Sunday, December 26, 2010

Under Estimating

 I under estimated how long it would take to cut 126 x two and a half inch strips ....
 I under estimated how long it would take to cut 15 x13 by 21 inch panels, and lots of circles and fabric for binding....... and I under estimated how long it would take to sew all of those bits together .... so it's been pedal to the metal to get this quilt finished for Christmas - and at lunchtime Christmas Eve it was done!!! It's for my nephew - .... and yes I know a 6 year old would rather toys for Christmas but that's what everyone else could get him ... I used Monica Poole's "Sea Spray " pattern - it' a quilt as you go - so the best thing is that it's all quilted rather than sending it off or struggling with it yourself (well, that's my experience of quilting!).
 I didn't applique as many circles as the pattern suggested - my time frame was tight ...
 The reverse:

 And so with an hour or two I finished these cute little lavender bags that have been in progress for a while .... they made great little gifts

 And for me??? Well, I've been very good this year - as opposed to other years when I've been bad (ha!) ... clever Santa brought me this necklace from some clever local girls - the Strutt Sisters ....
 It's reversible!!
 And how clever is that Santa??? I also got this handy little reference card set - it was advertised on Burdastyle I think - it's a "How Much Fabric" guide (not that I'm buying fabric at the moment - or probably for quite some time yet ..... but if I was .. I know exactly how much to buy!!!)

 And as quick as a wink - and inspired by these sweet girls .... I finished these key fob things on Christmas night .... bit late for pressies - but ready in the wings ...
Merry Christmas to you all!


  1. Wow - you're a good auntie!!! (I fail big-time on that front!!). Great to see so many beautifully-made gifts.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. I'm not inclined to quilting, but this one is something special. I love it.

  3. Wow. What a productive Christmas you've had. I love the quilt and all the other things you've made ... especially the little purses. Very pretty.

  4. I just love quilts! I really like the colors you chose for your nephew. I have two started, one from 11 years ago. Someday I will finish them! The purses and key holders are sweet little gifts. Thanks for the birthday wishes and so glad you are finding the bag and towel useful! Let's keep having a lot of sewing fun in the new year!

  5. Lucky Banjo. That's a beautiful quilt, and I think you went about it the right way - giving yourself a short timeframe to finish it! Not becoming a UFO (unfinished objects). Merry Christmas Brown Owl.

  6. Now you're an auntie i wish i had!! Wow, what fantastic handmade gifts & goodies. Gorgeous, work, love Posie

  7. Oh my gosh, that quilt is just stunning!
    And those adorable little bags, too cute! You are clever! Your family and friends are very lucky to have you indeed...!

  8. The quilt, the colors, the cushion...all beautiful! I love quilts but can't seem to finish one, I have three in various stages! Yours makes me want to finish mine :)

    The lavender bags and key holders are very very nice too and would make great would the How much fabric Cards. I must go
    check this out :)


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