Thursday, November 27, 2014

Making Memories

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I know this doesn't look like a typical Thanksgiving post, but you'll soon understand...

When a dear friend passed away the beginning of the year, I was delighted to be asked by the family, to keep her memory alive. They wanted her favorite sweater to be made into a Christmas quilt.

Mary had a Christmas sweater that she wore every year.

Noah's Ark at the Holidays.

All the animals 2 by 2.

When I was given the sweater, I wasn't sure what to do.
You know how they say, your fabric will speak to you?
When I found it, it became quite clear.
I carefully went to cutting out the appliques, from the sweater.

After careful consideration, I chose to leave the sweater behind the appliques.
Using mono-filament thread, I zig-zaged the edges to keep
 any sweater pieces from coming thru.
I just love how the appliques seem to float on top of the quilt.

A few simple prairie points almost hidden away, 
was a perfect way to be able to add the buttons into the quilt.

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, for everything in our lives.

Mary, I'm so thankful to have been able to be a small part of your life.
You always made everyone, feel like family.
You are missed each and every day.
But your spirit lives in us all.

I hope this quilt brings a little extra blessing to each and every
one of your family, at the holidays!

Oh those memories, we all share.

 Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Santa Sack & Ugly Christmas Sweater

I shared with you this "Easy Santa Sack" pattern from The Red Boot Quilt Company the other day.

What a great stash buster,
And oh so cute!

A whopping 18" x 26" size.
Perfect for those Christmas gifts.
so much more fun that wrapping paper,
don't you think?

A face every reindeer would love!

Check it out right 

It might still be in the $4 Friday bin!

Also, I told you yesterday that the "Ugly Christmas Sweater" pattern over at "The Applique Garden"  (it's linked for you) had my name on it.  Well, imagine my delight when I downloaded this block. You know it was met to be!!!!  LOL!

My first block is done!  And no matter just how darn cute the other 8 are, this is my favorite...
That's my story and I' stickin to it! 
At least for today!

The blocks are 15" each.
They are fast, fun and easy.
There is still plenty of time before Christmas.
I know my family is going to get a kick out of this!
TA-TA, for now.
I'm going back to stitchin!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Never in a Million Years...

...did I expect to see this.
You see, it was a typical morning... I sat down with my coffee to read my emails.

Angie's Bits and Pieces sends out a newsletter each week.

The weeks worth of her adorable design updates.
But this week was different.
She added more... 

You could have knocked me over with a feather.
Yes, I do tend to sew from dusk to dawn...
It's cause I'm an addict.
Stitching is my addiction, and so much better than
other addictions I could battle.
Not counting the Chocolate one, of course!
But prolific...I had to laugh.
My quiltin sista calls me that all the time!

I really don't know what to say, but Thank you Angie.
You tickled me from head to toe!

You can see the newsletter for yourself right HERE.
While your checking, sign up to get a copy, weekly for yourselves.
Who knows what inspiration you'll find!
For me...
There's an Ugly Christmas Sweater design in the Applique Garden that's calling my name!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Did you know???

Today I got a newsletter from "Me and My Red Boots", about a new tax...EU VAT Digital Tax laws.
I can feel my eyes glaze over when I read about new taxes!  While she suggested that we Google it and see just what will happen to small businesses, I have not done so yet.

Instead I went shopping!  :-) For today only she is offering her "Scrap Bin Sheep" digital download for just $4.  It's only good for 24 hours, so you have to hurry!

If you are not familiar with Red Boot, she offers $4 patterns every Friday.

This was last Friday's and as of just a few minutes ago,
 it was still up for the $4 also.

You might want to take advantage while you can!
I love her patterns!

Oh the temptations, I know!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Twas the Night Blog Hop Winner and pattern information

"Twas the Night" was a smashing success, don't you agree? Many many thanks go out to everyone involved. The gifts that were given...the inspiration that was got!  The tutorials and quick gifts were just over the top!  :-)    I'm sure many of you are just like me, and have a mile long list of "must do" projects now! Thank you all for that! ;-)

I so appreciated all the wonderful comments that were made about my Grinch quilt!
When I stumbled on this, on Facebook, I knew I just had to share!

I'm open to any and all bribes!

In the mean time...

With the help of none other, let me announce my give a way winner.

 Well, you don't say... picked and early bird this time...
Charlotte,  I've send you an email for your mailing info.
Congratulations and thanks so much for taking a little time 
out of your day to visit!


I've received some emails this week asking about the Pie Plate trivet I mailed to Deonn.
Somehow I managed to loose the pattern in my stitching cave...
but finally it turned up in a pile of  "must do" projects.
I'm sure some of you know just what I mean!

You can find it right HERE at Vogies!

It's very easy to do. Some clothesline, a glue stick and fabric strips. 
On that note...I have found that the clothesline that Wal-Mart sells is wonderful to work it.
It's a nice weight that stitches in your machine beautifully and it's much much less expensive
that the line that is marketed for bowl making!
Just my opinion of course.

Once again, I can't thank all of you enough.
Your support, inspiration and sweet comments, just keep me coming back for more!
Wishing you all the best in the holiday season!

 Can you just picture this with a moose in hand???????