Tuesday, December 30, 2008

With all my cleaning I found a lot of scraps. My scrap bag overflowth. I decided to try something I learned from Nanette. She said she makes minis of her quilts before she makes the full sized one. I figured it would kill two birds with one stone. I would get a preview of my quilt and use up some scraps. So I cut up some strips.
Sewed them together, and cut them into little rail fences.
When there where little bits left over I made little nine patches.
Then I sewed the rail fences together to make this little table runner. I am planning to applique in the border. So look forward to seeing this little guy again.





Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Holidays!!!

I hope everyone is having a delightful holiday season. That your Christmas was festive and you have stored up many joyous memories. I have been busy enjoying my family and blogging has taken a backseat, and will probably continue to for the next week. My brother in law and his two boys will be coming tomorrow. My boys are thrilled we have not seen them since last May. So my little home will be bustling with 5 teenage boys, a sweet little girl, and two brothers that maybe should have been included with the teenage boys. So not a lot of spare moments for blogging.
We had a very Merry Christmas. My hubby and boys made me a new design wall. If you remember mine was quite pathetic. First they put up foam board. Then pinned felt over it. Now isn't that a wonderful improvement? Here is some lovely fabric my sister, Julie, gave me. This is her Hey Sugar design. Isn't it just so sweet?She also brought me this from market, just cause she thought I would like it. Isn't she so thoughtful. And yes I do love it.

Enjoy your holiday season.

Em

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Unexplained cleanliness

It's not the New Year so no need for resolutions of organization yet. In my little part of the world it is anything but spring so spring cleaning is out. But for some unexplained reason I came home from the Quilt Guild Christmas party enlisted my children to clean up their trails of belongings casually dropped as they came in the front door. I started the wash and as I turned to leave the washer I saw the whirl wind my sewing area had become in all my elfing. So while my kiddies cleaned up and the washer did it's job, I started on the whirl wind that was my sewing room. Since my cutting table was full of Christmas fabric from making 40 of these for party favors at the Christmas party. I started there.It now looks like this. Can you see the Christmas in the little drawer on top there. The other drawers there are full of 2" and 1" squares and one has half square triangles waiting for me to do some mindless sewing. I didn't want to clean off the table and just move the mess somewhere else. Something my mom often got after me for doing. So I started on the bins of fabric. Bins that if you remember looked like this. Well not any more. They are nice and neat. Each little fabric pokes it's little head out for me to see. Such a lovely sight. Here are the pinks, oranges, and rustsAnd all my homespuns and purples.
There is not a single fabric out of place at the moment. I can't tell you how good this feels. Now as soon as all the presents are wrapped and the baking is done I'm going to let the creative juices flow and create in my clean sewing room.

Monday, December 22, 2008

More Lovely Quilts and Stuff

My dear photographer, Sue made this for our friend Susan. Isn't it lovely. Michelle made this festive tree skirt.
Look at this awesome snail's trail Sue made.

Mary Jo made this cute little wreath.


The lovely Joan made this beauty.


This is Ruth's rendition of a mystery quilt our guild did.
I really like how her's turned out. The colors are lovely.
Here is another rendition of the same quilt. In pretty greens and yellows.
A sweet little table topper by Denise.
And a favorite, this jolly old elf in cross stitch. Isn't he just great and don't you love the scalloped edge?
Check back tomarrow to see what I started after the party and worked on all weekend. I am so pleased. Hee Hee.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Quilt Guild Christmas Party

Sorry for no post yesterday. The day was a whirl wind of Christmas prep and festivities. I got everyone off to school and went to visit a friend. Came home to make rolls and get a few more things ready for the Christmas party. Then it was off to the party. Tons and tons of fun. In the hussle to get ready I forgot my camera. But no worries my dear friend, Sue had her's and she took pictures for me and emailed them. So thank Sue for the fun you are about to behold.
Well, Nancy was the lucky recipient of the Ott Light this month and look at all she did.
Look how cleverly she used up her scraps. She says she has enough keyboards to do another quilt.
This is from a class that Lou taught last year. Isn't it lovely.
A fun Halloween quilt.
And a great Americana.
This lovely quilt.
I love this little snowman quilt she made.And look how beautiful this table runner is.

Here is Delores with her rendition of my 'Harvest Sky' pattern. Didn't she do such a wonderful job.
More pics tomorrow. I'm having issues with blogger and I need to get some Christmasing done before the kids get home. Their winter break will start and I will no longer have the privacy I need for these last minute touches.
Merry Christmas,
Em




Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Three Gifts

When the wise men came they brought three gifts for the Christ child; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In an attempt to keep Christmas focused on what it truly important, I give my children three gifts. Each of the wise men's gifts is symbolized in the gifts I give my children.
For gold, a symbol of wealth and prosperity, they get something fun and purely a want.
For frankincense, a perfume used in holy incense for sacrifices, they get something from the heart; a homemade gift, one requiring time and sacrifice from the giver.
For myrrh, a perfume used for embalming and purification, they get something useful; clothes, tools, etc. I wrap them accordingly. Their fun gift is wrapped in gold. Their useful gift is wrapped in blue. And the gift from the heart is wrapped in red.
I hope this little tradition helps them remember the greatest gift of all. The reason for the season. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Melanie at Jellybean Angel gave me this award. I love Christmas! So thanks Melanie!
So here is what I love about Christmas
Anticipation both for gifts I may be getting and for the joy other will experience from my gifts. I still can't sleep on Christmas Eve because of this.
The Christmas story
Nativity scenes
Christmas lights
Joyous times with family and friends
All the goodies
Snow
The romance- I think it is one of the most romantic times of the year. What is more romantic than snuggling by the fire with Christmas lights and music. I even got married at this time. In fact today is our anniversary. 19 wonderful years.
Here are the rules for Christmas award.
You must be a true Christmas lover to receive this award.
The person to whom you give the award must also be in love with Christmas.
You must link back to the person who gave you the award.
You must list 5 things that you love about Christmas.
If you can't limit it to 5 things, then keep going till you run out of space!
Pass the award along to as many people as you like.That can be 1 or 45; it's up to you. But, you must pass it on to at least one person in order to keep the Christmas cheer going!
Let your recipients know that you have tagged them by leaving them a comment.
I am letting my recipients know privately first so in case they are busy and don't need to add one more thing to their to do list they have that choice without other knowing. I'll put them on when I hear back. The lovely Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie Studio, and the beautiful Kris at Quilted Simple have accepted this award.
Merry Christmas!
Em

Monday, December 15, 2008

And the Winner is....


