If your thoughts are turning to fresh starts and new aspirations, Julie Moberly, a creative coach who writes the Artful Life Newsletter has lots of great suggestions and gentle reminders about planning and goal setting for creative people, including excellent advice about achieving what makes your heart and soul sing, not weighing ourselves down with 'shoulds' that feel burdensome or unrealistic.
Lots of quilty goodness came in the form of a gorgeous ceramic patchwork bowl - very much a surprise gift from my SiL - made by the talented Catherine Daniels over at PotterJotter. Check out Catherine's website for more beautiful quilt bowls and patchwork inspired ceramic gifts.
A Liberty's of London mouse pincushion - isn't she a darling?
Two books, Quilts 1700-2010, Hidden Histories, Untold Stories, edited by Sue Prichard, textile Curator at the V&A. The book was written to accompany a major Quilt Exhibition at the V&A in 2010. Sadly, I missed this, but am looking forward to reading about the men and women behind some of the U.K's most stunning historical and contemporary quilts.
And another lovely surprise, 500 Quilt Blocks co written by Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily's Quilts Blog and Kerry Green of verrykerryberry.blogspot. The book is a compendium of quilt block patterns to suit all skill levels, with instructions and suggestions for material choices and ideas for projects.
And, I have started in earnest on one of my aspirations for 2014 - learning how to knit lace.
Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog meet over at Lily's Quilts