Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Almost Christmas!

There has been a mixture of hand and machine stitching here in the last few weeks. Some piecing and some applique.

Slowly but steadily my lone star is growing. Half way there now!

Its getting huge!!!

I finally finished November's Noah and Matilda blocks.

Here is my completed Flower Wreath block from my last post. The yellow flower centres are french knots.

This next block looked a bit daunting at first!  I began by making the centre section.

Then appliqued it over the rest of the block.

Rose Beauty complete:

All three November blocks complete:

There are 4 blocks again for December. I've prepared the freezer paper templates and chosen the fabrics, so its almost stitching time.

A couple of nights ago I finished the latest Chester Criswell block.

CCCQ Block 27 Susanna Criswell.

On the machine I have been making purses and bags.

I used Cotton and Steel fabrics for this little purse. On the outside I stitched cross stitch with pearl thread over the little crosses printed on the fabric.


Dumpling Pouch pattern and tutorial at Michelle Patterns blog.

I have plans for a couple more different pouches using metallic zips.

Next a completed and now gifted Christmas gift.

I hand pieced the flowering snowball block for the outside pockets (one on each side).

More pockets on the inside. And more Cotton and Steel fabrics.

Love the button!

Pattern from Annie's Quilting Fat Quarter Shuffle. (photo of book at the end of this post)

Today I started cutting out another of these bags.

Only 2 more sleeps till Christmas Day.
Remember the reason for the season.

Merry Christmas!!


  1. Lovely projects in process---that star is amazing!; and the Chiswell blocks are beautiful, too. Happiest of Holidays to you and yours, Hugs, Julierose

  2. Great blocks and the bags are just lovely.

  3. Cotton and Steel seems to be a good range for bags and purses. Your little pouch is very cute. Happy Christmas to you too.

  4. I just love the bag and purse - great fabric choices! Your applique is so beautiful - especially the Rose Beauty block - yum. Have a wonderful Christmas Day and look forward to following in the New Year!

  5. LOVE the lone star and that bag is wonderful!!

  6. Those are some very nice prezzies for some lucky recipients. I love the embroidered flower centres and the use of solid colour fabrics in the N & T blocks. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day and all the best for the New Year.

  7. Love the dumpling pouch you made. Perfect gift for someone. Your star is looking magnificent. Mine also grew to massive proportions. I think it ended up being 3 metres square. You don't realise when you first start making it. The colours are beautiful. Can't wait to see what you use as the background.

  8. Boy Miriam -- you've been a BUSY girl -- and it's all so beautiful. I LOVE your applique blocks. AND that Lone Star -- it's looking great. Happy New Year!!!