Well, as promised, I am picking the winner to my 100th post give away. I made a list of everyone that entered putting those that mentioned me on their blog twice. Cut up the little squares of paper, put #1-62 on a piece, dumped them in a bag. Asked my handsome assistant, N to do the honors of picking our lovely winner. And the winner is .......
Oh, did I mention my little neighbor, that I was helping to make a quilt for her grandma finished it. She stopped by Friday night to show me. She was giving it to her grandma on Saturday at their family Christmas party and wanted to let me see the finished product before she gave it away.
Didn't she do a lovely job. I think her grandma is the winner.
Now enough teasing, The winner of the 100th post give away is the lovely Debbie at Makin Quilts Congrats to Debbie! Debbie if you will email me your snail mail address I will get your prize off. Thanks to everyone that entered I wish I had a prize for each of you.






Friday, December 12, 2008

Binding My Time

With Christmas fast approaching and quilts for the boys needing to be done, I've been binding like crazy. I have bond the zig zag. The disappearing nine patch.
And the scrappy strips quarter squared.

Yeah! We just might be ready when the big day gets here.



Thursday, December 11, 2008

Room at the Inn

I've been seeing these cute little houses out in blog land and have been wanting to make some. So today I started. They are so fun and easy. You can find the tutorial for them here. I think it would be fun to stitch on the back "Let Him in." We'll see what time allows to see if we can get a few of those made. In the mean time I will make a bunch more like this for presents. Nannette reminded me today that Christmas is only 11 days away. (Check out her blog for a fun give away she is having all week.) In the mean time I better get sewing.
Have a Most Merry Christmas Season.
Em

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Friends, Thanks, and Faith

Thank you for your overwhelming response. I wish you all luck in my giveaway. Your comments have been a ray of sunshine in my life. This blogging experience has been so fulfilling. I have loved getting to know so many of you. I have learned so much.

I spent the day yesterday making something for a dear friend who is going through a very hard time. I was feeling so helpless and wanted to do something. Ran it to her as soon as I got it done along with a hug and listening ear. We cried together. I hope it brings hope and peace in her turbulent life right now. It is so sad how the bad choices of others can hurt innocent people so deeply. May her and her family be watched over and blessed through this trying time.
Sorry I have no picture this time. It was a little pillow with one of my favorite sayings.
"FAITH is not believing HE can help but KNOWING HE will."
Love,
Em

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Welcome Thanks for Coming

Welcome and thanks for coming to help me celebrate my 100th post. As promised I have cake and ice cream. I would love to share with each one of you but since Wonka vision has not been perfected and the cake would crumble and ice cream would probably melt even in these wintery conditions this will have to do. Leave a comment and the lucky winner will win this yummy little pin cushion. Along with all the fixings

To make this frosty table topper. If you put a link on your blog to mine I'll enter your name twice. Please let me know if you do this so I don't miss anyone. I'll pick the lucky winner on Monday. Thanks again for helping me celebrate.
Em



Monday, December 8, 2008

Cotton Spice

The new issue of Cotton Spice is out. And thanks to Joanna I know about this fun magazine. Check it out to see what I've been up to recently. Now this is post #99. I can hardly believe it. And here is a sneak peak of what is in store for tomorrow. I hope you will come back tomorrow and be part of my celebration. Until then have a great day!
Em

Friday, December 5, 2008

Lovely Lyn to the Rescue

Today did not start out to be the best of days. DD informed me just before it was time to go to school that she needed a picture of her with her pet. Nice---not. I am not a picture taker, in fact prior to blogging I seldom if ever used my camera. So I needed to take a picture to make this happen. Now our beloved dog, Belle, is old. She turned 13 this past September. She is slow and cold mornings do not help this. So trying to get her to come get her picture taken was not easy. She wanted to stay on the carpet down in the basement not come up on the tile where there was light for the picture. We barely got the picture taken in time to go to school.
It was late start today for A and J. For some reason A has a harder time being ready on time when it is a late start than when he has to be there early. So he missed his ride and I had to take him to school. GRRRRR!
I came home and my day turned around. Lyn informed me that she had awarded me this lovely award. Thanks Lynn. Very nice of you. I'm to award this to 5 other bloggers. Not an easy task. You are all so creative. So I will award it to all my faithful followers. I know this is more than 5 but I want to thanks for supporting me. I enjoy your comments and visiting your blogs. Here are the rules:1. The rules are to place the logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 5 people and link back to their blog.
4. Leave a message on the nominee's blog.
If you don't have time with all the Holiday Season is throwing at you don't worry about it. But know I think you are great!

Not only did Lyn award me this lovely award this package arrived from her today. Boy when Lyn saves the day she saves it BIG!

Wrapped in this pretty paper was this; scissors, pincushion, and patterns

Pretty green fabric, my favorite color and chop sticks

More scissors, matching needle holder, pincushion, and holder for said scissors.
All very beautiful Thanks Lyn
You made my day!