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Saturday, 4 January 2014

And so it begins . . .

Well, we've taken down the wee tree and all the decs, and that's the Christmassy things all packed away for now.  All except the pretty wreath with the twinkly lights that's still hanging on the front door.  I think that's going to stay up for a little while longer . . . at least until the days start getting a wee bit lighter.

Our Christmas holiday house-guest, the Hubby's lovely sis, flies back to SA tomorrow after a busy three week visit, and then normality returns and we'll settle into the new year.

But I haven't been completely neglectful of all things crafty, and I have managed to sneak some time to complete my first projects for  2014 . . .


Made from a bundle of 9" squares with a selection of fabrics from the delightful Sew Me Something Emporium in Stratford upon Avon (if you're local, do pop in or have a look at the website - there is a whole array of fabulous workshops and courses on offer . . . ooh and the SALE starts today too) , and quilted by me on my trusty little Janome with simple straight lines.



And another similar but larger quilt made using the oh-so-lovely Winter's Lane fabric - a snuggly gift for a sweet friend who's quite poorly at the moment. 


Like me, she loves much prettiness, and all things hearts - so this one I had long-arm quilted by Bee Quilted in Warwick. 
Can you see the lovely swirly heart quilting ?


So, as the saying goes "Start how you mean to continue . . " (or something along those lines) 

. . here's to a continued year of crafty fun
 : -)

Happy weekend to all,
xoxo


31 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilts using gorgeous colours.
    irene
    xxxx

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  2. Yes us too all tidied away today...just the hoovering left, but first I had some blog reading to catch up with all my favourites....Love your blue quilt....so well done for only the 4th of the month!!!
    bestest daisy j xx

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  3. Wow ! Those quilts are gorgeous. I am sure your friend is going y
    To love hers. Happy New a Year Gilly

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  4. They look so pretty and I love the colours. Many thanks for the comment you left on my last post Gilly. Happy New Year.
    Patricia x

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  5. What beautiful quilts. I have taken most of my decs down and its the trees turn tomorrow. Back to normality at last. xxx

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  6. Love the quilts especially the blue one, I was wondering if there were people/places that would do the long arm quilting for you and now I know. Just need to find someone near me now. X

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  7. I love your quilts! The colors are perfect! Cheery Wave from Bev

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  8. Oh Gilly how lovely, my resolution is a make my first quilt this year and you have such lovely ideas so I will be following your lovely blog religiously. Like you I have taken most of the decorations down but they have to put into the loft yet, a hair raising event for me as I am terrified of falling through the ceiling which wouldn't be such a good idea would it!!! Have a fab weekend Gilly, big hugs to you
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  9. Wow such beautiful quilts have a great weekend
    Clare x

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  10. A fantastic start to the year, Gilly. I never knew there was a long arm quilting service in Warwick!, so thanks for the link!

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  11. Lovely quilts! Delightful fabric combinations!! Happy New Year!

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  12. You've done really well so far and we are only a few days into the new year. Looking forward to the rest of your makes.
    http://gonebeading.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Your beautiful quilts are a great way to have started as you mean to go on! I am sure that your friend will love her quilt. It is beautiful. Here's to a happy year of crafting! xx

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  14. What beautiful quilts you've made. Your friend will be thrilled to bits with hers.
    Sally xxx

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  15. Great way to start the year, the quilts are beautiful. I have just finished my first shawl, a gift for a friend.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  16. Wow you have been busy, and all have done is have fun in the sun.

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  17. We are all back to normality as well, and your quilts are gorgeous!! I am continuing on with projects and my only new one is the mood blanket :)

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  18. I had visions of knitting & sewing through my entire holidays, but nothing happened except a teeny tiny bit of knitting. Your quilts are beautiful and such a generous gift for a dear friend. Here's to a crafty 2014 ;) Wendy x

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  19. Oh, wow, they are both absolutely beautiful, Gilly! Just gorgeous.

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  20. Both quilts are beautiful, Gilly. A great start to the New Year! :o)

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  21. Beautiful quilts! Such accomplishments within just days of the new year! That must feel great! :-)

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  22. Well done, Gilly!!! Both look like treasures to me. So far I made a thank you note for a friend, and I have been practicing Continental style knitting on the garter stitch blanket I started ages ago. Isn't it fun to be able to creatively
    work! xx

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  23. Beautiful quilts and I just love the colors! So pretty! Happy new week! xo Holly

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  24. Happy New Year! I am looking forward to getting back into my routine after two weeks of idleness but not complete idleness, as I have done some sewing.

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  25. Gorgeous quilts Gilly and such a lovely gift. Sarah xo

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  26. Wonderful quilts...I'm in awe of antone who can make these! Well done :) x

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  27. These quilts are just gorgeous. You've chosen some really beautiful fabrics and they show off your skills. They will make lovely gifts, and I'm impressed that you completed so much so early in the year! x

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  28. Happy New Year, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. Oh my gosh, your quilts are gorgeous. One of my goals this year is to learn to sew and I've booked onto a Beginners Patchwork workshop in April. I will hopefully get to pop into the shop soon, I haven't been to Stratford for ages. X

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  29. Oh Gilly these are gorgeous! Will you come to mine and teach me how to make them and I will feed you cake? ...lots of cake! Hazel x

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  30. I adore lovely quilts but have never taken the time to learn how to make one. I think these are beautiful!

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  31. Happy new year Gilly! Wonderful quilts you make and knitting! Heather x

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