Thursday, December 30, 2010

Look who came to live with me!

Isn't she wonderful! I got her from my friend in Australia for a xmas gift (the one I'm visiting in April)! The material her dress is made of is so soft and gorgeous! And all that crochet details!

And get a load of the Cherry Tree! And that little purse is way too cute!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

3 New DJ blocks

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Some new Sewing Kits

I have 2 new sewing books to share with you! Above is my Chickadee book. I bought this kit last summer when I was out at my mom's house. But I wanted a different wool for the main part of the kit so I had to wait until I found just the right piece!

And the inside!

Then this gorgeous baby was made by my friend for me for xmas! It is a Sue Spargo pattern.

Don't you just love how it shuts by winding the tail around the button! It makes it so easy to close and open! I love this idea!

Inside is a wonderful new pair of stork scissors Lynn gave me with a beauiful fob! In the very center of the roll is a pincushion. Hard to see in the picture, but it is a big pincusion.

She also gave me a new marking pencil and cosmos floss! I"ve been wanting to try this. I hear it is really wonderful, but I haven't been able to find any since I've heard about it. Can't wait to give it a try!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Some Christmas Gifts

I finally can share another project I've been working on this fall. Got together with my small quilting group last night and gave them their gifts so I can show you now!

My friend Joan and I went in on these gifts together. Her husband Gary made the wood boxes for me, and I did the punchneedle that we put on them! Above is Joan's. Can you tell she loves pigs!

And Julie's

And Nann's

Monday, December 20, 2010

Aaaack! The days are flying by!

The days just seem to fly by lately. Things are hustling and bustling at our house. Emily came home from college last Thursday and Jenna will be home later this week. Emily is busy baking cookies before Wednesday when she has shoulder surgery and won't be able to do anything for awhile! I"m just trying to keep up with them and work.

I did make these for some gifts this year for friends. Little Kindle and iTouch/iPhone holders. Holly found them online and wanted to know if I could make them. It took a few tries, and let me tell you the first few were really, really funny looking, but I finally figured them out! Some of these will be going to new homes this week!

UGGGG and while I was typing this I heard a metal cling, clang, cling, clang. I go into the kitchen and what did I find? Miss Chloe up on the table licking butter out of the bowl for the frosting for the cookies. She has NEVER done that before. Geez. So much for that butter! Look at that face - can you believe it?!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Since I"m busy, Just some humor....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

2 more

2 more done while it snows and I watch Christmas movies!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Question - HELP!.... UPDATE - RESOLVED!

UPDATE!!!! - Thanks to joulesB I got the answer on the first comment! Thank You! I will pass this along!

They are called
Pinmoors. Check them out if you had no idea what I was talking about!

I had a friend at guild mention that she had seen on the web those straight pins you baste quilts with that have the little rubber/eraser like plugs you put on the end. I know I"ve seen a few blogs recently where some of you have tried them. HELP - I can't remember which blogs, or more importantly where you got those pins from? Any ideas?

Didn't want to leave you with no quilty pictures, so 2 more Dear Jane blocks!

Monday, December 06, 2010

2 more easy peasy blocks

Thought it was time to do 2 easy peasy blocks for my Dear Jane. At least I got 2 blocks done!

If you want to see my progress go here.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Remember This?

Remember my X-Rated quilt? I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for borders. Well I decided to go plain and put some nice hand quilting on them.

So I had the piano key strips left. What to do? Make a strippy coin quilt of course!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Stockings are Home

Holly and Adam arrived safe and sound back to Oklahoma, and got the stocking hung up on their mantle! Don't they look great!

Holly also got a good start on her xmas decorations. WAY ahead of me! Thought you would enjoy they cute pics she sent me.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

2 more Dear Jane Blocks

It has been FOREVER since I"ve worked on my Dear Jane quilt. So I thought it was time to make a couple. Here are my 2 new ones.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I finally can share!

I finally can share the project I've been working on since July! I made wool Christmas stockings for Holly and her husband Adam. I couldn't share before now because Holly checks in on my blog and I didn't want her to see.

I gave them the stockings while they were home for Thanksgiving so that they could use them this year. Aren't they adorable!

I picked up the patterns in Paducah last spring. They are from Crawford Designs.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Guild Raffle Quilt

I showed a bit ago some blocks I was working on for our guilds raffle quilt. Well I have a bunch of them back and just had to lay them out to get a look. Doesn't it look great! This whole quilt is set in seams though, so it has been a challenge. But I am so happy with the results so far I had to share. I have 4 more star block units to make myself yet. Guess I better get going!

If your wondering what the pattern is, it is "Eldon" by Laundry Basket Quilts.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sew Cal Gal's Christmas Quilt Show 2010

Sew Cal Gal is hosting an online Christmas Quilt Show this week! Visit her blog at and enjoy the show, or sign up and enter one of your own Christmas Quilts.

My quilt was made from a pattern I got as a gift from my mom one year. I shopped with her for the fabrics and now I have a very special Christmas quilt to hang each year. The pattern was from a quilt shop in Delaware but is no longer available for purchase.

Hope you enjoy the show!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I'm breathless!

Viki turned this
Into this! Go to her blog to see a few more pics! Isn't it wonderful! I can't wait to see it in real life and touch it!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Why I've been quiet

Some of you are probably wondering where I've been and what I'm up to? Well I"m busy finishing up xmas gifts! And I can't share yet because the receivers read the blog! But I'm getting close to being finished with them.

Went shopping to Cedarburg Wisconsin Friday with a friend. We stopped at Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop which was in the recent top 10 quilt shops. Oh my goodness - was it wonderful. Here are some pics of the shop.

No I have no goodies to share. I've been put on a "No quilting things" diet. Now that could be really hard and tough for me. But I have a good reason!..........

I'm going to Australia!!!!! Can you believe it! I"m so excited! I"m going for just over 2 weeks in April. I"m going to visit my friend Jody and will be seeing Sydney and Canberra. I can't wait to go! So the condition of the trip was to spend no money on quilt stuff between now and then. I can do that so I can see my good friend Jode!

Oh and before I close a few shots of the old Mill in Cedarburg and the Dam next to it.