Saturday 30 November 2013

November round up, a winner and a NewFO

Before I look at the sewing from November I must first wish Happy St Andrew's Day to all my followers and readers from Scotland .

Also well done to all the men who have grown a moustache in support of Mouvember to make men more aware of prostate cancer. It's a fun way to raise awareness and also the cash raised in sponsorship will help with research. The different styles being sported around London have been fun to see.

I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving. I have loved all the recipes being shared in Blogland and have clipped lots into evernote to make over the coming weeks.

This month as usual didn't go to plan. I set myself 5 goals and have achieved two of them. I was hoping to finish the blocks for my Votes for Women quilt. I would have liked to have finished the whole quilt for Christmas but I knew that this was very unlikely to happen. I had got it into my head that I only had 6 blocks to make but having made a whole pile this month I still need to finish another 12. Note to self - always check how far I've got with a project rather than trusting my memory. Here are all but one of the completed blocks.

The completed quilt is for my daughter Kathryn. She hadn't seen the blocks so when she came over the other evening we laid them all out on the floor again and started to plan the sashing and borders.

My block for 'It's a Dogs Life' is still only half done as I've been trying to get on with the jumper I'm knitting for my husband John. The jumper wont be finished for Christmas either but that isn't a problem as I have another gift in mind.

I did finish my project for the blog hop and now have a beautiful new oven mitt.

The mini quilt has had it's binding sewn on the front but needs it stitching down at the back and my final goal was my NewFO. This has squeezed it's way in at the last minute. My NewFO was to start the quilt that my daughter Lucy had planned to make for her friend.

This is a lovely pattern as some of it is pieced and some appliquéd. So far having read all the way through the pattern it seems easy to follow and is well laid out.

I said this NewFO had just squeezed in for November. Earlier today I cut out block 1, the friendship star and pieced it together. I rushed it so much I didn't get the points matching properly. I knew I should have just gone with the cutting out.

Lucy's friend is coming to stay early January and she would like to give her the quilt then so I had better get on with it.

In the title I said there was a winner. This is from the 'Giving thanks' hop with Quilting Gallery. The random number generator picked number 76 who was Lee D who said

'greetings from Calgary Canada. loved all your thankful pictures. thanks for the chance to win these cheery batiks'
I've sent Lee an email for her postal address.
So that's my round up of November. It wasn't a great month for any form of needlecraft but maybe December will be better as I have some holiday coming up. I'm linking this post with Barbara at Cat Patches for her November NewFO linky party.  Why not visit and see what everyone has been up to.
On the 8th December it's my birthday and I'm planning a give away so do come back and visit.  I hope you'll have some time for sewing this weekend.



  1. I'm exhausted just reading how busy you've been! LOL I love that purple quilt and each block is beautiful!

  2. You have really been VERY busy! Wow! Your daughter's quilt is gorgeous! ~Jeanne

  3. So many projects,so little time! Our youngest son's birthday is Dec 8th too, we are not allowed discuss the C word until his birthday is past!

  4. Thank you thank you so much. I have sent you my mailing info. I was awoken early this morning by my MIL calling to wish my husband a Happy Namenstag (name day). He is an Andrew! Love the purple sampler quilt. I hope you manage to get more UFO's done. That was my personal challenge this year and I did pretty good.

  5. Lovely projects and your daughters quilt is gorgeous! But then, I love that color pallet with purples. :-) Good luck in December and be sure to take plenty of time to enjoy without feeling pressured by your projects. I'm stopping in through the NewFO linky party.

  6. You really have a lot of lovely projects! I'm lucky if i just get a chance to work on a couple. I really like your daughters quilt. It is gorgeous!

  7. Congratulations to Lee D. Thank you for hosting the giveaway. I love the Elizabeth's sampler. That will be very pretty.

  8. Oooooo - love those Votes for Women blocks!!! The colors are gorgeous :*) I made a quilt for my sister out of those colors, and I almost kept it instead of giving it to her LOL!!!

  9. Your daughter's quilt is going to be just lovely. Beautiful fabrics. That tumbling star is one of my favorites.

  10. What a darling quilt. Your daughter will love it! I have just squeaked by with making a single block for a NewFo challenge myself sometimes. You do lovely work.

  11. Lovely, lovely projects! Seems you were not the only one who squeaked in a NEWfo this month!

  12. Love the lavender in the blocks, hope someday to be close to doing this, I have so much to learn