Monday, December 5, 2022

A Little More Christmas

 I am really starting to feel the Christmas season. It gives me a warm glow inside. I want to do all the seasonal things. We started last weekend by watching the entire Macy's Thanksgiving parade. I haven't watched the whole thing in years.

Here is the picture of our fully decorated tree that I promised to post. In addition to the birds, there is a Kansas City Chiefs snowflake ornament and my Santa that I made a couple of years ago from the pattern by Mmmcrafts on Etsy. I also hung my glass icicles that I bought quite a few years ago from Crate and Barrel. 

Here is an old wooden Santa ornament and new garland I made. The pompoms are from Benzie. You can find them on Etsy or at Benzie.com. They are so much fun to string.
I have a sort of addiction to bottle brush trees. I now have well over 100 in various sizes and shades of green. Last year I added a couple that have teeny tiny lights on them. I love those especially.

I decided to set them all up on top of the china cabinet this year. A couple of years ago, I got tired of them falling over all the time, especially the smaller ones. I had a bunch of old wooden thread spools which I wound baker's twine around, and I hot glued the bases of the trees to them and I love the look. The two tiny ceramic houses are a new addition from last year. Not bought as Christmas decor, but moved here to be in the trees for the season. Found them on Etsy too.

Also new this year, I am working on a Christmas quilt. I have been wanting to for a couple of years at least, but never got motivated in that direction. I finally pulled out all my Christmas fabrics.
I first decided to make strip sets and keep it to the mostly red and red and white fabrics. Then, I found some that the design was oriented the other direction. So, I made more strip sets with just them.
Then, I decided it needed something for visual interest. I needed to break up all that red and white a bit. So I pulled out my tomte patterns from Moss and Lotus that I bought a few years ago. I made the tiniest tomte in the bunch. And I love it.

This is going to be a great Christmas quilt for sure. I am hoping to get it done by Christmas, but we'll see. I don't really feel as stressed by the season this year. No deadlines to worry about really. I am trying to just enjoy the season. So far, so good.

The last thing on my list for today, is these pot holders. I have been meaning to make some for awhile now, so I decided to make these Christmas ones for now, and I'll make some every day ones real soon.
These are just made from scraps I had from other projects. I love having holiday pot holders. I hope you are all well and enjoying the season. See you soon.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

We Need a Little Christmas

I was listening to that song just the other day. "We need a little Christmas, right this very minute!" Now, I have sort of a weird relationship with Christmas. I can't call it love/hate. That's too strong. But, when I'm feeling it, I am all in. When I'm not, there is nothing to be done but to fake it as best I can. The last few years have been more fake it than anything. Now, there are a few moments here and there that I feel good about it, but few.

This year, I seem to be all in. Part of it is just being home again. North Carolina is home and it feels right. The other part is being in our own apartment, with no other family member living here except the two of us. We see the kids regularly, but this is our space.

 This is a first for us. A small, 4.5 foot tree, artificial. It seems that we are finally ready to be done with the messy mess that comes with a live tree. To be sure, we miss the smell, but we plan to get a wreath for the door that is live, so that will help. An, I set this baby up before Thanksgiving. I have NEVER done that before.

I put just the white lights on it, and left it at that until after Thanksgiving. I had my hubby get down all the Christmas stuff, so I could go through it all. I had already given the girls all their ornaments collected over the years. But still, I have a lot of decorations. I spent several days pulling out an ornament here and there. I wanted to keep it simple.

I started making the MMMcrafts twelve days ornament series. I bought the pattern last year.

                                         This is the front of the Colly Bird.
And, of course this is the partridge and the pear. I put these on my tree first, and little else. I started going through and finding all the bird ornaments. I found quite a few. I decided to do a mainly bird tree.

I apparently forgot to take a photo of the full tree, but I added the bow from my Advent calendar to the top of the tree. I will get a photo and include it in the next posting I do. Much more Christmas to come.

Happy weekend.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Nap Blanket

 You know, as we age, we sometimes need a nap, just as we did when we were babies. And being a quilter, I have lots of quilts available for naps. But there are very few that I have made for my husband specifically. So for his birthday in late September, I decided he need a special nap blanket.

I went on line to Fat Quarter Shop and found some great blue flannel plaids. My husband loves plaid, and flannel. I decided to keep it simple and just do an easy patchwork. I cut up all the plaids into squares and began sewing.
I did make a slight pattern to the placement of the flannels. I decided to just quilt it simply in horizontal and vertical lines on each side of the seams. I wanted it to be sturdy but soft too.
For the back, I chose this buffalo check fabric. It's not flannel, but it was on sale so that's a win for me!

And the best part is that he loves it and uses it regularly, now that the weather has turned chilly. It is a very cosy blanket.

See you soon.

Friday, December 2, 2022


 Looking up Advent, I found all these words: arrival, coming, approach, dawn, looming, birth, origin, emergence. Advent means all these things. I had meant to write this post yesterday, but life got in the way. When my children were little, we had several Advent calendars. They were not from a religious need, but more a way get them to quit asking how many days until Christmas. I haven't regularly used one for years.

This year, after seeing the one my daughter bought for herself with goodies in it, I decided I needed one too. I received a post card from a chocolatier advertising their gourmet chocolates Advent calendar. Now this is not an advertisement, but this thing is so neat, I just wanted to share it.

This company is in the city where I grew up, Kansas City. My sister-in-law sent us a box of chocolates from them for Christmas last year, but alas, she sent them to California after we had left. It seemed crazy to have my sister forward them to us, so we told her to keep them and enjoy them. Y'all these are some seriously fancy chocolates.

Here is the interior of this seriously sturdy box, with all its little trap doors full of chocolates.

