Last year I visited a local garden center and as I walked by a gardenia I caught its scent and it pulled me back. It was exotic and lovely and reminded me of the Gardenia taitensis that my husband & I had enjoyed in Tahiti. A single blossom given to us filled our cruise ship stateroom with its magic scent. Naturally, I purchased the gardenia in the garden center and took it home. It bloomed for me several times. This year I found another at the same garden center and now I have two on my back porch.
My gardne smells wonderful when my lilacs bloom.
I have become a great fan of David Austin Roses. They are beautiful, old fashioned and smell wonderful. When I saw this one recently at a local nursery I quickly scooped it up and put in in my wagon.
This is a work in progress. I have had this pattern for many years. The date on the pattern in 1995. It is time to make is come alive. I am making changes in the directions. The pattern calls for cottons but I am using wool for the cabin, trees, moose, etc. I especially like the look of the snow done with wool.
I am keeping the background fabric and borders cotton. I found snowy fabrics in my stash that go well with the winter theme. After I finish the wool applique I will add more borders.
This is a long narrow wall hanging that I designed myself. I used a simple circle for the ornaments and centered fabric designs. I used tiny squares at the top of each. I had a striped fabric to put around for the borders. I made several and gave them a gifts.
These are 4 inch square pockets that I will hang on the Christmas tree with gift cards inside. The pattern suggests using them as small wall hangings but I altered those directions. The pattern came with small metal decorations for the branches but I used tiny buttons. I also embroidered names on each pocket. I like putting mo own personal touches on my sewing projects.
I took these projects with me as I traveled. I cut the pieces in advance and had the trees pinned in place. I enjoyed making each one a little different.
These small purses are fun to sew! Fat quarters work for the main color and scraps can be used for the pockets. I changed the directions a bit, placing the pockets on a fold and cutting rather than making them in two pieces and sewing them together. I also changed the spot to leave an opening for turning. I left the bottom open which made it easy to turn.
I will be making more of these and giving them as Christmas gifts.
I used simple squares & rectangles to make this Christmas Lap Quilt. I used a variety of fabrics in red, green and gold. I used many of the same fabrics for our Christmas stockings. With both the stockings and this quilt in our living room, it ties things together.
Warm days are arriving at last! Here is some early spring color.