Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

O Thou, in whom we live and move, Who made the sea and shore; Thy goodness constantly we prove, And grateful would adore; And, if it please Thee, Power above! Still grant us with such store The friend we trust, the fair we love, And we desire no more.

Robert Burns

May you have a Blessed New Year full of joy, love, and laughter.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

Luke 2:11King James Version (KJV)

 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

May you have a blessed Christmas full of family, and friends.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Pretty Quiet

It has been pretty quiet around here as of late.  I work on things when I have time, but quilting kind of was put on the back burner, to make some Christmas presents. I shared a sneak peak on Instagram a week or so ago.

I decided that I was going to make each daughter a snowman this year.  Five sweet snowman faces with the orange carrot noses. 

Six pairs of boots and mittens.  I used some cuddle fleece, I hope they work out alright because they don't get laundered.

Six happy snowman.  DH and I chose fleece for the hats and scarves to suit each daughter.  The bright white snowman was made a bit different.  Cayden, one of the grandsons loves the book The Snowman, and the movie too and he wanted a snowman.  Now if Grammie can make it who am I to say no to the sweet face?

Oldest daughter kind of simple and traditional.

Second oldest daughter loved the colors, and reminded me of the outdoors, where she and her husband spend a lot of their free time.

Baseball for the middle daughter.
Bright pink and black tiger stripe for the second to the youngest daughter.
Finally camo for the youngest daughter.

And Cayden's snowman.  These little guys are about 2 feet tall when it is all said and done.

I also finished up this little kite table topper I made but never finished.  I just needed to whip stitch it closed, and quickly quilt it.

The Sunday before last, I made DH take me to one of my favorite quilt shops called The Quilt Patch to pick up some fabric for my friendship block for guild.  Now it isn't like I didn't have fabric, but I just didn't have the right color in my stash of batiks.

Of course while I was there I bought backing for my winter quilt which I showed on my previous post.

The white, red, and green flannel is my backing, and of course I needed a light blue, and some deep reds to make my cardinal wall hanging which I prepped the applique for it a couple of weeks ago.  I also picked up a pattern that my hubby saw and loved.

The last guild meeting of the year was our Christmas dinner.  We all had a wonderful time and everyone was to bring a gift  which was $10 or less and quilt related. 
 I got this cute little seem ripper, these little bobbin doohickeys and a red frixion pen (which is not shown because I have been using it).   Gasp! I forgot to take a picture of my gift.  I put together 5 fat quarters of the Singer sewing themed fabric by Robert Kaufman fabrics, and it was so cute because I learned to fold the fat quarters so it was a really cute 5 pointed star. 

The holidays is a great time to supplement your stash, and any additional notions you may need.

Some orange fabrics and a medium pair of Karen Kaye Buckley applique scissors and a sewing tutu.  I saw this and though it was a cool idea.  You put it on a small large mouth canning jar.  You choose your fabric for the pincushion part. 

I figure at least I could keep my scissors, bobbins, in one area near my machines so I don't dig through the box looking for my scissors or bobbins for a specific machine.
A bundle of Blueberry Park fat quarters from the Craftsy sale.
Some 1/2 yard cuts of Lecien Flower/Sugar and some Marvel Avengers fabric from Pink Castle Fabrics 12 days of Christmas sale.

And a pattern which I saw on Pinterest so of course I had to have it. 

I also won the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks volume 14 during their recent blog hop from Textile Time Travels.

I also received a wonderful surprise in the mail from Dawn at SewYouQuilt2.

This cute stocking with a mug rug, thread, some note pads, and a little calendar.  Quilty friends are the best I will say it made my day.  I had been having a bad day, and fighting with the AO and was feeling pretty low. Receiving this gift and Christmas cards sure brightened up my day. 

Tomorrow I need to crawl into the attic to get the gift wrap to finish getting ready for Christmas, so I can mail off my gifts.  I am so relieved to have the flurry of snowmen finished and be able to do something else.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Snatching Time

I will admit there are times I feel like I waste a lot of time.  There are days I lament my loss of time, but I know that occasionally you need some downtime to reset. 

Tuesday we were at the hospital for an outpatient procedure.  While I was waiting I managed to get parts traced for several applique projects I want to do.  I won't show the sheet but lets just say that it is a over 2 foot long of heat and bond off the roll.

I ordered a kit during November for a winter type quilt. I finished up piecing it today.  There is a lot to say for simple.  I think that the Stripology ruler really did help get the fabric cut for this quilt quite a bit faster than it would normally take me.

The red is flannel and for me was a bit tricky to work with, but don't you just adore these cute little scenes?
I love the snowmen, bears, old cars, trucks and vintage trailers. 

I also added to my fabric hoard stash.  Fat quarters of mini pearl bracelets from Massdrop.
Some 1/2 yard and 1 yard cuts from Old Country Store's black Friday sale.
Still working on finishing up the 3 months of the RSC. 

I finished my binding on my star quilt, and today while hanging with the boys I finished designing my labels, now to get my fabric prepped and to print it out.  I try to get things done when I have a few moments.  Someday I get more done than others.