KEEPING SEASONALLY BUSY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been having a great time in this run up to Christmas. I cannot believe that the new year is just around the corner. Did you know that there’s only 27 more sleeps until Christmas?

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I have been keeping busy doing this and that. I have been working on a few Christmas presents ….

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As you can see someone will be getting a pair of socks which I knitted with my very own hands. And someone else will be getting a couple of candle mats. I really enjoyed making the candle mats, I wasn’t really sure how to go about it but I think the mats turned out pretty good. I’m sure the recipient of the candle mats will appreciate them. And the last item I crafted was a knitting needle roll. If you’re a knitter, you can never have too many of these.

Nowadays, my Christmas present list isn’t very long. And I don’t hand craft as many presents as I used to. Sarah and I are both looking forward to the holidays. We’re planning on having a nice relaxing quiet time making new happy memories.

My Sarah and I have collaborated on a project recently. Sarah machine quilted a quilt for Quilts for Comfort and I added the binding. Our little pile of charity quilts is growing slowly. Life has been rather full of quiet activities for both of us and so the charity quilts are growing a little slower than we would have hoped. Slow and steady is good.

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This is the time of year when I ponder what’s been happening over the past year. It’s been a quiet year of rebuilding. You can all rest assured that the simple life that I’m living nowadays is very fulfilling. Life isn’t passing me by, I’m enjoying every minute.

This past week, I helped one of my friends finish one of her projects by doing a little freemotion quilting. Boy oh boy did I ever enjoy machine quilting this jelly roll race type quilt. I filled each strip with one of three different stitching designs. Not only did I get a good old freemotion quilting practice but also, I was doing something useful. I’m quite sure the recipient of this quilt will cherish it for years to come. Does anyone else find that hand finishing the binding is quite satisfying. I sure do, especially when the rain is going past the horizontally.

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I have truly enjoyed every minute of crafting over the last couple of weeks. A little knitting and a whole lot of machine sewing, kept me occupied. And not only was I busy but I found inspiration. Just when my mojo was almost non-existent, by working on my Christmas presents, I tripped on a little bit of inspiration. I guess I better get my sketchbook out and start drawing new designs to work on after Christmas.

I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Stay warm and safe. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

10 thoughts on “KEEPING SEASONALLY BUSY

  1. Hi Lucie! Such gorgeous photos of all that great quilting. So many different, inspiring patterns that I should try. I need to PIN a few of these to remember them. I love the leaves and the ribbon . . . oh heck, all of them! Happy Happy Wednesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Hi Roseanne, it’s lovely to hear from you. Speaking of inspiration, I looked around my sewing room for inspiration on how to quilt my friends jelly roll quilt. I spotted a bag which I machine quilted a couple of months ago in a row by row style. I think quilting one row at a time did the trick. I’ll be getting my machine quilting books out to see what I can stitch the next time I give myself permission to play. Thanks for popping in on this cold, wet and dreary day x

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  2. Hello there you three,
    I always love your messages, and in voice with your other message, the photos are very nice indeed. Sara? nice job there kiddo, nice job. Proud of you. You have such a good teacher, yes? ha ha…you should make a quilt packet where Maisie can go in, turn and sleep, a pocket.
    Your socks are lovely. I know it takes the time away, but you just can’t beat something from the heart and hands. Nice log, Heart and Hands. Like it. hhmmmm or Hands to Heart hhmmm…keep going you two, the weather will change. Christmas will be so wonderfully special this year, you will be having a home full of joy and love, watch and see…xx
    Basile says hi to Maisie girl.xx

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  3. I’ve been a little absent of late with not much motivation happening & worrying about little brother, but it was ever so lovely reading a quiet & inspirational post from you, when I finally could get into my emails. Well done with the charity quilt collection & I’m sure there will be some smiley face on the recipients of your handmade gifts. Have a lovely coming weekend & take care.

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  4. Sheila.

    Lucie,
    Just dropped in to say hi to you and Sarah.
    You two are very talented and despite having had upheaval in your lives
    ye are also very thoughtful in thinking of others.
    The gifts you made are lovely.
    Lucky are the people receiving your handmade gifts.
    Lucie and Sarah make sure to have plenty of “goodies” stocked for Christmas.

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    1. Hi Sheila, it’s lovely to hear from you. The few recipients of my handmade gifts always appreciate my gifts. Rest assured that Sarah and I have plenty of goodies set aside for the wonderful Christmas we’re going to have. Just feeling more light hearted this year is the best gift I could ever have. Thanks for popping in today x

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