Monday, December 31, 2012

A Year Of Quilts

Tonight we say good bye to 2012 and hello to 2013.  Looking back it was a pretty good year; full of ups and downs.  As I looked back over the quilts I had finished I was amazed at all I was able to do. Here are the quilts I finished this year.
From right to left, top to bottom.
15 Minute Play, Pineapple, Creamy Dreamy, Stellar Stars Caught in a Web, Bloomin' Peeks, Friendly Twist, Picnic, Mavrick Star Spangled, Half Square, Dresden, This and That, Garden Party, Sugar and Spice Through the Year, Dream, Star Spangled, Neil's Eagle Quilt, A Notion or Two, Crazy Love

I'm hoping to be at least this productive in the new year.  Enjoy your celebrations tonight.  Stay safe.  And all the best in the new year.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Nook Cover

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  That you were able to enjoy time with friends and family making wonderful memories.  At the Bailey home we were enjoying our 'Wonderful Life' thanks in part to our dear family and friends.  I enjoyed getting together with them at parties, church and quick happy visits where gifts were dropped off and exchanged. 
As always I kept busy at my sewing machine making gifts of the heart for my children.  If you are unfamiliar with our gift giving tradition you can read about it here. Over the next few days I will share the gifts from the heart I created for my family.  First DD's gift from the heart was the Nook cover.  Her favorite colors are purple, green and orange so I thought this fabric was perfect. 
A fat quarter, elastic, some chipboard and a math made this little cover possible.

She was thrilled as was I when I saw her face.

Friday, December 21, 2012

HO HO HOT PADS

Christmas is a time for tasty treats.  Yummy smells fill the kitchen and spread throughout the house, drawing a crowd.  Everyone has their favorite Christmas treat; frosted sugar cookies, gingerbread men, hand dipped chocolates, divinity, peanut brittle, the list goes on and on.  Well, since I know the kitchen is such a bustling place this time of year I decided to make Christmas hot pads to share with friends and neighbors. 
I used Julie's Mr. Claus fabric by Moda.  First I fussy cut the Santas.  Then I surrounded them with 1 1/2" strips of red and green in varying log cabin arrangements.  Put the cream Merry Christmas print on the back and quilted them.  The fun candy stripe made a great binding.  And a red ric rac hanger to finish them off.  Now they are ready to lend a hand in holiday baking.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pineapple Finish

Well, it's been awhile.  I've been frantically sewing getting ready for the big day.  I just might make it.  Although one of the quilts that I'm giving may only be a top.  I did however finish this scrappy pineapple.  I'm giving it to my aunt as a thank you for letting me and my friends have a sewing retreat at her cabin.  I hope she likes it. 
I decided to quilt feathers in it.  I was a little worried about that as my first attempt was not a huge success.  I feel this time went much better.
In fact I enjoyed it this time.  I definitely see more feather quilting in the future.

I hope all your Christmas plans are going well.  Only 6 more days.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Treat

My grandma was here last week and I got to spend a delightful day with her.  I've missed my grandma while she has been away the last year.  We used to go to lunch quite regularly and I always enjoyed my time with her.  But my aunt has needed her help this last year as she battles cancer.  So I've had to catch whatever spare moments grandma has when she comes back to catch up on doctor and dentist appointments.  The last time she was here and she gave me this treasure
 She also showed me this quilt.  I feel in love with it the instant I saw it.  Isn't it so sweet?  She told me she couldn't give it to because she thought one of my aunts would want it.  If they didn't then she would ask my mom.  So I was pretty far down on the totem pole.  So imagine my surprise when at this last visit she said she had a something for me and then she brought this out.  She said my face just lit up.  I did a happy dance and gave her a big hug.  
I thought it appropriate to photograph it in the rocking chair she let my dad have when I was pregnant with my first.  She rocked her baby's in it.  My dad said that growing up it was his boat and he would fish off the side of it. It is a tradition with my dad to give a rocking chair to each expectant mother in our family on the Christmas preceding the birth.  I feel so blessed that this was the rocking chair that I received.  Doesn't it look inviting with great grandma's quilt.
Grandma told me it is all hand pieced.  Her mother never used a machine.  Look at how wonderful the quilting is.  I'm so thankful for this Christmas treat!