Friday, December 31, 2010

PhD Challenge

I've joined Myra's PhD again this year. It is just the motivation I need to get a few more quilts done. I've committed to four finishes by June. On my list is this fun beauty. I've decided it needs to be a little bigger so I need to make a few more blocks. I'm planning on quilting it with pearl cotton. I'm not sure what the binding will be. I've got to think on that. Next are these scrappy stars. I'm going to make them into a lap size version of the quilt in my header. I love how changing up the fabric in a quilt changes the quilt so dramaticly. If your interested in making this great scrap buster the pattern is available here.
Then there is this quilt that has been hanging around for a couple of years. My friend gave me this pattern and I'm trying to use up all the 1 1/2" squares I had cut when I tried to organize my scraps into usable sizes. This method didn't work for me. Probably has to do with the fact that cutting fabric is my least favorite part of quilting so I just ended up with a huge bin of scraps under my cutting table. Thank heaven I found Jody's method. It works so much better for me. Anyway this quilt has put a dent in those little squares. It just needs all the elements put together. I think I'm even going to try mittered corners on the piano key sashing.

Then last but not least is my wonky log cabin. Here it is pinned and ready for quilting.
Thanks Myra for the motivation I need to finish a few more quilts. I'm really looking forward to having these to snuggle and enjoy.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Coming and Going

I've been keeping the post man busy with packages coming and going. Between my three virtual bees, two online exchanges and some happy bloggy winnings my mail box is seeing a lot of packages. Such a pleasant change from bills and junk mail. January is my month to be queen bee in my Twist on Tradition virtual bee. I sent out packages early since there were a couple that had a long ways to go and I wanted to make sure these ladies had plenty of time to complete their blocks. Well there are some ladies in this group that are really on the ball because I've already received blocks from two of them. Thank you Danielle and Michelle aren't their blocks lovely? Danielle is the queen bee for The Stitchin' Bee we are also both in. So along with her blocks came some pretty fabric and this fun little book to give inspiration for the block I get to create for her.
The pictures in this book are amazing. I love the use of color. It took me some time thinking and playing with fabric and design but I'm pretty happy with the results. I hope she will like it.

Also newly arrived in the mail is this absolutely wonderful charm pack from Shari. I've already got some ideas churning for how to use it.

Hope everyone has a great day today and that you find time to sew a little something.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Find the Good

Have you ever noticed how the holidays lead into each other. Thanksgiving allows us the chance to see all that we have been blessed with. A time to reflect on all that is good in our lives. The comforts we enjoy and the people that make our lives wonderful. It is a wonderful precusior to Christmas.
Where after we have had a chance to see all that we have we are given a change to give back. To share of our recources, time and talents with those we love and those that are less fortunate.
Then the new year rolls around and we look for ways to improve ourselves. To try something new,
to pick up the pieces in our lives that are not quite what we want them to be and make a plan.

To gather help and inspiration from others so we can make our little corner of the world a better place. By Treewhimsy

Thanks to all of you that inspire me and help me want to be a better person.

Here's to wonderful New Year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

It's Christmas Eve! Can you believe it? I think December is the quickest month of the year. It always seems to just fly by. With all the prep for the big day, all the parties and festivities it is little wonder December is gone before we know it. Well, I'm as ready as I'm going to get for the big day. The house is decorated, the baking is done, the presents are wrapped. Speaking of presents, I have one for you.
I would like you to share my Easy as Pie pattern with you. So leave a comment and I'll send you your little heart felt gift in the form of a PDF file.
Hope you have a joyous day tomorrow.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pressies From the Guild

Do you remember all the little spools I made a while back. Well this is what they were for; little mug rugs for my quilt guild board. I made extras also, I just loved them so much and those will go into another project. I wrapped them up with a Christmas mug, some hot cocoa, and Hershey's hugs and kisses. Had to let my board know how much I love and appreciate all the help this year. I never could have pulled it off with out them.
Then I was overwhelmed by the generosity of my little quilt guild. Martha gave me these sweet little fabric packs. Can't wait to play with these pretties.

I got this little fat quarter journal (three fat quarters wrapped around cardboard, folded to look like a book and tied with pretty ribbon.) A spool of thread with a cute little pincushion. You can never have too many pincushions. And a flying geese ruler. Thank you Vivian, Sue K and Suzy.

Then my most wonderful president elect, Michelle had the ladies each make me these fabulous bright scrappy stars. I am so thrilled with these and can't wait to make something full of wonderful memories and love from these fine ladies.
Did you notice the little star above with the tiny pinwheel. That is from my sweet mini friend Sue T who also made me this cute mini with the great little quilt hanger. Sue does all things mini and she does them beautifully.
Boy, do I feel blessed to have these great ladies in my life.
Thank you sew very much!
You're the best!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Find The Good

Christmas is a time for gifts. If you've followed my blog for very long you know we have a gift giving tradition at our house. Every year my children receive three gifts from my husband and me.
The first a useful gift. You know the gift they really need but don't necessarily want, like socks and under ware.
by Denawayne

Then there's the fun gift. The must have new toy. The frivolous pleasure gift.
by Trish

And finally the gift from the heart. A homemade treasure that takes time and thought. That says I love you and you are important to me.
by Rucas/Trapinho

We do this to honor the greatest gift of all. The reason for the season.

by Marylouweidman
May your Christmas be full of peace and love. Wishing you the best this holiday season.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandma

Today is my Grandma's 90th birthday. She is an amazing woman and still going strong. In fact she just got back from a cruise. This cute picture of her is on her wedding day. Isn't she pretty?

