Monday, 1 February 2016

A very pleasant weekend...

Happy February! Can you believe that January has already disappeared... where does the time go?!  I hope you all had a nice weekend.... mine was very pleasant.  It started well on Saturday morning when this lovely Gail Pan book arrived in the post.



It is Gail's latest Christmas Book and I had been eagerly waiting for it to arrive.  Now that it has, I shall look forward to having some time this week to read through it and decide what I would like to make from it. There are lots of cute patterns to choose from! 


The Long Walk in Windsor Great Park

Then we went out with friends for a meal to celebrate my husband's birthday (which was earlier last week) at lunchtime on Saturday. The food was very nice.  We walked along the 'Long Walk' through Windsor Great Park to get to the restaurant which was lovely.  We were lucky with the weather as we have had a lot of rain recently but, it stayed dry for us. All in all a very nice outing!




On Sunday we just had a relaxing day at home so, I was able to get started on a few of the projects I want to get finished in February. I started by planning and cutting fabric for the table runner I have promised my son and his girlfriend.



He wanted the colours to graduate from light (at either end) to dark (in the middle) and then to have some cacti appliqued at each end.  For the moment I have just printed out the cacti to give me an idea of the size and spacing but I am happy with the progress I have made. We are going up to visit them later in the month, so I hope to have this finished to take with me when we go.



Later in the day I traced the embroidery designs and chose the thread I will use to make the doll quilt for Katrin's Doll Quilt SAL.  I am using the pattern from Natalie Bird's 'Red Home' book.  Just need to get these stitched, the fabrics chosen and cut and, the quilt put together!



I also traced the Gail Pan embroidery pattern Summer Pears Pincushion which I am making for the next Patchwork with Stitchery SAL link up at the end of February.  I even got this stitched in the evening too! Now I need to choose some fabrics and piece the pincushion together!


I am linking this post to the next stitchery link-up at Super Mom - No Cape! and also to Design Board Monday over at Bits 'n' Bobs.  Don't forget to pop over and have a look at the projects that others have linked.

20 comments:

  1. Sounds very pleasant and enjoyable. Thanks for sharing. Happy stitching! ~Melanie

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    1. Thank you Melanie! It was a nice weekend and I have lots of stitching to work on now! Christine x

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  2. After christmas is before christmas. I like the stitchery of Gail Pan!

    Greetings Marion

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    1. Thank you Marion! I love Gail's embroidery patterns too! Have a lovely week! Christine x

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  3. Liebe Christine,
    da hattest du ja ein sehr schönes Wochenende. das buch sieht ja sehr vielversprechend aus, da werde ich doch auch mal schauen gehen.
    Sehr schön die kleine Stickerei von Gail Pan.

    Liebe Grüße
    Uta

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    1. Thank you Uta! It is a lovely book.... I love Gail's patterns and I am looking forward to putting the pincushion together also! Christine x

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  4. Oh how nice! I am excited, I know that doll quilt from Red Home and I like it a lot!
    KATRIN W.

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    1. Thank you Katrin! It is a pretty little quilt... I am looking forward to putting it together! Christine x

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  5. It is so nice that your son has asked you to make him something, and given clear instructions too! Sometimes when we make gifts for others we just sort of hope they like them. My daughter often reminds me when Christmas is approaching to remember that she doesn't like Christmas wallhangings! She doesn't say no to a big bed quilt though.

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    1. Thank you for coming to visit Jenny! It is always nice when someone asks you to make something specific... just hope I can get it finished in time for our visit! Christine x

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  6. Hi Christine,so glad you finally have Gails new book its great isnt it,oh your son's table runner is going to be fantastic,love it and how cute is that pear pin cushion,i havent seen that pattern before and happy birthday to your hubby sounds like a wonderful day he had xx

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    1. Thank you Shez! I am delighted with the book.... I just love Gail's designs (I think you probably know that by now!) It is fun working on something for my son.... I often make things for my girls but not so often for him! Have a great week! Christine x

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  7. The little Christmas tree on the cover of your new book looks like such fun. It would make lovely tree ornaments, wouldn't it. Happy belated birth day wishes to your DH too!

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! I love these books... more projects to go on the 'to stitch' list!!! Thank you for the birthday wishes for my DH! Christine x

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  8. Your new Christmas book fascinated me , even the cover is beautiful . I am pleased to see me on what you're going to work it. The park where were you is indeed a superb, hopefully I'll someday times there. Any other projects you like me again very .
    I wish you a nice week
    Greetings Sandra

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    1. Thank you Sandra! We are lucky to have such a beautiful park close by. It will be fun to choose some projects from the new book! Have a lovely week also! Christine x

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  9. lovely projects... I love the stitcheries
    Hugz

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    1. Thank you Fiona! I love stitching them too! Christine x

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  10. Dear Christine,
    to my mind I thought I already wrote a comment. I think i´m getting old...
    Lovely stichtery once again and a question: where did you get the little new book from???
    Thank you and many hugs
    sigisart

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    1. Thank you Sigrid... I will write to you and send you a link for the online shop where I bought the book. Christine x

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