Friday, 13 December 2013

 A wonderful weekend at Debden House in Loughton again for Anne Stacey's quilting Christmas weekend.  We had a really great time and did lots of chatting laughing, too much food and all in all a good time was had by one and all.

I was putting this together, I had started the cutting out last year and it has reposed in my sewing room all this time, so I finished putting it together and did all the satin stitch which took me ages and then got it all put together, it is now backed and wadded and awaiting quilting

Hilary  wanted to finish putting her Bathing Belles together that she had started with Anne earlier in the year and then she got into the festive mood and made this log cabin table topper - it looks lovely and she is busy quilting it.

Josie had bought this kit at the NEC and wanted to get it put together asap.
A few ladies were making stain glass windows and here are a couple of them in different versions.

Don't they look great and the Father Christmas is definitely in charge.

This foundation pieced table runner is really effective and looks really good with the mitred corners.

Delyth amongst other things was making a Fenland landscape with the electric windmills - she had dyed her own skyline fabric it was looking superb.

We had many other little projects to try and I made these two little Christmas tree decorations which are now hanging on my daughter's tree.
 The weather was lovely and we went for a great walk up the back and onto the golf course it was lovely to get some fresh air and the view was beautiful.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

December wow

 We went to Anglesey Abbey for the Lights festival last Sunday - it was an absolutely fabulous evening.We were extremely lucky with the weather - it was a cold night but dry and no wind whatsoever perfectly still so it was perfect conditions.  
Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust property just outside of Cambridge off the A14 - the light festival is brilliant - although I believe it is totally sold out for this year.
This is the silver birch grove - they are apparently Himalayan Silver Birches and they had the lights changing colours it was fantastic.

Down by the river and the Mill the reflection of the trees into the water was great - again we were so lucky as the water was totally still and the reflection perfect.

My sister and Rob waiting for me to stop taking photos!!  There was mulled wine, hot food, entertainment all the way round and oh the hot chestnuts were gorgeous.

We had a lovely evening out and now look forward to going back there in the New Year to see the snowdrops.

The rest of the weekend was lovely having my sister to stay - and catching up on her latest trip and then seeing Leo and Caroline.  Then yesterday we went Christmas shopping and got just about sorted now just have to get them all packed up