Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's beinning to look a lot like Christmas

well on your blogs anyway........put the tree up yesterday but that's it. Went shopping on Sunday and bought almost all the required presents, just a few more to go. What a relief - I work right up until Christmas eve so not much time for organising/shopping or having pre-Christmas fun - but never fear - I'll be making up for it post Christmas. Are you having some fun? I hope so.

Just a few things to show you today. Number one: Mary Mannakee. Can't tell you how much I'm enjoying this. But I have a question. On this block I decided to sew a big stitch to quarter the block and mark the diagonals, since I wanted to get the placement right. After removing the machine basting - I have rather noticeable needle holes - any advice as to how to remove said holes? Won't be doing that again! Here is my finished block.

Number two: GTASB. This is the final block from last month - thought I'd finished it, but when I photoed it and went to put it away I realised that it needed to be set into a background square - der - what a thicko! So I'm still to do that, probably not worth another photo unless I'm running short of photos to show you. So just imagine this is set into a background square please.

Number three: Antique Wedding Sampler. I haven't finished the previous block but it's coming along. Just thought I'd give you a sneak peek at what's coming.

Number four: My backyard. Remember some time ago I showed you this photo

well now it looks like this

not bad huh? Not quite finished either. Scary part is the MOTH said the P word - yes - painting - OMG NOT THE P WORD! It quite possibly will not be finished in my lifetime - but I don't care - I can still sit on it right? Don't you love it - I do. And so do the kids and their friends who gave it a road test on the weekend.

Finally, on my shopping trip I sneaked in to Zetta Florence and got my stationary fix

These can make me enjoy filing bills - actually that's not quite true - but you get the idea.

I have not had much of a chance to read your posts the last couple of weeks, but I take a quick look at the photos which always make me happy. Hope to catch up shortly.

Until then dear friends,

buy yourself something that makes you happy,



Anonymous said...

wonderful blocks, especially the red and white one !

Janet said...

I love all your blocks and the antique sampler colours are glorious. I use a machine stitch to mark my backgrounds and they do come out after washing and since all my quilts get a wash at the end, I don't worry. Try a fine needle and thread and hand baste it for the next one, I think You'd like that better.
Personally, I love painting but not the prep part. Have a fabulous Christmas.

Beth Karese said...

Hi Deb. Your blocks are wonderful. Your stitching is always so exquisite! I'm especially taken with that Antique Wedding Sampler block. The pattern... and fabrics are gorgeous.

Your new deck area looks so inviting!

antique quilter said...

oh the MM block looks wonderful! I think over a few weeks it will close up.
I do my basting by hand, maybe you want to try that?
I use my straw applqiue needle, fine point small hole it makes...
oh I love stationary and these folders are beautiful!
The antique sampler block is just beautiful , love your chose of fabrics !
as always....
painting can't you leave that to DS and DH?

susis quilts said...

wonderful blocks,especiallythe antique wedding block,can one see the whole quilt anywhere,merry chrismas and a happy new year,susi

Rosa said...

Love your blocks specially the number four blckyard.

Happy holidays!!

wishes, true and kind said...

Great blocks. That MM block at the top makes a pretty Christmas block :).

Karen said...

Beautiful blocks! Wonderful deck! And, pretty file folders! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!

ranette said...

Love all of the blocks, but the MM block actually made my heart go pitter-patter!

Cool file folders....I'll be on the lookout for some around here because I think I need them :o)

Ahhhh painting....hate the work, love the results.

Karen said...

Your Mary M. block is so good! Well done.

Kim said...

I just LOVE the fabrics you are using in that GTASB quilt!! LOVE! Can't wait to see them all together!

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