So it's been a while since we had an update. Christmas is long gone, so I can now post some pictures of the presents I made:
The bag pictured here was a paatern from Moda Bakeshop. Originally designed to be made from a charm pack, I bought 5 fat quarters in Moda fabrics from the The Fat Quarters and cut them to the size of a charm pack. The design is made to be reversible, so on the inside it is lime greens adnd on the outside it's the purples. The straps are the same - purple on one side and green on the other.
I love the design, but if I did it again Iwould do the topstitch in a colour that matched the inside colour, as it's not easy to keep the lines matching on the back where you can't see it on the machine. This was a Christmas present for Michelle.
This needlecase was made for Aunty Catherine as a Christmas present. The design came from the Art for Heart Sew necessary book by Nancy Halvorssen, which Ive already made the pincushion and thread catcher from. The fabrics came from my stash (an I cought a couple!). The green and pink were bought at Harrogate, the blue and light green from the Needles and Pins Show at the Metro Arena last spring, the yellow was left over from my cupcake quilt and the beige and dark greeny-grey from the Fat quarters. The pink petals and free to move and the layers are stitched together with blanket stitch.
On the inside there are three pockets and the yellow leaf is a pincushion.
I have since made myself one as well - I shall share some photos later.
Mum's Christmas present consisted of two framed Michael Powell Greek Island pictures. This is the second one that I stitched from aan issue of the World of Cross Stitching that first came out a couple of years ago. It's partner picture came from Cross Stitcher from this year
I tweaked some of the colours, especially the greens, so that the two pictures were more alike, then framed them in square cream frames from Hobby Craft.