Monthly Archives: December 2011

50th Post Giveaway!!!

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This is my 50th blog post.  Wow!!!  To tell the truth I didn’t know I could talk (write) that much.  Before we get to the prize though I wanted to share some of the fun Christmas presents I got.

To start with on the before Christmas I got a package in the mail.  It was a giveaway prize I had won from Carol at Fun Threads.  I was so excited to open the box and see this adorable zipper pouch.  I take handwork around everywhere so I can always use something to hold thread, scissors, etc.

That wasn’t all though.  The pouch was full of sewing goodies.  I love the purple batiks and thread.  I can’t wait to use them.  I just need a great project.  If you have any fun ideas let me know.

On Christmas morning I was pretty surprised to open this present from my mom.  I’ve been eying this Kona Solids Roll-Up for months but just couldn’t justify buying it.  I’m seeing 2″ squares in a gray background.

This present wasn’t a surprise but I was still excited to get it.  I got the book A Touch Of Whimsey… by Abbey Lane Quilts.  It’s full of all kinds of fun pillows.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love to make pillows.  My hubby had bought me the pillow kit on the right a while ago and now I can make it.

So I’m looking forward to starting lots of new sewing projects.  I might even finish some.

Now on to the exciting part.  Everyone who’s been with me for a while knows that one of my favorite quilt stores is My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe.  It’s full of so many cute and inspirational things.  The owners Kris and Kim are identical twins who also have a TV series called DIY Dish.  They are ridiculously creative and tons of fun.   Anyway, Kim designs great patterns so to finally get to the giveaway…

I’m giving away this pattern for the “Let It Snow” wall hanging by Kim Christopherson of Kimberbell Designs.  I have to admit I’m a little jealous and might have to go back to get me one.  I really love Kim’s quilts. To see more from Kris and Kim go to http://www.thediydish.com or http://www.mygirlfriendsquiltshoppe.com.

To enter to win leave me a comment about one of the projects you want to start soon.  For an extra entry you can follow my blog and leave me another comment to let me know.  I will draw a winner a week from today on Jan. 2nd.  Thanks for stopping by my blog and good luck in the giveaway.

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The age old art of procrastination

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Yes I am somewhat sorry to admit that I am very proficient in the art of procrastination.   In the last two days I have planned and made or finished 4 Christmas presents.  The truth is that I didn’t think my family was exchanging gifts this year because we usually draw names and this year we decided not to.  Then the last couple of days presents began to arrive from my lovely sisters.  So I decided at the last minute to throw some presents together.

I got this layered and quilted yesterday and then got the binding done this morning.  This is going to my brother’s family because I thought it would go well in their red kitchen.

I’ve done loops and stars quilting before and this time I wanted to mix it up a little.  Once again I had so much fun quilting.  I really need to get to work and get some more quilt backs and do some more quilting.  I always enjoy it so much.

 

I got these picture frames filled with Clayton’s help this morning too.  They are for my sister’s families.  The pictures are my nieces and nephews from our wedding this summer.  It was fun to be able to look through the pictures again.

 

We also have invited one of the boys that Clayton works with to join in our Christmas festivities this year.  I made him this pillow case this afternoon.  He loves Boise State football so I made it in their colors.

 

I even embroidered his name on it.  I hope he likes it.

 

Now I’ll break with my tradition of procrastination to wish you all a merry Christmas.  I hope everyone has a wonderful time and enjoys the holiday.  I’m looking forward to time with my family over the next couple of days.

 

Tinkerbell even gets to celebrate with us and I have it on good authority that Santa has some very good presents for her.

Be sure to come back next week because my next post will be my 50th blog post so to celebrate I have another fun giveaway planned.

Liberated

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I have had this book for a very long time and have wanted to make projects with these methods for even longer.  Last weekend my niece was here and she and I both started making some “liberated” blocks.  I started out with stars.  I got out some black and my Oz by Sanae leftovers.

Today I finished this.  I only had enough fabric for six blocks so I’m thinking that it will be a nice table topper.

Cristmas in Quilts

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I entered my quilt in the Quilting Gallery’s weekly themed contest.  I made this quilt a couple of years ago in a stack and whack class.  It was so much fun to see the different designs coming out in each block. 

This is my favorite block the flowers came together to form a big poinsettia.  So if you have some extra time this weekend check out the contest and vote for your favorite quilts.  If you like mine I would appreciate a vote too.

 

Now as far as sewing goes.  I went through my stash boxes yesterday and found this.  Another quilt started in a class years ago.

I had 2 of these blocks done and 7 more left to sew.

These blocks will then become this quilt…

from this book.  Shouldn’t take me too long to get that done and then maybe I’ll let myself start something new.  If I finish all of my UFOs now then I won’t have any left.  Right???

Speaking of UFOs, I glanced over while I was ironing this morning and saw this bag in a corner.  There’s half of a quilt in there and all of the pieces ready to sew the rest of it.  As soon as I saw it I remembered it.  I thought I had gotten rid of it though.  I am glad that I found it because I have thought of it now and then.  Maybe I won’t run out of UFOs as quickly as I thought.

Happy Holidays!

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I have gotten a little bit of sewing done lately.  I’ve been working on catching up with my guild medallion quilt.  I think there’s one more to do before next months meeting.  I tried to brighten it up with this last border and I think it worked very well.

My friend Mary at http://mary-myneedlethread.blogspot.com/ is getting ready to host another small quilt swap.  This one will have a winter theme.   Anyone who is interested should go and check it out.  I loved participating in the last one she had.  It’s a fun way to meet quilters and share our love of quilts and sewing.

Now in honor of the Christmas season I wanted to share a couple of my favorite Christmas things.  First up is my family’s very favorite and addictively delicious Crunchy Chewy Snack recipe.  This is the one treat I remember having all my life and I really think everyone in my family would claim it as our favorite holiday treat.  It disappears faster than the rest too.

Crunchy Chewy Snacks

6c. corn flakes
1 1/2c. coconut
1 1/2 c peanuts
1 1/2c. peanut butter
1c. sugar
1c. karo syrup

Boil sugar and syrup until bubbly and stir in peanut butter. Pour over cereal, peanuts, and coconut in large bowl and mix until well covered. Pour onto a buttered cookie sheet. Let cool and break into pieces.

 

Next up is a link to one of my favorite Christmas songs Carol of the Bells sung by one of my favorites Hayley Westenra.  Hers is the first holiday cd that I listen to this time of year.  I hope you will all enjoy it as well as the treats and I hope everyone is having a great holiday season.

Binding my own Businness

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I got another quilt quilted today. I decided to use paisley shapes and swirls for the quilting to mimic the fabrics in my Twister Quilt. I think if I had it to do over again I would use thread that would blend in a little better but I do like the look of what I used.

After the quilt came off the machine I decided it was time to start catching up on my binding. I cut out and sewed binding for 4 projects. That leaves me 5 that need the hand stitching on the binding. I also put together 15 more of my etchings blocks to applique. I have a lot of hand work that I’m going to have to get done. This is just more proof that I should not put it off as much as I do.

I’m Still Here!!!

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I haven’t blogged for at least a week.  I’m a little embarrassed.  It’s partly because of the holiday season and partly because I haven’t been sewing much lately.  I did get one quilt quilted last week though and I realized that I never posted any pictures of my car seat cover after I got it quilted.  So here’s some pictures of those and hopefully I’ll get back to my sewing machine soon.

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