Monday, December 19, 2011

Twas the weekend before Christmas...

...and all through the house,
the sewing machine was buzzing,
and my fingers were stitching.
I cannot show you many of the projects, 
since the recipients read my blog,
 but I can share a few things.
A Quaker Snowman

I started this fellow last year with the hopes of stitching ornaments for each of my children, but alas, he became a UFO stashed in the back of my closet.
Then I saw Carol's, of Stitching Dreams, post here and it inspired me to start stitching again.
A visit to The Attic Needleworks shop in Mesa, AZ left me rather light in the pocketbook, but full of ideas and materials to make enough ornaments to adorn my own garland next year.

And what do you do with left over jelly roll strips?
Why make an adorable photo album cover.
Wish I could take credit for this one, but again it was that creative DD of mine who came up with the idea and embellishments.

For those of you following the progress of the 1880 sampler, I invite you to check out the flickr group.  Carol has sashed and set her beautiful blocks and posted a picture for our pleasure.

I was not too successful with keeping up with the CW QAL hosted by Barbara Brackman this year, but that did not stop me from joining Jeanneke's Building Houses from Scraps 2012 project.  
You can find out more here.
Wish me luck!

Merry Christmas to everyone!
May your holidays be filled with joy and laughter and 
may the New Year be full of promise.
See you then,


  1. Well, there you are - so nice to 'see' you. Carol's blog is full of inspiration and I, too, have been inspired to start stitching again. I plan to make ornaments every month next year to decorate a beautiful garland. Love your new snowman ornament.

  2. Lovely!! How fun to be stitching gifts. Merry Christmas!!

  3. Just love the ornament and what a great idea to make a photo album from leftover jelly roll strips !


  4. I love her banister just filled with those beauties! After seeing her "vintage" or more country sort of look in cross stitching it makes me want to tackle it again too! WOW...I see some beauties but where to begin to even find the patterns like hers AND yours!!! OH...a snowman!!!! It is a must have....lead me to it!!!

  5. Yep, seeing that banister covered with cross stitch and embellished ornaments makes me want to open up my cross stitch supplies. Wonderful ideas! Love your snoman. Too cute.
    Checked out Jeanneke's Building houses blog. Terribly cute!!! R U thinking of PP or hand piecing? Keeping up on reading Dutch is always fun too.
    DD album cover is cute. It must be so much fun to see what she comes up with.
    And... seeing Magpiememorie's sampler quilt top sashed and set! Wow
    A nice evening of inspiration as well as temptation ;~) Wishing you a wonderful week of stitching, a Joyous Holiday and a New Year with needle in hand! Jo

  6. Your Quaker Snowman ornament is adorable!! And I really like the idea of using left over jelly roll strip to make an album cover - smart daughter!
    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Cheryl!!

  7. Sometimes additional motivation is needed but we do eventually finish things.
    Like mother, like daughter, you both have the creative gene.
    Carol's sampler looks stunning, love that sashing that she chose.
    Best wishes to you and your family for Christmas and the New Year.

  8. Gorgeous ornament Cheryl! Yes sometimes life sure gets in the way, there's always next year! not too far away now LOL!!!
    I made up one of Jeanneke's little house blocks, but I doubt I'll make 365 of them, they are cute though!!! Only another 3 more CW blocks to go, it has made the year go so quickly!!!! Have a wonderful Christmas holiday season!!!!

  9. What a sweet ornament! I suspect most Christmas projects take more than one season to complete!
    Your daughter is very creative. Love it!
    Merry Christmas!

  10. Merry Christmas to all of You!!!

  11. I love your Quaker Snowman it is so pretty.
    I join Building Houses also. I hope I can keep up.
    Merry Christmas!

  12. I am so in the mood to make some holiday cross stitch cabinet keeps or ornaments. I like your snowman.


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