However, I do LOVE the time out to just relax, shut myself in at home and just sew. All those projects I couldn't find time for during the year now get some attention.
I have an annual routine...it is summer here so I sew most of the night (often I will even watch the sunrise) then go to bed and get some sleep. That way I miss most of the heat of the day and am much more productive....it works well as I am a night person, mornings are BLERK!
Before I get into my show and tell..I am hosting a free mystery over the coming weekend, it is a really simple quilt (perfect for charity quilts) and is great to show off a feature fabric you LOVE. Read all about it by clicking here.
There is also a facebook group (Mystery Quilts by KK) if you would like to join...click here to go there now.
So, what have I achieved this Christmas holiday??
This cushion was a panel from Prints Charming.....and is now a finished cushion for my bed. Simple running stitch with embroidery cotton highlighted the panel and was a nice cruisy fun thing to sit and do.
And the back..don't you love this fabric?
Here is a close up of the embroidery when it was in progress...
I have also been playing catch up on Bonnie Hunters Mystery for 2012..called Easy Street. I am happy to report I am now all caught up and ready for Step 6 this week.
If you would like to join the Easy Street mystery the instructions can be found on the Quiltville BLOG by clicking here.
Today we had a cooler today, so I decided to move onto basting and quilting - this quilt has been in my 'must do' pile for a few months. Finally it will get finished in the next couple of days and is off to Bethany in Townsville....hope you like it Bethany!
I would much rather hand quilt - but sometimes you just have to succomb to
quilting torture machine quilting!
My favourite quilt backing ever is Minke...including spot Minke! It is cuddly and warm and I find it easier to work with, particularly for machine quilting. Try it - you will love it.
So the back of this quilt is Hot Pink Spot Minke...YUMMO and perfect for a little girl!
Of course...I have help from Fluffy, today he spent the day testing the fabric for my mystery quilt for comfort..he thinks it passes but I suspect he may just do some retesting tomorrow. He did get very grumpy when I needed to sew the Minke and he could not sit on it - he sat at arms length, glared at me and thumped his tail. Aren't they funny?
I have the best cat in the world, he is always by my side.
I also had a play with ways to incorporate my quilts into my Project Life album (click here to read about PL) and came up with this...it is sewn onto card and will slot into a photo pocket. I need to unpick and fix the journalling, buy a better pen or a label maker, but on the whole this concept will work well for each quilt I make...I will also add some photos of the quilt in progress and finished.
So, I have survived Christmas and am now on a ROLL with my UFOs and crafty stuff....and I have plenty more days left to spend just pottering!
Hope you are fitting in some crafty time over the holidays....everyone deserves it!
Bye for Now