Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year, Belated!

I hope you all have been enjoying the holidays as much as I have.  I am SO behind on emails and blogging...but that's ok, right?  *G*

We went to my mum's on Christmas, cooked a turkey dinner here and took it over there.  She was ready, the house all decked out - my brother is 42 and she still puts up a stocking for him.  For herself, as well.  Matter of fact, I think she has THREE stockings.  I wanted to show you her latest light bulb ornaments...not a great pic, sorry...

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Mr. Grinch!  Except she kept calling him Mr. Grouch.  Ah well, it's all good.  Here's the production line.

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And the sweet little gingie from Michelle, hanging on her tree.  Had to take a pic of that, Michelle.

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I did get the binding on Michelle's little quilt design for mum, here it is:

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and ONE coaster for her.

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I've got plenty of them started.  None finished except that one.

Last Sunday, my aunt had her Christmas party.  I caught my mother, the diabetic, doing this....

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Do you know what that is?  I didn't either, thought it was a chocolate lollipop.  It almost is.

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You warm some milk, and add the spoon.  Genius.  Mum couldn't wait for the milk.

I think I told you I was going to make hubby a quilt for Christmas.  And that he didn't like the hst's I'd started.  He picked out some colors, and this is how far I'd gotten this morning, all the rows had to be put together....

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By 5pm, I was done.

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He hates it.

I hate it too.  I probably wouldn't hate it if it was 90 degrees outside.  But it reminds me of Lake Superior, and you can get hypothermia in that lake in July.  Not what you want to be working on in January.  Plus, while I was working on it, I was watching The Perfect Storm, and it was making me very seasick.  No liberated quilts that remind you of water when watching that movie.  EVER.

So that's it, he's not getting another.  Sam likes the quilt so he'll probably get it.  But for now, it's folded up in my closet, awaiting the day when I can get batting and a backing.  Out of sight, out of mind, and now I can do something FUN.  Something pretty.  Something with uplifting colors that don't depress me, lol.  Pink, maybe.  Oh yes, pink.

I hope you're working on something pretty too!  It's so very good to be back, I'll be popping over to visit, get the kettle on!




38 comments:

jan said...

The Grinches are very clever! Too bad about the blue quilt! I predict a long life as a UFO! Lol!

shez said...

love those grinches Allie your mum is clever like you and i love your hubby's quilt,the colours are gorgeous.xx

West Michigan Quilter said...

What a great post. Loved seeing the pictures. Looks like you had a great time. Those Grinch bulbs are adorable. Love the quilt too!

Linda said...

Happy New Year, Allie !!!! Loving those Grinch ornies!!!

WoolenSails said...

Fun light bulb idea.
I wonder if you did heavy stitching on that quilt with a contrasting thread, if it would make it tone down the bright blues and make it a guy quilt.

Debbie

MB in MI said...

Your hubby's quilt is so modern looking--love it! And the Grouches ;-) are so clever! Happy 2013, Allie

Terry said...

I LOVE your quilt! It reminds me of the ocean! You just need a tan border for the sand, then applique a sun in one corner! LOL

Debbie said...

Happy New Year, Allie! Too much blue on that quilt top. How about changing out one row with a different color? Or how about appliqueing something, anything, bright, anywhere on the top?

sunny said...

Happy New Year! I see you got lots of great ideas to change up your blue quilt. Here's to some pink in your future.

Nancy J said...

Love the quilt, blue is almost my favourite colour, and the grouches, too funny, I love them.Thanks again for the autumn leaves falling link. I already have some batiks sorted.Cheers from Jean.

Dolores said...

Ah, blue is my colour. I like it. The Grinch is cute and your production line is interesting. The little quilt you rmade your mom is lovely. I'm sure she appreciates it - maybe even more than she likes that chocolate spoon.

Brenda said...

I expect when the quilt is backed and quilted it will take on a whole different look. I say wavy quilting and it would look very cool in the summer months. Why don't you like it? I have some chocolate spoons daughter and grand daughters made for us for Christmas. Have not put them to use yet. I was good, stayed on my Weight Watcher plan as well as I could handle through the holiday. But DD also made peanut butter balls, I had one of those, they are my favorite. I think I would normally eat 4 at a time. lol...no more of that for me. Happy New Year!!

Vicki said...

I like the 'hated blue quilt', it has definite possibilities. Don't let it languish too long, it could be fantastic. Nice to see you back. Vicki

Fiona said...

oh no Allie... how can you hate a quilt???? that is such a shame but it will be loved so I hope you can take a travel sickness tablet and finish it off...... love the light bulb ornies......

..... and adopted surrogate other mother....

Hugz

Cheryll said...

Hubby's quilt is so summery... and it's summer here at the moment... perhaps that's what is wrong... you are in the wrong season for it! :)

Marilyn said...

Love your Mum's Grouches. How gorgeous. The blue quilt has potential, just needs a bit of oomph! Yes, I agree, go pink next time. (seeing as it is my fav. colour.)

