Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A New Year, A New Project

Even though I have tons of projects going, I had to start a new project for the new year! I"ve been waiting to do this project since probably last spring and had everything I needed since before Christmas - just waiting for Christmas to be done! Wendy and Tak will know right away what it is! I"ll wait a bit before I tell you all what it will be! It is a small project in size, but lots of steps.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Tea Anyone?

And here are a few more fun things I got for xmas. The GORGEOUS redware plate and the fun button frame from my mom!

And this adorable stocking from my best buddy in AU!

Oh and these cute towels and pattern from her too!

And also this adorable tea pot and 4 mugs from my nephew who is my Godson! Tea Anyone?!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Suggestions for transferring redwork patterns

Any suggestions for transferring redwork patterns onto the fabric? I know there are a million ways, just wondering what works (or doesn't work) for you.

Also, if your doing it on what fabric do you line the white fabric before you stitch or not. Once again I know there are million ways to do it, just wondering what you do!

Christmas Goodies

Thought I would share some of my Christmas Goodies. Above is fabric and the pattern for the beautiful Winter Wonderland redwork. My mom got this for me. How many years do you think it will take me to do all that redwork? I"m a bit worried about that!

Emily got from Grandma Stitchopoly. This morning the 4 kids are playing. The houses are shops and studios.

And from my friend in Australia I got this awesome pair of Emu sheepskin boots! Oh my gosh - they are so comfortable and warm. But they don't get my feet hot and sweaty. The tag says they will keep my feet cool in summer and warm in winter. Not sure I can wear them in summer! More to come later.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays to Everyone

Happy Holidays to everyone, whatever you celebrate this time of year.

Just a peek at my newest project I started, it will be queen size so it will take me awhile to get this done.

And look! My sewing caddies from Sharon's DH came!

Hope your days are wonderful this holiday season! And hope Santa is good to you all!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Mrs Snowman

I finally finished my Mrs Snowman quilt for my mom! Needless to say I won't get it out to her by xmas - but then it really wasn't her xmas gift anyway. Isn't she adorable! I kind of want to keep her! I made this for the back of my mom's front door. She told me this summer she didn't have anything to hang there in the winter that wasn't xmasy!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Will Frosty Never Learn!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

MIA? Regifting?

Yes I know, I"ve been MIA! Things have just been busy, busy, busy! And mostly on the sewing front all I"ve done was work on those tipsy snowmen. I"m happy to say all 8 are completely DONE! Wooo Hoo!!!

I've also been so busy I've been lax in sharing some of the really cool gifts I"ve gotten this month. Top is a the most adorable and gorgeous wool scraps made into a wreath from Libby! I told her the wool was so pretty I thought about taking it apart and doing something with it!

I got this wonderful repro doll quilt from Heather yesterday! Isn't is AWESOME! Heather (no blog), Laura, Sossy and I drew names back in Sept for our annual small quilt exchange. This year we decided to do Christmas or Winter. Heather got a Tipsy Snowman, Crow and xmas tree quilt and a fabric basket from me (yes - I couldn't decide on xmas or winter so I just did both. It was easier than making a decision!). And she had my name! She decided to do christmas like colors in repro fabrics so I could use it all year! I LOVE it! It is a Carol Hopkins pattern/design.

Speaking of gifts to go - Jan got her surprise from me. I never thought about it this way, but I "regifted" her crumbs she gave me from her gorgeous Batik Jewels quilt. Don't they look happy in their new home?!

This weekend I had a little girl time with one of my best quilting buddies. We ate pizza, watched Christmas movies and did some hand sewing. I got this adorable star in a heart wall hanging from her.

Last week I got this really cool bag from a lady in Australia who I did a block exchange with last year. We all kind of ran behind on the last few blocks and final present and she got hers sent out. Isn't it cool.

Last night my sewing bee had a Christmas dinner. It was so nice to eat and chat, and we sewed just a little, but mostly just enjoyed each others company for Christmas. I got this lovely Carolina Snowflake made by a local artist and this salt cellar do-dad (what is the name you call these things - kotchi's or something like that) from Nann. Any way the glass part is a salt cellar and the top is made out of buttons! My favorite line in the snowflake care instructions are "If you snowflake gets hairy, clip the hairs with scissors!"

And last but not least is my new sewing caddy like the ones Sharon's husband made! Joan's (no blog) husband made this for her to give us for xmas. Aren't they fun! I guess they got tired of me talking about the awesome ones Sharon's husband made - huh?!

Wheh - I think that has everyone caught up on my life lately!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

I can share another Ruby Doll now!

Thought I would share another Ruby Doll now. She has arrived at her new home so I can share her with you. I even made the little doll quilt to travel with her since she had to travel over the seas!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Fabric Baskets!

I"ve been wanting to try and make these for a long time, but never had time or would forget about them. I was trying to think of something fun to put some Christmas gifts in and remembered these baskets. I"m so glad I tried to make them! In 2 evenings I had these 6 done! Aren't they adorable!

You can get the pattern here: Fabric Baskets Tutorial

Monday, December 01, 2008

A forgotten finish

Things have been so busy for me I totally forgot to share a finish for me about a month ago. I made this top about a year ago, but I never got it quilted. I just couldn't figure out how I wanted it quilted. Finally at the end of October I just figured - quilt it. So I did a small stipple all over. I"ve seen this done on large quilts that the Country Sampler shop has at shows and it makes it look old and crinkly. I really liked the look even though normally I"m not big on stippling. I made this using Bonnie's Leader/Ender method. And had it done in time to show Bonnie when she visited our guild last month.

Yesterday I got my xmas quilt hung up that my friend in Australia made for me a few years ago - isn't it wonderful!

And I finally got sick and tired of my family throwing candy wrappers, sucker sticks and juice boxes in my thread catcher. So I made a sign to pin it it!!!! Desperate times make for desperate measures!