Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Quilts

Here's pictures of the quilts and/or projects I finished in 2010.  I know these are all the quilts, but I'm not sure if I got all the little crafty things I finished on here.  Sometimes I foget to take pictures.  Or they were part of a bigger quilt like the pieces I did for the Loose Threads ribbon quilts.  I only finished 13 of the 25 quilts on my resolution list for 2010.  However, one of the quilts on the list has 12 different mini quilts and there are 2 of those finished.  Then I have the top of one other finished and I hope to get that quilted or at least started this weekend.  Tomorrow I work on the new years resolution list!








When you see them all together you can really see I don't have a particular style of quilting.  I'm game to try anything and any color.
Tomorrow comes the "NEW LIST OF RESOLUTION QUILTS".  Today it's all about putting Christmas decor away.  Which I'm stalling because I dread going back and forth to the storage shed to get the boxes and then back and forth to put them back.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, December 27, 2010

2010 Ornament Exchange and other gifts

Every year my family exchanges home-made ornaments for Christmas.  It's so fun each year to see what we all come up with.    Here are the ornaments I made this year for everyone. Of course I also make them for my nephews and niece (except I didn't get a picture of my nieces ornament yet.)  I did all mine with counted cross-stitch except for the Santa - my embroidery machine did that. 


And this is what I received in return.  I'm showing the ornament my husband gave me this year.  He actually has been giving me these collectible ornaments for the last 6 years. 
You can click on the pictures to get a closer look and use your browsers back button to return to this page.

And other crafty items received and made are here.
The buffalo watercolor was done my mother-in-law for my husband.  It was from a picture he took on his big adventure earlier this year.  She has always been artistic but usually with oil paints and at 82 decided she wanted to try something new and started taking watercolor lessons this year.  Amazing isn't it?  My niece Claire painted the rose watercolor in January 2010 (by the way she's only 7 years old).  The name on the sewing machine, the flower pins and the towels I showed earlier are gifts I made for others and were shown on previous posts.  The scarfs don't show the white fuzzy on the bottom but my mom made those for me to give to friends (I bought the supplies.)  I (my machine) embroidered these napkins for my mother-in-law and the jewelry wasn't made by any one I know, but the necklace was purchased by my husband on his travels earlier this year and he bought the ring and earrings locally. 

I had a wonderful holiday and still have one more celebration with my step-daughter and her family - just not sure when that will be.  I hope everyone had a wonderful time with family and friends.

Now - back to quilting - just can't figure out where to start. 

Thanks for looking. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Some gifts received (and sneaking in one I'm giving)

Okay maybe I'm not sneaking it in because I'm going to start the blog with it.  My step-daughter asked me to make her husband and my grandson matching hooded towels because her hubby Chad just thinks they are so cool.  She even found a blog with directions on how to make them.  (Thanks http://www.makeandtakes.com/easy-hooded-bath-towel).  So I made these.  I know Kelly checks my blog occassionally but I don't think Chad does so it's safe to share this.

Chad's is made with a bath sheet and Jack's is made with a regular sized towel.  I hope they'll like them.

Now being part of  two very talented friendship groups, I have been getting some wonderful gifts.  Here are just a few of the handmade items.  This is just a tip of the iceburg of the wonderful gifts I've received - not all of them.

Anna Koelewyn belongs to both the groups I'm in and for one she made us these cute magnetic pin holders.  They are just clay saucers she's painted and glued strong magnets on the bottom.   The second item were these painted and mod podged boxes.  I love organizational things and when I got home I saw that the box would be perfect to hold the fabric/fiber postcards I've been making and receiving.







Sara made this great bookmark with this quote on the back.  "Think where glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.  W. B. Yeats."  She also got us some embellishment supplies (buttons and butterflies and we're wondering if she has some plans for us to use them), and this cool stone with Glass Eye on the back.




Barbara Sawyer made these wonderful pins with fabric, wire and beads.  (I get so amazed how they can even think of making something so pretty.)



Now here is where my sisters have to close their eyes.  Janice made these adorable ornaments and I think this is what I'll make for my family next year.

Last but not least for tonight...the art group I'm in is called Loose Threads and when Grace was in Long Beach this summer she saw these great pins and picked them all up to give for gifts.  I think she got them at the Pin Peddler.  (It says Loose Threads on the top.)



No quilting lately.  I did put together the remaining 256 half-square blocks to make a center of a quilt.  I've been looking through some books to find a great finish for these blocks.  It's pretty scrappy.  It's all the colors of the ocean waters (blues, aquas, greens).  Also have the Christmas pine burr top almost finished  ordered some fabric on line that I thought would work for the border but sadly didn't even come close - so will have to continue looking.  I hate having unfinished tops like this.  I'm itching to quilt something.

Well, it's late, I should proof this (but it doesn't mean there won't be typos above anyway).  Thanks for looking.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Great Reveal

The Material Girls Friendship Group met today for our Christmas party and the big reveal.  In spring we exchanged signature blocks and we had until today to make a quilt with them.  We were missing 4 of our group for various reasons and they were all missed.  I hope to see their quilts soon though. Since this is my blog - my quilt is first. Mine is a wall hanging that will hang above our bed in the Cambria house.   I'm showing the pictures of the blocks when we got them and the finished products.
These neutrals were Adena Joseph's.  She not only made this quilt with neutrals, she made us each ATC cards and she made herself a tote bag to carry her quilt around.  She plans on doing an applique around the border when she finds the time. 

Anna wanted orange and pink - love how she added the turquoise.  Gives the blocks a whole new look.  


Carol Chadwick wanted oriental fans and she twisted them in her setting which gives it a very untraditional fan setting, which I love.

Debbie Van Fossen who couldn't make it but made sure we saw her quilt, made this beauty.  In case you can read the top it says "I'm a real witch if I don't get to stitch".  She designed the witch herself and had to add two blocks to make the setting work.

Deolinda used some great sashing fabrics and with the variety of values set these off beautifully.

Diane received 6" fall blocks and made a table runner (the big block she will use on the back).  The fabric in the middle is from a panel she received (from me) is all about friendships.  

Elaine Berry was one of 4 who chose Sunbonnet Sues as her blocks.  She set hers off in a muted pink and because she asked for all different sizes (6, 9 or 12") her setting was a real challenge.

Janice also received Sunbonnet Sues and she also had the same setting issues.  Both did a great job working with different sizes.


Kathy Morrison also asked for Halloween blocks.  I love her big cat in the middle - so cute and sets off the 6" blocks so well.  (the finished picture is 2 pictures kind of merged together poorly - sorry).
Rita asked for black, white and red blocks and made this very sophisticated lap quilt.


Here's a group shop of those who were there.  Pam and Lynne who were there didn't get their tops done but they did bring show and tell of other quilts they've been working on as did a few others.  However this post is long enough.  

Tomorrow I plan on finishing my cross stitch ornaments (2 more to go--woo hoo) and then I can work on Chad and Jack's gift.  Also have been going through my old magazines (2007 and 2008's) and will be giving those away after I'm done scanning the quilts I like from them.  I hate to tear pages out so I scan and give the magazines away.

Thanks again to my Material Girl friends for another great challenge.  Next years challenge is to use a hexigon in a quilt or make a hexigon quilt.  Any size any color, no other rules. 

Thanks for looking.