A couple of finishes and a WIP

My teacosies for Christmas are coming along!  I’ve had fun putting together some panel prints given me by a kind aunt and some charm squares from a fabric sample club.

My WIP - just the binding round the bottom to handstitch now.  (Working with navy blue in artificial light was a bit tricky!)

My WIP – just the binding round the bottom to handstitch now. (Working with the navy blue lining in artificial light was a bit tricky!).  I decided to quilt in the ditch rather than stitch over the panel pictures.


Thank you to Teje of www.nerospost.wordpress.com for her teacosy tutorial!

Thank you to Teje of http://www.nerospost.wordpress.com for her teacosy tutorial!

With the extras ‘to-do’s’ leading up to Christmas I’m finding having small projects that can be worked on around other activities and finished within a couple of days very satisfying.  And I’m creating slightly less of a muddle in the sitting room than I do when a big project is underway!

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve also put the final stitches in some projects mentioned in previous posts.  So the cushion cover I was handquilting while sitting behind my stall at craft fairs is complete and in use:


And the hexagon bag is finished and ready for my parents to deliver to my Aunt next time they visit:










I’m linking up with WIP Wednesdays at Lee’s http://www.freshlypieced.com.  Looking forward to seeing what other people are creating in the run-up to Christmas.

If you need a break from the Christmas story try reading the wonderful narrative story of Esther (just before Job and Psalms in the Old Testament).  It’s the only book in the Bible that doesn’t mention God but His hand is evident in all that happens to and through Esther.  We’ve just concluded a term of studying the book in our fortnightly women’s Bible study group.

Keep stitching!



About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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8 Responses to A couple of finishes and a WIP

  1. That cozy is too cute for words – I love it! My next sewing adventure is totes and bags and duffels – I cannot wait to start! Yours are beautiful – are they difficult to make? How long does one of those take you? I would love to know…

    • Thank you Andrea. The quilted totes usually take me a couple of days now – a bit longer when I first started! I learned how to make them from an excellent tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company – well worth a look to help you get dimensions and the right sequence to put it all together.
      Best wishes

  2. Lovely work! You stopped by my blog (jenniesthreads.blogspot.com) a few weeks back and left me a lovely comment – thank you. But you’re a no reply commenter so I couldn’t thank you at the time.

  3. Zafira says:

    Super-cute cozies!

  4. Colleen says:

    love those cosies !

  5. Thanks Colleen. They are fun to make! And my son saw one by my machine this morning and said it looks ‘very professional’ – praise indeed!

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