Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 IN REVIEW

Here's a montage of the quilts I've finished this year.  Only a little over 1/2 of these were on my resolution list for 2011.


Not a bad year.  The 3 whisper quilts are part of a challenge and I can't show anyone until mid year 2012.  But I wanted credit for getting these done.  I didn't include all the ornaments I made this year too.

I need to work on my 2012 resolution list.  I hope to have that posted by the 1st.  I want to focus on some scrap therapy quilts this next year on top of the other quilts I want to do. 

For the records, I want the 2011 resolution list posted here because the list on the right will change when I update in a few days.
I'm excited - tomorrow I get to see my grandson.  We're having our little Christmas tomorrow.

Thanks for looking.  Have a happy new year.  

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The last finish of 2011

All ready for summer.  Pattern from Moda Bake Shop.  Finished this on Christmas day.  

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 Ornaments

My mom cross stitched this card.  I will frame and put with all the others I hang each year.
Each year, my family exchanges ornaments, hand-made ornaments.  Here's what I got this year.
From my brother and his wife - need to add bow on top where tip broke off.

From my little sister.

From my older sister.  We got light bulb snowmen a few years ago.
Here's what I made.
For my niece-she's a little angel (who will be taking piano next year)

For my nephew Drew.

For my nephew Shane.

The rest are for my sisters, sister-in-law, mother, mother-in-law, step-daughter and oldest nephews.








That's it for the night.  I will post tomorrow a picture of the quilt I finally finished.  Yea!
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Loose Threads and boy meets Santa

We had our Loose Threads Christmas get together last night.  I brought my camera but didn't get any pictures but no one really brought any quilts anyway.  We mostly gabbed and nibbled and then exchanged gifts.
This is what I gave the girls.
 I embroidered them on my machine from a design pack I bought on OESD  They are so beautiful in real life. I was going to make ornaments from them but thought they were pretty enough to be framed.

I got the final 2 birthday strips from Grace and Sara.  Grace made me a National Hamburger Month (which is May) and Hamburger Day July 28th strip.
 Sara made me a sewing machine strip for National Sewing month which is in September.  I have a set of some really cool holidays quilts now.  Can't wait for next year to display them.


My step-daughter made my week by sending me the following pictures of my grandson.  He had his first visit with Santa and apparently it all went well until Santa decided to take Jack's thumb out of his mouth.


Makes me laugh every time I see these pictures.  Isnt' he just adorable even throwing a hissy fit!!!!

I still have two quilt tops that need to be pinned and quilted.  Going to Party Party Party (aka Cut Throat Quilters) tomorrow night and am starting another top.  Crazy huh?  It's going to be a green and white quilt - hopefully will done by St. Patrick's Day.  I have parties and things to do all weekend but next week is free and clear - will hopefully get at least the basket quilt pinned.  I don't have a backing for the Vintage Moments quilt yet.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Material Girls Christmas Party

Another great day with my Material Girls.  Today was the day we reveal our annual challenge.  This year it was all about hexagons.  I showed mine a few posts ago, the I Spy quilt I made for my grandson.  Here's what the other girls made.
Neither Diane nor I got good pictures of Kathy M's flowers.

Anna K's top.  Check her blog for a full picture (Annatheartistwithin.blogspot.com)

Diane's M's cute floral strip quilt.  So precious.

Lynn Marie N's wonderful 3-d like blocks.  Love her color arrangement.

Maxine K's flower quilt.

Rita B was kind of sad that she got hexagon confused with octogons but we figured the little areas around the octogons are elongated hexagons.  :)  Happy accident.

Debbie VF's -her quilting is amazing on this. 

Pam L's quilt -oops she did the same thing a few years ago.

Deolinda followed in Pam's footprints and didn't get a challenge in.
The beauty of our challenges are they won't get mad or kick you out of the friendship group if you don't participate.  It's purely voluntary and it was a way for us to challenge ourselves to try something new.

So some of us brought show and tell.
Here's me and my Vintage Moments top.

And my summer basket quilt

Elaine's Vintage Linen top marked and ready for someone else to quilt.  :)

Diane K's quilt for another baby.

Maxine has last years' challenge quilt all basted and ready for quilting.  


Debbie finally finished her Cathedral Window challenge.  This picture does not do it justice.  

Carol took some old jewelry and made this gorgeous tree.  
I think I will be going through my mom's jewelry box when I visit at Christmas.

We have in the past each given little gifts for Christmas.  One of the things I was making these last few weeks were these little giveaways.

Starbuck bottles filled with Nutella Puppy Chow


And then I wrapped each one with a fat quarter.
I came home with lots of great stuff.  I love these ladies.  Here we all are.

In order from the top - Elaine, Me, Pam, Sheila, Rita, Lynn Marie, Barbara B, Deolinda, Anna, Maxine, Debbie, Kathy, Diane and Carol

 We were missing 3 of our girls today.  So Janice, Sue and Adena, - we missed you.  Hope to see you all soon.  Well I'll see Janice on Wednesday, but Sue and Adena, well I might see Adena on Friday at Party Party and I'm going to her house next Sunday for a cookie exchange.  Okay Sue - I hope to see you soon!

Thanks for looking.

Some Grandson cuteness

I have been busy crafting except that they have all been gifts so I can't show yet.  So in the meantime, enjoy looking at this cute little boy - these are from his 1 year old photo shoot.  (His uncle is a professional photographer.)
Jack and Kelly
Jack


Jack

Jack and Beast
Off to my friendship group Materials Girls lunch.  Will definitely have show and tell later.

Thanks for looking.