Thursday, November 27, 2014

Cottonheaded Ninnymuggins!

OK, so if you don’t know the phrase above, you need to watch the movie “Elf”!!  I just named my last quilt “Don’t Be a Cottonheaded Ninnymuggins!”


I finished the second of four Christmas quilt kit UFO’s!!  Two down, two more to go!


This kit uses all Mary Engelbreit fabrics with an adorable center panel surrounded by pieced borders!


It was fun to make, and relatively fast, too!


I used an all-over green Christmas tree print for the backing and found a cut elf label!  Yay!


Two UFO’s down, two more to go!


I forgot to show you a little wall hanging I made in October for a guild challenge to use a bird applique cut out using a die from the Accuquilt GO! our guild recently bought in a quilted project.


My master bathroom has several birds on wall art, so I made this wall hanging for that room.  I used one bird shape cut with the GO! and then free hand cut a few other birds, as well as branches and leaves.


I love the Martha Negley oranges fabric I used for the border!  I grew up in Florida with lots of citrus trees in my back yard, which were often filled with singing birds!!   I named this quilt “Choir Practice”!


I always decorate our home for Christmas beginning the day after Thanksgiving!  I had my sons bring up the tubs of decor from the basement tonight before they left to go back to their apartments, so time to put away my fall decor for another year, and get busy putting out the Christmas stuff!!


So, what are you all up to this weekend?


It’s Turkey Day!!

westie turkey day

Hoping you all have a marvelous Thanksgiving Day with family and friends!!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Slug Here!!

I know!  I’m a blog slug!  Haven’t posted in a while!  But I have been busy!!


Our local quilt guild has a new activity this year- “The UFO Challenge”.  Our guild year runs from September through June, just like the school year.  This challenge goes like this- you make a list of specific UFO’s you plan to complete this year between September and June.  When you turn in your list, you hand in $1.00 for each UFO on the list, and everyone’s money goes into a pot.  Each month, at the guild meeting, you show completed projects as you finish them, and they are checked off your list.  At the end-of-year meeting in June, you get your name in the pot as many times as UFO’s you completed.  First name pulled gets half the pot.  Second and third names pulled get 1/4 of the pot each.


Four of my 15 UFO’s are Christmas quilts and I’ve completed two this month, so far!


This one was a kit I bought a few years ago!


I love the vintage feel of the illustrations!


And I also love the tall trees on the sides made from flying geese!


The fabric prints are gorgeous, too!!


I free-motion quilted it with holly leaves all over!!


So, mark another UFO off my list!  YAY!


Yogi is looking forward to eating some turkey in a few days!!  Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving???


Friday, November 14, 2014

The Aftermath…


The aftermath of doing a trunk show!


I’m trying to get Yogi to help put all the quilts away… it’s not working!!


Friday, November 7, 2014

November “Schnibble” Done!

I Really love the pattern chosen for this month’s “Schnibble”.


It’s not really a Schnibble by dear Carrie, but is actually a mini-quilt design from Fig Tree that uses one charm pack and a bit of yardage!


I used a charm pack of Sweet Tweet by Benartex.  I also mixed up the leaves a bit and made one stem going in one direction and the other in the opposite direction, as I plan to use it as a table runner.


The pattern called for a light fabric for the outer border but I chose to use some leftover charm pack pieces for my border! 


I also quilted some associated words in the narrow red inner border… dirt, seeds, water, sprouts, rain, fresh air, insects, sunshine, etc…


I love the cute cheater mini-hexie print I used for the backing and will probably use it reversed sometimes,


so I just signed a solid blue place near the middle on the back that would be covered with a centerpiece, rather than use a label in a corner.


I’m putting it away for now and will use it this spring!!


Soooo, Yogi is dyin’ to know what you are up to these days?


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Houston, We Have a Problem…

Not enough time, energy or money!!


My bee friends and I just got back from the Houston Quilt Festival!!  HOLY COW!!


Amazing, overwhelming, innovative, inspirational energizing…just a few words that come to mind there!!


We were so thrilled to have seen the amazing red and white Ruby Jubilee quilt collection so dramatically hung!!


Over and over we remarked that there is something for everyone- so many different fabric and designs for all tastes!!


We had such a fun time!!  It is exhilarating to be surrounded by others who love and understand your “bliss”!!


Now that we are back home- TIME TO SEW!