Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Deck the Halls

And all that good stuff!  It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas around here...

Monday, December 05, 2016

Christmas Mug Rugs

I wasn't very productive today, but I did manage to make a couple of Christmas Mug Rugs.  I've been wanting to do this since I got the fabric, but finally decided that today was the day!  They came out cute, and I just had to use the last bit of this cute Christmas print.

Here is the other one:

So fun!  I have several more pieces cut out to play with.  Notice that I didn't make a lot of progress in cleaning the sewing room today, but I figure if I can sew something out of the piles that are just sitting I really am cleaning...

I also made a custom monogrammed journal cover for an order on Etsy.  I'll take a picture tomorrow to show.  They are fun to make - I am thinking about a different color way I can try out.  Maybe something in blues and greens?  Or maybe I can use some of my vast collection of selvages if I can get enough contrast with the monogram.  Hmmm.  Definitely something to think about.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Tis' the Season for Giving and Happy Birthday, Catie!

Today is a happy day - a birthday to celebrate!  We got to celebrate the day our Catie girl was born with her.  Can't believe that was such a long time ago - 32 years.  She is definitely a joy in our lives, and we are glad she still likes to spend some time with us on her special day.  After having a fun brunch with her and her boyfriend and his parents we came home to relax for a bit.  I had thought about putting the  Christmas decorations up, but decided to wait until tomorrow.  I made it a tradition while Catie was growing up not to decorate until after her birthday, so I know that tomorrow I will really be ready to get everything dolled up for the holidays!

I was ready to work on the Island Batik Challenge for this month.  Tis the Season for Giving.
Catie actually gave me the idea!  She was telling us about the tree that the Veterinary Clinic she works for was decorating, then gifting to the animal shelter.  They are collecting all sorts of goodies, so I decided to make some cat toys to donate!  I got out my Island Batik Scraps, a baggie of catnip and some fiber fill.

I cut and stuffed and sewed.  I made some long "cigar"s, some small and large kick sticks, some cute little kitty ravioli and a few primitive mice!  I used up all of my catnip and most of my fiberfill.  I still have a lot of scraps left, though!

I decided that Scamper deserved to have some new toys (after all, charity begins at home, right?) and pulled out one of the long orange cigars and mouse for him.

He approves!

I will have to get some more supplies and work on some more of these - they are fun to make and I know the kitties at the shelter will enjoy them!  We are a small town, and our animal shelter gets a lot of its support from the volunteers in our community.  They often are in need of food and other basic supplies for the animals.  Morgan's Veterinary Clinic (where my daughter works) often works with the shelter to provide needed medical care for sick and injured animals there.  If you love animals, you can like their Facebook Page and see what's going on there!  I hope you support your own local shelter when you can, it really makes a difference for the poor animals that end up there.

Make sure you take the time to do some giving this month - it will make you feel good!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

What the World Would be Like if Yard Work Didn't Exist

Well, in my case, there would be more quilting and Christmas decorating going on!  Maybe even some baking.  But there are outdoor chores and this time of year when the sun shines you have got to get out there and get the jobs done.

I started out with good intentions this morning of cleaning up my sewing room, but didn't get too far before I got distracted by a couple of 1/3 yard pieces of cute children's fabric.  I decided it was perfect for a little boy quilt, so I did some strip sewing and cutting, then realized that I wasn't supposed to be making new projects.  Oops.   I put the start of the new project away and went back to putting things back in their places.  When I got to the gigantic pile of battingscraps I separated out some strips that I could cut up for my flannel rag quilt project.  Then I realized that I can't find my 6 1/2 inch square ruler.  So those are still sittin in a pile for later.  At that point my husband came in and suggested we do the YARD WORK.  Ok.

I let my husband go mow our daughters lawn while I stayed home to do our yard work. That involved a little bit of raking leaves, pruning 9 rose bushes, and raking some moss out of the lawn on the east side of the house.  I worked outside most of the afternoon.   Boy, did that ever make me tired, but the results were worth it!  And the weather was really pleasant to be outside in as well.
The roses look great now, and when it starts raining again I can quilt in peace.  I'm hoping to get my Christmas decorations out tomorrow and hopefully get the inside of the house ready for the festivities ahead.  Should be fun!  Maybe that ruler will show up so I can get that batting taken care of, too.

