Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2 more Winter Wonderland blocks...

These blocks are going fast now... :o) Here is the "Skier" block - about 8" x 8".
And the "Snowflakes Verse" block - about 6" x 14".
Now onto the next block... :o) Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Wonderland...

"Walking in a Winter Wonderland"... No not literally. Although we did get about 4" of snow Christmas Eve! :o) I have had the kit for the "Winter Wonderland" quilt since before last Christmas, and finally pulled it out the other day, and finished the top block - "Winter Wonderland". This is a *large* block, about 11" x 38".
I also finished the "Snow Angel" block - about 8" x 8".
And the "Toboggan" block - about 15" x 9".
I am really enjoying working on these, and they are going quickly, since I finally finished the largest block! I have another Crabapple Hill kit, the "Snowman A to Z" kit, to work on next... :o) And I have my eye on the "Merry Little Christmas" pattern too! I guess I'd better get busy! :o)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my friends!
May we all remember the reason for the season!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Weekend Projects...

This weekend was spent working on various projects... :o) First off, I finished up Sara Bear. She is for my mom for Christmas. I had her made, I just needed to "age" her and add her ribbon and flower... (Kit from The Old Pincushion Etsy shop.)
And check out this BEAUTIFUL hang tag that my friend Laurie, from Indulge Your Shelf, made to go with Sara.... Here is the front:
And here is the back:
Thank you again, Laurie! :o)
And last but not least... 10 Christmas Flannel fat quarters + backing = YUMMY!
I had some Christmas flannel FQs that I had gotten from The Nauvoo Quilt Company Etsy shop this past summer, that I didn't know what I wanted to do with... So I decided to cut the FQs into 3" squares and see how many 9-patch blocks it would make. Turns out it'll make more than 36 blocks, which is how many I used to make this little snuggly throw. A piece of flannel for the back, and there ya go! :o)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Nellie's Star - finished

I had almost all the hand-quilting done on my Nellie's Star quilt before I started working on the Baby Bunting quilt. Once that quilt was done, it didn't take me long to finish the quilting on this one. I just had the outside triangles left to quilt. I love, love, love this quilt. The colors and prints are so me... :o)
Here is a close-up of the quilting on the star.
And here is a close up of the quilting in the borders.
This quilt now resides on the back of the love-seat. I washed it after I was done quilting it, so it is wrinkly wonderful! :o)
P.S. The pattern is "Nellie's Star" from the Sept/Oct 2010 issue of McCall's Quilting.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas give away winner!

The winner of the Christmas give away is Marcia!

Please send me your mailing address (janda082803@yahoo.com) and I will get your package out tomorrow! Merry Christmas everyone, and thanks for playing along!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Baby Bunting quilt

Remember a couple of week's ago, when I was asking for help finding this pattern? This is a customer's quilt, and she wanted a quilt made like it, for her daughter. For Christmas! Luckily, one of my friends knew right where to find the pattern, it's called "Baby Bunting".
So last Friday, the 3rd, the fabric arrived from my customer. (She always shops for her own fabrics, and then I put it together.) And this Friday, the 10th, this quilt was shipped back to her:

I love that it is a combination of vintage looking, and a bit patriotic, with her color choices. This quilt was tied, not quilted. It finished to about 60" x 72". 143 little fan blocks... :o)
And the backing was minky! Love the feel of that stuff, but boy, it's tricky to get laid out properly!
It had to be shipped by last Friday, because she is leaving this coming week, to go to her daughter's for Christmas... :o) I can't wait to hear what they all think of it! I plan on making myself something with this pattern, eventually... I think I would want mine hand-quilted, like the original. :o)

P.S. If you haven't yet, go HERE to enter my Christmas give away! The drawing is tomorrow, December 13th!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas give away

Hold Everything! It SNOWED!
Jimmy was so happy -- we got about an inch of snow overnight Friday/Saturday! He had such a blast playing in it on Saturday afternoon! :o) I'm sure we will have PLENTY more snow by the end of the winter, but it was fun to watch how happy Jimmy was about it!

