Countdown to Christmas

I've managed to tick a lot of jobs off the list this week in the countdown to Christmas.  The Campervan is packed ready for travelling the 2000 kilometres interstate to spend a couple of weeks with our family.

Priorities have to be right - so one of the first things I organised was what stitching to take with me!!!  Here are my "What is Love?" blocks ready to start - I told you the colours were quite different.  It is unusual for me to go for "brights" but I rather like this fabric and I am using variegated cotton for a change.



Then I'm planning to have another FREE BOM Pattern for you in the new year.  Pencil and paper have been working overtime and scanner and computer have been whirring away and all the blocks are now designed.  I am really excited about this pattern and have already fallen in love with it!



Of course I never have just one lot of stitching on the go at a time, so a couple of these blocks will be put into the sewing compendium with the hope of starting them too while I'm on holidays.  And I can't leave behind what I am currently working on, can I? .... so I should have plenty to keep me occupied in the unlikely event that I might have time to just sit and sew!

The Christmas pudding and Christmas cake have been made.



And the last of the presents have been finished:





So, in case I don't have an opportunity for another post before Christmas, I'd like to thank you lovely readers for being interested enough to follow my ramblings, for your kind comments, and for liking my designs!

I pray you will have time to think about the real meaning of Christmas amongst all the commercialism - "Jesus, the Saviour is born".

Happy Christmas and abundant blessings for the new year.

Regards
Val

Block 8 - Free Pattern

It's time to download Block 8 of my "What is Love?" free BOM pattern. 



This is the last of the little stitchery blocks, but don't forget to come back in January for the rest of the design.  There will be more lettering and quilting patterns to go with the blocks and some instructions on how you might like to put it all together. You can access Block 8 from here.

I've been having fun making some more Christmas presents:





























In between all the sewing, I have been thinking about what to take with me when we travel the 2000+ kilometres (and another 2000 back again!) to see our family for Christmas.  I'm sure I'll have some time to do stitching, so I've had the design pencil out and managed to get a new design ready to stitch.  Then I decided I really should make a "What is Love?" for myself, seeing I gave my original version away as a gift!   So now I am about to get the light box out and trace all the patterns so they are ready to pack. The colours I have chosen this time are VERY different to the last one!

I hope you are managing to fit in some stitching in all the busy-ness of the Christmas season.  I have wrapped a heap of presents, so I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself!  Once I've dealt with the priorities of getting my stitching ready, I must work on posting out our Christmas letter!  All the e-mail ones have been sent, so only the snail mail to go.  It's starting to feel like Christmas!!!

Happy stitching
Val