Friday, August 1, 2014

CIJ swap and other stuff

So - the Christmas in July swap has been and gone and I am just wondering if the rest of the year will gallop along at the same pace as the first seven months. I'm not sure if it's just that I'm getting older but it seems that some years vanish faster than others.

Anyway, it was a fun swap and I want to show what I made for Sue in Dunedin. With overseas swaps (and yes, NZ DOES count as overseas!) I like to add a bit of Aussie-ness. The cushion cover I made has more than a hint of this - it was designed by Anorina at Samelia's Mum in NSW and the border fabric just screams Australia (or maybe that was the noisy cockies).  I used the same fun fabric to cover the front of a card and fussy cut a little piece as a "stamp" envelope. The other Aussie components were the pattern for the clutch purse (from the book Meet Me at Mike's by Pip Lincolne in Melbourne), a Santa button by Barb Smith (Theodora Cleave - I love the quirkiness of her button designs) and a little pattern by Lynette Anderson.

All the fabrics used were from my stash (gotta love that) and were purchased locally or from quilt shows in Melbourne. I love the reindeer fabric on the flap of the clutch purse and the lining fabric, which also featured reindeer,  was a lucky find at the bottom of one of my fabric tubs.  Aneela Hoey's
quirky fabric was just begging to be made into a Christmas stocking.







And now it's the end of the month and OPAM is upon us once again. Our weather has been dreadful for most of this week - so cold and wet - and yesterday's crafting efforts consisted of felty fun. So now I have a little scissor ornament (designed by Marg Low, who is one of my favourite designers, from a kit purchased from her at the recent quilt show in Melbourne) for myself  and a brightly coloured flower brooch for my young niece.And I've signed up for Friday Night With Friends  tonight so must be off and sort out a hand stitching project.

PS: I've just looked out of the window and it's SNOWING - hooray!

PS2: I was the lucky winner of this adorable pincushion made by clever Susan who makes gorgeous things; her blog, Thimblestitch, is lovely to read and having been lucky enough to meet her last year I know she is lovely too! Needless to say, no pins will ever be stuck into this little beauty. Sorry to have been so remiss in posting about this, Susan, you know I love it.


8 comments:

Lorraine said...

Lovely gifts Jan...not snowing here today, but it feels like it should be! Loving this weather :) Just got back from my lunch time walk and it's now pouring rain - good timing!! Stay warm! I love your little pin cushion - Susan does lovely work...I wouldn't be putting pins into it either!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Gorgeous gifts...no snow, but it turn very this arv...xx

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely gifts....enjoy your snow......

Annie said...

Snow at school.....you can just imagine!

Susan said...

I love your Christmas gifts. I have an apron made from the reindeer range, it's really lovely fabric. Margs designs are beautiful and fun to make, the scissor fob is cute. I recognise that little pin cushion, glad you like it.

shez said...

Awesome gifts Jan ,beautiful swap gifts,enjoy your snow,.xx

Grethe said...

I love your Christmas in July :-) How nice for you that the snow came down as well. Nice gifts :-)

Fiona said...

love those goodies you made... how fun to have a bit of snow...
Hugz