Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas is Coming, How Joyful it will be!

I remember a song my mother used to play at Christmas when I was I young.

Christmas is coming, 
How joyful it will be.
The family will gather round the Christmas tree.
With silver tinsel shining bright,
The room is all a glow.
There's a kiss for you and me
Beneath the mistletoe!

I remembe one year in particulat,  see, there was a tree farm not far from where we lived and every year my dad and I would go pick a tree.  This year, (I was about 8 years old) after we got the tree home and in the living room, my mother found a large birds nest in it.  Not 2 minutes later we had a bird flying around the living room.  Ooooo, was she upset! Well, I had to keep it in as part of the decorations!  I even found a fake bird at Woolworth 's.

Aren't memories great?  I have so many growing up. And my husband and I  tried to make as many as we could, with our kids, as they were growing up

Speaking of trees, I Made one!  Now everyone knows I was never fond of paper piecing, but this was easy.

I purchased these cute little snowflakes at Hobby Lobby and put them randomly all over, including on the tree skirt.

Then I made 18 little blocks 
(aprox. 1 1/4 inch to 1 1/8 inch)

I used gold embroder thread to sew them on by one corner, so they would hang (just like balls hung on a tree)

And here is my tree,
Total size is:  
17 1/2" X 40 1/2"

I have also been busy making some Christmas gifts. I am sorry though, I can't show them until later.  I don't want to ruin any suprises.
I only have a few more to make.
Next, bake my cookies and pass them out.  Then I will ready for the big guy in the red suit  to come, lol.

Hope you're all making memories...


Monday, November 30, 2015

Bargello or not Bargello?

This past August, our Quilt Guild got together and took a class to learn the technique (and get a pattern) on making a Bargello quilt.
Unfortunately,  my grandsons were here for the month and I could not attend. But they did get me the pattern.  Right now I do not have the time  (Holidays as all) Soooo, I decided to make this small one.
It is called "Fruit Cocktail"  (designer, Jennifer Amor)

First was to make 4 units,

Being a Bargello, each strip was  different size.  They ranged from 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch.  Making them
      identical was more difficult than I thought it was going to be.  But, I did it.
Next was to turn the edges down and place on my background. 

After they were where I wanted and sewn on, I made all my boarders.  I carefully outlined each petal and did a stipple stitch in the black boarder.  

Total size is:  28" X  28"

Now, back to Christmas, got lots of things I want to make.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas in My Heart, Blog Hop

Today is Friday the 13th and day two of "Christmas is in my Heart" hop, and it is my day!  (Good I am not superstitious).

First, I want to give a big thank you to Marian from Seams to be Sew for all her hard work in planning and organizing this hop.  We all truly appreciate it.

We had a very rough month here at our house.  I had all kinds of ideas and Christmas projects that I wanted to make, still do.  But unfortunately, our daughter-in-law's father passed away.  He lived 910 miles from us.  Her and our son went up right away.  We had some things to straighten up here then we followed.  I felt so sorry for her.  Losing her father then have to organize his house and possessions to sell.  I only learned first hand how hard and how time consuming it is.  Not living close makes it harder yet.

I did get some embroidery done...I wanted to make a Small blue wall hanging for in our kitchen.  

I then trimmed it and put a boarder on to look like a picture frame.

I quilted snow flakes all around the embroidered Angel and then 1/4 inch from the seam in the boarder.

Now please folow me to see all the other creative projects for today:

So, enjoy today and the rest of the hop and remember, each day will feature a new giveaway from:

who once again has graciously given us a $25.00 gift certificate to give away.
Please go to:  Seams to be Sew
For the Link to enter, and Good Luck!

I can't wait to see what everyone made, I can never get enough, lol.
Then off to my room, I have lots to do.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy Halloween Everyone!

In just 2 days, it will be Halloween already!

I am sorry to see this hop over.  Time goes too fast for me.  I remember when I was young, my mother would always say, "The older you get the faster time goes.". She was either right, or I am getting slower, lol.

First, I want to share some Halloween fun that Ramona Jackson has made and brought in for "Show n' Tell" at our Quilt Guild meeting this month:

Below, was actually a panel.

She says she loves to decorate everywhere.  So she made some pillows to match:

Other "Show n' Tell" that was brought in:
Linda Aarant made some cute toppers with some is her stash. 

Joyce Fratini's quilt:

Bette Bock's quilt:

Linda Arant's Quilt:

Another of Linda Arant's:

We also were lucky to have Barbara Hartline show us how to make Christmas ornaments, what fun we had!

Gail Young holding her ornament:

We had such a good time, as we always do.  Next month,..Field Trip!

Now, I also went to and had a winner to my Maxine panel.

Nancy, at Patchwork Breeze

Congratulations!  I will send you an email shortly to verify your winnings.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween Haunts, 2015

Today is my day to show you all what I made for "Halloween Haunts, 2015”

Thank you so much Marian (Seems to be Sew).  For all your hard work organizing this hop.  I am so happy you are bringing back the hops.  I know I have missed them and seeing all kinds of projects AND talking to other quilters.

Now for what I have made.
First, is a Mug Rug.  Since I am one that always has some kind of drink with me, either coffee, tea, water, etc.  I have lots of mug rugs around.  That way my cup, or glass, will not make things wet.  So I came up with this:

I just love doing appliqué, but these guys were printed on some scrap fabric I found.  I cut them out careful and WaLaa!

Then I made a little coaster to match:

After staring at my Halloween fabric, eating some chocolate (gotta have my chocolate, lol) I came up with this wall hanging:

I painted white dots for eyes on the bats, and gold for the cats.

I then made 2 welcome banners:

Well, I guess you had all heard by now that Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate every day of the blog hop.   Wow!!  How great is that!
So, don't forget to enter!  They not only have the latest fabrics but their customer service is the Best!

I am so sorry I cannot link to the Raffelcopter.  I read Marian's directions many times, did it just like she said but with no luck. I think it is because I am doing it on my phone.  (My only way to get on the internet)  I am sure the others who are posting today will have the link.  If not, you will find it at Marian's

But Wait... before you go, I am also giving away ONE panel,
 (12" X 44”) of Maxine Halloween faric.
Just leave me a comment, 
(Anyone can enter for I will send it anywhere!)

(Fabric is folded, here is both sides)

I will keep it going through October 28th  and post the winner on October 29th.
So good luck to all.  It is adorable fabric, I got some for myself also.

Now that you seen what I have made...
Come, grab your broom and fly with me to check out the others that posted today.