Friday, January 24, 2014

sharing Friday

Hi there readers!

Just sharing a few odd bits & pieces to fill a space while I put the finishing touches on my first customer quilt of 2014. In some ways I have had a slower pace over the holiday break, in other ways I haven't.
We have been busy on the home front painting, so this meant a wee break from quilting, but I am back into work full steam ahead!
My head held a list of 'Leeanne projects' for the holiday period, but painting took over! I find the hours in the days are never what we think. Still I did manage to finish few  things between family visiting etc..........don't tell anyone, but I still haven't taken my Christmas tree down!

Seven Hand towels got a make over, from plain towels to towels perfect to give as a gift.
Adding a strip of fabric & in some cases RicRac or lace. These now rest in my gift box awaiting a birthday or 'thinking of you' gift.

some lace & Ricrac

These guys I LOVE!!!! This is the second one I have made, I loved the first one, then decided to make another to gift a friend. Although I am not big at on line shopping ( I like to support local) I did fall in love with this pattern, I could only buy the pattern (PDF file) from Craftsy...................

see the rusty safety pin?

The white fabric I had was too 'white' so I got out the Parisian Essence to create the prim look.............maybe they look like they were starting to melt & spilt their coffee on themselves!
 You can see I didn't quilt stars on their tummies, as shown on the pattern, instead I stitched old buttons & domes, even a rusty safety pin instead of the quilting..........makes them look more primitive.

As most of you know, as well as running my quilting business, I work part time at The Country Yard, sometimes I make samples for the shop, some of these samples are Block of the Months, remember last years BOM?
'Janet's Quilt' By Buggy Barn
Well I have another one to make, it is just as lovely, but like all good things they have to remain a secret for the time being. I will share more snippets as I progress. Here is some of the fabrics I will be using.................................

Teehee.....see the Christmas stitchery still hanging!
With fabric names like: Pine Tree Lodge, Double Chocolate, heritage Prints, Forever Spring, Audra's Iris Garden, Cinnamon Spice & Floral Gatherings (to name just a few) you just know it's going to be yummy!
So with quilting, work , & a new BOM to work on, my Chateau  Hexagon might have to go into resting. But here is where I'm at so far.

Still plenty of stitching to do on month 8, you can bet the last month will be banging on my door any day now! There is no harm in this project having a wee rest, is there?

To finish off my post I will leave with a sweet little mouse, my friend Julie  gifted me. I just haven't had the heart to put him away yet as he is just so darn cute! I guess when I finally put my tree away, he will get put away until this years Christmas.


  1. Oh cool a new post :-) I love your handtowels - I do love giving & receiving nice linen as gifts - it is always so nice as its often something we dont really buy for ourselves. They look great Leeanne. Especially hanging on the trellis !!!!!
    Wow - all those bolts of fabric ... & such yummy names I agree !!! Your chateau hexagon is looking gorgeous on your red table - Oh & those snowmen - they are great & I love how you have given them the prim treatment. Lots of goodies in todays post ... glad to see Mousie survived the journey too x0x0x

  2. Cute, cute row of snowmen!
    And what a gorgeous BOM quilt. I love the fabrics pulled for the next one. Can't wait to see it.
    Your little hexagon stitchery piece is wonderful! Love it!
    I used to collect mouse decorations. It got out of control and I had to quit. That is a sweet one!

  3. Your hand towels are lovely and a very clever idea!
    Maybe those cute snowmen wiped their chocolate fingers on their shirts :)
    Lovely fabrics ready for the BOM.

  4. A very full post Leeanne! Yes, I was drooling over those fabrics at the shop the other day - you probably had to wipe the dribble off when you went in the other day! Your snowmen are very cute - as is Julie's mouse! (It's ok if you rest Chateau Hexagon for a while, it may give me a chance to catch up!!)

  5. Great post, full of lots of bits and pieces of interesting things, projects, presents and patterns!! A rest for Chateau Hexagon you say, well thought you might like to know Month 9 is ready and waiting for you to collect. Hope the painters arms are feeling a bit better today and that you have had plenty of hydration breaks to keep you going.

  6. What a dazzling post, with so many beautiful items! I lOVE your towels! And the snowmen are so cute. Your Chateau Hexagon is marvellous, sorry for you you can't go further with it for some time. But the new quilt for the Country Yard is fun to make also, I suppose. O, and that cute little mouse you've got, what a sweety, I love its wishlist!
    Have a nice day, Leeanne. I don't know if I thanked you for your comment , but I will do now.
    Greetings, Cisca

  7. Great snowmen - love that you gave them the primitive touch :)

  8. Snowmen made me smile and tea towels LOVE
    Looking for ideas for handmade Christmas
    But think I need to start NOW

  9. Oh so many happy things happening! Looking forward to seeing progress and love your Chateau blocks :)

  10. Such a lovely post and so many beautiful projects. The teatowels are a great gift idea and I love your snowmen and your CH quilt is looking wonderful. I'm looking forward to getting my 9th block!

  11. Gorgeous post Leeanne, you have had a very busy summer!! Love the little mousie, he is adorable, and your snowmen are just too cute!