Sunday, 23 December 2012

A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!


No, I haven't fallen off the edge of the planet.  I'm sure you have all been super busy too.  I've had my head down quilting quilts for customers and getting all my orders out of the door and back to their owners for them to finish the bindings and wrap them lovingly.  I've quilted 39 quilts in 6 weeks and managed to get the rail in my studio down to 6 quilts  (although I have been given the heads up for 8 coming in after new year)  This is where I have to admit that I didn't even take photos to show you.  New Years resolution - must take a photo of every quilt I quilt! (Wonder if I can keep it?)

In between all this frenetic quilting I had to go to America for 10 days with my sister to help out family.  We went to upstate New York and the day before we arrived it snowed.  It was so beautiful, just like a Christmas card. Even though this was not a holiday and the two of us drove miles whilst there doing all the jobs we had gone to do, we enjoyed the snow and all the Christmas decorations (and O Boy! do you Americans like your Christmas decorations!!!!)  The houses and gardens looked magical with all the lights, candles, wreaths, reindeers and the odd cheesy inflatable Santa)



Now you Americans will know what those sticks with the reflectors on the top are for but I didn't.  They are placed at intervals all down the roads and driveways and are about 6ft tall.  They are so that the snow ploughs know where the edges of the roads are after a heavy dumping of snow!!  (can't imagine there being much call for those here is Yorkshire, ha ha!!)


The morning after we arrived. "Fancy a snowball fight - great for getting over jetlag?"



Now I am led to believe that this snowfall was a 'light sprinkling' compared to the 6ft that will fall later!  It was enough for us though as we Brits are not really used to driving in this stuff and it was an experience negotiating the steep, long, driveway to the house.  Fortunately my Aunt and Uncle have 4x4 vehicles which made things easier.

Once we got back, I managed to make a Christmas quilt for me.  I just made a simple churn dash quilt and added a gently curving border.  This is to go over my sofa as the two cats tend to sleep on there at night and they come in with muddy paws so this helps keep my sofa clean.  It has already been washed twice.  I used a fat quarter bundle of fabrics that had been on my shelf for a few years.  Crazy 8 by Sandy Gervais I think it was called.





This quilt is mine!! (I've still not managed to teach him to sew the bindings on for me)


All that remains is for me to wish you all a Peaceful and Blessed Christmas and hope your time with family and friends is special.

Happy Quilting.

Chris