Monday, 29 November 2010

Going Dotty, Snow, Christmas Fairies

On Friday evening came the first snow of the winter; apparently we've not had 'proper' snow like this as early as November for about 17 years. Luckily the roads in our neck of the woods are clear, so no problems getting around. It's so cold that the snow has barely melted since it fell, and the weather forecasters are saying that it's not going to get any warmer for some time yet, and we might get more snow. But nothing like they're getting in Scotland, Wales and the North of England.

I've made two Christmas fairies, using a pattern originally from Homespun magazine, issue 66. If you look carefully you'll see that the first one I made is 'special' - the poor thing has her arms on upside down; I didn't notice until she was finished and I certainly wasn't going to take her apart then.

And finally, a bed runner that I've made for Number Two Son and his partner. He saw a pattern for a quilt in Quiltmania that he really liked, but it was all made with circles, which I just couldn't come to grips with. So I used that inspiration for the dotty fabrics. Then I found a pattern in Liberated Quilting II which was sort of roundish, so that was the pattern I used. Then I changed the shape to make it into a long narrow quilt. I really love the result, and hope he does too - if not I can certainly find a home for it!

I used the same quilting motif in the black squares, and parts of it in the half and quarter squares, only using black thread.

We're going visiting family this coming weekend, so I need to get all the family presents finished and wrapped so that we can take them with us, together with birthday presents for our two sons who both have their birthdays in December. And then I'll have time to play with Christmas decorations.

And I suppose I ought to do some housework!


Simone de Klerk said...

The snow is beautiful at your place! It must be nice to take a walk now.
And, you have been very creative. Love how you solved the circle part (o:
Your angels are too cute, even if one has her arms the wrong way around. It is because you said so.
Have a lovely week and I hope you enjoy the snow!

Amelia said...

Those Christmas fairies are so cute...would not have noticed anything with the arms on one of them....they certainly are special and fun looking.

Those colors against the black in the bed runner really pop.

The snow looks picture perfect...we have rain right now...and the temp is in the 50's.

Lynn said...

Snow! It's beautiful, but it is snow and I'm not a fan of cold weather. I wonder if such an early snow signals a especially cold and snowy winter ahead? I love the bed runner. Really you are so talented adapting patterns like that and your quilting in it is fantastic. It sets off the blocks well. Enjoy your visiting!

jabblog said...

I love your Christmas fairies - how jolly they look. The one with upside down arms doesn't look wrong at all - she's just almost clasping her hands in front of her.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Between the snow and your angels...things are looking Christmassy in your neck of the woods..

Love the bed runner..I bet it will be well liked.

Kay said...

You are a good mama, Amanda. Your son will LOVE that bed runner. I don't think anybody will notice that the fairy's arms are upside down. Even after you told me, I couldn't really tell. They are so adorable.

Karen said...

The little angels or fairies as you call them are adorable.

scraphappy said...

Snow is always so pretty to look at. I hope it all clears up before you need to get out and about again. Your bed runner is so colorful and happy. The quilting looks just great. I'm sure your son will love it. Try to stay safe in all the winter weather.

Candace said...

As usual, great projects, your little special angel is very cute anyway, and the bed runner is stunning.
The snow certainly looks beautiful, but I hope that it warms up a bit for you soon.