Okay, on to the Christmas give-away! :o) I am giving away a pair of these "finger-tip" hot pads, made by me! They are insulated, to protect you from the heat of pans, and have magnets in the "thumb" end, so you can hang them on the refrigerator or side of the stove!

There will probably be something else in the box, perfect for Christmas quilting of your own... :o)

All you have to do to enter, is leave a comment on this post, before Monday, December 13th. That way I can get this little box to you before Christmas! :o) Good luck!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas gifts...

This week, I should be receiving fabric from a customer that wants a x-large throw made to give as a Christmas gift... (Yes, short notice!) So I have been trying to work on some of my own gifts to give, to get them out of the way... :o)

I made these two little wool/felt wallhangings. They measure about 5" x 6", with a small cinnamon stick for a rod. :o) Beads that I had on hand made the "ornaments" with a jingle bell for a tree topper... :o) My own little design! :o)

This is Sara bear! She is for my mom for Christmas. She still needs to be aged with some stain, plus some ribbon or flowers added. Laurie at Indulge Your Shelf is going to make me a special hang-tag for Sara. (By the way, be sure to visit Laurie HERE - she is having an awesome give-away!) This bear stands about 8.5" tall. Sara was made from a kit from The Old Pincushion Etsy shop.
And last but not least, just a peek... This is going to a dear friend, but she reads this blog, so I can't have her seeing the whole thing, it has a long journey across the ocean, so I need to get it mailed this week!
Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours was peaceful... :o) This week won't be as peaceful: Jim has his follow-up appointment at the pulmonary specialist Wednesday, and the local Christmas parade is Wednesday night, and David broke his glasses so I need to get him an appointment... And, and, and... :o) Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Seeing Stars...

Not the best picture in the world, but here is the Nellie's Star quilt top finished! I *LOVE* this quilt! It is about 60" square. I got the backing last night, so just need to get it laid out and pinned, so I can hand-quilt it! :o)
And more stars.... I was the hostess for a Christmas Star Block Swap, and these are the wonderful blocks that were sent in! The first two blocks were made by me, all the others were made by other gals in our Friendship Group... I can't wait to put this together! I may make a couple more blocks, so that I have 30, to make it 5 x 6.
And here is the Secret Santa gift I sent to a gal, from that same Friendship Group. We were just supposed to send "an ornament" but I went a little overboard... :o)
I will be back soon for a Christmas give-away... :o) It will include some of those Christmas hot pads, and I'm not sure what else... :o) Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for visiting!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A star is born...

Remember these yummy fabrics that I got in October?!
The fabrics that I wouldn't let myself look at, until I was done with the green Wedding Ring Quilt?!
Well.... A star is born! :o) Here is the center of Nellie's Quilt!
And it lays flat! Woo Hoo! I should be doing 100 other things, but I needed to do something *for me*, so this is what I've been working on the last couple of days... :o)
On a side note, we have had no TV all week, the video went out on our NEW TV (bought in February) -- the warranty repair guy comes tomorrow! Oh my gosh, you'd think we lived in the dark ages this past week, the way the kids have been carrying on! :o) What was life like before TV?! Well, we got a taste of it here, and let me tell you, the kids are ready to get back to life with TV... HA!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christmas stockings

Been working on these little Christmas stocking wall-hangings...

The stocking designs are machine embroidery, and then I just added a little jingle bell to each one, and a REAL cinnamon stick, to hang it with. :o) I put them up for sale at our Country Scrap Quilts site, individually or as a set... I thought they would make good Christmas gifts... :o)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

pattern help

Can anyone help me find a pattern for this block? I know it is kind of like a Drunkard's Path block, but that block only has one "arc" not two like this one. Also, the middle "striped" part is pieced. That is where I am having trouble, trying to draw my own pattern...

