Friday, 9 December 2011

holidays are coming...

I seem to be disappearing under a pile of Christmas crafting just now!! Which is all well and good as it's great to try and give handmade gifts isn't it?? I'm just not that good at recording what the heck I've been up to on this little old blog of mine!!!

So in no particular order here are the goodies made so far:

Mini coin purses in Melody Miller fabric. I used this bakeshop tutorial for these cuties and they came together really easily and most important quickly!

A couple of Grinch cushions/pillows (depends which side of the pond you live I suppose!) These are personalised for 'Master M' and 'Little Miss H' who both love the Grinch enormously. I'm just waiting on delivery of some plain Christmas red fabric so I can bind them. The Fat Quarter stack I used to make these is lovely warm flannel so these are cosy cushions for sure!

Speaking of flannel I've also made up a mahoosive flannel quilt top from Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi flannels. You may recognise the pattern as I blatantly stole/borrowed from Katy whose quilt is here! 

Anyhow I was going to make a simple patchwork squares top and she said 'No No No' have a go at a turning twenty block, it's so easy and I guarantee it'll be faster than squares to piece. Well been the instant gratification kinda girl I am I said 'Ok' and I swear this huge quilt was cut in approx 2 hrs and pieced in a morning. No joke. I'm sending this one out to the longarm quilter as it's way too big for me to quilt so I'll show it again when it comes home.

I've also finished piecing another smaller quilt top using at last my Sherbet Pips by Aneela. I've followed the 'Confetti' pattern from Fat Quarterly Issue 5 but added my own twist!! I've taken a section of the stacked coins out and inserted a piece of coordinating Bella Solids Grey on which I am going to embroider the girl on a swing pattern, again from Aneela. This is proving harder than I anticipated with not much light to allow me to transfer the pattern!! 

So that's it for today and I promise I'll post again soon with more Christmas makes!


  1. I love your personalised cushions Justine- you get massive mummy points for those!

  2. Gorgeous goodies!! I love the flannel quilt, be great to see it quilted. I think your idea for the pips is brilliant, hope you can get it done in the hour of daylight we seem to be having now!

  3. Great stuff! Love those pillows - need to see if I can find some Grinch fabric to make a pillow for my DD (she's in her 30's but still loves the Grinch story!) Happy Christmas to you and yours

  4. I'm looking forwards to seeing your finished 'Sherbert Pips' quilt! I have some fabric too and I can't decide how to use it!

  5. You've been a busy bee again! So, you can send out a quilt to be quilted? this is news to me (showing my blatant lack of quilting knowledge here) but may well swing my attempting to make one for our spare double bed. I shall be waiting eagle eyed to see how yours works out. Love the sherbet pips fabric. Bethx

  6. I saw Katie's quilt and thought it looked wonderful. I haven't heard of a turning twenty block - will have to work out what it is and have a go, I like the sound of quick and easy! It is really effective with the loulouthi. I love AMH flannels (no loulouthi yet tho', boo hoo) - they are so soft and snuggly.
    Have a lovely weekend, Juliexx

  7. Oh you made some lovely stuff. I see these purses pop up on many crafty blogs now, maybe I should try them too. :)

  8. I just love those purses. They're gorgeous!
    Love the cushions, the kids are going to love those. Hope you're well Justine xx

  9. My goodness Justine, you have been busy..........great effort.

    Love the mini coin purses, shall have to check out the tute.

    Your quilts are looking great too. Have never had a go at a quilt, to many other WIP's and UfO's to finish first, hehe......

    I'm hosting my first giveaway, if you're interested just pop over and leave a comment.
    Have a great weekend,

    Claire :}

  10. I popped over from the Retreat Flickr group to say hi :o) Love your creative Christmas pressies, especially that Melody Miller fabric as the wee purses

  11. Gorgeous post of yummy things. I can't decide what I like most it's all so lovely!


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