Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all of my blogger friends and their families.  Thanks for your continued visits and support.

This is our first holiday season in Florida. Both of our families still live in the north east so there is no family to share the holiday with. Our wonderful neighbors have invited us and a few other strays to share Thanksgiving with them.

My favorite go to hostess gifts are dish towels and trivets/potholders.

I make the trivets about 10 inches square, big enough to put a hot dish on and still not to big if a pot holder is needed

The matching hand towels are made with plain white towels I picked up at BBB with a coupon.  They are my favorite  towel to work with.

This is a sneak peek at the dessert I am taking with me.  Can't show you the final outcome until Tuesday.   That's my day to be in the Virtual Cookie Exchange - see that button up there on the right, Yeah that Virtual cookie Exchange.

Here is a list of all of the participants. Hope you can stop by and visit us all, should be great fun.  
See you there.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Catching up with Post Card swap, Winning a Giveaway,Another Table Runner and a Snap Purse

I love participating in  Postcard Exchange s   .I recently participated in one  for fall.  It was coordinated by Sheila over at Sheila's Quilt World. I can now show a couple of pictures of my card since I have heard from the receiver that she has it in hand.

The pattern was designed by Michelle May at Raspberry Rabbits.  Her original design was much larger. I shrank it down to post card size.

I actually made 2, one for the swap and one for a friends aunt who made me a Christmas ornament.

Last month there was a Halloween blog hop and Brandy over at Pampered Pettit participated and  had her very own giveaway.  I was her  Winner .  Click on the link and see her wonderful work.

This is the wonderful assortment of goodies I recieved all in this terrific zip bag with the vinyl front.

Each piece nicer than the next.

See this box of candy, I had it finished by the time I finished writing my thank you note, it was delicious. 

And here is my 3rd Christmas table runner.  It is based on a free pattern by Lee Heinrich of 
Freshly Pieced.   The pattern 
                                                                               My Holiday Forest pillow
is for a pillow but I made two and turned it into a wonderful table runner. Table runners are my home made gift of choice this holiday season.

And just in case the recipient isn't as crazy as I am about my purple trees

I backed it in Christmas presents.

And last but not least is my 15 minute snap purse.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Christmas Is In My Heart Blog Hop

Welcome to my  stop on the Christmas Is In My Heart Blog Hop and special thanks to 
for coordinating this wonderful holiday event.

I make quilty gifts for several friends and members of my family annually. This is the beginning of this years projects. 

It was a bit labor intensive, it is made up of a bazzillion  1 1/2 inch squares.

It involved lots of organizing.  

But it was so worth it.

I love the shadow.  This was a bear of a piece to shoot. It measures in at 18 by 72.

I couldn't resist the picture with the palm trees in the background. This is my first winter in Florida which is a far cry from New Jersey weather wise

You really can't tell but the deer is really pixilated.

Next gift is the same size and not pixilated.  This one was a breeze in comparison.

I tried to get shots outside but they just looked washed out so I put it where it belonged, on the table.
Both of these table runners are rows from a quilt I made last year, the Fair Isle Quilt.  

This one is going to a friend who celebrates both  Chanukkah and Christmas so I thought I would make it so she can flip it over from one holiday to the next.

And yes I know that a Heart was to be incorporated in our work so I created a mug rug to go with the table runner.

and added a little stitching 

I hope your enjoyed your stop here  and I hope you get to visit all of the other participants to date.

Here is today's list 

November 19

Marian, our host for this blog hop, arranged for Fat Quarter Shop to sponsor this event and they are donating a $25 Gift Certificate every day of this hop.  And, this giveaway is open to anyone.  Just simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter the giveaway today

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Meet Gracie

I had a very fun filled week.  I have started to follow Massdrop  and a few weeks ago the Janome Derby sewing machine came up. I could have gotten one from Amazon or at Joanns for a comparable price but not with as large a color selection.

I loved the gray with pink, they call her Graceful Gray. I call her Gracie.

The big draw for me for this tiny machine is that it weights in at 5 lbs.  Yep, 5 lbs.
Exactly what I need to drag to guild meetings.  I'm really done with carting my bigger machines and tend to do nothing rather than bring one of them

I choose this 8 inch house block to test run the machine and to find it's 1/4 inch.  See that blue tape.

