28 December 2012

New Stockings

It's always good to knock something
off of the to-do list, especially
when it's been there a while.

Only, I can't quite cross this one off yet--
I still have the monograms to make.
At least we were able to use them
on Christmas morning...
with gift tags as markers!

That Gift You Can't Wait to Give

You know that one gift that turns out really well?
Well, I couldn't wait to give this one!

This quilt top was completed and basted
together back in October...and then 
set aside for other obligations.  

But, in the middle of the Christmas time-crunch, 
as I call it, I was to re-discover, 
for the ump-teenth time, 
how fun and relaxing machine quilting is.
(some lessons we have to keep learning over and over!)

Knowing time was a factor, I kept it simple.
(Of course, with my simple machine, I have to.)

Yet, I thought this touch of red, 
with its beautiful print of cardinals and holly,
really stood out so the quilting needed
to be kind of special.  

I've tried quilting holly before but
with no real luck.  Luckily, this time it clicked.

The greatest thing about leaves is that no two
are ever the same.  This takes a little
pressure off when quilting them.

This was not a Christmas gift but a birthday gift.  
Even though the birthday was a couple
weeks away, I had to give this one at Christmas.

I love the fabrics of this quilt so much that 
I found it hard to give away.
(WHY didn't I buy more?  It was on clearance!)
However, the recipient was so so so happy
with it so the separation wasn't so bad.
And it's now at my in-laws' house so I'll 
get to visit it every Christmas!

New Year's Resolution:  
Gift more quilts!

The Chicken Chick

27 December 2012

Quick Flannel Quilts

Some years ago, I started making each
of my kids a gift to open on Christmas Eve.

Somehow, these have always been those
mad-dash-at-the-end kind of gifts and so
are always kind of stressful.  So I insisted
that, this year, I would NOT be doing it...
Yeah, right.
Less than 2 weeks till Christmas?  
Heck, I can pop out two simple quilts and 
2 scarves easily enough right?

Simple quilts...turns out flannel is wicked-heavy
to quilt!  And, sure enough, my son ended up
being sick and camping out in the room I use
to lay quilts out for the larger work.
(like measuring the sashing)
And I kept getting headaches that eventually 
turned into a migraine.

Needless to say, the craftsmanship of these 
two quilts will never win a single award
but they are very warm and made with love!  
(And I won't even care if they eat while using them!)

And those two scarves.....?
I'll post pics when they're done!!
Note to self:  start next year's traditional 
Christmas Eve gifts...uh....January 2!! 

Family Birthday Board

Oh, Pinterest, how do I love thee?
Let me count the ways!
Everything I need for ideas and inspiration--
and then keeps track of it all for me, too!

Like this awesome idea!  
Perfect for grandparents, right?
And a perfect project for a family to make together...
which also makes it the best kind of gift to give.

Out came my sadly neglected Cricut
to cut the "FAMILY" out of scrapbook paper
and the "birthdays" and months out of vinyl.
My other jobs were painting 
(kids can help here, too)
Modge-Podge'ing and ribbon-tying.  
Oh, and parts-ordering.
(found the wood discs here, other hardware at Lowes and Michael's)

(Poor dh--wasn't feeling well....and I put him to work!) 
And the dh?  One of his first jobs was at a 
sign-making company so this was a piece of cake.
He cut, routed, drilled the holes in the boards
and in the wood discs, placed all hardware and, 
of course, placement of all lettering.  
I often tease that he has his own font so he 
penned the birthdates as well.

I have no way of knowing whose idea this was
originally but I wish I could credit them.
I'm pretty sure this is going get around quickly!  
Everyone who saw ours loves it! 

26 December 2012

Quilting, Baking, Decorating, Crafting....But No Blogging!

My last post was really November 6th?!
At that time I was just beginning a quilt with the
"Ready, Set, Snow" fabrics using the
(same fabrics as the pattern depicts)

I'm anxious to try this pattern
again with other fabrics--some of these
aren't as contrasting as I would've liked.
Still, it is festive and fun!

Below is my completed quilt top.
(I didn't take the time to take a great pic so the color isn't very vibrant)

Though the top finished up quickly, 
I had to put it aside to focus on Christmas.
Such a busy--but fun--time of the year!
I love to spend it baking, decorating and, 
of course, crafting and sewing gifts.
Which explains where I've been, right? 


I'll be doing a lot of blogging catch-up 
over the next few days as I kick back
with a few eggnog lattes, taking time out 
to relax, reflect and enjoy this blessed season--
as I hope you all are, too.
I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas!  

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