Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas...

I'm taking a break for the holidays, and want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!  See you next year!

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:8-14 KJV

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Gift From Me To You

T'was 9 days before Christmas, and all through the house, Allie was running around like a chicken with its head cut off....ok, so I'm no poet.  But it's true.  So much for my stress-free, not-going-to-make-anything Christmas.  Yesterday, I realized I needed a small gift for a cousin, who is hosting our Christmas get-together.  And the design wheels started spinning.  I wanted something she could use all year, not just at Christmas, so I started drawing.  Oh did that feel good, to be drawing again!

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I'm making them into coasters, I'm a bit tired of "mug rugs" so coasters it is.  I have one stitched up and when I've done a few, and have them together, I'm going to tea dye them.  I probably won't bind them in the usual way, I'll just "birth" them and then do a running stitch around the inside edge.  Here's a video that explains the "birthing" process - Birthing a Quilt if you've never done it before.

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I wasn't sure if she preferred coffee or tea, so I've got them both covered.

If you'd like to make your own coasters, or enlarge them for applique, you can find the pattern here.....Break Time!

I also think they'd look great on tea towels.  Wonder if I have any!

I finished Michelle's stitchery design, I'm making it into a small wall-hanging for mum, and will put magnets on the back so she can hang it on the fridge.  Her walls are plaster and hard to hang things from.

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Isn't that just an adorable design?  I love it, Michelle!  And I know mum will too.  It was nice hand-quilting something again, I've missed that too.  I'm still working on hubby's quilt, it's not coming easily, but I'll get there.  He knows it won't be finished for the big day.

I hope you're further along with your Christmas - I don't even have a tree up yet!

Friday, December 14, 2012

No Words....

just tears and lots of prayers for the families of the children and teachers lost today at Sandy Hook.  Please, please keep them in your prayers.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Travelin' In Style

Do you remember my telling you my son totaled his car?  Well, he's got a new one.  New to him, that is.  

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Not sure what's up with the flamingo pose.

Oh my.  It's gorgeous.

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Yes, it's a Mercedes-Benz.

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That's what happens when:

  • You pack a lunch for work every single day
  • You don't buy a lot of new toys for yourself
  • You live at home with mum and dad, and pay minimal rent
  • Your father is an ebay EXPERT at finding the deal of the century
He let me drive it tonight.  This is now our road trip car, lol.  So fast...and on the console, separate heat controls for the driver and passenger [you can set the temp you want], and heated seats, much appreciated by mum.  He got such a great deal on this thing, he could sell it tomorrow for triple what he paid.  But he's keeping it, at least through the winter.  It's a good solid car and I will rest easier, knowing he's safer than in his old tin can.

In other news, I'm still stitching away, and hope to have something to show for it soon.  I haven't been in the Christmas spirit much, although Cheryll is hosting One Week of Christmas, where you can show off your Christmas decorating by linking up to her posts.  So fun - I love seeing all the decorating!  I don't have a single thing out yet, but that might change this weekend.  Have you all decorated yet, or are you too busy stitching??

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Oh Yeah, I Have A Blog....[Kinda Random]

how about that?!  Poor neglected little bloggy.  It's been a busy season - birthdays, baby showers, therapy appointments, my son totaled his car [he's fine, thank the Lord]....have to remember to BREATHE sometimes, right?  How is your Christmas stitching going?  I'm only making one thing, more about that later.

Remember the baby quilt I was making?

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Looked great on the design wall.  I really loved it.  Then I started putting it together, and remembered why I don't do piecing.  I'm rubbish at it!  No pics of the rows I put together, they're long gone.  I found a quilt I'd made awhile ago [couldn't find a pic of it!] and gave her that.

Mum and I went to Shirley's last week, and saw Shirley's dog Greta in her new coat - has fur trim around the hood, isn't that too much...

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Shirley had put some magnetic tape on the back of three quilts I made years ago, and put two of them on her fridge

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and one on her back [steel] door!

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Too funny, I'd forgotten I'd made all those quilts, I'm sure glad she's enjoying them!

This arrived in the mail from O'faigh, bless her, cannot WAIT to see what's in there....

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It may end up being the only thing I open on Christmas Day, since mum gave me my teapot early, and my son not only got me a Happy Light already in use but also a new wireless mouse, also in use.  Our family is awful about not being able to wait.

Remember these?

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Hubby made it to the Hostess outlet before it closed.  Yes, I have a big grin on my face.

So.  Back to the half-square triangles.  I took all the ones that weren't pink, and was going to put them together in a quilt for hubby.

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I. Never. Learn.  Not even the cupcakes made it better.  I was looking at my design wall today, thinking these blocks not only look awfully girly, but they also look wonkier than they should.  When he came home, I asked him if he thought it was too girly, and he said no until I mentioned that it was for him.  Then, they were too girly.

Out came the Liberated Quiltmaking book by Gwen Marston, and we're heading in a new direction....

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I'm having so much fun I can't stand it.  I hope you are as well.  Life has slowed down a bit, and since this is the only thing I'm making for Christmas, I hope to see you more often!  Be blessed!


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