"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Thursday, January 5, 2012

More finishes from 2011 and stitching goals completed...

I was a busy elf in December and worked on a number of gifts. It was why I was so quiet on the blog with my nose to the grindstone.

I participated in an ornament swap with some friends in an online housekeeping group. I made them each a patchwork tree...

Our theme this year for the Christmas party gift exchange was cloth napkins. I got napkins made of batik fabrics with a Christmas/winter look. I used them when I set the table and really love them. Elly S made them for me.

I had Joke's name and she wrote about using silver and crystal on her table during the holidays. I knew as soon as I read this that I was going to use this blue, grey and silver metallic fabric. It brought to mind her table setting. 

I finished them and then decided that she needed a special quilted pouch to hold the napkins when they are put away. 

I spent every moment I could working on 13 crochet gifts for the door prizes this year for the quilt group. I made 4 hot cocoa mug warmers, 4 coasters for large tea mugs, a magic hot pad, a scrubbie, a pan handle pot holder (slips onto the handle) and two crazy quilt pincushion...one made in an egg cup and the other in a sunflower tea light holder. I totally forgot to take photos of the gifts before I packed them up so this photo is the best I can do to show you what I made. *grins*

I had made an extra set of napkins for Mieke. I was concerned the person who had her name would not make it and wanted to be sure she had a gift. I took some fabrics from my stash and created a set of green and gold tree napkins for her. 

2011 was a year of stitching also and here are the projects I was able to complete last year:

Christmas tree pillows - Christmas
                                        Holly and berries
14 Sajou letter ort jars
Blessing to all pillow
Dagi's sampler wall - Crows, Corn and Cats
                                   C is for Cat
                                   S. Claws
                                   Minerva cat sampler
Alsace Heart ornament
Little Red Riding Hood Christmas pillow

Next time I will review my year of crocheting...


Pondside said...

What a lot you've accomplished! You put me to shame.....and I should head right upstairs to all my unfinished projects. The truth is, that yesterday I bought three more patterns for new projects. Incorrigible!

barbara said...

Whew, Heidi! I'm exhausted just reading it all! Lovely, lovely things you've made (and received)!

Anonymous said...

As we say here in the states, "you where one busy beaver". I'm still happy I finished two projects last month, but still need some serious stitching ahead.

May you and Jos have a wonderful new year.

blessings, jilly

Nancy said...

Since I was there when you were doing some of the gifts, I saw them and they were all really nice. The napkins you received were very pretty. Now I know you are busy with the afghan you are making. As I commented on your other blog, I have three knitting projects on the go.
Happy stitching, whatever it may be.
Love you, Mom

onlymehere said...

You're incredible with your hands. They create such beauty.

I like your idea that you posted in a comment to me about hanging the dress on a wooden hanger. When I get a sewing room in 5-6 months I think I'll do just that! I have to wait for Kaje's wedding to be over and the room painted before I get a sewing room again. I'm going a little nuts without one so I think I may have to find a nook somewhere to set up my sewing table. It won't be ideal but at least I'll be creating again! We'll see what the next few weeks bring.

Once again, thanks for sharing your lovely handiwork with us. I look forward to your crocheting update. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! You finished some great projects. Good luck in 2012!

Jackie's Stitches said...

You've been busy busy! The patchwork tree ornaments are lovely. I like that you used a real stick for the tree trunk.

Deborah said...

Beautiful projects!

Ginny said...

I guess you WERE busy! I hope your nose is ok after keeping it to the grindstone, LOL. Beautiful projects!

Christine said...

So many lovely things, you have been busy.

Anonymous said...

The number and quality of projects - overwhelming. I love everything.

Rowan said...

You are both talented and industrious:) I really love the napkins that you made for Joke, it's beautiful fabric.

Siobhán said...

Oh my goodness! Talk about being a busy bee. I'm so impressed!

Jantine said...

You have been very busy! And reached some (a lot even) goals!

Barb said...

A very busy elf you have been . I love my cowl and it has helped me no end since the bug struck . Updated blog with pic if youdare look. Hate having my pic taken.
Hope your health improves and we can get some more one two three hop dances done this year.

Sonja said...

Yes, the christmas table looked beautiful! It was a 'gezellige' evening! And so was the christmas-party with the quilt-ladies!