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Planning Ahead Or Catching Up?

Posted on | January 3, 2012 | 11 Comments

Once Christmas had come and gone I realised that most of the Christmas sewing I had done was for gifts. And all the Christmas projects I had wanted to make for our home were put aside. So, instead of leaving them until the end of this year, and probably putting them aside again, I thought I could spend some time sewing now.

It does feel a little strange to be sewing Christmas items in January, especially considering the temperature yesterday made it to 40 degrees C (104F). But I am determined not to miss out again.

So yesterday I made this small throw to use on a chair or a small table – about 50 inches square. It is using a Northcott fabric called Wonders of Winter. The red fabric will also be the binding.

This is a closer look at the pattern in the fabrics.

This is another colour way of the same range. I plan to make another small quilt using HSTs. I will start cutting tonight.

I plan to make a couple of other quilts and some Christmas ornaments.

It is a great time of year in the garden. We seem to have a forest of sunflowers.

Love the look of the heads up close.

And the Veggie garden has loved the rain and warmth. Maybe not so much yesterday, though.


These lovely tomatoes are ripening in the hot house. We have been picking them for quite a few weeks now.

We are also still picking lovely strawberries. Mmmm…….

11 Responses to Planning Ahead Or Catching Up?

  • Rachaeldaisy says:

    I missed this post, I’m glad I found it, I love your quilt with the random red triangles. Your garden is wonderful! We’ve tried growing sunflowers but the first batch the birds ate the seeds except for 1 seedling. When It was about 20cm tall i found it broken off. I nearly cried so Phil has planted more seeds and we have about 5 plants coming up now, hopefully they’ll grow as nicely as yours have.

  • Karen, thanks for the visit. I am envious of your garden and beautiful sunflowers. We are having a cold snap here in Virginia. Hoping for a spring visit to Longwood.

  • Astrid says:

    Love the fabrics and the pinwheels for your throw! Beautiful! I should have hand stitched the binding on the Polar Bear Quilt, but now I’m slowly getting carried away with a few other projects! Sunflowers make me smile, they are just gorgeous!

  • What a good idea. And I really like that fabric – the different colorways of the same make a stunning quilt, especially with my favorite red thrown in!

    Trying hard here not to be jealous of that garden! Fresh veggies are a distant memory. Reminds me, I need to get some seeds started.

  • sunny says:

    I think it’s a great time to work on Christmas items. I have a few that didn’t get made this year, so I’ll be working on them soon, before i forget, and run out of time again. i love your sunflower pics!!

  • Vickie says:

    I am gonna do just that…make a Christmas quilt after the fact and call it planning ahead!!! It doesn’t matter that I have soon had the fabric 2 years. hehehe

    Love your garden, as I sit in the middle of winter in Kansas, USA. Nothing better than fresh produce. Ahhhhh…..

  • Lesley says:

    Karen, your quilt is beautiful…I love both the Christmas colors and the blues. And your sunflowers look much prettier than the grey skies and the barren trees that I see when I look out my window! Enjoy the day!

  • Fiona says:

    Those Christmas fabrics are lovely and I do like what you are doing with them… the HST’s look great… and those points are perfect… sunflowers are such happy flowers aren’t they… I had to pull out all my tomatoes they were so badly stung… pity

  • Sunnybec says:

    What a lovely quilt! I love the fabric haven’t seen that before. x

  • anita says:

    Hi Karen, I love that material, I don’t blame you for wanting to finish that one off now. Have to be happy with those sunflowers, just heavenly. We have mini sunflowers growing around here at the moment and just as well they love the heat because we’ve been having the high 30 C’s as well. Happy patch working.
    Regards, Anita.

  • Susan says:

    Look at those points on your HSTs!!! The little patches of red add a real sparkle to your table topper! It’s a beauty! At least it will be great sewing weather for a couple of days!


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