Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Project 1:2014 and a Christmas Gift

Well I thought I would start off the new year on a positive note. What better way than to look at my projects for 2014 and acknowledge two of my beautiful Christmas gifts. 

I was so fortunate to receive this stunning quilt from my sewing friend (and old work colleague) together with a book for my next project. I adore this quilt. I love the fabric combination, the Russian doll fabric especially and the gorgeous border fabrics. Don't you think that royal blue border is striking?

 and with such the sweetest hand stitching too. I'm very lucky to have such a good friend.

 Also contained within this parcel was our next project. We have decided to do this together. Now many of you may have heard of the Elm Creek Quilt novels, well this quilt pattern is by the same author - Jennifer Chiaverini. I think I have read most of the novels except Mrs Lincolns Dressmaker, one I am hoping to get to soon.

My intention is to complete this quilt by hand (even though there is some foundation piecing I may need to do on the machine - who knows, never tried it). We are going to be using the Minick and Simpson Fabric - Grant Park.
I think this fabric is rather appropriate given the title of the quilt. I studied American History at an Australian University and found it fascinating. I'm hoping this colour scheme will do the pattern justice.
So thank you for my lovely gifts Sam, you never fail to spoilt me. I also received from her this fabulous Santa but hubby has popped it away for another year. I'll show you next Christmas.
Happy Stitching and Happy New Year


Leanne said...

Such a beautiful gift to treasure always. I love your new project for this year, those Grant Park fabrics will be perfect.
Happy New Year,

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Such a special gift and I'm looking forward to seeing your new project grow in 2014. Hugs

Anonymous said...

wow Susie that quilt is stunning,what a lovely friend you have and cant wait to see your new project started,have a lovely day kiddo.xx

Karen said...

A lovely quilt to receive as a gift. Gorgeous.
I have just finished reading the last 4 in the series of Elm Creek books over the Christmas/New year break and yesterday started Mrs Lincoln's dressmaker. Great way to relax.
Good luck with the Union Sampler. It looks wonderful.