It's the final countdown - and still so much to do, but it is amazing how a looming deadline can focus the brain, and the sewing machine.
Do you remember back in the summer I started a quilt for my new grand-daughter - well I am pleased to announce that I only have the binding to hand stitch and embroider the eyes on the animals -
Originally I was going to make the leaves, that hide parts of the animals, into flaps that could be lifted to reveal the whole creature - but then thought that the amount of play this will get it might be better to just fix the leaves in place. I stitched all the animals in place, then fused the leaves in place. I layered the backing and wadding with the front and the zig-zag quilted around the leaves - a fast and I think effective method of completing the quilt.
Lion - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658640/sizzix-bigz-l-die-lion,
Giraffe - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658640/sizzix-bigz-l-die-lion
Elephant - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658638/sizzix-bigz-l-die-elephant
Crocodile - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658634/sizzix-bigz-die-crocodile
I'm not sure which is my favourite - it might be the giraffe - especially with the addition of long eyelashes - but the elephant follows closely - which reminds me I still have to master the elephant bunting for Abi - her birthday is at the end of January.
My other achievement is to have finished all my place mats -
Now all I have to do is clean the house - put up and decorate the Christmas tree - we weren't well at the weekend so it still hasn't been done - so it's Saturday morning or else the grandchildren will be 'helping' on Sunday.
If you're panicking that you won't manage to complete your gifts by Christmas you could always take a photo and make a card saying that its on it's way!
I hope you all enjoy Christmas, and have some fun.