Wednesday, 25 November 2015

New to Me in November

Welcome to another New to Me Link Party!

Where we celebrate and commiserate with our attempts at new experiences and activities and maybe help each other along the way :)

My New to Me activities this month are a bit of a mixed bag.

First up

My Friendship Galaxy Table Runner from Leanne's newly released pattern! I really enjoyed testing this pattern for Leanne, and hope to use it again in the future.

Next up a new pattern added to my Craftsy Pattern Store

My Highland Fling cushion pattern, which I originally created for Sewing World, is now available as a standalone pattern just in time for Hogmanay! I have dithered about adding this to my Craftsy store given the VAT implications but have decided that as nearly all of my sales on the site are from US based customers, then I will cross the VAT bridge when/if I come to it. I may live to regret that decision!

Today I am at a sewing class at Just Quilting to make a bag for sewing accessories, which in itself is not a New to Me, but this time I am there with my daughter-in-law, which is very definitely a New to Me! I am so thrilled to have someone in the family to share this with :)

And my final New to Me is another new destination!

It is the time of year for my annual Christmas Market trip with my daughters-in-law and this weekend we are heading off to Cologne. There will be 7 markets to visit so that should keep us busy :) not to mention lots of opportunities to indulge in the odd glass of Gluhwein! We can't wait.

So that's my New to Me's for this month, now it is your turn to link up and share your successes or failures as we celebrate the trying of something new.

As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

Check out the other links too and, maybe, leave an encouraging comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying of something new, whether it works out exactly as planned or not, so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 

The link will remain open until 23.59GMT on November 30th, so you have some time to try something new and link up and join the party :)

Of course, if your New to Me activity this month involves a Christmas or Holiday make then be sure to link it up to this month's Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party over at Rose and Dahlia

One lucky linker will be the winner of this lovely fabric!

Looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew - getting closer!

Well you probably don't need me to tell you that that big holiday starting with a C is not too far away, so I shall just say that there are only two more Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Parties before the big day!

This month's Link Party is hosted by Joanne, who blogs at Rose & Dahlia. Joanne is a knitter of the loveliest shawls and is becoming quite the avid swapper with fabulous mini quilts and bags winging their way to very happy swap partners in recent months! Check out her brilliant idea for hanging up your handmade Christmas stockings here

If you need a bit more than inspiration to kickstart your crafting then, of course, there is another wonderful giveaway to tempt you too.

Last month's giveaway of  lovely Liberty fabric generously donated by Sarah at Duck Egg Threads was won by Vicki, who linked up her fabulous snowmen.  This month we have this lovely Christmas fabric, Lost and Found Christmas by Riley Blake designs to help you with those last minute makes, and as usual all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is link up your Christmas and Holiday makes this month to the Link party at Rose & Dahlia.

Whilst I have a couple of Christmas craft projects underway this month, I have only one finish so far, which is the table runner for my son and daughter-in-law that I made whilst testing Leanne's Friendship Galaxy pattern

If you have made any Christmas or Holiday gifts or Home Decorations this month head on over to Rose & Dahlia  to link them up and you might be the lucky winner of that bundle of lovely Christmas fabric, you know it would be a great addition to your stash :)
The Link Party will remain open until the end of the month so you have plenty of time to get crafting!

As ever, these lovely sponsors deserve a big thank you for their generous support of the link party.

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Friday, 13 November 2015

My (virtual) neighbourhood

Many moons ago I joined the Star of Africa Bee and found myself being challenged every month to come up with blocks like this

Rennie Mackintosh Rose block

and this

Applique Pheasant block

My creative muscles were really stretched! The time limits were too (for everyone) so it was only a couple of months ago that I received what I am assuming will be the last blocks for me from this Bee.

SoA Bee blocks all

So, they hung about in my sewing room whilst I decided what to do with them. I knew from the outset that the final quilt would end up in France, but whether as a wallhanging or a throw I hadn't decided.

Then I went to the Festival of Quilts and these fabrics leaped off of the shelves and into my basket :)

A plan was formed!

SoA top complete

and here is the result. The sashing is Kona Jade Green, the borders are Jolly Farm Trees by Makower and the corners are paper-pieced patterns by Kristy at Quiet Play

My Bee mates did a wonderful job with their blocks, I am delighted with how this quilt top has turned out and I hope that they are too.

The backing fabric for the quilt has been waiting patiently in my stash for the top to be completed, it is the result of another virtual friendship as I bought it from my fellow blogger Karen , who occasionally sells vintage fabric finds. I knew as soon as she listed this fabric that it would be perfect for the back of my SoA quilt so I snapped it all up :)

I am now psyching myself up to the hated task of crawling over the kitchen floor on my hands and knees to get this basted. Ideally I would like to have this finished before my son and daughter-in-law come back for a visit in a couple of weeks so I need to get that basting done sooner rather than later.

As well as being a testament to the creative diversity of Quilting Bees it is also a great reminder of the friendships that can be forged through those same Bees. Although I did not receive all of the Blocks that I was scheduled to from the Bee, those that I did were from ladies that I am delighted to call friends, who have enriched my virtual life in so many ways.

Thanks BentaIrene, Janine, Jen, May, Nicky, Patti and Veena

Linking up to  Crazy Mom Quilts

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