"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says...."Oh crap! She's up!" Unknown

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Six Geese A Laying...

The Sixth Day of Christmas ornaments
are finished and hanging on my tree.

Now that I have finished the first six ornaments,
I have to wait for the next patterns to be published.

Oh no....
What am I going to stitch now?
Patience, patience!

The goose is sitting on an egg, waiting...

This pattern came with a goose and an egg!

I'm looking forward to seeing what Larissa
designs for the second half of this series of ornaments.

These are my six completed
12 Days of Christmas ornaments.
They go together so quickly,
especially when using the
Sulky self-adhesive stabilizer on which
to print the embroidery patterns.
It disolves quickly in cold water
and does not leave a residue.

You can find the patterns here.

Happy Quilting or Stitching!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Best of 2015

Cheryl, over at Meadow Mist Designs, has asked
what our Best Posts of 2015 are and is having a
linky party so we can share our picks.

Our best can be favorite quilts, most viewed, most commented on...
whatever you want your best to be. 

Looking back through my blog posts,
it was hard to chose five favorites.

I decided to show the 5 quilts I like the most from 2015.

Starting with #5:
Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic asked me to test a pattern for her.
What a fun quilt this was to make!

"Cherokee Whispers" was made for one of my nieces,
totally from batiks.

This isn't a quilt, but it used fabric and required sewing.
I love my Tuffet!

Making "Ellie" in all her girliness was so much fun.
She was given to a special great niece when she was born.

And #1
I collected "text" fabrics for a while
and was thrilled when I found this pattern on line.
It's fun to look at this quilt and see all of the hidden words
and phrases randomly cut from the fabrics.

It's amazing to look back and see what has been accomplished
during the year. Hopefully it will inspire and encourage us all to
keep having fun with this wonderful gift we've been given....
The love of Quilting.

Happy Quilting!

Christmas Pillow

I was hoping to get this little project finished
before the end of the year.
Even though my Hidey Hole is a mess
and there are other things that need to be done,
I took a little time and finished my first
Christmas Pillow yesterday.
Actually, I have made Christmas pillows,
but have given them all away.
This one is for me!

This is the pillow without the insert.
If I get tired of using it as a pillow,
I can use it as a mini quilt wall hanging.
Here is a link to the pattern.

All of the quilting is in the background.

Here it is...
stuffed and on my couch!

Nine blocks finished up just under 18" square.
I put a zipper in the back and bound it like a quilt.

One pillow made,
several more on the future project list!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 Finishes

It is that time of year to be
planning and thinking of what the
next year will bring,
as well as looking back and seeing what
has been accomplished in the year that is ending.

2015 started off with a huge goal I had made for myself.
I wanted to make a quilt for each of my
11 nieces and nephews.
They would be delivered at a family reunion in August.
Amazingly, I accomplished that goal!
It was down to the wire, but I finished and delivered
all 11 quilts.

Along with these 11 quilts,
a few other projects were finished in 2015 as well.


As with all of us,
there are other quilts that were started,
but not finished.
Hopefully 2016 will see those finishes
along with some other fun projects.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

On the Fifth Day of Christmas....

 My True Love gave to me....

Five Gold Rings!

This ornament was the most challenging 
to make so far.
I had to stuff as I went when
stitching the back to the front
and it took some fanagaling.  
(I see a spot where the stitches are pulling a bit...
Need to fix that!)

 There is one more ornament to stitch in this series.
Hopefully more patterns will be available soon...
These are addictive!!

I also made an ornament for a friend
who purchased a little camper this year.

I saw a similar ornament somewhere
and decided to make my own.

Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 21, 2015

Paper Piecing

As I was getting out my Christmas quilts
and table runners this year,
I realized that I don't have any
Christmas pillows.

I have LOTS of pillows,
but none are Christmas pillows.

the other night I was looking through some saved
ideas and found one to use to make a pillow.
** Here is the link to the pattern**

I'm not a huge fan of paper piecing,
but this would be a small project
and I really like the star.

Out came some Christmas fabrics
and the paper piecing began.

A while back I read that the
"Doodle Pads" sold at the Dollar store
make great foundations for paper piecing.
I had to trim the paper down to fit in my printer,
but it was easy and inexpensive.

At first I thought I needed four stars for my pillow,
but soon realized nine would be needed.

You can't beat how sharp the points are with
paper piecing.
I just wish I enjoyed doing it more.

I will sew all of these blocks together,
pull all of the paper off
and make my first Christmas pillow!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

I Learned Something...