Friday, December 02, 2016

It takes a long time to quilt a queen size quilt!

Yes, it does!  This quilt took me quite a bit longer to quilt than it took me to piece the top - but I think it was worth it - beware, more badly lit pictures ahead.
This is on a full (or double) bed.  Isn't it colorful?  I really liked the mix of fabrics in this.  I used a mixed fat quarter bundle and added some vintage fabrics and some fun paisleys.  There are some solid squares, and some really pretty prints in this quilt.  It is available in my Etsy shop.  The piecing is simple, so it's a great price!
I did all the quilting on my Juki - and discovered to my delight that when I had it serviced last month they even got the needle threader working!  Now I am spoiled because it's so easy to thread the needle - I'm so happy I've been telling random people I talk to about!

The back is a scrappy blend of blues and greens - I enjoy making the back of a quilt a little more fun and interesting.

I need to spend some time tomorrow cleaning up the sewing room disaster, and then I want to start getting out my Christmas decorations.  I think I'll work on some of those Farmer's Wife blocks and see how far I can get toward my goal of getting all my blocks done before Christmas. I'm starting to feel in the mood :)

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday - join in the fun and see what everyone is working on!

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, December 01, 2016

December Rainbows

One of the things I say about the frequent rain in our area is that it sure makes you appreciate a nice sunny day!  Even a couple of sunny hours are enough to put a smile on your face and boost your spirits.  Often those sunny afternoons bring out a few rainbows as the clouds come back in.

As we were coming out of the store after running some errands this afternoon we saw this rainbow - it was much brighter in person and looked like it came down in the road ahead of us!  No pot of gold, though.

Tonight was Quilt Guild and I presented the Block of the Month for next month - I chose Snowball and Ninepatch.  In blue and white (of course).  I love it because it's a quick block, and easy to piece, so it will be perfect for the busy month of December.  The good news is that my block is already done, so no big rush the day of quilt guild to sew a block, which is my usual method of operation!

I've made several quilts with this pattern in various sizes.  Here is one of my favorites:
In other news, I decided to participate in the 31 day blog writing challenge again this year!  I have not been writing as much as I would like to and I hope this will spur me to do more of that.  I hope you will check it out and see who else is participating, or maybe even join in.
Plus that it will blast me out of my perfectionism and get me to just show up and do it, whether or not I have a lot to say - or to show!

The next couple of weeks I'll also be participating in the MyCreative2016 Instagram hop - check out the blog post and join in!  I've really enjoyed Instagram - it's a great positive place to be.

That's it for today, it's late and I should get some rest, it's going to be a busy month!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Winter Wonderland - November Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

I managed to finish this months challenge quilt, but it was indeed a challenge!  Not the fabrics, they were delightful!  Island Batik does not disappoint, this bundle was beautiful and so much fun to work with.  And the pattern, my own Jolie quilt, wasn't challenging.  It was the time factor that was my big challenge this month.  I am looking forward to a lighter schedule in December.  November was just a crazy month for me!

 Sorry for the crummy pictures, the lighting is mostly pretty bad this time of year.  It does show off the wonderful reindeer fabric I featured in the open blocks, though!
The block shows all the beautiful colors.  My favorite fabric was the gray/blue with snowflakes.  I love it!  The dark blue, red, and creamy background also have reindeers, but you can't tell when they are cut up - all you see is the beautiful color.  The polka dot fabric has a lot of variation of color in it - this quilt just uses a bit of it, but it is very pretty as well.
Aren't these graceful reindeer and snowflakes perfect for a winter quilt?  So pretty!  The touch of red in this quilt make it perfect for Christmas, but it will look wonderful hanging all winter long.  Look for the Frost and Merry and Bright collections in your local quilt shop!  If you like this pattern it is available as a digital download here.  (All my patterns will be half price in my Etsy shop for the month of December!)

Thanks for visting - I hope you enjoyed seeing what I created for this challenge.  Make sure you visit our other Island Batik Ambassador's and see what they have created: