Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Exactly one year ago today I decided to start a blog of my own.  I never imagined that I would make so many new friends from all around the world and I wish I could someday get to meet you all in person, what a wonderful time we would have! 

Christmas day arrived and even though there were a few "Kath & Kim" moments we had a fantastic day.  This is the only photo I took (slack I know).  Kellie's job was to bring the ham and because she had to work until 5 in the morning, she slept in and didn't make it till lunch was nearly over.  The Plum Pudding turned out well and my father told me that I have the job of making it from now on - don't know whether that's good or bad?  This year we finally decided to do Kris Kringle and everyone seemed quite happy with it except for Nicholas (the middle child, need I say more?).  He still thought he would be getting a present from his mum and dad and was devastated when he realised this wasn't the case - he is 24 years old!!!  I think these little stories are what makes each Christmas special and gives us a laugh when looking back in years to come.

The flooding has gone and the heat has set in and Buddy is bedding down for the duration.  I am not quite sure why he has started sleeping with his tongue poking out but it does look pretty cute.

I have cut out and stuck down all of the 48 star flowers for Swan Lake!!!

Here she is laid out on the floor and is now starting to look like a quilt - I am getting a little bit excited!!!

I have also stitched two more rows of clamshells.  It has been a stressful couple of months and this little quilt has been there to let me feel peace and calm whenever I start stitching.

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year with lots of health, wealth and happiness for 2011!

Sue-Anne xxx


Elyte said...

Hey there, Swan Lake is looking gorgeous as do the clam shells - so much work and so many stitches.
Kids are so traditional about Christmas and do not cope with change very well do they? They want everything to be like it was when they were little - so do we but we know better!
Sounds like we started out blogging lives at around the same time - Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary!

Julie said...

hi sue-anne,

i'm glad you started blogging. i find your blog inspirational.
swan lake and your clam shells are looking wonderful!
poor nicholas - what a meany mum. LOL
happy new year to you and yours.

Karen said...

Swan Lake is progressing well. And I wish I had time to make a clamshell quilt. I would not have the type fabrics you are using, so I will just watch yours being made.
Happy New Year! It is 10:20pm here and 2011 will soon be here. I know you have already reached it.

Terry said...

Swan lake is georgeous. I can relate to the calming effects of small quilting. Your clamshells are growing whatever the reason.

We watched The Shrek Christmas Donkey said "it's not Christmas till someone cries" a version of Kath and Kim.

I look forward to seeing you in 2011.

Maree: said...

Your Swan Lake is Gorgeous...so much work no wonder you are getting Excited..lol the end is in sight..

Dorothy said...

Happy New Year.
Your dancing ladies look wonderful.

Debbie said...

Swan Lake is absolutely beautiful and sooooo very girly. As the mother of 3 sons I need the occasional girly fix, so I look to blog land and find my daily dose to keep me in touch with my female side!!! Happy new year and keep the inspiration coming.

Dawn said...

Happy New Year and WOW your quilts are looking gorgeous
Hugs Dawn x x x

Melody said...

So glad you started blogging. I always enjoy your posts. Have a wonderful 2011.

quilting Jeannet said...

Sue Ann, I wish you also a wonderfull quiltyear! and your swanlake is a beauty!

Warm greetings, Jeannet

Janet said...

All the very best for the coming year to you too. My goodness, your swan lake and the clamshells look so wonderful. Happy blogiversary, I hope to keep being inspired by you.

Frances Leate said...

Swan Lake and the clamshells look great. I started my blog on Jan 3 last year! Happy New Year!

Miriam said...

Happy New Year Sue=Anne! I love your clamshells and your Swan Lake is looking gorgeous!! I love the dancing dollies. The calming effects of a bit of hand sewing go well here too.
Buddy is cute!! He looks very comfortable.
I'm glad the flooding has gone.
Happy Blogiversary!!! :)

Anonymous said...

sue-anne, your beautful quilts inspire me and i love to see them each time you post about them! happily you started blogging so we can all see the wonders of all those little stitches you do. i hope the new year will bring you comfort and brighter times, happy days!

May Britt said...

Happy new year :)
It has been so fun to follow your quilting this year. You do so many wonderful quilts. It is always a delight to visit your blog. And I look forward to a new year with you,.

Sue said...

Happy New Year to you Sue-Ann . I am going to enjoy watching Swan Lake develop in to a full grown Swan this year.
Best Regards

Marieke said...

