Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

Just squeezing in a last blog for 2014. I hope you have all had a very merry Christmas and are preparing for a happy and creative 2015.
Our Christmas was spent with the family, eating, drinking and enjoying grandchildren opening and playing with their presents.
Isla loved her doll's house.
Isn't Lego wonderful!
And there's always time for family photos!
There's also been time for quilting over the festive period  and I have spent many hours hand quilting my Indian block printed patchwork. My aim was to complete it by mid January and I'm pleased to say I'm on target!
I have also spent time machine quilting this piece which is for a group exhibition next June.
This is a detail of 'Coffee and Cakes' made from a selection of fabrics provided by members of GOGs (The Groomery Old Girls). This was the first City & Guilds patchwork and quilting group that I taught at The Groomery in Droitwich back in the 1990's. We still all meet regularly and work on group projects. Our latest theme relies on a selection of blue, red and teal coloured fabrics provided by each of the thirteen members of the group. The only prerequisite for the challenge is for there to be twenty 'somethings' included in the design. I decided on thirteen cups and twenty cup cakes - yes I realise that there will be a squabble over the cup cakes! I will post a photograph of the completed wallhanging. I will be teaching a workshop based on this idea at Coles Sewing Centre in Nottingham in April.
We have taken advantage of the frosty weather and the beautiful blue skies over the last few days and one of our walks took us over the Malvern Hills.
The fabulous weather attracted quite a few families and one or two more adventurous types!
This person took quite a while to take off but eventually they sailed over the edge of the hill.
I must admit, rather them than me!
Maybe after tonight's celebrations we should be off for another walk in the morning.
As you can see I have also been busy in the kitchen. This is one of the puddings, a cranberry meringue roulade, for this evening's celebrations with the neighbours - our turn to host so I must now finish the preparations and wish you all a very happy, healthy and creative 2015.
I would also like to thank all of you who have taken the time to read my ramblings over the last year.

See you next year!

Edwina x