Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lovely things

Aside from quilting, I do enjoy doing hardanger when I can find the time. I haven't spent much time on it this year but made these two decorations for a Santa swap for my sewing group. I'm promising myself to make more decorations for next year since these were so much fun to do. I say that every year but I've already ordered a couple of things so there will be no excuses.
I was blown away by this lovely lot of goodies that arrived in the mail last week from Tara over at Sew Unique Creations as a thank you for sharing something of mine. It was a big surprise and thrill I can tell you. Thanks a million Tara, I love it all to bits.
The book is a wonderful read and makes me think that maybe my quilts I make for family do have stories attached to them.
This book is a Christmas gift to myself that arrived in the mail today. It is truly inspiring to read about Martha Skelton and her quilts, I'm going to savour it slowly and make it last. What an amazing quilter, I'd love to be like her.
I'm not doing any Christmas sewing, the time has gotten away from me but I am plugging away at some hand quilting because summer has left Sydney so I'm making the most of quilting weather.

I'm going to put the next Trailing Vines quilt panel on hold until January just because of time restraints. I have no idea how many people are downloading the pattern or how many have made a start or going to make a start but I'm sure nobody has made the two panels yet. I'll be working on my next one after Christmas and hope to put more information up as well at the same time.

27 comments:

Jackie said...

So fun to receive such goodness in the mail. I am going to have to look up that book! And I am looking forward to seeing your next installment of the trailing vines. I just think that quilt is the just stunning!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous decorations. Your work is always perfection. I could look at your trailing vines everyday. I'll be investigating that book.

nima said...

wow...that's a lovely hardanger ornament...me too love doing hardange...it has been some time since i have worked on hardanger

Meredith said...

The Martha book is so good. I read it twice. Enjoy the Christmas holiday. I can't imagine a warm one. LOL

Mary said...

Beautiful ornaments! And so fun to get such a nice package...like an early Christmas present! I will have to look into the book. Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

The quilt in your header is a beauty in red and green. Perfect for the season.

Fran said...

I know you'll enjoy the book about Martha. I have been privileged to learn from her and enjoy her generous, caring approach towards her students and her friends. I appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge also, and love the work you do.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, yes, those are some amazing gifts from Tara.
Looks like lots of pretty silk thread.
Never see the other book. Looks interesting.

Thimbleanna said...

Your ornaments are beautiful Janet! I love that Reasons for Quilting book -- I picked it up at market this year. And now, upon your recommendation, I've added the Martha Skelton book to my wishlist! (Are there lots of pictures? I love lots of inspriring pictures ;-) )

Janet said...

Your hardanger ornaments look amazing - so very pretty!
I think it might be too late to put the Martha Skelton book on my Christmas list... for this year anyway. It looks like a good one.
I just sewed a couple leaves past the halfway mark of panel one - no I don't think I will be requiring panel 3 before January :0) I love to see pictures of your Trailing vines - so very gorgeous!!

Teri said...

The ornaments are beautiful....I just started to put the vines on panel one. So please just take your time. The holidays are such a busy time. Have a merry Christmas.....

Kristen said...

Those are gorgeous ornaments. What do you use for linen? I have done that and cross stitching in the past, but quilting has taken over my life. It reminds me to get some old stash patterns out.

Shirley said...

Trailing Vines is definitely on my list of quilts to start in the New Year. This horrible year is so going to be over and done with. Love the Hardanger. Have not done any of that either for a long time.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your swap decorations are lovely! And so are the thoughtful gifts that surprised you in the mail. I've never heard of Martha Skelton, I'll have to look her up. You vines are so wonderful!!

Jessica said...

I thought you would have to be an Aussie master quilter! ;) LOL
The books look great!

Julia said...

Your hardanger ornaments look so very pretty! I've tried doing it but it's too hard on my eyes..
I've never heard of Martha Skelton either, so I'll have to look her up.
Julia ♥

Oops-Lah said...

love your hardanger Christmas decorations. And is there anything better than the postman bringing some sewing goodies or books? Not in my book anyway ;).

pinewood said...

Gorgeous pressy's. The book looks like a great read, I may have to invest also.
Thanks for sharing

Miriam said...

Lovely Hardanger decorations.

What wonderful surprises in the mail. Both those books look great.

I haven't started my Trailing Vines yet. Somehow there are not enough hours in the day at this time of the year!

Heather said...

What a wonderful pack of goodies and that book on Martha Skelton looks delightful. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

Lori said...

Hardanger too?! You are multi talented!! I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.

Joan said...

Your Hardanger is wonderful - and whaqt a lovely gift to arrive in the mail for you ...

Trines hobby said...

Moro å se at du syr hardangersøm! Trodde det var noe vi bare sydde i Norge, et koselig håndarbeid:)
Trine

Pinkadot Quilts said...

It is a busy time of the year and there is never enough time for me! Your handanger gift are lovely and I think your swapper will love them.
Books are my favorite gift, I look at them over and over, they keep on giving and I always see something new or different!

Ivory Spring said...

Janet, you are a woman after my own heart! Hardanger is on my list for next year...

And those books look lovely. I will have to keep an eye out for them.

Barb said...

What a nice package from Tara - enjoy!
That book looks lovely. Is there anything better than a new book to curl up with?
I'll have to look out for that one.
merry merry

strega bugiarda said...

Sempre perfetti i tuoi lavori...
Gingi