Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Few Christmas Favorites

I was able to finish a few more last minute Christmas gifts before Christmas Eve. Adriana loves little Tinkerbell so I couldn't resist when I saw her on fabric. Dominic is still not using a pillow but his room is decorated in sports so I made him a pillowcase too. Pillowcases sew up in so little time making them a perfect last minute gift anytime.

After making a Bow-Tuck bag for my Guild exchange I made another one as a diaper bag for the new coming Grand baby. I love the fabric as they have 3 dogs at home and it's so them with the bright colors. The baby's room is bright yellow and orange. No pink, ruffles or traditional girlie girl stuff for this new baby girl and her non-conventional parents.

On my last time out shopping I came across, well lets just say one of those gifts you can't stop playing, smiling or laughing at. It was the perfect gift for the kids that brought many laughs through out the night and was one of Dominik's favorites. He danced his little dance as the snowman was singing his song and his cheeks lighting up. I wished I had the video camera going at that moment to capture it.
Adriana was checking for calls on her cell phone all night. I guess she was expecting an important call. I wonder from who?

Our family was able to share Christmas Eve together this year and that was truly a blessing. Everything after that was icing on the cake or should I say frosting on the cookie.
Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year filled with many blessings through out this new year...................

Till next time...........................
From your stash let a beautiful quilt be born!

Friday, December 19, 2008

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Hi all............. It's been a quite a spell since my last post again. Where does the time go..... Our computer went down and was in the shop for strip down and TLC several days. Now the task at hand is to reload every program and update, update, update. On dial -up that can be a process in it's self. Someday fiber optic will come to my road. Until then 45.2 kbps turtle speed but at least I'm on line.

As promised the snow is falling here in western New York. It's like a snow globe and very pretty unless you have to go out and drive. I was going to do a little more shopping but I think I'll wait till the weather settles down. The weather channel is predicting we will have a white Christmas here. :-)

During our computer outage I've been busy sewing. The girls came over last week and we started a group project of a snowman wall hanging. I didn't get very far yet so I'll have to post a picture later. Our Bee group will be the snack Hostesses for the January Guild meeting and we decided on the theme of snowmen and the colors blue and white. It was fun thinking of "snow foods" to serve with hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The other projects I got done was making a couple of sewing machine covers for the Bernina's to keep mischievous Thomas from getting into trouble with threads. Bella is older and a very well behaved young lady unlike get into everything Thomas. It's been awhile since I've had a kitten around getting into my stuff like a toddler. When I get more time after the Holidays I'll measure and have to make one for my serger too.

I next moved onto make our guild Christmas party exchange gift. Every year the chair picks a fabric or a group of a couple prints and colors for us to use. This year they asked us to think out of the box so I figured I wouldn't make a runner or quilt. I purchased this pattern recently at my Bernina Shop. There were many different samples through out the store. The pattern is "Bow Tucks" . The pattern is well written in my humble opinion and went together quite easily plus contains pockets all around the inside. We get to vote on all the items and also have a President's choice. My bag won 1st place and a gift certificate from a local quilt shop..... how cool is that. I was speechless. I stared a couple more for gifts. One is going to be a diaper bag for our grandchild due this Spring. I think I'm going to have to make one for myself too.

Bountiful Harvest top is officially done also. I kept to my word on the top and used only stash I had on hand. I had several pieces and parts leftover so I think I will scrap the back too but that will have to wait till after the holidays. I really enjoyed the process of sewing the strings together without a foundation. I still have many more strings to use up and might try another pattern out of Strips and Strings . I've already made 2 from it.

The last thing I had to share was just so cute. Thomas has found many new spots to curl up in but when I found him on top of my knitting caddy it was a Kodak moment I had to share with you all. Leave it to a cat to find fun places to sleep on or in.

Well I have to get back to the many things that need to get done before Christmas.....baking more cookies........wrapping gifts.....and attending our Church's adult Christmas party tonight.
From my family to yours...........
It's our prayer you have a safe and peaceful CHRISTmas with family and friends.

From your stash let a beautiful quilt be born!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Back on track again

It's been quite awhile since my last post. I feel like I should be attending Blogger Anonymous for support help. I will try to do better and shot for once a week at least. Bella has been recuperating from surgery. Her first visit with our Vet showed she had problems with a few teeth and they had to be removed. Poor Bella ending up losing five of her teeth along with shaving her one leg like a poodle cut above her paw. She is doing so much better now that the bad stuff is gone. The Ten Lives adoption Club was so nice about taking care of her Vet bills so we didn't have to worry about it. Thomas is also glad Bella is doing better so she can play. They both have been a loving addition to our family.

I have been working hard to get back into my sew room again. It was so hard to block off time to just be able to sit awhile to work on a project for a few weeks. I decided to just reclaim my quilting time as therapy from stress. I pulled out another UFO to work on. It originated from the book Strips and Strings and was called Plaid Obsession but I'm calling mine "Bountiful Harvest" because it truly all was harvested from my stash at least so far. I'll update that when it's done. It's a fairly young UFO I started the beginning of the year. It always takes me awhile to figure out where I left off before I can get going on that project. The time lapse between must leave me brain dead or something. Here is a picture half way through sewing the blocks together. Since that picture I've sewn all the blocks together. All that's left is a couple borders then another UFO top is completed........ Another one bits the dust so to speak.............. yeah!!!

Over Thanksgiving weekend I received my squishy from the civil war strings swap some of us participated in on Quiltville Swap . It was full of many lovely prints and colors that I didn't have. I have been anxiously waiting their arrival like a little child waiting for Christmas morning. They will be a wonderful addition to my UFO Civil War quilt that needs more blocks. I'm shooting for a queen size quilt. I'm counting down the days for the New Year to get going on it and sew.....sew..... sew.......

I often wonder how many other quilters have the same bug I do. I have trouble focusing on just one project at a time and always have well.... lets just say a few ???? going at the same time. I'm always seeing more ideas that I want to start. Of coarse it's all with the theory of using up the stash that never seems to go down as fast as the projects appear. That's why I just went to a sale and bought major (((yards))) of flannel fabric for backings for at least 13 or more stash quilts waiting to be started. I don't always want to piece a back for a quilt.
It's madness to most folks and they just don't get it but then again I don't get some of their "hobbies" Quilting has always been very therapeutic to me ;0)

Till next time.........
From your stash let a beautiful quilt be born!