‘Twas the night before Christmas Eve …

… and I was feverishly working away on my latest memory quilt, desperately hoping to complete it on Christmas Eve just in time for the big day. Thanks to the denim squares, I’d encountered a few of these and was down to my last needle.

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All was going well, the quilt top was sewn, the borders were on so I called it a night. Just as I was dozing off, I had one of those moments of sheer horror when I realised I’d made a major error. I’d cut the borders from the backing fabric before cutting the backing section out. Which meant I didn’t have enough backing fabric left to create a single piece for the backing. Sad, sad face.

On the plus side, it meant that I had Christmas Eve free to relax run around like a mad thing getting ready for Christmas Day.

So, why this post? Well I was waiting to do the big reveal of the finished quilt. But that’s a way off yet. Instead, I want to introduce you to the latest addition to our family.

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Tonight is the first chance I’ve had to play with it. I’d asked for it, but my kind cruel husband left me hanging til late afternoon to give it to me, via a treasure hunt with clues. I may have been getting a bit grumpy by then that Father Christmas hadn’t delivered on the one item on my list.

I’m hoping to baste the quilt top to the wadding tomorrow, before quilting star shapes on a few of the squares. I’m not going to give a sneak preview. You’ll have to wait til it’s finished! Mr Postman, please deliver my next lot of backing fabric soon!

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Christmas crafternoon!

On Sunday, it was time for our annual Christmas Crafternoon. An excuse for colleagues old and new to get together, wear Christmas jumpers, eat Christmas food and, most importantly, craft. While watching Love Actually, as we do every year. Apologies for the grainy photos, my phone camera doesn’t have a flash. Or take good photos.

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For my friend Emily (ThePolkaDotGiraffe) and I, it was also a precious child-free afternoon where we could craft without interruptions. Emily had a productive afternoon crocheting:

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Lucy, our hostess with the mostest, (who also blogs) worked on a Christmas cross-stitch:

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Clare knitted squares for a baby blanket:

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Maddy made Christmas decorations out of modelling clay. These will go in the oven to harden and then will be ready for the tree. They were so intricate, it was fascinating to watch.

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And I worked on my cross-stitch. When I started this blog back in May in an attempt to motivate myself to finish my unfinished projects, I said I hoped to have this finished for my Nan’s birthday or Christmas. It’s her birthday tomorrow, so as you can see, that’s not going to happen. Maybe next year?

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Anyway, a lovely afternoon was had by all. Roll on next year’s Crafternoons. Let’s hope we can fit in more than two next year.