Quick Quilts For Babies

We seem to have a few friends who have just had babies or are about to have them. I always think that handmade gifts are a lovely keepsake and I like to give them whenever I can.  I’ve made a couple of simple blankets in the past and have liked the way that the basic patchwork ones turn out.

We have a new quilting & yarn shop in the next city over from ours…when I say city, it makes it seem like a good old distance to drive but Fairhope is only 10 minutes from where we live.  It has a beautiful downtown area with lots of little independent stores that we like to support.  In The Making opened a few months ago and I believe they have a store open in Birmingham, Alabama also.

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#stitchingsanta update

It’s gone! Sent! Complete!  I really love putting parcels like these together as I find it a good challenge to make the most of the budget and to make some stash busting gifts.

The week before last, I set about with the handmade extras to my gifts.  I didn’t choose anything too big or fancy as I wanted my gifts to be useful to the recipient.

I’m actually thinking of doing more detailed posts about these gifts at the beginning of next year.  Even though I already used tutorials that were available online, I changed things slightly to suit my sewing style and patience!

First up, I’ve made a set of 4 quilted mug rugs/ coasters.  I’ve included a couple of tea bags with this gift as a little extra too.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I seem to use & have coasters all around the apartment so I think that these are quite a useful gift.

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Sunday Sevens #64/65

Phew, how fast have the last couple of weeks gone?! My post last week was MIA due to being busy again and then I completely forgot to do it on Monday and Tuesday, so I moved it forward to a double post today! We are just settling back into our normal routine after Adam’s parents went home on Tuesday. I’m not holding onto the routine part too much though as my parents arrive in a couple of weeks! Anyhow, here are a few photos from the last couple of weeks:

1. Maisy loved having a run on our local bay beach. She also loved rolling in the sand and sea foam…YUK!!

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Sunday Sevens #46

We’ve had a good little week in our corner of the world 🙂 The sale of our house in the UK finally went through so it really has felt like a huge weight has been lifted! Adam ended up having a day off work mid week, which was lovely but really seemed to knock my days about. Anyway, here are my 7 photographs!

1. After a training session last Saturday, we are going back to crate training with Maisy to help with toilet training and separation issues. We are trying to get her to feel comfy in her crate so we are putting her in for her daytime naps. It’s hard because she cries but she has already been so much better in the house and we have left her alone for a few hours without her destroying anything or making a mess! I feel like training is going in the right direction. 🙂

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Post Christmas Bargains

I have always been one for post-Christmas sales.  For around 5 years running, I would go to our local shopping centre, Meadowhall, for when it opened on Boxing day.  We would have a few hours shopping and would then trundle off home with many bargains, mainly clothes and Christmas items.  Last year, I did the sales on December 26th but did them online, in my pyjamas with a cup of tea to hand.

This year I didn’t do any shopping on Boxing Day…AT ALL!!  But I did go a few days later 😀

I took our Mums up to my local Joanns Fabric & Craft store.  I actually didn’t think that there would be much left as it was 5 days after Christmas.  However, we had a good search and found some great buys that I have just got to share with you!

I love the look of vintage blown decorations.  I found these remakes at $2!!
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A Plethora of Presents

December was a good month.  It was my birthday, Christmas and the time when our parents began their visit.  All of these meant that we/I were given a lot of presents, which was lovely and very kind of the ‘givers’.  I wanted to share a few of the items received as many of them are sewing related or quite unique.

First up, Adam got me this super cool Alexander Henry fabric.  There is a yard so I’m hoping to make a bag or a top out of it.

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