what we did with three sleeps to go

… to the sewing shed …

:: stitching & hanging ::

With the last stitches made, it’s time to hang our sweet gingerbread from some pretty piping.  And then … onto the piano.  Oh I do so love the blue of this blanket – it shall always remind me of the beautiful blue sky summer days we enjoyed in the this week before Christmas, 2012.


:: gathering & hemming ::

My favourite nightdress pattern – switched around with the buttons at the back.  And a lovely vintage doily for the bodice.  Needs some extra steam where I inadvertently pleated the front of the bodice onto the skirt whilst sewing the waist seam.  And some overlocking and the buttons – pah!  trivialities all of them :-)  Then, this year’s nightdress will be all ready to lay upon my girlie’s pillow for her to pop on after midnight mass.



:: quarters of inches & half square triangles ::

Oh dear, I’m either very silly, ridiculously optimistic … both?  Or maybe, simply carried away with Christmas spirit?  Yes, let’s say that – makes it all sound so jolly! When I found this small piece of Moomi fabric yesterday, I quickly decided to ditch the skirt I had planned to make Abby for Christmas, and whip up a Moomi quilt instead, seeing as all things Moomi had been requested.

It is a make it up as I go along quilt – with a make do mentality – all the fabric is from the stash – and if that long piece of sashing needs to be pieced from four odd lengths, then so be it.

The nine patches are now done, and in the morning, I shall sneak back out to the sewing shed with the sun, tea in my hand, the fluffy one no doubt trotting alongside me, and finish the border – there’ll be houses hiding in amongst a Marimekko forest.

Oh this will be such a lovely, fresh and sparkling quilt – and there’s that beautiful blue blanket for its back.  I know Abby will put it to good use, snuggling under it in her bed, draping it round her whilst reading in her armchair under the window, taking it with her on long drives, curling up on it in the backgarden …  she’s so very satisfying to sew for, this girl of mine :-)  (Either that or she’s an awfully good tricker!)

How are your Christmas preparations coming along dear folk?  Almost there?  Feet up and done already?

So looking forward to the morning!

3 thoughts on “what we did with three sleeps to go

  1. We’re leaving the house in about 16 hours. For a week long vacation on an island. In the north sea.

    I have not yet packed. I do have lists though. I have made two zippered pouches and one felt rabbit instead of packing…

    I really hate packing.

  2. Hi Lily,
    Not much stitching happening here, but you just wait till after Christmas. I have several beauties I have to finish. My aim for next year is to get my camera fixed so I can load my pics onto the magic screen in front of me and then maybe onto a blog. Our little home church has it’s Carols tonight. We’ll be out there singing our little hearts out. Love the nightie.
    Blessings Gail

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