)….


somehow we have got into a tradition with the children for a night before Christmas parcel... a movie, a book, pyjamas and this year pillowcases ….. 


Thanks for that idea Kris, they worked out well (I wonder if Hubz would like one too?)

I prepped these Christmas quilt blocks long long ago.....  I had done the applique in matching colours and then got out thread to do the embroidery... whilst I had the SS quilting machine threaded up I decided to carry on and do these in the contrast.... 

… and while I was doing that I decided to do the embroidery also on the quilting machine..

In this picture you can see I have sewn in a matching colour around the edges of the applique


… and here in a contrast black... as well as the embroidery


I like the look much nicer... informal and shows up well

I had a happy day yesterday playing with the other letters ……

On the handsewing in the evenings I finished off my fourth block for Flowerville - all I had left was to sew down the stitchery circle.....


My butterflies for 'Wings' have been done and the border is all sewn on.....

I have put this one away to work on next year now... but I just love it so far....  thank you Michelle for sharing this with me... 


I have an update on my African Violet leaves....



All 8 of them now have new little leaves... the second from the right bottom row only sneaked through yesterday so it is teeny weeny....

My lovely African violet big plant is dying a miserable death with the leaves slowly just wilting.. .there is some sort of fungus I haven't been able to get rid of and I am just hoping it doesn't get to these babies...

Righto, Gotto Go..... I am going to continue playing with those Christmas blocks... 


16 comments:

Sheryl said...

Hi Fiona wow I love the pillow cases what a great idea,lol,I do think Dave would love one. You do such beautiful work,well done my friend. I don't have a green thumb,hubby is the plant grower,hope you have a lovely day xx

Jeanette said...

The pillowcases look wonderful, I'm sure Hubz would love one too. 😊😊. Hope your African Violet leaves don't get the fungus as they are growing really well. Hugs, xx

WoolenSails said...

The pillow cases are so fun and a fun idea. We have the kids over the night before, so they get a gift that night and then one when we go to their house. The Christmas piece is wonderful and unique, as well as your other projects. It is nice to have ones for the machine and some hand work for relaxing at night.

Debbie

Jennifer said...

Fun pillowcases.....they will be a big hit! I like the Christmas project too.

Jane Galley said...

What a great idea for the pillowcases, great fun

Cheryll said...

Your little ones will LoVe their pillowcases...
Merry Christmas ... xox

kiwikid said...

Hubz certainly needs a pillow case or he will feel left out!! The kids will love them Fiona! Love your Christmas project, the dark thread looks wonderful. That is great the African violets are sprouting leaves, fingers crossed they stay safe from the fungus!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Firstly I love your tradition x and the pillowcases are wonderful! Sure to be a hit! Your Christmas blocks are so lovely as is your Flowerville. I am so chuffed with your version of Wings....Love it!!

Michelle Ridgway said...

PS keeping my fingers crossed for the African Violet younguns!

Sue SA said...

You inspired me to repot my African violet (the pot was horrible) and while I was at it I potted up a couple of the leaves that came off. Two leaves have taken (in the same pot) but haven't seen any baby leaves like this yet, but look forward to it, now that I know that is to be expected!

Janice said...

I’m sure the boys will love their pillow cases. A great idea. Your Christmas block looks fantastic. I agree that the black stitching really sets it off. Good luck with your Affrican violets.

Lin said...

The pillowcases are great Fiona and I like the machine embroidery on your Christmas blocks. xx

Narelle said...

You've been super busy with gorgeous projects...pillow cases are great, grandies will love them.
I've never had success with African Violets.

Ellie Merk said...

Beautiful work. I love all of your projects and I agree with the black thread too. Hope you are successful with your African Violets. Have a great Christmas and Happy 2019. :)

Louise said...

The grands are going to love those pillowcases! And I really like the black edge stitching on your Christmas piece. It looks like an ink sketch! Very modern and cool :)

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful celebration with your family!

Karen S said...

Great work with the pillow cases. I do like the idea of a night before present. That is special.
Wonderful work with all your projects on the go. And I am impressed with your success with the African violets.

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