Thursday, December 5, 2013

Countdown to Christmas top finished and more



I had a late night sewing session last night and managed to get my Countdown to Christmas top all sewn together! I love how it looks and I just had to keep stitching till it was done.  Hopefully there are no bloppers there because I was stitching way past my bedtime! Lol

The quilt will finish at roughly 32 by 40 inches, depending if I add a narrow border before the binding.

In my last post I mentioned L'ucello was having a shopping event. Well, I went and I was lucky enough to win one of their prizes. I chose this book...






The book is aimed primarily at a beginner, but it has a variety of projects. I have been crocheting since I was a slip of a girl and there is plenty in there to inspire me.

I also purchased the fabrics under the book. They are from Mas d'ouvan and had just arrived in the shop. I also found this one, also from Mas d'ouvan.





All these fabrics have a polished finish, similar to the Dutch Chintz fabrics, but are they are finer. I haven't tried hand stitching with any of them yet, but I will let you know how I go.

Late last week I had another trip to support the local economy and headed down to Amitie.  There I met Cathy (Cabbage Quilts) and Andi (Patch Andi). Cathy and I had a lovely stroll around the shop and I came home with a selection of red fabrics.



 In my last post I had a little sneak peek of a small project I was making. This little purse was a birthday gift for a friend.





I found the pattern in an old issue of Quiltmania. Several of these fabrics were recent purchases from here.

Our Friday sewing group has been issued with a challenge. We were each gven a little stack of fabrics and a pattern (all the way from Houston, USA!) to make a rug mug.




Mine is a flamingo, hence the colours! Wish me luck because it is foundation pieced and I am waaay out of my depth with that technique! I am looking forward to learning something new!

It is supposed to be summer here in Melbourne. Three days ago it was close to 38 C (100 F), today it is closer to 11 C (52 F) with heavy rain, thunder and hail! The perfect weather to stay at home and stitch!

16 comments:

Susan said...

Lovely quilt top, so beautiful in red and white. Nice new fabrics too. I'm not a fan of foundation piecing either, but it's good to have a go at something different. I am in central nsw and we are having the same weird weather, very strange.

Every Stitch said...

Lovely finish - well done! Some great purchases there - have fun with them :)

Terry said...

Your quilt top is just beautiful! Congratulations on getting it finished! :0)

Stephanie said...

A Happy Christmas Quilt! Gorgeous. I see you have another red/white quilt in your future from the looks of your purchase. :o)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love that pattern! really a nice quilt for Christmas

Karen said...

Your red/white quilt is fabulous!!

Thimbleanna said...

Your quilt top is beautiful -- will it be quilted in time for Christmas? I LOVE those Mas d'ouvan fabrics too!

Janet said...

Your countdown quilt turned out beautifully! It's kind of fun to stay up late stitching sometimes :0) Some lovely new fabrics to play with. That's a lot of variety in the weather! Enjoy your stitching and good luck with the flamingo!

Sue-Anne said...

Your quilt looks fantastic Miriam, perfect for Christmas. I love all that French fabric you got from Lucello, I wish we had that shop up here, and congratulations on the win!

Sue said...

Love your red & White quilt Miriam. Those little red stars just make it!

Carole~Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus said...

Your countdown to Christmas looks fabulous. I love L'uccello and sorry I missed that event - congrats on your win.

Elyte said...

Love your Countdown to Christmas. perfect for this time of year.

Carrie P. said...

Your Christmas quilt is gorgeous! I hope you Christmas has been simply lovely.

Di said...

What a gorgeous starry Christmas quilt! And such an amazing achievement, especially in the busy lead-up to Christmas. Well done, Miriam. I look forward to following your blog more regularly next year - yes, I'm going to get myself organised! LOL

KaHolly said...

Oh, I'm so smitten with the quilt top!! It's right up my alley and cute as a button!

Quilter Kathy said...

Love your Countdown quilt!