A little more energy is noticeable now and I felt like getting started on something that didn’t need much planning. Thinking about Christmas offered some ideal projects and I got to grips with a lovely printed panel of a richly decorated Christmas tree – almost overloaded with vivid red, gold and green ornaments. All on a creamy, star-studded, background. Perfect! Once layered and tacked (doesn’t that take ages!) I thoroughly enjoyed myself free-machining with metallic thread to quilt round all the baubles and stars. I even relished hand-hemming the panel to finish it off. Very satisfying. The panel came from Springwood House Designs and they also have a good selection of festively-themed fabrics.