Saturday, December 29, 2012

Day of Quilting


She wants it perfect so she used a paper pattern.

It is not going like she had hoped.

The finished project. Looks good if you don't look to close. What can you expect for her second time machine quilting, right? Like they say practise, practise practise!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Over the River--- I'm Done!!

I'm DONE!!!! YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's finally done and I love it and I'm pretty sure my Mother-in-law will LOVE IT TOO!!!.

I tried my hand at machine quilting on my machine-- let's just say if I had had more time I would've unpicked a bunch of stuff because I wanted to do so much better than I did... but alias as my Husband said-- it's your first time- give yourself a break. It's wonderful.

I quilted these really neat snowflakes on the pieced stars- they are way cute... I forgot to take pictures and now the quilt is in a box and wrapped at my Mother-in-laws- so after she opens it I will take some close up photos, for now these will have to do. ( I think my camera is getting tired.)

MERRY CHRISTMAS! God Bless Everyone!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

New Fabric, Giveaway, Sale

I just got in some beautiful fabric from Kona bay and I needed a quick gift for coworkers so this is what I came up with. The fabric line is Sanctuary and is a border fabric. It took 1 yard of the border fabric and 1/2 yard of the backing, to make 2 table toppers. I just did a simple quilting following the design and then every two inches. It was so quick and easy and turned out very nice.

I used this ruler from Missouri Star Quilt Company called the large simple wedge ruler. Eight 45 degree

angles cut out of this blue Sanctuary fabric by Kona Bay.
 The back was out of this tonal white with gold etchings from the same line.
 I am going to giveaway to one lucky winner a yard of the blue and 1/2 yard of the white. Just leave a comment on what you are looking forward to in the New Year. I will chose a winner next Sunday.

Also I would like to KICK off the week with an inventory blow out sale, everything in the store is going to be 25% off till the end of the month. (excuse the pun, I couldn't help myself, anyway it is the season for football games)

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has stopped by this year and especially for all of you that take the time to share a comment. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and that the spirit of peace and love will be with you through the coming New Year. May God bless you and your family.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Crayon rolls

These are crayon rolls that I made my preschoolers for Christmas. They were super easy and a lot of fun to make. The best part was handing them to the children and seeing them get excited.
I made 16 of these out of my flannel scraps. Great project to help use up scrap fabric and they turn out so cute. They make keeping crayons organized and in one place.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Baby Blanket- Jungle Path Baby Quilt

Folded up nicely

Check-out the quilting and the soft minkee

All wrinkly- but done!!!

My two year old loves this-- see her little foot

I got this pattern off of the Moda Bake Shop- it is the Jungle Baby Quilt Pattern by Jessica Kelly. I loved hers and decide to make one... it ended-up being bigger than a baby quilt... so it is more of a Toddler blanket. My two year loves it.... she loves the animals. This is for a special friend who had a baby 11 years after her last one--- OOPPs!! but he is so cute!!

I'm glad to be done!! Thanks Mom for quilting it!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Winner Winner where are you????????

I should have chosen a winner for the giveaway yesterday but I was out of town for part of the weekend and was lazy when I got home. Well not lazy I guess busy doing Christmas stuff and I have to be honest I finished reading a Christmas novel that I had started. I did get my stichery done, now I need to get the blocks done and quilt it. Not much time left to get all that Christmas stuff done.

Looks like the lucky winner is B Greene.  So email me your address.

This weekend I was at the youngest daughters house and she had to make a run into town for car parts. We were down there so Dad could help her husband fix his car and when they started working on it they found more stuff that needed fixing, what is new. So I stayed home with the kids and she went to town. Well she had a JoAnns coupon for 50% off, can't waste that, so she slipped in real quick to find the book 501 Quilting Motifs. Wow, is it a nice book. I fell in love, so she gave it to me for Christmas and she is going to go back and get her one, another 50% off coupon that wont go to waste. Yea baby, aren't coupons great. Well here is the book cover and the review. It is so awesome and it doesn't matter how you like to quilt, there is useful stuff for all flavors.

A must-have resource for every quilter, this collection features 501 quilting motifs selected from more than 26 years of Quiltmaker magazine. What a value! Now quilters of all levels can finish gorgeous, one-of-a-kind quilts. Handy indexes cross-reference each motif by size and style, so finding the perfect one is quick and easy.

* Get clear guidelines for selecting and transferring motifs

* Find quilting-motif categories such as flowers, feathers, vines and leaves, seasonal and holidays, children and teens, geometric designs, and more

* Discover well over a thousand arrangements featuring the motifs

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Snowflakes and Stars

We've been busy crafting with the kids making snowflake ornaments out of beads and stars out of paper. Here are just a few of the snowflakes and stars. The kids had fun and I had fun (not sure John had any fun... crafting is really not his first choice) until the glitter somehow ended up all and I me ALL over the house. These are for their teachers and the people John and I work with. It's always fun to make something together and give away to those we care about. Now we are baking up a storm-- so far 20 loaves of friendship bread.... We've already eaten one which is not helping get it done.
Happy Holidays!!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Panel & New Shelf!!!

In anticipation of mom making it to my place tomorrow, I finally finished the binding on the Star of Wonder panel by Nancy Halvorsen, that I got from her stash at Thanksgiving.

