Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Spirit

It is hard to believe that it is only a couple of days to Christmas Day.  There has been so much to organise for next year that I have given very little thought to the Festive Season.  But I know as long as I have family there to share a special meal and spend some time together which is what is happening what more do I really need.  It will be more than many people have at this time of the year so I intend to count my blessings every day. In some ways to have spent lots of money on things none of us really need would have felt wrong somehow.

We had our shop Cristmas get-together last Sunday and exchanged Kris Kringle gifts.They have to be hand made and we have all year to make them.  I had mine done by June because I know how frantic things can be at this time of the year.  Some people were still stitching the night before and some are not quite finished but will be by the end of the week and are worth waiting for.

I enjoyed making my gift so much I am planning on hand making all my gifts for next year.  So on New Years Day I will be making my gift list and starting the stitching in January.

Natasha and I would like to wish all our Blog readers and followers "A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year for 2012".

We wanted to show you a couple of photos of our free pattern made by Sandra. The top is finished and she is planning on having it quilted by next Christmas.  I love the applique she has added in the middle.  This quilt looks so festive and yet she has only used a couple of scraps of actual Christmas fabric. It is gorgeous and the photos really don't do it justice.

Happy stitching

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Preview Night

The shop is tidy again the dishes and glasses are washed and put away.  We had a great night with lots of the ladies indulging in a bit of retail therapy, oohing and aahing over our class samples for Term 1 in 2012. Some of the new classes are nearly full, so we are happy too.

Cheryl (aka Santa's Little Helper) really got into the Christmas spirit.
So cute.
This is one of the samples for the string piecing class and when I started it I thought "I am going to use up so many scraps." I was only kidding myself if I thought one quilt was going to make a dent in the tub. I think it's either the extra air from digging through the tub or the scraps and strings are breeding overnight while I am asleep. Whatever it is - the tub is still overflowing.

Till next time,


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Chance Encounters

Since July I am not in the shop every day as I have been spending two days each week at home designing so it is a bit hit and miss to catch up with people.

I met a lovely lady from overseas today who has her own quilt shop and we had an indepth discussion about running a patchwork business and doing Mail Order over the internet.  It was really nice to talk to someone else with the same goals and interests.

 I love designing quilts and now I actually only do stuff that pleases me and hope that other people will like it too.  I have tried to do designs that I think people will like and then find that I am never happy with the finished result.  So I have learnt over the years that I have to be true to my own vision.

I have been "head down, bum up" (as the saying goes) for the last 4 weeks because we are having our Preview Night on Wednesday 7th December between 7.00 and 9.00pm where we reveal our new classes for next year and our new Block of the Month.  It is also our way of thanking our loyal customers for their support through the year with a cuppa and some nibblies plus some door prizes and extra special disounts.  So if you are local and free, come and say Hi and share in the fun.

Happy Stitching,