Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy New Year

Another year is on the horizon, and I know it will be filled with family, fabric, and friends. Our Christmas was wonderful, albeit filled with more facetime hugs than actual ones. Thank goodness for technology that helps make the miles seem to disappear!

My sewing room was a busy place before the holidays so here are a few of the projects that found new homes at Christmas. The first is a teacher/book tote I made for my new DIL. This was a project I inhaled...I loved the pattern, loved the fabrics I found in my stash, and loved the result.

The tote is an Elizabeth Hartman design that can be purchased as a PDF pattern HERE. I wanted to highlight the pen fabric so chose that for the front and some awesome sweater prints to highlight on the back.

This quilt-as-you-go project was fun to make from start to finish.

The bag includes a small inside pocket as well as a zippered pocket. I even added a little strap to hold her keys on the inside! 

I figure the tote will come in handy for just about anything! 

How thrilled I was to then receive this Allen Designs clock from DS and DIL for Christmas!

The clock is already hanging in my sewing room and gives me lots of smiles when I gaze at it! 

Another gift that gives me smiles is the artwork that arrived from our 2 1/2 year old grandson. Of course he had a little help from DD! My collection of Santas is growing every year and this hand made Santa will be very special to me as the years come and go! 

I made a table runner for a friend who loves blues. It was such a fun project to make and I couldn't resist taking a picture with some of my mom's Belle Fiore tableware that we grew up with. I googled and found the history of this hand painted cottage ware from the UK HERE. 

I couldn't resist making some more ouch pouches this year, three for family gifts, and three donated to a local Seniors' Christmas dinner. I forgot to take a picture, but here is a group of 5 I made last year using this tutorial.

I also had fun customizing some text panels. Gotta love Christmas, holidays, decking the halls, and sharing my love of all things Christmas with Santa Mary! 

Now that Christmas is behind us (even though I insist on keeping my Santas around me for a few more weeks), I am in my sewing room with some new projects and some UFOs. It's always a great day for quilting!


  1. My Goodness what a sweet post. Your bag is so pretty. I love that clock and your Christmas text quilts. Your blog is so inspiring . . . thanks for all the stunning ideas.
    Please come over and visit . . .
    I am having my 6th year Blogging Anniversary and celebrating with a Give-A-Way.
    Keep Smiling!
    Connie :)

  2. Gosh Lesley you were exta specially busy - what fabulous makes!! I love that bag so thank you for the link and how special is the artwork. Happy New Year!! I'm sure you will have another year of sewing up a storm!

  3. I love the book bag and all of the other projects. That clock is darling! My favorite thing here is your grandson's artwork. It is so adorable! Maybe you can have him repeat is every so many years to watch his hands and feet grow! Happy New Year! ~Jeanne

  4. Your sister Nancy told me about your blog and I enjoyed reading all about your recent projects. I also received the same clock and it is hanging in my sewing room in Dieppe, N.B. (Canada). It is green and yellow. Phyllis

  5. What a great bag. The Santa and reindeer will be cherished. Love your clock, and so many wonderful projects.

  6. That's a great tote bag. Lucky you to receive that clock. Your grandson is quite the artist. It's adorable.

  7. Lovely projects that table runner pattern...I have it too. Love your budding artists Christmas canvas gift for his Grandma. Happy 2018 and happy stitching x

  8. Lovely projects , the bag will be well used as I am sure will the runner . The art work is simply priceless and one to be treasured . It's hard to believe it is all over for another year .

  9. I always look forward to when you post, Lesley. You always have such fun projects, and you are such a skillful writer.

  10. And Happy New Year to you, too.
    We also spend a lot of time chatting long distance on Skype. And I am so pleased we have the technology to do so. I can't imagine miss out on seeing our family at Christmas time.
    You have both made and received lovely gifts. Gorgeous hand made gift from your grandie! They are to be treasured!

  11. Happy New Year Lesley and I loved the projects you made, you can never have enough bags. Have a great January. Hugs Susie xx

  12. Thanks for the tip about a great bag pattern - I have been looking for something along those lines! Love your new clock! Perfect for keeping time while stitching. I pinned a picture of your text panels - definitely going to try this for Christmas gifts next year!

  13. Wow! That tote is gorgeous! And what a lovely gift you received! The clock is adorable! I love the ouch pouches. Always handy to have in a purse....or sewing room. And the gift from your grandson is too adorable!

  14. Love the tote too along with your other finishes. Happy New Year to you. May 2018 be a good one.


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