Thursday, December 29, 2011

Some Christmas pictures....

I haven't been able to blog lately.  I can't blog at work anymore and I have been too busy at night to blog.

Here are my beautiful grandchildren.....We had a great Christmas. I love spending time with my kids and grandkids during the holiday season.   They make it so special for me.

Here's some knitted scarves I made and gave away at Christmas.

My oldest granddaughter and my sweet MIL....

I have done very little sewing this month.  When I was in the mood, I didn't have the time and when I had the time, I  wasn't in the mood.  Hopefully, the new year will bring some much needed rest and I'll want to get busy too. 

I was going to have some drawings this month and just haven't gotten it together. I will celebrate the new year and have some giveaways in January.  Please bear with me while I get my momentum back!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas or holiday season and that you will have a prosperous, healthy and happy new year!

Until next time, happy sewing!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Our anniversary and my husband's birthday.

Today was our 33rd Wedding Anniversary.  Wow, 33 years!  Some days it seems like just yesterday and other days, well, we won't go there! I am a very lucky woman and I'm married to my best friend. He loves me and let's me be me....We have grown and changed but we've done it together. 

Tomorrow is his birthday and we will continue to celebrate.  He's off work tomorrow and we'll be hanging out together.  I guess I won't be sewing too much this weekend.

Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday, honey, I love you! 

Christmas with my sewing friends.

Last night, my quilting group had our Christmas party.  It was so good to be with my sewing friends, eat good food and win some quilting blocks too. Yes, that's right, I was one of the lucky winners for the Christmas blocks.  I won 16 blocks and three other people won 16 blocks too. I don't know if you've seen or remember the Christmas blocks I've shown but here are some of the blocks....

and here is a quilt made by one of the girls that picked out the Christmas blocks for this year. 

This pattern can be found a few places on the web but here's a link to it if you want it....

There were 32 of us that ventured out last night in the rain for our party.  Here's a few pics of some of the quilts that my little group did to give as gifts this year.

This was Rosemarie's first quilt from years ago.  She had put it away. She dug it out and just got it back from being quilted...

This is a gift for one of her daughters.

A gift for another daughter.

Deanna made this one and she worked on this at retreat. It is from Suzanne McNeill's new book, 10 Minute Blocks. It's based on using Layer cakes and looks like a big bow tie block. (She's got a great Youtube video out there, here's a link to it...)

This is the back of the quilt.

Deanna made this one for her grown daughter, it's a sock monkey quilt.

Lois made this one for a customer. 

Rita made this one for a customer too. The customer gave her her baby's shirts and clothes to use for the blocks.   If you click on the picture you can see photos of the little guy and some of the sayings in the quilt.  This turned out so cute!

This one is Martha's redwork Santa quilt.

This is Dee's snowman quilt.  There were 10 of us involved in this exchange.  Of course, mine is not finished yet...Dee did hers with Log Cabin blocks and this is wonderful.

I gave Dee the boot pattern two months ago and she made this cute Christmas boot quilt...

Here's my wonderful quilting group.   You can't see all of the ladies but we were all smiles and wishing you a wonderful Christmas.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Queenie and a few projects.

I forgot to show you my new friend....
  This is the bunny I won from Cathey at the sewing party.  I just love her. She sits on my sewing machine and greets me every time I go up there.  I have named her "Queenie" as she is the Queen of my sewing room!  She even has her own little quilt and is dressed in my favorite color. 

This is another bag I made to give as a gift.  This one is about 9" x 12" big. It is another Lazy Girl pattern, it is the Perfect Pouch pattern again and is the biggest one. The fabric is prequilted and is double-sided.  It was pretty pricey fabric but I've used it for this and another project too.  I bought it for an applique pillow, I guess that's what you would call it...It's a big pillow you put in your lap and use as a large pincushion or aid to help you bring your work closer to you and also help your back...  

Here's the big lap pillow I made using the same fabric. 

I have a little bit left over and I'm going to make a small version of the Perfect pouch. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Concert 2011

Last Saturday night, we went over to our church and listened to the Christmas concert.  Wonderful music for a wonderful Chistmas two oldest grandkids were in a small part of the program and they were excited to participate.  I love that children want to praise God.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Decorating the tree and the grandkids

Well, so much for pictures. The grandkids came over and between the TV and the computer, they were too interested to decorate the tree.  My youngest grandson did help a little but I didn't get any good pictures.  I'll show you pics of them later in front of the tree at Christmas.  Here's my youngest granddaughter, Carmen,  playing with one of the decorations....

