We spent 11 months of the year moving house.... from the day we started clearing out and packing on 3rd January to when we finally completed on the house on 3rd December! We swapped houses with Michael's Mum, Linda, and while this meant we avoided estate agents, we couldn't avoid the packing, the unpacking, or the solicitors. I always thought that no matter what my children decide to do when they are adults, I would be proud. But I think I'm changing my mind. My recent dealings with solicitors have not been successful, so here's hoping they don't pick that career path! We physically moved on 4th April - Easter Saturday, and both of us then proceeded to do a lot of work on the houses we moved into. Our builder came in on 7th April, and the final new carpet was laid on 5th November. I know I've said it before, but never again! But we do now have a beautiful house - big enough for us to grow into, entertain the family, and live very comfortably. It's full of the memories of Michael's child hood, but we've put our own stamp on it and it feels so right to be living here now.
|The day that the living room carpet was laid was also the same |
day that Mia walked by herself with no encouragement at all!
In between 11 months of moving and 6 months of feeling ill, we've had some fantastic family holidays: a week in my favourite place in the world - Tenby in South West Wales, and a week in Sidmouth for the Folk Festival.
And you know what, I've been doing a little sewing as well! Though I haven't been anywhere as prolific as last year! Working full time on top of everything will have that effect! Here are the stand out sewing moments and themes of my year:
The only large (read: bigger than a baby quilt) that I finished this year, was my oldest WIP, this sampler quilt. But I finished it way back in January, so it really feels as though there have been no big finishes this year: something I hope to change in 2016.
But 2015 was the year of the swap for me: I took part in 10 swaps in all: here's what I sent.
Hand sewing has been a feature of the year: for starters, why begin one long-term EPP project, when you can begin 2? I decided to take the plunge and make a La Passacaglia quilt in the spring: I'm picking anything and everything from my stash and looking forward to seeing where this adventure takes me over the next few year.
At about the same time as I started this project, I stumbled across the New Hexagon Millefiore quilt. And because I couldn't chose between the two projects, I started that too! To make it specifically different from the La Pass, I'm limiting myself to aquas and low volume fabrics for this quilt.
And then there have been the mini quilts and cushions for me...and some for Mia!
|Trellis; Pink Plusses; Mia's Cat Quilt; Power of Nine Baby Quilt; Whales quilt|
And even some clothes: a hat for me and a dress for Mia!
And the nursery hoops....
I started and made differing amounts of progress on a few other quilts as well. I'll have a separate post on those: I have plans to finish some things next year!