All of my life,
whenever I sang the "12 Days of Christmas"
My true love brought
"Four Calling Birds"
on the fourth day.

Did you know that originally
it was
"Four Colly Birds?" 

I had no idea!

"Colly is an Old English term for 'black,' 
from the word 'colliery,' meaning coal mine. 
And colly birds, therefore, refer to the common blackbird."
(From Enterprise Education)

If I had read this before today,
I would have put at least a little black in my
Colly Bird.


On the Fourth Day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me....


Four Colly Birds

Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

Patterns can be found here.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2015

One Week....

Until Christmas!

And I am ready.

This year has been kind of odd....
it's too warm for it to be December
(But I am NOT complaining!)...
I've had a virus for a week
and have not been able to do
my usual holiday preparations...
We, as a family, decided to take a family vacation
in lieu of gifts this year,
so very little shopping was done... 
And I am really enjoying this holiday season!

The Christmas Cards went out yesterday,
a few decorations are up,
Christmas music has been playing
and it is beautiful. 

The Christmas Quilts I have made over the past couple
of years are out, 
giving the place a festive feel.

(This quilt is one of my all-time favorites.)

I need to remember all of this in the future!
The Peace and Calm of the Season are gifts.

Some knitting has been done
and another pair of socks is finished.

Enjoy your day!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Ornaments Continue

On the Third Day of Christmas,
My True Love gave to me...

Three French Hens!

Isn't she just adorable?!

I am having a great time making these little beauties.

And in case you missed the first two....

A Partridge and the Pear

The Turtle Dove

The patterns for the first six ornaments can be found here.

Hopefully the Colly bird will arrive on my tree soon!

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Little Sewing....

... Is good for the Soul.

I needed to step away for a little while this morning,
so I came into my Hidey Hole
and finished this top.

I had charm pack pieces left over from another quilt
and started making the
Disappearing 4 Patch blocks.

A little yellow stop border
and the spotted outer border

Once it's quilted,
which I'm hoping will be before the end of the year,
this baby quilt will be donated.

It sure is happy and bright!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Another Ornament

Another ornament is finished in the
"12 Days of Christmas" ornaments.

 On the second day of
My True Love gave to me...

 Two Turtle Doves

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree
(Or Pair of Trees as my daughter used to sing!)

I wrote about the construction of these ornaments here,
although Larissa gives EXCELLENT directions with her patterns.

The other day at church several of us were talking about our
Advent Wreaths.
I have to say...
I love mine.
It isn't a wreath, although I put the wreath at the bottom with the ornaments.
This one I found years ago and I can't remember where.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Christmas Ornaments

Here it is...
December 12th and I'm just getting
my ornaments made.

This year I am making ornaments designed by
and am having so much fun making them!
I love the "Twelve Days of Christmas"
and when I saw Larissa's patterns,
I knew I had to make her ornaments.

I ordered wool felt from the Etsy site
Larissa recommends,
bought the embroidery floss I needed
and began to create.

Larissa suggests that we use
to print the embroidery designs and
stitch over on the felt.

Let me tell you what....
this stuff works like a charm!
It gunks the needle up a bit as I stitch,
but wipes off easily.
Once the stitching is done,
the pieces are soaked in cold water for a short time,
sprayed with the kitchen sink sprayer if there are pieces
stuck in the stitching and that is it!

Print the pattern pieces onto the stabilizer,
(don't do what I did and print them on the paper side!)
roughly cut out the pieces,
peel the backing off,
stick the piece to the felt,
stitch over the lines,
soak and rinse in cold water
and let dry.

The first of the ornaments are finished!
(And look.... my tree is up and decorated....
But I won't tell you about having to string lights on the
ENTIRE pre lit tree!!)

"On the First Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me...
A Partridge in a Pear Tree."

Larissa has the patterns available for the first six ornaments.
I can't wait to see the rest of them!

Happy Quilting!
Happy Stitching!
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Hustle and Bustle...

It's been a little busy here lately,
but I have very little to show for the busyness!
Don't you hate that??
No Christmas decorations are up,
no baking has been done,
the Christmas cards are still in the box
and only a little sewing has been done.

Hopefully by the end of the week,
it will have begun to look a lot like Christmas here.

I did manage to get the rest of the blocks
sewn together on this quilt.

I made a HUGE error when sewing these pieces together into the blocks,
but after much ripping and restitching,
it's all together!

The fabrics for this quilt are from Minick and Simpson...
Paisley and Polka Dots.

The next step for this quilt is deciding what to do for borders.
Do I keep it simple or go a little fancy?

Happy Quilting!!