Friday, 30 December 2011

I Believe...

Father Christmas was most kind and generous to me this year and the festive time has passed peacefully and with love.

My friend Judith made me this fabulous cushion. I love it and it fits so well in my home.

This is honorary quilter Pip the dog at Kate's in her festive outfit. Pip mostly sits quietly at our gatherings until she hears the rustle of paper and she immediately thinks it is food and then she visits us one by one in the hope that we will feed her a scrap of something tasty.

Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to win a lovely pack of fabrics from Vreni at Oops-Lah blog. What a fabulous service from the postal offices on both sides of the world. It came from Singapore to Taunton,UK, in 7 days. Amazing. Thank you Vreni, I shall think carefully of how to use it and maybe next christmas I will have something finished.

My Christmas tree twinkling away. Well, what did you expect? I love the pink baubles.

I am plodding away still at the hexagons and this is progress so far. Almost half way and many more plain hexagons to prep yet. Every one made takes me closer though and one day it will be done. Just as well this quilt cannot talk as it has had my most private of thoughts lashed into it this year and I hope that next year it will have lots of happy thoughts sewn into it too.

Sarah bought me a new charm for my bracelet. It is a tiny pair of scissors and they actually open and shut. Rachel gave me a lovely gift box full of yummy things, chocolates, alcohol, perfume and much more.

Stina put out a lovely tutorial for a mystery bit of festive stitching. I followed it very well but just didn't get around to finishing it. It is going to be a pincushion.

I have planned that next year will be a year of many finishes and starts. I have so many things that need just a little bit of attention and many things that require ongoing care and a lot of work, some may get it and some may not see the light of day. I am not going to worry about it and will just go with the flow of it as I see fit. On the list of starts though, phew! where to begin. I have Sue Daley's Antique Sampler kit ready and waiting, I also want to join in with the Building Houses From Scraps project not to mention all the patterns that I have bought and want to make. It is going to be a busy year at Stitcherydo but I am looking forward to it and what is more I shall look forward to seeing what every single one of you fantastic blogging buddies will get up to.

Happy New Year to you all.


  1. Pip could come and sit and stitch by my chair any day and what a lovely cushion from Judith - something to treasure. I really think the hexagon quilt will be worth it as it is looking very lovely and pretty and will no doubt be able to tell some stories when it is finished. Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year to you too.
    Big kisses

  3. Love the hexagons..lets hope next year's hexies that join will have happy thoughts.
    Have a wonderful New Year.
    Julia ♥

  4. Good to hear that you had a lovely Christmas and that Santa was generous. You've got quite a few plans for the New Year in the stitching department; can't wait to see them all unfold. Happy New Year to you too!

  5. Hi Shirley
    a lovely newsy post; you have received beautiful gifts - and have some exciting plans for next year. I look forward to seeing more :-) Happy New Year!

  6. Glad you had a great Christmas and have to say, your hexagon quilt looks absolutely beautiful!!!!!

    I got the Sue Daley BOM too!!!!

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year and a healthy, prosperous and safe 2012.

  7. You're ending the year with a wonderful array of gifts, and those delectable hexagons show hours and hours of work. I'm looking forward to your year ahead.
    Here's to the joy of the next 365 days, sharing our own quilting and absorbing everybody else's plans and projects.

  8. I like your sentiments Shirley, no worrying and just going with the flow. Finishing and starting (with a little more emphasis on the finishing for me).
    Best wishes to you all for 2012 and I look forward to sharing another blogging year with you.

  9. Happy New year, Shirley!!! Oh have I been thinking of you: We have been enjoying the Downton marathons... Oh, thanks my dear friend! :)
    I love your projects, but especially your hexies... seriously, this is already a very special quilt in the making. But I agree, 2011 was what it was. And let 2012 be the best one yet! Looking forward to sharing laughter and stitches with you! :)

  10. So with all that you wish to achieve, does that mean you're going with the flow, lol?
    I'm so glad you had a lovely Christmas and you got some wonderful gifts. Love, love the hexagons.

  11. A very happy New Year to you Shirley. Lovely bit of stitchery for the pincushion. Plodding on with my hexagons too. xx

  12. Lots of lovely Christmas goodness there. Love Pip's red suit my girls are envious LOL.

  13. Hi Shirley,

    Pip is the spitting image of my uncle's dog Sam. The resemblance is uncanny! Sam left us long ago after a very long life. When we were children holidaying at our shack Sam would stand for hours in the shallows of the sea and we would throw rocks for her and she would bob her head under the water and pick them up. Your sewing circle mascot has brought back happy memories for me.

    All the best for the new year.

  14. love the hexies - keep going I know you can, I know you can!