|where the mountain's of mourne sweep down to the sea|
|Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, Co Down|
On the sewing front I have finished lots of little mug rugs, I really like these. Some of them are for my sister's craft fair, but if they don't sell I really don't mind. I am more than happy to give them a home myself.
|merry christmas santa|
|ho ho ho santa|
I have also been beavering away at my Modern Irish Quilt Guild Christmas Table Runner Swap. This has produced more angst than I would have ever believed. I intended the trees to be straight and the houses to be crooked, for the little gnomes. Well, I have no idea if the trees are straight or crooked, and the houses are not straight enough to be straight and not crooked enough to be crooked. I hope my swap partner is kind to me. Funnily enough the runner my partner is making for her secret partner, is along the same lines as mine.
So, I hope that means this is acceptable and she will be kind to me!
|christmas table runner swap|
I have yet to show you my recent purchases and my win. I was lucky enough to win $20 of fabric from Lark Cottons http://www.larkcottons.com/
Heather who organised my prize was a delight, and it arrived within a few days of my choosing. They have a lovely selection and I look forward to using my Barcelona and Moda Comma charm packs. I also couldn't resist the gnomes, the same gnomes that appear in my table runner.
I also treated myself to some Liberty quarter yards from http://www.shaukat.co.uk/. We go to London quite often, a few times a year and I have often walked past this shop in the Brompton Road and never realised that it had Liberty fabric in the basement. I have also walked past the fabric in Liberty many many times, and thought, if only I still sewed, if only this wasn't so expensive. Now I am sewing again, but Liberty is still expensive so I was so delighted to find out about Shaukat. The shop looks like the a fabric shop for the dedicated dressmaker, in other words, the window is crammed full of dress fabrics. Interesting enough for me to stop and stare but not to have gone into. Next time will be different. Sarah at http://sewmeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/happy-dancing.html had hand pieced a lovely hexie quilt and this is what is destined for my Liberty. I intend to make a start whilst watching Christmas tv but don't except to have anything to show for a long long time.
Oh yes, my other Christmas make is the rugby quilt for my nephew, unfortunately this has been a no starter, so far. May be started/finished, may be rushing to Tesco for a Christmas present. Too busy sewing other things, and finishing my book for tonight's book group - The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore. A ghost story written for the Hammer Horror recent revival. A good story, really enjoyed it, but a little confused about the time spans covered - the landlady was young in the war but old in the story yet the story is set post war. Think I may have missed something here, no doubt I will find out tonight. Love a good ghosty story in the run up to Christmas, not too scary mind. Just a gentle ghost story.
did anybody watch the show on Liberty last night (Monday) on Channel 4 at 9pm. Loved it. Looking forward to next week.