Tuesday 19 February 2019

A busy but very enjoyable few weeks!

It has been a very busy few weeks here.  Since I last wrote, we have had quite a number of visitors which has kept me out of mischief!!  It has meant I haven't had as much time for stitching but there are times when that has to take second place!!

We had a lot of snow at our Chalet but the sun came out after the snow had fallen and it was a beautiful Winter Wonderland.  It is always such a joy to be snug inside looking out at the beauty and to go out and breathe in the pure, fresh air.  Makes you feel good to be alive and very lucky!!

Among our visitors were my eldest daughter, her boyfriend and some other friends followed by my son, his wife and my cute little grand-daughter.  It was fantastic to spend time with them all and to have lots of cuddles with Sophie.

Before they arrived (well, actually on the day they arrived) I managed to get the second cardigan I was knitting for Sophie finished.  Luckily it did just still fit her (she has grown a lot since I last saw her).  

The house felt very empty after they all went home so, I have been filling my time with finishing off the quilting on the last of the four baby quilts that I pieced before Christmas. 

This quilt was for a friend's daughter and I used Tilda fabrics and quite simple piecing. I wasn't sure about it when the piecing was finished and it took me a while to decide how to quilt it.

In the end I quilted alternate blocks with straight line quilting and the blocks in between with an orange-peel pattern.  As soon as I started the quilting, it made such a difference to the quilt.  It really brought it to life and by the time I had finished it, I was really delighted with the end result.  Now the quilt is on it's way to it's new home.  I hope they will like it!

Here are the four finished quilts.  I have been really pleased with how they all turned out and was very happy to be able to practise my free motion quilting.  It is something that you need to keep practising!!

I have also been working on a little quilt from a pattern by Suzy Quilts called Mojo Minis.  This is a very different style for me but it is exciting to try new styles and ideas.  I have been hand quilting it and, after all the free motion quilting, it has been nice to get back to some hand work too.  It is not finished yet but, I'll show you more next time!

Thank you for visiting! Until the next time..... 😊


  1. Hi Christine you do such beautiful work,well done my friend on your lovely finishes and how lovely to have had family visit you and little Sophie is adorable Christine xx

  2. Sophie is beautiful! I love her name. The knit sweater is really pretty. The free motion quilting on your quilt is so perfect. I just this week started trying again to free motion quilt and am finding it a little easier than last time, so I hope to work up to your skills! :)

  3. What a fantastic view! How nice to be able to entertain in the mountains, especially with the bright reflected light.

  4. Hi Christine!
    How nice to have family visit you. Thank goodness you were able to finish the cardigan for Sophie!
    Your FMQ quilting is so pretty, really neat! I’d love to be able to do this ..... it’s on my “to do” list, tee hee!
    Love the Mini Mojo ..... your colours are my type of colours too ..... and I like the stitches you’ve used! Very decorative!
    Barbara xx

  5. Sophie is such an adorable little munchkin - it's no wonder you were spending lots of time indulging yourself in cuddle time. All four of your baby quilts are sweet, but I think I like the last one the best.

  6. Sophie is adorable--I'm sure it's a lot of fun spending time with her! I always struggle with deciding on a quilting design too and I think you did an awesome job on your quilt--so much great texture! All of your baby quilts are sweet and I am loving your hand work project. Have fun with your stitching!

  7. What a cutie Sophie is! Sounds like you've had a lot of lovely company and a great catch up : )

  8. Sophie is such a cutie! Just in time with the cardigan - they grow so fast! Love how you have made the quilts come alive with all your wonderful quilting - super cool textures.

  9. What a beautiful photo of your view. But not as cute as little Sophie. The baby quilt is just beautiful too. Hugs, Christine xx


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