Sunday, 31 December 2017


It is the last day of 2017 and Happy Christmas, (War is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono has started playing on my iPod.  I thought the first few words were quite appropriate for this time of the year:

 And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun

It has been a stop start kind of year for me, with not a lot going on or being made, I wrote 31 blog posts for this year,  nearly twice the number of blog posts in 2016.

I started a few small projects but have yet to finish them, that seems to be the way of things lately.  One project I did finish was my Necessary Clutch Wallet which I started at a workshop at Widebacks (my local quilt shop) and finished off at home the same afternoon.  I was really pleased with how the wallet turned out, it was made so much easier by being guided in the making by someone that had made several of these wallets already.

I started the Slow and Steady Quilt Along by Paula Storm and made six of the Scrappy Square blocks before being side tracked by something else.  I plan to get back to this soon.

Cody (our Maine Coon), had his 12th birthday in December, he is still in good health although he seems to be a bit deaf nowadays or perhaps that is selective hearing on his part.  Our cockatiel Alfie is still going strong and will turn 20 early in 2018.

Cody trying to "will" me into giving him a snack

I took out a year subscription for Quiltfolk magazine in November, they had a great deal which included the initial four issues for half price when combined with a subscription, the postage was US$23 for all eight issues.  I've been enjoying them, there are no advertisements, just photos and words.  I also managed to keep up my reading with another 45 or so books read this year.

Tomorrow will be 2018,  I wish you all a happy and safe New Year, no new year resolutions for me just this phrase - the only way is up.


  1. Happy new year.......
    Who published the mag I have never seen it before......what sort of projects etc

  2. Cute wallet, great use of the fabric. Now I'm off to web search that magazine, looks interesting...Happy New Year...

  3. Oh, why didn’t I see the Quiltfolk deal! I’ve been desperate to get my hands on even one copy! Are they beautiful to look at? Your wallet is lovely Pip! You need to make more- they would make great gifts.

  4. I watched the tutorial on that string block. Interesting, thanks for sharing!

  5. Happy New Year Pip!! I like that phrase... :) xx


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