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)