Tonight we are throwing her a big party. It should be lots of fun.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Santa on Every Corner

At 3:30 this morning when so many ideas were running through my head I decided to get up and at least be productive. I finished the last few inches of the binding on my Santa on Every Corner Quilt. Then I sewed eyes on all the Santa's and hung it this morning. I love how it looks on my red wall. This has been such a fun quilt to make; from the time Nanette started the exchange, to getting my blocks, figuring out how to put them together, deciding on how to quilt it and finally binding it.
I would have bond it sooner but I've been saving it so I would have something to do in the infusion lab. I've had to undergo some treatments there the last few weeks and to keep me off the pity pot and my mind on better things I try to always have some hand work. Last week I finished up gifts for my quilt guild. I'll show those soon but I have to wait until I give them tomorrow. I have also been blessed to have company with me the last two times. My dear friend Holly came last week. Which is so totally amazing considering she has 8 children to take care of and it's Christmas time. How did I get so lucky to have such a dear friend that would take hours out of her busy schedule to sit with me. Yesterday my 'favorite' Aunt Darlene came with. She surprised me at lunch by not only going and getting lunch but bringing back my Uncle Bud and cousin Debbie. It was like a family reunion. We shared our lunches with my fellow chemo patience and enjoyed visiting. As far as days in the infusion lab go it was a good one; no bed reaction this time, everyone was positive and uplifting (which never fails to amaze me considering what they are up against), and I got to enjoy time with family that I don't see as often. Nice to know they are there when I need them. I am so blessed.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Find The Good

There are so many fun activities at Christmas. Decorating cookies with my family is a favorite past time. Seeing the creations they make and sharing our creations with others sure brings the Christmas spirit. by Andovercookiemama
Then there is the singing of carols. Every year we head down to the Energy Solutions Arena to join in the annual Christmas Carol sing a long. It is always packed. Their is a symphony that plays the carols and the words appear on the screen. At the end Santa comes. It is one of my favorite Christmas activities.
by Stormyafternoon

Making a gingerbread village is also a joy. They all start the same but by the end each is unique and festive.
by The Cookie Shop
Making homemade ornaments is a fun activity. And sure to creat many happy memories. My tree is full of memories because we make some kind of homemade ornament every year.
by Leslie and Sara

And then of course the lights. Dressing up warm and visiting Temple Square where the lights never fail to awe and delight. Then getting hot cocoa afterwards.
by Troy McCullough

These are a few of my favorite Christmas activities. What are yours?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pretty Packaging

For the person on your list that has everything, the one that won't give you any hints on the perfect gift, you know that hard to buy for person. I've found that a gift card works best. Then they can have the joy of picking out just what they want and you know that they will enjoy your gift. But how do you make it personal and heart felt? How about some pretty packaging? Say some felt appliqued with a simple motif. Decorated with cute buttons. And sewn into a cute pocket.
With a button clasp.

Now that says, "I love you have fun shopping."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Little More Ho Ho Hoing

After I made my little Santa pillow and did my Ho Ho Hoing post, I finally figured out how to quilt my Christmas Cottage Quilt. Since I plan on naming this quilt a Santa On Every Corner. I thought quilting ho ho ho through the quilt would be perfect.
I really like how it turned out.

And I'm anxious to get it bond.

So I can hang it on my wall and hopefully enjoy it at least a little this Christmas season.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Find The Good

Christmas is a time for festive decorations.
Picking out the Christmas tree. Now that is a great pastime. I remember one year my hubby picked one, chopped it down and when we got it home it was like the Griswold family Christmas. I was just waiting for a squirrel to run out of it. My dear sweet hubby said 'It didn't look that big outside.'
Christmas lights are always delightful. Except when you have to untangle them. by Kunderwood
But if you leave that job to the men in your life you are left with nothing but delight.

After the lights comes the decorating fun. All the memories that come from past Christmas's.

All the ornaments that my children have made. The ones with their cute pictures as they grew up. My favorite ornament of all time is the angel Josh made when he was in 2nd grade. It takes it's place of honor on top of our tree every year.
What favorite Christmas decorating memories do you have?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Just Like Christmas

I was thrilled when Nanette invited me to lunch with some of her other friends. Just getting to have some fun girl time with Nanette is enough to brighten any day. She is such a kind and generous person so it shouldn't have surprised me when lunch became more like Christmas morning. Not only is Nanette very generous so are her friends.
Look at this delightful tree Rae Ann made. It is decorated so sweetly with all things quilty. How cute is that spool on top?

Susann made these Victorian style gift tags. I don't know if I can part with them. I might have to use them as ornaments, something Nanette suggested. She is so clever.

This cute little clutch was made by Kim. I'm loving these giant flying geese. And I am very impressed by the zipper closure. I am zipper phobic. I avoid them like the plague. They seem so hard to me. I was privileged to get to sit next to Kim and get to know her a little better. She is so sweet and I'm so glad I found her bog, Bity Bits and Pieces. Go check it out! You won't be disappointed. The very talented Lori of Bee in my Bonnet had this sweet gift to share. How did she know I love hot cocoa? And there was Dove peppermint bark. Now that is some good stuff. I think I'm addicted. The mug is darling with the dots and look at the ever so cute jacket Lori made for it. Last but surely not least this adorable purple dotted mug (that I'm going to have to keep an eye on or DD is for sure to steal it.) and YES MORE HOT COCOA!!!!! WEEEE!!! Let me tell you it was very yummy. Thank you Nanette for everything; the cute mug, new friends, and a delightful afternoon.