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
~~~FOUND IT! It is called "Baby Bunting". Thanks for everyone's help!~~~

Monday, November 15, 2010

November BOM

Here is the "Designer Mystery BOM" from Fat Quarter Shop, for November. This one is called "Hung by the Fire".
I love these big blocks - they finish to 12-1/2" square. Makes them easy to put together, and the fabrics are so fun and cheery. :o)

Friday, November 12, 2010

green Wedding Ring quilt

I finished up the green Wedding Ring quilt today! Woo Hoo! I have put in alot of long hours on this quilt! Here is it on my queen size bed.
I hand-quilted a interlocking heart design in the muslin centers.
And here is the label. My mom had me make this for my sister and her husband, from our Mom. :o) I absolutely love the scalloped edges!
A labor of love! :o)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Birthday Quilts!

Since Thursday was the trio's Thirteenth Birthday, they got their new quilts! They were so surprised! Belive me, it is not easy to hide working on THREE different quilts over this past year, when my sewing area is the corner extension (supposed to be where a dining table goes) of the living room! :o)

Here is David with his Boy Scout Quilt:

And here is Anna with her Flourish quilt:
And Elizabeth with her Orange quilt:
My friend Carol (Cornfield Quilter) did the quilting on these and she did such a beautiful job! Really made these quilts sparkle! Thank you again, Carol! David kept saying "How did she do that?!" when he saw the Fleur De Lis and "Boy Scouts" stitched into his quilt!

I am glad that even at "THIRTEEN", my kids appreciate a quilt! :o)))

Thursday, November 4, 2010

13th birthdays!

Today is David, Anna and Elizabeth's 13th birthday! Happy Birthday to my favorite trio! :o) I thought I would share a few of my favorite photos with you...

First off, of course, is the picture of my Dad with the trio (Elizabeth, David, Anna), they were just about 3 months old here, January 1998:
And here was a cute picture from March 2002, so they would have been about 4-1/2 years old here. It is Elizabeth in the light pink, Anna in the bright pink, and then obviously David... :o)
And here they are just a few months later, May 2002. David, Anna, and then Elizabeth:
And here they are this past summer, 12-1/2 years old: Elizabeth, David and Anna, and Jimmy at age 3-1/2 years old. (They took this pic themselves!)
And here they are today! 13 years old! David, me, Anna and Elizabeth. And little Jimmy! :o) The girls are almost as tall as me! (I am short - 5'2" - so it doesn't take much to be taller than me!) I'm sure David will shoot up soon!

I am so proud of my babies! They are all on the Honor Roll and are all-around great kids! I am so blessed! Happy Birthday, David, Anna and Elizabeth!
P.S. I will be back (probably tomorrow) with the pictures of each of them with their Birthday Quilts! They were so surprised! :o)

Friday, October 29, 2010

3 years

Somehow, time does not stand still when we want it to, does it? I absolutely hate that. It has now been 3 years since Dad passed away. He was young, only 63. It was sudden, he had an enlarged heart. We didn't know.

Merle Lee Thompson
October 12, 1994 - October 30, 2007

I am happy that the last time I saw him, I told him that I loved him. He said "Me too". That was what he always said. I can still hear his voice, saying that.

I have his desk. I love sitting here. He spent alot of time at this desk, it was in "his room", his library and he would sit every night at this desk and read. He was a real history buff.

I have his belt buckle. He was always a "cowboy boots and buckle" kind of guy. He loved eagles. (Jim does too, I love that about him.)

This is Lisenby. He has a nice view. I used to find cemeterys scary. Now, I find great comfort here. It is so peaceful, a small country cemetery. Jim and I bought a spot just a few rows over from Dad, this past summer. I find comfort in that, too.
I miss my Dad. I know he would not want me to be sad. But I can't help it. I love you, Dad. I can almost hear him say "Me, too".