A very happy and tranqual 2011 for you and your loved ones. Your Swan lake is looking wonderful! And so does your clamshells. Wonderful that the christmas pudding turned out great. And Buddy sure doe slook cute with his tongue sticking out....;-)

Kathie said...

the quilt is amazing, it looks soooooo beautiful.
you can send it to my house as soon as your done I would treasure it forever and ever I promise :) what an incredible labor of love.

Shirley said...

A very Happy New Year to you too Sue-Anne. It has been a great pleasure to me to have met you through blogging and I hope it will continue forever. I have been inspired by your projects and your courage and your words of wisdom have been a comfort to me too. One day we will meet I am sure. Elyte has a hug to give to you from me when you next see her at a quilt show. Swan Lake is looking amazing and so are your clamshells.
With Love

*karendianne. said...


It's been a year of delight to get to know you and share your work! You create such wonderful things and have a lovely eye for just the right fabric.

Swan Lake on display like this is amazing. I can't take my eyes of this stunning work of art. Wow!!!

Jane in Wales said...

Your Swan lake looks beautiful. So do the clamshells!
I am so happy that I found your blog!

julieQ said...

I am glad you started blogging too!! Your quilt, each time I see it (Swan Lake)...I drool automatically!!! Love it!

katrien said...

Wish you also a "Happy New Year".
lovely your swan lake an dthe clamshells.

jean said...

What a great idea that you started to blog and that I am one of the lucky ones to have met you.Hopefully we will meet again sometime soon.
Wishing you health and happiness in the coming year. Much sewing time also. I always look forward to your posts Sue-Anne. Your quilts are looking amazing , thanks for sharing.

Diane H said...

Happy New Year to you and yours Sue-Anne! It's wonderful to have your blog to visit and see the amazing talent you have to share. Love love love the pic of sweet Buddy - all the best in the New Year my friend.

Anita said...

Hi Sue-Anne, Looks like Buddy had too much plonk!! All the best for 2011. Kind regards, Anita.


Your quilt is just awesome, I would like to be your new friend, HUGS MARY

wendy said...

Sue anne you are so talented.
Your work is beautiful.... But I have serious envy for your little Buddy, give him a big kiss, it is hard work to look so cute!!!

Brandie said...

Sounds like everything is going o much better, even Buddy looks relaxed. Happy New Year and best wishes!

Debby said...

The best wishes for 2011!! And the swan lake is beautiful!

Greetings from Debby,
the Netherlands

Annemieke said...

Enjoyed your posts last year and hope to read lots more. I can imagine you are excited about your swan lake coming together it is a beautifull top already.Happy and creative new year to you too.

Barb said...

Your quilt is amazing and lovey! Wow, you must be so happy with it!
I'm glad to hear your flooding is gone.
The dolls in the first picture are so cute. Did you make them? I love black dollies and have made a couple myself.

Cubby House Crafts said...

Happy Anniversary and New Year Sue Anne! I can still remember how excited I was when I found your blog and all the lovely quilts you make...and your Swan Lake is looking Gorgeous!!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Happy New Year! Your quilt is coming along so beautifully...I can't imagine the hours and hours invested in making this amazing quilt.

Karen said...

Happy New Year Sue-Anne and one year of blogging! I always enjoy my visits, your projects are beautiful.

Robyn G. said...

Hi Sue-Anne and happy new year!
I too am ver glad you started blogging.

Sounds like a nice Chrissy. Love the Kath and Kim moments *grin*

Buddy is adorable!!!
..and Swan Lake is looking divine as are your gorgeous clams...Wow!! Inspiring :-)

Wishing you some non-stressful days ahead and lots of girly sewing.
hugs Robyn xx

Notjustnat said...

Happy Blogiversary Sue-Anne, aren't you glad you started? Glad you had a nice Christmas - Hugs Nat

Susan In Texas said...

Happy New Year, Sue-Anne. Swan Lake is going to be unbelievable! I can't wait to see it all finished. And your clams have REALLY multiplied since the last time I looked. Our Buffy used to sleep with her pink tongue poking out, and she was coal black so it really made a contrast. Wish I had a picture.

Take care,
Susan in Texas

Suedio said...

Happy New Year to you Sue-Anne.

Well I've certainly enjoyed visiting your blog over this past year. Your projects have given my lots of inspiration, so thank you. Keep it coming . . .

Regards, Sue