I was drooling all over it, so I think mom had pity and let me have it. I brought it home and decided to hand quilt it. Not the smartest idea I ever had... especially since those Santas I mentioned earlier this week have been put on hold while I was tatting up a storm. But it turned out great!

The best part, was that my husband got wrangled into helping me build the shelf in the picture. I always wanted one...even though I only have a few wall hangings. But now I might need to make a few more or find some really cute panels. Hmm...the ideas are already brewing.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Short Attention Span

Well, I am going to admit I have a short attention span (or finishing commitment issues!!!). At Thanksgiving mom mentioned that the sewing machine was humming...This was one of the few projects we started.
It is the Little Quilts2 Again! December Santa pattern from The Wooden Bear. We started 5 of these puppies, which all ended up at my house to be finished. (Why do I think..."yeah I can finish these".) I should have sent them home with someone else. I have yet to touch all but Melanie's which is the half finished one in the picture. I will admit I started hers as a trial run...(sorry Mel, I figured you wouldn't mind)..but now hers may be the only one that ever gets finished by Christmas. The guinea pig is not always out of luck I suppose. So what have I been up to....

Yes, you got it....tatting away. I decided to make ornaments for a few friends and neighbors. I have 4 done and 6 to go.... I hope to have them all done by the weekend. This tatting pattern is Kira's Star by Birgit Phelps.

I know I should be finishing those little Santas, but as you will probably find out sooner or later, I am the one daughter who would rather play with yarn and sticks or shuttles and string or a good cross stitch. Granted, I do quilt and sew, but why put awesome variegated thread or yarn on a quilt when it could be something very pretty all on it's own!!! (And yes it is also nice on quilts...)

Maybe when mom visits this weekend she could help finish a few Santas! 


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Giveaway Winner and Next Giveaway

Well this is a little late. My laptop computer died along with everything on it. The screen is black and no amount of resetting will resurect it. I do have a back up thumb drive has been awhile since I have backed it up. Oh woe is me what bad timing. Alas, all is not lost, we are not computer poor at this house. So the DH suggested I take one of the other computers and move it into the sewing room. It takes up a little more room than the laptop did but it will work in a pinch. Besides the files and my contacts this will work for now.

On to the giveaway, Leanne is the winner and I will send her prize out as soon as I receive an address.

I want to start the next weeks giveaway with two books both by Alex Anderson and Liz Aneloski, Super Simple Quilts #3 and #4. I did want to mention I may add to this during the week so stay tuned for the rest of the story.

Have a good week. I am sad, it is snowing and I have to drive to work in it tomorrow.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

December's "It's a Family Affair"

I am the second daughter, fifth child of Jeanette, my name is Christine. I thought I would add some of my sewing projects so you all could see them.
Here are a few of my projects that I have finished in the past weeks.

 This is a fabric cover made for a large filing cabinet. I made this to cover the ugly metal cabinet, now it looks like a giant present sitting in my living room. Too bad it really isn't a cool present. :)

Here is an Advent calendar that I quilted at moms house and then finished at home. It was super easy and would be a really quick project if you don't quilt it first. It was fun to quilt on the machine but took me a while to get the hang of what I was doing, because it was my first time every quilting with a quilting machine.
These are some of the softies for the calendar. They are a little wrinkled after sitting in the pockets for a while.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Two more projects

 The one above is a paver quilt made by Beverly and I quilted it for her. It is a Christmas present, so I won't tell who it is for, won't want to ruin the surprise. The one below is my Feathered Christmas using the pattern by Cherry Blossoms. I quilted it yesterday and put the binding on tonight. I just love her designs. I need to get the wreath on the frame and finish it. I still have a couple of projects that I want to do but I have been working on my stitchery. I really wonder what I was thinking, it is taking me forever to get it done.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Count Down to Christmas

A couple of months ago I saw this cute board for counting down to Christmas. Everyday you got a piece of chocolate candy. So I bought them clear back in Sept. We finally got around to finishing them last week just in time to start the countdown. We made three of them- using different colors and paper.

Black one 

Red one- the background is a sheet of printed scrapbook paper.

The letters and numbers are white vinyl.

The kids help cut out paper and wrap the chocolates.

  This one was a little more creative in directions on how they hung the chocolates.

 They turned out cute and were easy.

Have a Great Day and a Fabulous week!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Addition to Giveaway

Super Simple Quilts #2 with Alex Anderson & Liz Aneloski
"9 NEW Pieced Projects from Strips, Squares & Rectangles
1 supply list = 9 quilt options

• 9 new Super Simple quilt projects combine 3 incredibly easy quilt designs with 3 vibrant fabric styles: New Retro, Batiks, and Plaids and Stripes
• Simple shopping-make any of the quilts from one supply list
• Simple piecing-put the quilts together fast with easy strips, squares, and rectangles
• Simple projects-quick and easy for both beginners and experienced quilters

You loved how fast and easy it was to make the first Super Simple quilts. Now Alex and Liz are back with 9 all-new Super Simple projects just for you. Choose from 3 easy designs in 3 vivid color schemes. Add 3 simple quilting techniques and 3 quick ways to bind and finish. What could be simpler? "

You can join the giveaway here or below. Just make a comment on what you want for Christmas. Thanks for stopping by.