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. 


  1. Cute ornaments!! Merry Christmas to you too!

  2. What Adorable ornaments !

    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas !

  3. The ornaments are super cute and you got them done! Enjoy your holiday.

  4. Well done! Too cute ornaments with the trimmed edges and the Whatnots Club, just your style! Have a wonderful holiday, it will be extra fun with a little one. See you next year!

  5. Love your ornaments what a special gift!

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!


  6. What a darling pin cushion and those cross stitch ornaments are as cute as they can be. love how you mounted and trimmed them. Wishing you a joyous Christmas!

  7. You've got me beat with your three ornaments to my none!

  8. I haven't done xstitch for years. Yours is adorable. I've done 3 in redwork that I still need to make into the ornaments. I'm interested in the Kim club.

  9. I have saved a bunch of cross stitch holiday designs that I planned to use for ornaments. Not made a one yet.

  10. Your cross stitch ornaments will look so pretty on a tree. I love all the Kim Diehl patterns that you show.
    Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

  11. Love that pumpkin pinkeep! Ornaments are cute too! I'm going to have to make a huge effort to find a quilt shop in NJ that offers the Whatnots Club.... Kim Diehl's Designs are awesome!

  12. Handmade gifts are the best!
    The xstitch ornies are so cute, nice work on gettign them done!!

  13. Your friend is lucky - I love that pin cushion! Your ornaments are great too - I used to do a ton of cross stitch, and I know how much time it takes! Great job finishing them. Love the little quilts in the new Kim Diehl program - wish they would offer that at my LQS!

  14. Great pin cushion and absolutely gorgeous stitched ornaments!

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  15. such cute ornaments and that pin cushion is wonderful~!

    enjoy your holidays and may they be filled with all that is happy and bright.



  16. Beautiful blog, so many lovely things you made. These Christmas ornaments are exquisite!
    Glad to had found you.
    Happy New Year!

  17. I'd like to find a shop offering the Kim Diehl quilt club. I don't think it will start for a few months.


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