This first on is lemon in white chocolate. Very lemon-y and so shiny and pretty. Each little door will tell you the flavor of the chocolate. This is going to be fun! And just the right size for a bit of after dinner sweet.

So, even if you don't celebrate Advent, a countdown to Christmas calendar can be a very good thing.

Have a great Friday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Let's Catch Up

 Time for a catch up, since it has been over a month since I have posted. It is so hard to make myself sit down and write these posts. Part of it is that I am struggling with blogger and posting photos. It's a drag.

Anyway, let's just go, shall we?

First, here is an update on my Pas de duex quilt that I am making with Rachel of Stitched in color. Some parts are joined together, but there is still much more to do and the December blocks as well, but I am loving how it is looking.

I have had an idea to make a beach umbrella quilt for awhile now and one day I just jumped in and did it. Now it waits to be quilted. It was kinda fun to figure out the angles. I am no good at geometry.

I made a minimalist wallet, pattern by Anna of Noodlehead. This was so fun and pretty easy. I have never installed these kinds of snaps and never sewn with leather, but it worked out just fine.

Nice to have a new made by me wallet. I look forward to trying more of Anna's patterns.

Working on another Kiriki Press little stuffed animal. This one is a level 3 and guys, it is hard! I chose it anyway because I love learning new embroidery stitches. It's taking awhile, but so far, so good. I have a few other things going on, and hopefully I can come back later this week and tell you about them.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Plus Scrap Quilt is Finished

 I know! Can you believe that I have finished so many quilts lately? Me neither. But I am on a quest to get them done. I had eight quilts in process and now I am down to three!

This is in a stairwell. It was the only place close enough to snap a quick picture. I need to take some of these out somewhere and get better pictures. This whole quilt was done with scraps. I started it when I was still in California last year.

I quilted it simply with a skinny loop on the horizontal. I love how it came out. It is quilted in a coral shade of Aurifil thread.
Here you can see how well it blends in with some of the colors. Pinks really make good neutrals. There's no color they don't go with.
Here is the back, made from some fabric I have had in my stash for quite a while.  I love how the two work together.

So, that catches us up for now. More quilts to be made. Talk to you soon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

My Missing U Quilt is Finished!


Remember this? It wasn't very long ago that I started this and now it's finished and on my bed, just in time for the cold weather we're supposed to get this week.

And here it is all quilted and crinkled from the dryer. I love so much how this turned out. There are so many of my favorite fabrics in this quilt. Some new, some old, some from clothing I made.

It's all quilted with wavy lines that I did with my walking foot on my Bernina. I was scared to start this hug beast, but I have to say it went better than I expected.
The top half was all done with pink Aurifil thread, 40 weight. The bottom half was done with a blue-green Aurifil 40 weight. This spot is where the two met on the quilt.

This is the quilting on the back. The light is making this look grey, but it is navy blue in reality. The thread on the back is Aurifil variegated pink to an orange red.

So, one more done! Talk to you soon.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

So Much to Catch Up On

 I find it very hard to sit down and write a post sometimes, but I am going to try once again to get caught up here. So many projects.

I finished the quilt top for the Perfect Pineapple quilt along. It has had all of the papers removed and the blocks sewn together. I need to get the backing put together and get it basted, but I am recovering from basting and quilting a very large quilt, so I am taking a break from that for a bit., But soon it will happen.
I made a second Sandhill Sling for myself this time. I love the color of this one. Pink is one of my faves.

And I finally finished stitching this beauty. Pattern is by Lolli and Grace, you can find it on Etsy. Her patterns are so beautiful.

Got myself a big bunch of Dahlias at the market on Saturday. We're supposed to get a frost this week so probably my last chance and boy are they gorgeous!
Started this project last year, but never got very far with it. It is another pattern by Lolli and Grace. I changed out the beads for some that I had on hand that I also happen to like a lot.
I mad one for each of the grandkids. And yay! Look at me ahead of the game for once. That's all for today. I hope you're all well and enjoying the fall.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Odds and Ends

 I have been pretty busy with all my projects this summer. Here is a round up of some things that have been going on that I may not have mentioned, or maybe I did. :) So, in no particular order...

We go to the local farmer's market on most Saturdays. I have taken to getting a bouquet of flowers and they have been amazing this summer.
This bouquet came from the grocery store, as we didn't make it to market that week. I chose one with a fall theme.
This is my initial fabric pull for a temperature quilt I am thinking about starting in 2023. I have long wanted to make one. We'll see if this pans out. Anyone else want to make one?
This is 30 of my 36 blocks for the perfect pineapple QAL with Gigi's Thimble. Almost done. Since this picture two more have been done. Only 4 more to go.
Sunday I decided to use my home grown chives to make cheddar chive biscuits. They were amazing with fresh tomatoes on top of them.
I used some leftover fabric from my daughter's Sandhill sling to make her a thread catcher for Halloween.
I am slowly, slowly stitching this pretty piece. There is a photo below of the whole thing from the website.
Some lovely gifts I selected with my birthday gift certificate from my daughter. She got me a gift certificate to Snuggly Monkey who has the best stitching supplies ever. You can finder her on line, although she does do curbside pick up for locals.
Two more thread catchers for my daughter. Can't have enough of these and I have to use some of this fabric up you know.
This is the picture from the Lolli and Grace web site for the stitchery above that I am working on. You have a choice of words for this piece. Mine will say Home Sweet Home when it's done.

And, finally, I had to purchase more batting. It's quite the investment, but so worth it in the end to have what you need on hand. This will last me several years, and I take all the scraps and sew them together for smaller quilts, so nothing goes to waste either.

Well that's all for now. Happy fall y'all.