Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A New Year Full of Joy

I so enjoyed my holiday break with my family and hope everyone had a merry time as well!
However, I am glad to be back in my sewing room, full of new energy and inspiration. 

First, I would like to share a few gifts I received from some dear quilting friends in Texas.
Kay presented me with this needle keep, exquisitely adorned with her ribbon embroidery! 

Rosie always has a way with words, and this plaque proves it.
(We are WWF addicts...contemplating a 26 step program soon!)
She included another special gift...
...because the biggest change in my life this new year is that I will be a first time grandma!

While eating my way out of my jeans and enjoying a white Christmas,
I did get some handwork completed.

The first stocking from the Primitive Gatherings Woolen Stockings collection,
and...
another X-stitch ornament.

Darlene, of Quilting Daze, and I have challenged each other to complete one ornament per month and one extra to share.  Darlene has also taken up the gauntlet for the Christmas Through the Year bloggy club.
I am joining and setting my goal to finish a stocking a month and an ornament a month.  I will also try to throw in a gift a month as well, but don't want to pressure myself.   
I have a few other commitments already!
Besides....
I will have all those things to make for my new grandchild...sex to be announced at birth!


17 comments:

moonbear_designs said...

Wow! Congratulations Cheryl! That's the best news ever!!! So very happy for you!
Great gifties received and love your 2012 goals... the woolen stockings are way too kewl. Love the wool appliqué that you have up at the top of your blog now.
It is nice to start a new year energized and inspired. You settled on some great projects and I can't wait to see what you make for the baby :0)
Joyful New Year! Jo

Lori said...

It looks like a beautiful Christmas. Love the stockigns you'll be making.
Happy 2012!!

Karen said...

I like the prim style stocking you made. I think I made the stocking with the bigger star on it a couple years ago and stuck a little gift inside for a friend. They are pretty quick to make using wool for the applique.

Darlene said...

Your first grandchild - woohoo!!!! You're going to love the new chapter in your life. Due date?

Beautiful gifts - ribbon embroidery is so delicate.

Love, love, love the wool stocking and I've been thinking about the stockings by BBD. The Christmas Through the Year bloggy club comes with no pressure!!!

I'm excited about our ornament challenge. Woohoo!!!

BJ said...

Congratulations grandma-to-be. I'm so happy for you. I need to check out that book... may need it for myself with Miss Bailey turning two next month.
Your stockings, etc. are wonderful! Sounds like you are going to be plenty busy with the stockings and ornaments and grandbaby stuff. A good year ahead!

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats to the new Grand mom...or soon to be!!! How fun!!!!
Loved seeing the wool stocking number!! Oh so good!!!!
Wow...already more cross stitch!!! Girl...maybe that new grandchild will slow ya down! LOL

Sue said...

Congratulations GRANDMA ! What wonderful news !!

Just love your stocking and what wonderful gifts !

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

Hi Cheryl! Happy New Year, and Welcome Back!

What lovely gifts, but the best news I read here is about the new grandbaby... Congratulations!

Best Wishes for your challenge this year. Looking forward to seeing your projects.

Anne-Mette said...

Dear Cheryl.
Congratulation with you becomming a grand-ma this year. I can only say - it is GREAT :-).
Your stocking is so beautiful. Makes me want to to some embroidery.
I wish you a healthy and happy 2012.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Your work is always so beautiful! I look forward to following your ornie & stocking progress each month this year. Of course, I am beyond THRILLED for you - that you are expecting your first grandchild this year! What a joyful year 2012 will be!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Congratulations on soon being a grandma for the first time. There is nothing better!!!
Your stocking and ornament are adorable even though I can't think of Christmas at least until February - lol!

Elyte said...

Welcome back and congratulations. What a special year it is going to be for you all.
It is only the 4th of January but there are so many new and enticing activities brewing and I want to do them all! Getting ready for Christmas is always a good idea, I will try to follow along on that one.

Maureen said...

Very ambitious plans! If anyone can do it, you can!
You already have a great start. The stocking is perfectly festive and the ornament is beautiful.
Congratulations!

Merilyn said...

Great holiday snap Cheryl!!!
Your Christmas stocking project looks wonderful and your first completed stocking is just gorgeous!!! I'm a bit overwhelmed at the moment with so many wonderful New Year projects in blogland just begging to be gotten into - It would be so easy to get swamped, especially after spending the last year doing B.Brackman's CW weekly blocks - so choosing carefully might be the order of the day Cheryl!!!!

Michele said...

You are going to have a wonderful year! Such excitement! Wow :-) I'm looking forward to hearing all about it as the year goes on. You must be so excited :-)

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Congratuations ....being a grandparent is wonderful... so thrilled for you!

Looks as though you are in the swing of great projects as always.

:) Carolyn

libbyquilter said...

oh i am so so jealous~!!~ a big congratulations to you. won't you have a great time making all kinds of grandbaby lovliness~!?!~

the stocking you made is so warm and wonderful looking. i think the goal you set sounds pretty reasonable and can't wait to see the rest as you complete them.

that needlebook is very pretty. some obviously talented hands created it ~ lucky you~!

:-)
libbyQ