Jeanette said...

Happy New Year Allie. Love the Grouches. Hugs,xx.

Michelle Ridgway said...

So glad my Christmas loving mate across the miles got to do such a great job with her Christmas tree. Well done Allie's Mum :-) I loved seeing your version of "simple joys teddy" thank you. I hope your Mum likes it. Hubby's quilt is great.
Hugs xx

Melody said...

Clever little grinches

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

He hates it? Really? I like it!!

Mickie said...

Happy New Year Allie! I love the blue quilt but I get that watching the perfect storm might be freaky while making it :D
Glad to see you had a great holiday. I love your mom's grinches, do you mind if I show my friend Karen who makes lightbulb ornaments too?
Hugs and hugs,
Mickie

Wendy said...

Happy new year Allie!

Seriously, you don't like that quilt?? it's gorgeous!

Love your stitchy gifts and the Grinches are ingenious - alas, that type of lightbulb is in short supply over here, the low-energy ones have taken over

Stitched With Prayer said...

Hi Allie!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR sweet friend. Love the pics of your mom's decorations and of her too, what a cutie! I Also love the blue quilt. I would add a small framing border of maybe white or very light blue then a finishing border of something darker. BUT...if you really hate it as it is, and it reminds you of the lake, you could always applique (I know, I don't do much of that either) some fish, or a sailboat, or even a couple of bird of some kind, to draw focus. The reason I thought of it is because I saw a quilt so much like yours that I thought you were using that pattern. The difference was, they had added some reeds and water fowl to it. Large ones and it was gorgeous...really. Anyway, just a thought. What ever you do...do throw it out! I had a friend that just finished up a queen-sized quilt that she decided she didn't like...rolled it up, put it a trash bag and sent it to the dumps. She could have donated it to a VA hospital, among many other places that would have loved to have it. Go figure!!! Big Hugs sweetie...

Sandra :) said...

I quite like that quilt top but it's definitely a COOL quilt top - it's quite striking! Love the grinches - I mean grouches!! - too, haha!

Carrie P. said...

Oh, no! he doesn't like the quilt. I think it is great.

Cheryl said...

I love those Grinch (Grouch) ornamies!!! Your mom always cracks me up!!!! That quilt is wonderful!! Happy New Year.

Sue said...

I love those green Grinches, clever Mum!
My bloke hates all my quilts, I've offered to make him one and he just says "Why".
I really like your blue quilt, nice and cool for us heat stroked Aussies this summer.

Val said...

Great post. I love the mini quilt. A shame the blue quilt didn't quite cut it. I think it looks alright.

Quilt Kitty said...

Happy New Year Allie! Mum's little quilt is very cute but I love hubby's quilt too & would be quite proud of it. Maybe that is something to do with it being 100 degrees + most places in Australia. Those hot chocolate spoons look yummy! Tracee xx

Cathy said...

Love the light bulbs...so talented. I love your quilt. I am up in the UP right now and yes it reminds me of Lake Superior. We went walking along it yesterday. This is going to be a great year. Hugs

Martha said...

Love those light bulb Grinches (I am totally copying this idea), and Mum's presents turned out so cute. Be sure to share the other coasters when they're completed.

I like the blue quilt -- it reminds me of looking out on the ocean from a tropical island.

donna said...

Mr. Grouch is so cute. What a clever idea to hang them all. Your mom is so silly. But that would be one way to get a chocolate fix. lol. Sorry I forget is warmer there now. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas.
Happy New Year.
Hugs
donna

Val said...

Well, I actually like the quilt!!! I finally put something on about my house!!! Finally getting settled hopefully!!! Happy New Year to you too.

Mama Pea said...

Happy new year, friend! I love the Grinches. Awesome! I like your blue quilt. I wonder if you'd like it better if you took the rows apart and sashed them. It might calm it down.... Just a thought!

Sharon said...

Happy New Year! I hope this is gonna be a good one for us all.

I love your blue quilt, but I can totally see your problem, with January and The Perfect Storm. Brr! Haul it out again in July or August and read through all your comments again. Lots of good ideas here from everyone!

The chocolate spoon looks really yummy. I'm afraid I'd do the same thing as your Mum!

Your stitcheries are so darling. You're a very talented lady, dear Allie!

Shasta Matova said...

I think it is a beautiful quilt. Hopefully you will see it in a different light in the summertime.

LesQuilts said...

Hi Allie!
You could donate it for a Hands to Heart quilt, where they donate quilts every year to a great charity!
email me back if you are interested and I'll send you the lady's link!
Take care, Leslie

LesQuilts said...

Hi again!
Here is the link to Sarah's Hands 2 Help quilt drive...
I've participated in the past, the person who receives the quilt really loves it!
http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.ca/2013/03/hands2help-book-review-and-giveaway.html

I really like the blues, I think it reminds me of Lake Superior too!
Take care, Leslie

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