Thursday, December 31, 2009

The last day of 2009

This is going to be a long post!!! Its been a while!

I have been busy with some sewing over the last few weeks, both hand and machine sewing.
All the pinwheel blocks are together and have been made into a table runner. While doing the machine quilting I have found I am slowly improving. :)

Below is a small quilt that is being made for a gift. While I am building confidence with my machine piecing I am sticking to simple designs. This one still has to be basted and quilted.

I have also made a couple of covered journals. The one below has fabric I have had for quite a while, but I wasn't sure what to use it for. My sister does a lot of mosaic work, so I though this fabric would suit her.

I finished another journal cover which has already been sent. It had stitchery on the front and the design was one by Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches. Ever since I first saw her cute little birds I wanted to stitch one of her designs. You can see a photo of it here. Just scroll down a bit.

I have 2 more small quilts planned. One will use some fat eighths I have and the other I will probably have to buy one fabric for.

I received some lovely gifts from family and friends for Christmas!!

Below is a pin cushion and thread catcher made by Judi. It now lives by my sewing machine.

The Christmas ornament Judi included in her parcel is too beautiful to put away!!!

Thank you sooo much Judi!!!

Next was another parcel of goodies from overseas. Some of those choccies are already gone! :)

In the same parcel was lots of fabric and a tiny pair of Dovo scissors!!! The scissors are beautiful to use and just the right size for my fingers.

Thank you very much Ranette!!!

The book below is from my daughter. She knows how much I love to sew! :)

Santa was also very generous and left me the camera I used to take these photos with. I can now take much clearer shots and get some good close ups.

I have continued to work on the Waterloo quilt. All the small baskets have been finished now.

Some of the fabric for the border around the baskets is at the bottom of the photo above.

The AQ is coming along slowly. I sewed some more set in triangles last night. After reading Crispy's post about trying different needles for quilting, I decided to try different needles for piecing.

The Jeanna Kimball Sharps are great to use. They are a thin needle with a nice feel through the fabric. The Roxanne applique needles have a slightly larger eye (great for threading when your eyes are not as great as they used to be! lol) and they glide beautifully through the fabric.

The Piecemakers have the smallest eye of those I tried, but they also felt lovely through the fabric. I tried 2 types of Bohin needles. The applique needles were not smooth through the fabric. I used the smallest of the sharps and it was quite good.
The last needle I used was the very first needle I used when I went to my first hand piecing class. It was the clover gold eye applique needle. I still love to use these needles, but I have found I prefer a shorter needle these days.

I sent my SSCS parcel to Tracey B in USA. You can see what I sent her in this post. It is the second last photo. My SSCS parcel is taking the scenic route. Hopefully it will arrive next week. It means my Christmas is lasting a few more days! :)

Lastly I would like to wish all my readers a very happy and safe New Year!! Thank you to everyone who has left a comment, helped and encouraged me and fed my soul with so much inspiration! You all made me feel so welcome in the world of blogging! I have been lucky enough to make some wonderful new friends.

Here's to an even better year in 2010!!


  1. What lovely things to look at on your post. I'm always trying out different needles. I think one day I may find the perfect one, sharp, sturdy with a perfect eye. Happy new year.

  2. I love the journal cover with the stitchery you sent me............thanks so much............
    hope you SSCS arrives very soon..........
    you have been busy sewing.......lovely work.........

  3. all this talk of needles - I might have to get some more and try them out. I have thought to try the Roxanne applique needles as I use the betweens for everything right now. I think quite a lot of us got camera's - along with out quilting we need to take good photos for our blogs so we are turning into photographers too!
    Happy New Year to you Miriam

  4. Happy New Year Miriam! May you and your family be richly Blessed in 2010 with health, wealth and happiness!

    Great've been busy, busy. Great projects you've got going and you're inspiring me to get back to machine quilting my own small projects this year :o)

    Right now I'm using the Thimblelady needles and I like them a lot. I just have to remember that needles usually only have about 4 to 6 hours of stitching before they wear out.

  5. Dear Miriam, I wish you and your family a happy, healthy and inspiring 2010! Lots of things to do hihi!! XXXD

  6. Looks like you've received some very lovely packages. I love trying different quilting needles too -- my latest crush are the piecemaker needles. Looking forward to 2010 at Yellow Roses -- Happy New Year!

  7. You have been doing some lovely work and great gifts that you received. Have a Happy New Year!

  8. Your machine quilting is lovely Miriam!! Such lovely gifts you have recieved, I've always wanted a pair of Dovo scissors!! Isn't it fun to test different tools? I loved reading your review.


  9. Lots of great stuff on your post this time.
    You got some fabulous package from your friends.
    I love those baskets blocks. So pretty.
    Have a very Happy New Year!

  10. Happy New Year. Lots of lovely things in this post but my favourites are the basket blocks for your Waterloo quilt.

  11. Love your baskets. I'm a basket lover so this really catches my eye.