Here are the cookies my husband made for dessert. He decorated them himself...He did an A for Alayna, B for Brandon, T for Trent and trees and Merry Christmas too....He actually had fun doing them and the kids loved them.

This is the only picture I got of the other grandkids, as you can tell, they were running around and not decorating the tree!    Like I said, I'll have to get them around the tree later...

Here's what they really look like...not at my house but they were still enough to get a picture!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Weekend Happenings but no sewing!

Friday night, our doctors took us out to celebrate. We were celebrating the office manager's 20th anniversary.  We had a wonderful dinner at Ocean Prime. A wonderful seafood restaurant in downtown Dallas. I had planned on coming home afterwards and getting ready for Saturday.. I had a Christmas party to go to early (around 10:00) and I needed to fix my dish to take.  Well, that didn't happen!  I came home and crashed. I set the alarm and got up early and cooked my food to take with me. 

I went to my sewing guild Christmas party.  There were fourteen of us that came  and we had a great time.  Good food and good friends getting together and chatting and celebrating.  We played the Mr and Mrs Right game. We brought tea towels to exchange.  Well, some of us brought tea towels and some brought white elephant gifts, I brought the knitted dish cloths.  Anyway, it was fun to see who knows their right hand from their left.  We had to stop a few times to let some catch up!!! 
We ate lunch and then we exchanged gifts. We played the Chinese game. One person opens the gift and the next person can take it away or choose another unopened gift.  I've been in the group for 4 years and I have tried to win a gift from my friend Cathey.  She has been making the same thing for 9 or 10 years because everyone wants it...She makes a stuffed bunny sewing machine cover.  Until we all have one, she will keep making them, or at least that's what she says!  Anyway, I finally won her gift.  I got it and held my breath the whole time during the gift exchange and the bunny came home with me!  I was so excited.  She is so cute and I'm so pleased she came to live with me and greet me every time I go to my sewing room.  I did not take pictures but I will and show you later tonight....

Sunday afternoon, I decorated the house with all my Christmas quilts and we put up the tree.  My grandkids are coming over tonight to eat supper with us and decorate the tree.  This will be alot of fun tonight and I'll take pictures of my grandbabies and show you how big they now...
I didn't get any sewing done over the weekend but will be able to sew a little this week.  I have a Christmas tablerunner to finish so I can put it out this week.  I hope I get it done. The tablerunner is done except for putting the leaves all over it....I'll show you that later too.  Until next time, happy sewing!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

And now for a winner!

Yes, it's December 1st and time to give away this wonderful book by Jennifer Chiaverini!!!   I used the Random number widget to pick my number but I don't know how to get it to display on this post.  (It's on the bottom of my blog)  I'll figure it out eventually but don't have time to mess with it right now....Mr Random picked number 16 which ended up being Jackie from It's a Wonderful Life. Her blogsite is this: Jackie is a local girl and a Longarm quilter too. I won't even have to put it in the mail to her.  (This gives me a chance/excuse to go over to her house and see what she has on the quilting frame!) Congratulations, Jackie!      For all the others that didn't win, thanks for participating.  I will be having a few more drawings this month of various things, mostly books but maybe some gadgets, patterns, or who knows what?!   So, please come back and visit me again and enter the December drawings.  Merry Christmas!

Civil War BOW

Civil War BOW
Barbara Brackmen does it again! A weekly Block of the week. Comes out every Saturday!

May for Me!


Tell It To The Stars

Tell It To The Stars

Judy's Scrap Challenge 2014

To Recall The Fight For Women's Rights

Civil War Quilts by Barbara Brackman

Slow Sunday Stitching

Slow Sunday Stitching
Relax and stitch

Getting It Done Challenge

Getting It Done Challenge
2013 is the year I want to get it done! How about you? Are you up for a challenge?

Small Quilt Talk

Stash Manicure

Rainbow Scrap 2014


Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2013

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2012

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2012
Angela's Doing It Again This Year!

Friday Night Sew In

Handmade by Heidi


Disappearing 9 Patch QAL

Christmas with Lesley

April Get It Done Challenge List

  • Make 30 floating four patch blocks
  • Bind the scrappy half square triangle quilt-Done.
  • Quilt and Bind the Purple/Gold tablerunner
  • Put the Civil War blocks together-Top is Done!

Free Motion Quilting Challenge for 2012

A Few Scraps Quilt Along

Christmas Through the Year

Thimbleberries Sew Day!


