Saturday, December 27, 2008


Bonnie at Quiltville is posting another mystery to start on New Years Eve. (doing happy dance).

These are the fabrics I bought when I was at quilt camp back in Sept. Couldn't figure out what to do with them and then Bonnie came to my rescue. What do you think. It is hard to see the light (background fabric) and may not use it. It is a tone on tone (beige with lighter beige design). It is not as stark as it looks here. Her pattern calls for the brown and can't decide if the brown design or the solid would be better to use.

What's your opinion? Open to suggestion!

Have a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 22, 2008


Fran, Making Memories One Stitch at a Time, sent me a present. The raindeer had lots of candy in it and DH and I took care of that very quickly. The fabric is fantastic and can't wait to figure out what I am going to do with it. Thank You, Fran, it was a wonderful early Christmas Present.

On the Quilting Front, I finished my Old Tabacco Road today and went to the fabric store where they were having a 50% off sale to get a back for it. 9 yards later, I have the back ready to put together. Contacted Carol, at Cornfield Quilter, to see if she could get it quilted for me by the time I go to Indiana the last of January. She said - YES! Will be putting it all in the mail tomorrow and will post a picture of the finished product sometime at the end of January. As Bonnie Hunter says, there is no quilt police - thank goodness - because I took some liberties in turning this pattern into a king size quilt.

This is our daughters 3rd through 5th graders at the finish of their program last week. They were great and everyone was proud of them, especially our daughter who is standing on the right side of the picture. She still amazes us in her ability. Proud of her.


Have a safe, warm and happy holiday.

Monday, December 15, 2008

These lights were put up by yours truly. This is the backdrop and stage of the school where DD teaches Fine Arts to Head Start through 5th grade. Approximately 220 lovely adorable children.

Last weekend I was recruited by said daughter to help her decorate the stage for the Christmas programs. She of course is afraid of heights, so I had to climb a 15ft ladder to put up these lights with safety pins. There are apprx. 12 strands and that is a lot of trips up and down that ladder. There are certain parts of my body that are still in pain from this adventure.

These adorable children are her head start and pre K children who sang beautifully. Also performing after this group was the 1st and 2nd graders. Tomorrow night we get to see 3rd through 5th graders.

I just shake my head in wonder on how she handles all of these kids at one time and actually gets a great performance out of them.

A most enjoyable evening.


In September, I gave Dawn at Quilts and Pieces all my left over crumbs from making my Batik Jewels quilt. This week she returned them to me in a lot better shape than she got them.

Isn't this just adorable. The doll, mini quilt and basket are all made from my batik crumbs. I just love this and it makes me so happy to know my crumbs were appreciated. Thank you, Dawn.

Sunday, December 07, 2008


Here is some more of my Christmas needlework that I have done over the years. I went great guns on doing these for a few years and then quit. I think quilting got in the way.

Unfortunately the lights got in the way of these pictures. Also, I can not figure out how to turn off my flash on the camera so you get the flash light on there also.

Sorry about the flash.

Friday, December 05, 2008


It is time to decorate. This is a picture of our mantle that is my DH's responsibility. He painted all of this village and takes great pride in setting it up every year. There are lights underneath all that "snow" that makes it really dramatic when the room is dark. Of course, I wouldn't dare rearrange anything on this project but as you can see all the buildings are lined up (he is a little anal - we call him Mr. Monk).

The cross stitch pictures of Old World Santa's are my handiwork. I have some more around that I will take pictures of and add to the next post.

My Christmas Goose. Made this wall hanging back when I first started quilting. As you can tell I got fairly close to having it even all around. Even entered it in a contest at a quilt store where we lived at the time. Managed to get 3rd and won $15 in a gift certificate. I don't care if it is not perfect, still like it.

More handy work to follow in next post.