Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Handmade gifts...

Nothing better!
A pincushion for my friend, Deb.
This was a freebie from Whimsicals.

And now, those cross-stitch ornaments.



One for each of my children and my granddaughter.

I originally blogged about my goal to stitch one of these ornaments each month back in December of 2011.  Mary of Quilt Hollow and Darlene of Quilting Daze thought it would be fun to do the same.  When I mentioned my new blockhead goals, Mary teased me about our ornament goals way back when.  
Ah, the gauntlet had been thrown.
So I just had to finish up the one I started in Feb. 2012 and then made the other three this last month. It was fun mounting and finishing them with a little help from a friend.

My DD and I started two simple stockings for my SIL and granddaughter today.  
Yup, that is me...the procrastinator.

And I did get my blockhead blocks made this month!  Finished another row of my red and white quilt, but I have only pulled the fabrics for the next LeJardin block.  I will not get it stitched, but hope to at least get it all prepped soon. 

Have you seen this:
As you know, I am a big Kim Diehl fan.  I love the Idaho Lily in the upper left.  I have been looking for a red and green quilt pattern...this could be it, at least a small one to start with.
I wonder if it will be run like the Jo Morton club.

Baking, stocking making and yes, Christmas shopping starts tomorrow, 
so I will see everyone in the New Year. 



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Snowbound

is an official flimsy!

I decided not to include the embroidered snowflakes that were on the original.  
I'm not that good at embroidery, so I would not want to ruin it at this point.

While searching for a lost quilt in my "quilt closet," the one with the warning sign on the door, I decided it was time to make something out of all the random blocks I have collected.
I choose my favorite house blocks and put them together into this little fellow.  I was inspired by Temecula Quilt Co.'s version.
I also quilted and framed my twisted heart from a few years back.
Now I just have Farmer's Wife blocks, Barbara Brackman Civil War blocks and two collections of exchange blocks to figure out what to do with. 

We had a lovely visit over Thanksgiving week in northern California. Now it is time to decorate for Christmas!  I don't think I will get to any of my blockhead projects until the end of the month, BUT...I am working on 2 cross-stitch ornaments!  Stay tuned.  Mary and Darlene will get a laugh out of this one.