Bingo during May For Me

Getting It Done Challenge List

  • March Challenge List
  • Bind my Thimbleberries Garden Quilt-done 03-05-13
  • Quilt & Bind the Brown Bow Tie Quilt - done- 03-11-13
  • Quilt & Bind the Red Scrap Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the 2nd D4P Quilt
  • .
  • February Challenge List
  • Bind my Thimbleberries Garden Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Brown Bow Tie Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Red Scrap Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Red & White Christmas tablerunner-done

Autumn Block Party by the Quilting Gallery

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Christmas QAL


Year of the Pig Wednesdays

Pat Sloan

Patchwork & Quilting Radio - Hosted by Pat Sloan.

Breast Cancer Site

Breast Cancer Site
Click here to give someone a free mammogram

Sew Cal Gal's AccuQuilt GO! Ahead and Show Some Love Blog Hop

Christmas Quilt Show by SewCalGal

Verse of the Day

Moose on the Porch Star QAL

Little feet calendar

Scrappy Challenge-Scrappy Saturdays

Positive Thoughts to Brighten our Journey

Little Miss Shabby blog

Free Motion Quilting Project-2011

Free Motion Quilting Project

Mystery Monday Button


Free BOMs over at Ellies Quilt Place

Amy's BOM Website

2010 BOM from Amy

UFO Challenge 2011

2011 UFO Challenge List

  • 1. 30's Sampler..I'm still working on this one!
  • 2. English Paper Piecing Baby Quilt-A Little of This A Little of That-flimsy completed 02-04-11, ready for quilting!
  • 3. Scrappy BOM - Flimsy completed 01-28-11, ready for quilting!
  • 4. Purple Stack and Whack- flimsy is together, ready for quilting
  • 5. Blue 9 Patches - flimsy is together, ready for quilting
  • 6. The Moose Quilt-still in pieces.
  • 7. Row By Row Quilt, quilted-binding is on but needs to be sewn down.
  • 8. Hexagon Magic- flimsy completed 02-01-11, ready for quilting!
  • 9. Santa Claus Quilt-ready for quilting.
  • 10. Hand Pieced Stars

2010 Finishes!!!

  • Nov 21-Oh, My Stars!
  • Oct 18- Boo Quilt
  • Oct 10 - Christmas Tree Quilt
  • Oct 10 -Turning Twenty (30's Repro) Quilt
  • Sept 25- Baked Alaska-quilt top for LQS
  • Sept 25 -Table Manners
  • Sept 20 - Dear Blanche
  • Sept 15 -Funny Flowers
  • Sept 7- Pink Toile Nursery Rhyme Quilt top for Carolyn
  • August 16- Plaid Teddy Bear
  • August 16-Red Heart Tablerunner
  • August 9 - Mother Goose
  • July 27-Autumn Braid Tablerunner
  • February 27- I Love to Fly-donation quilt
  • Feb 20 - Warm Fuzzies-Donation Quilt
  • Feb 7 - My Sewing Friends Quilt
  • Feb 1 - Nostalgic Garden Quilt
  • January 25 - Love Pillowcase for Alayna
  • January 12 - Pillowcases for Thomas Quilt

Quilting Bloggers

Whoop-Whoop Friday

Moda Bake Shop

Moda Bake Shop

Lynette Anderson's BOM

Photobucket-Dallas Quilt Show 2011

Free Quilt Patterns

I'm a slow poke too!

The Dear Jane Quilt

Great site for Crazy Quilt Patchwork


First Friday Freebie

Quilts For Kids Website


Linda-Quiltville block

Linda-Quiltville block

Fat Cat Patterns


Great tips of all kinds!

The Kind Hearted Pledge

Bargello Bowl

A Quiltville Mystery Quilt

Carolina Crossroads

Orange Crush

Double Delight - I want to make this one too...soon.

Carolina Christmas-I want to make one soon

A Tisket A Tasket BOM 2009

2009 Christmas Quilt for Patchalot Patterns

Christmas Sparkler 2008

Christmas Sparkler 2008
Free Pattern from Patchalot

My Word Cloud

Wordle: Untitled

My Rainbow

Your rainbow is intensely shaded green, white, and blue.


What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Charity Quilter

Charity Quilter

Jennifer Chiaverini Book Giveaway

Jennifer Chiaverini Book Giveaway
Click here to comment and enter the giveaway. Last day to enter is Nov. 30th!