Monday, 30 December 2013

N is for Nest and Night and nearly finishing my ABC quilt ...

Hello my lovely quilty friends.  How was your Christmas?  Ours was wonderful and very very exciting and far too food filled.

To give you an idea - for breakfast there were blueberry hotcakes with bacon and sour cream honey drizzle and berry compot and bacon.  For lunch there was salmon dip and crackers, pork belly with crackling, pear, blue cheese and walnut salad, and new potato, asparagus and pea salad.  And rhubarb and ginger trifle. And Christmas cake, and christmas mince pies, and christmas biscuits, and ...  I think I will stop now.  *groan*  (And I've made a pavlova since, at Hubby's insistence - what was he thinking?).  Here is Princess helping with the clean up.

Mmmm pavlova ...

But now it is all over for another year.  Princess was devastated on Boxing Day to be told it was 364 sleeps until the next Christmas.  I am pretty sure that is incomprehensible to a nearly-4 year old.  And now I am focused on sorting things out.  It is a phase I go through every Christmas holiday and makes me feel all organised and content for the New Year.  Given the Boxing Day sales, it is also a good time of year to get those bits and pieces you have been meaning to sort out.  So long suffering hubby has been dragging furniture around the house, and the local op shop is getting a boot load of furniture and kid's toys tomorrow.  It's a good, tidy feeling!

And in the name of sorting things out, I have started to put together my 2014 quilt list.  First on it is some tidying up from last year's quilt projects.  I have now decided that my ABC quilt needs to be finished for the wee man's birthday (in February).  So my goals are currently these:

- finish ABC quilt
- get up-to-date with Citrus Sweet Love BOM quilt (I'm 5 blocks behind, and some will be in the mail soon too)
- sash up my granny squares quilt
- hubby's Zombie quilt
- three pay it forward gifts
- two iPad mini covers (yes, I know I just made one - that's a story for another day!)
- super simple baby quilt 2

So, to progress my first goal, here is my N is for Night block ...

N is for Night
That's a whole lot of orange.

Oh - and here is some great fabric I got in the Spotlight sale, including those cute little pirates at the bottom, who are for the ABC quilt backing.  I may like them more than the front!  Showing you this is my excuse to link up to Sunday Stash at Blossom Heart Quilts.  There is some serious yum to have a look at over there.

Assorted Belle and Boo fabrics.  Cute.  And pretty much nearly gone from Spotlight Wairau Park.  Sorry!

So - I may be a little ahead on this quilt at my next post.  But given the finished quilts I have seen - Barbara's photo of her boy's quilt is up on Flickr and Tiffany has photos of her top, which is a girly extravaganza of cuteness - I think I will be in good company.  I want to do the girl's quilt too, but I think I have embroidery fatigue.  We shall see.  In any event, it is not on the short list of things to do.

Happy New Year all!  Have fun over the next few days (but maybe not too much - it's not good to drink and sew - it just leads to unpicking!).


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Tiffany said...

Wow! That's quite a project list!! The only thing on my list is a quilt for my niece. She was born in November and originally my plan was to have her quilt finished for Christmas, however, my sewing machine started skipping stitches on the blanket stitch and it's all applique. So I got frustrated and moved on to the S is for Stitch one, now I have to go back and figure out what's going on with my machine :(
Also, I LOVE the fabric!! Do you have many places near you to go fabric shopping? Or do you do everything online?

Leonie said...

Wows! what a day and what a list! cant wait to see how it all comes together :) Happy new year to you all x

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Great haul! Happy New Year!

Glinda ♥ said...

What an adorable little Princess and so good for helping her Mummy! Going to sew myself today, I'll remember to heed your advice, oh wise one! Happy New Year, Liz :)

Alyx Patterson said...

Happy new year! I'm interested in seeing your husband's zombie quilt! We're big zombie buffs in our house!

Quilting Nonnie said...

Your daughter's "help" is precious! Reminds me of my kids!

I like your list and really want to see your zombie quilt. The fabrics are so adorable! If I was buying fabric, I would go for those first.

Good luck with your goals!

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

Good luck with all those quilts! That quite a list of finishes ... I'm lucky to get 2 or 3 done in a year. Can't wait to see them when they're done.

Sarah Craig said...

Good goals for the year, Liz! I can't wait to see all those quilts finished! And your Princess is quite adorable…….

Kate said...

Good luck with goals. Very cute fabric finds, love the pirates.

Sarah said...

I use the week between Christmas and New Year for the same things, clean up and chuck out. However this year we went away to the beach for 5 days which was lovely, but I missed my bonus week!