Saturday 15 February 2020

A Quick Update......

It seems that is has been a busy start to 2020 and I haven't had much time to post here on my blog.  However, that doesn't mean that I haven't been busy stitching between baking birthday cakes for my husband, entertaining guests and other exciting adventures!!

Husband's Birthday Cake (Carrot Cake)

First of all, I have started work now on the Gail Pan BOM 'Wish You Well'.  This is the project Gail has designed for 2020 for her i-stitch-club.

January's Block
February's Block

I really love the two blocks that have been released to date and have had a lot of fun using up some Tilda fabric scraps to complete them.

January and February side by side

I have also been excited to join in a Challenge set by Anne Brooke of H-anne-Made which is called 'sew4thesoulhannemade'.

January's additions and stitching

It is basically using up a scrap of batting (wadding) and adding scraps of fabrics, trims and anything else you would like and then adding texture using stitching. 

February's additions and stitching

It is such a liberating thing to work on as you can just follow your heart and add fabric scraps and stitching to please just yourself. Here is a closer look.

Closer details

I will probably make my piece of 'textile' into a bag of some sort.  As I have just treated myself to Anne's new book 'Textile Wanderings' I may even use it as a book bag to keep it in!!

I am also awaiting news of a new arrival in the family.  My second grandchild is expected any time now and I can't wait!!  So, I have also been looking at ideas for a new baby quilt. 

So far, I have made a trial QAYG (quilt as you go) block which I am very pleased with.  So I shall have to get my skates on a make a few more!!

Thank you for visiting and until next time.....


  1. I love Gail Pan's designs and your block are so pretty using those fabrics, very calming . The handstitching work is very interesting as well , I might check that out . Congrats on the upcoming birth ,how exciting, i miss not have babies around , my grandchildren are growing up fast. ♥️

  2. Your projects are just perfection--so beautiful. That improv piece will make a great book cover. And that cake looks positively yummy--hope the birthday boy enjoyed it! Happy stitching!

  3. Christine I am constantly amazed at the exquisite detail in your stitching, and wow on the "improv" one! That cake looks good too. :)

  4. The BOM quilt is looking so sweet. I love Gail's designs and she is a lovely person.Your QAYG block looks lovely.

  5. Liebe Christine,
    da warst Du aber trotz vieler Aktivitäten sehr fleißig. Die Stickarbeiten nach Gail sind sehr schön geworden und die Challenge von Anne Brooke sieht spannend aus.
    Liebe Grüße

  6. Gail Pan's designs are always so pretty. I haven't succumbed to doing any (yet). I tried (quite bravely, I might add) not to drool over the sight of that cake, but I'm most impressed by your improv project...beautiful!

  7. I'm enjoying seeing your progress with this project, Christine. It is beautiful as always. Hugs, Christine xx