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Saturday, 11 January 2014

First FNWF 2014 ..........

Last night was the first time in 2014 we got together for FNWF. Cheryll arranged this and 63 took part - will that be the record for the year?? 
What did I do - well I pinned a quilt together ready for quilting - this has been sitting in the UFO pile for quite a while; so earlier in the week I got a bee in my bonnet and completed all the blocks (the stitcheries and stars were done!) and last night I put the layers together. We're expecting a heatwave here next week so the plan is to quilt it then. It's a Lynette Anderson Design called Christmas Fun.


I also worked on some secret stitiching for Cheryll's "Initial Heart Swap" - here's a peek - 



and then I decided I didn't want to get the machine out as DD1 received the latest Downton Abbey Series on DVD for Christmas and she's dying to talk about it with someone so (sigh) I had to watch the fist 3 epidsodes. OMG (as DD1 would say) - I won't spoil it but can't wait to watch some more tonight.

So while watching I decided to do some hand sewing. I've had this for a while but haven't got around to starting it (mainly because I'd made up my mind to "needle turn" the applique and I've not done that before).



I bought it as a BOM so I didn't have to choose the fabrics (which for me is often the longest part of a project). I decided to do the smallest block first and then if I didn't get the hang of needle turn I could go back to the tried and tested vliosofix for the rest. Well I have to say he's not quite centred and a bit googly eyed but for a first go I'm more than happy. A Christmas Tree is on the list for tonight - I'll keep you posted (if I don't get too engrossed in Downton Abbey).



Don't forget to pop over to Cheryll's and check out what everyone else has done. I'm popping over later today as I need to take DD1 to work now.

Bye for now

Melanie




42 comments:

debbie said...

I like needleturn too, it's just one of those things that gets easier the more you do it. xx debbie

Susan said...

I think your first effort at needle turn is great...as is your Christmas Quilt.

Pinnylea Creations said...

I'll get lots of practice with this quilt :)

Pinnylea Creations said...

Thank you - I did "Scandinavian Christmas" a few years ago but this looks tiny in comparison. My first craft done for Christmas 2014 :)

Kim said...

Great job it is good trying something new.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great job on the needle turn...one day I am going to beat it...LOL

Susan said...

Can I come over and watch too? Cute little ladybug.

Michelle Ridgway said...

You did a wonderful job on your needleturn Melanie. It is a gorgeous book. Love your Christmas quilt too. Enjoy Downton I loved it.


Heather said...

I'll leave the needleturn to you as I can't seem to get it right, you on the other hand did a great job. Lots going on at your place.

Pinnylea Creations said...

It's always been on my list of things to do.

Pinnylea Creations said...

Thank you - the next block I'm doing things aren't quite going to plan but it won't beat me!!

Pinnylea Creations said...

You sure can; I'll put the kettle on :)

Pinnylea Creations said...

Thank you - Downton is very exciting; only 2 episodes to go....

Pinnylea Creations said...

It is a busy place at the moment; it's a great way to beat the heat :)

Maria said...

Love your Lynette Anderson's Christmas Fun..
Nice secret sewing and your needleturn looks great.

Farm Gate Creations said...

Wow, great accomplishments for the night.

Pinnylea Creations said...

Secret sewing was completed today. Lynette Anderson is a favourite (2 more on the go as we speak :) ).

Pinnylea Creations said...

Thanks for stopping by you had a productive night too ♥

Marilyn said...

Love your Christmas Fun. The ladybug is gorgeous. If the rest of the quilt is as cute it will be an awesome Christmas addition.

Cottage Tails said...

all pinned and ready for quilting - a good feeling (pinning is not my fav part). I'm a Downton Abbey Fan.

Sheila said...

I love your quilt , one of the prettiest Christmas quilts I have seen . I would love to see Downtown Abbey , have heard so many wonderful reviews .

Sue B said...

oohh , you are secret sewing too

Kaisievic said...

Looks like you were very productive, Mel. Everything looks gorgeous.

Jeanette said...

A lovely productive evening for you. Gorgeous Christmas quilt. Hugs,xx

Wendy said...

looks like you got a lot accomplished...lovely little hearts.

Fiona said...

love the lynette anderson quilt you have made.... just lovely and your new project is going to be gorgeous...
Hugz

Pinnylea Creations said...

I thought if I started now it might be finished for Christmas this year!

Pinnylea Creations said...

I won't spoil Downton for you but as always it finishes with even more questions unanswered; I'll just have to be very, very patient.

Pinnylea Creations said...

Thanks for stopping by - if you get the chance do watch it; we're all (well except DH) big fans here.

Pinnylea Creations said...

I do enjoy secret sewing.

Pinnylea Creations said...

Thanks Kaye - you were too. It's good to set time aside to craft with friends everywhere.

Pinnylea Creations said...

You did too Jeanette with your very cute little birds. Same time next month?

Pinnylea Creations said...

The hearts are now finished and ready to post; just need to add some confectionery love to the parcel and off it goes.

Pinnylea Creations said...

Lynette Anderson is a firm favourite especially anything "Christmas" or with "Hugo" on.

kiwikid said...

Love your Lynette Anderson quilt! And your bug is cute! Am a Downton fan too!

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your Christmas Fun quilt is lovely and I love your little hum-bug! Wendy

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

You accomplished a lot! Beautiful job on Christmas fun and the rest are coming along nicely.

Ulla's Quilt World said...

So lovely! :)
Greetings from Finland!
Hugs, Ulla

Pinnylea Creations said...

I like my "googly eyed" bug too; he's very unique. We've just read there will be a 6th series of Downton (phew)! Series 4 as always left some stray ends........

Pinnylea Creations said...

I've finished the quilting and binding - just need photo's! Thanks for visiting.

Pinnylea Creations said...

Thanks for visiting Ulla.

Pinnylea Creations said...

Some nights go like that; others definitely not so productive.......... Thanks for stopping by.