I figured that if I could make a 22 piece block match up I'm good to go.

I'm also well on my way to getting my Christmas list started.  I am making Christmas table runners using a row from the Fair Isle Quilt pattern that I made last year.  

This will be a very long table runner, about 72 inches.  See my little 8 in house block up in the corner.

I'll be traveling this week so will be doing some red work or crochet to keep my hands busy.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Swapping, Knitting, Crocheting, Keeping Secrets and Happy Halloween

I have been keeping busy these last couple of weeks with various projects. First I want to show off and thank Annette for the terrific postcard she made for me for the current Post Card swap.

I have it sitting on my desk for the remainder of the season. Who  better than Charlie Brown to spend time with.

Here is just a little of the back of the card.

I can't show you my contribution to the swap yet as it still hasn't finished making it's way to Canada. 

Happy Halloween

I thought I'd get this post done before Halloween.  I found Princess #1 had made herself at home on my Ghastlies quilt.  She seems to think it belongs to her and fights with Princess #2 whenever she dares to put her paw on it.  She will be very unhappy tomorrow when it's not back on the bed.  I'm pretty sure she'll take over a Christmas quilt in the near future.

I got a couple of helmet liners finished and on their way.


A friend sent me a pattern from Michael's for this tote.

It is done with a very bulky yarn.  When I went to Michaels they told me that they no longer carry it.
I picked up Bulky yarn #6 but it wasn't quite bulky enough.  I went with it anyway and added an extra round.  The whole thing took under 3 hours to make.

She loves it just the way it is so all is right with my world. tee, hee.  

This is my latest obsession. 2.5 inch tumbler blocks.  I made a couple of place mats for a friend last month and found myself hooked to the little guys.  I decided that they would make a great leader/ender project.  That was until I found myself making 3 instead of 1 after each section of a project.  I've gotten about 3 times the number in the picture cut and paired at least once.

Last but not least is a sneak peek at my current project.

I am participating in a challenge with my guild and participating in a blog hop, both in November. I will be using the same quilted piece for both. I have gotten further along than the bags of parts shown above. I'm actually to the sandwiching stage.  Please stop back on the 20th to see it completed. More info on the hop can be found on the link at the top right.

Be safe and be happy and enjoy life.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Quilt Along Hop with Dog Gone Cute from Sew Fresh Quilts

When I first heard about / saw this Dog Gone Cute Pup I knew I had to make at least one.  

Of late I have been obsessed with back packs ( see previous posting) and I thought that this "Cute" pup would be perfect.  The measurements for the finished large Dog block was close enough to what I'd been using for the  back packs so off I went.

It would have been a good looking back pack if I wanted my pup standing on its ear. Some
days I scare myself when I take off at full speed without engaging my brain.

I tried adding some fabric top and bottom but that would only work if I intended to give the back pack to a line backer.  So pup got stuck on my design wall for a few weeks and kept me company while I waited for an idea.

I was still stuck on the backpack idea so I went ahead and made one of the smaller dogs. The pattern has so many Dog Gone Cute dogs to choose from.

I expanded the block and cut down the size of the back pack and came up with this cutie.

I knew exactly who I would send this one to.

Our great niece just started Pre K and I thought this would be a great bag for her "stuff". I filled it with a couple of  Disney projects and off it went.

The straps needed a little adjusting.  I shrank down the back pack and forgot to shorten the straps.


Now back to my newest companion.  

I finally decided that I would make him into a simple baby quilt.

I bordered him out slowly.

I thought about adding "things" but nothing really appealed to me.

Here he is all done.  I took him for a cart ride to take some great pictures in the beautiful sun light.

This is as close as I got to getting a picture of the backing. 

As any good dog knows when you go visiting you get your choice of chairs so long as you are Dog Gone Cute.  Mine had trouble making up his mind.

Turned out he was partial to the rocker.

In the end he was so Dog Gone Cute I had to throw him a bone.

The girls were not very happy playing second fiddle.

If you want to make your very own dogs visit Lorna over at  Sew Fresh Quilts 

And please take time to visit the rest of the ladies participating and sharing in this great hop.

Tuesday, October 20
Cathy of A Quilting Chick
Selina of Selina Quilts (me)
Shauna of Shauna’s World
Kathy of Kayak Quilting

Thursday, October 22
Britt-Inger of Hill Valley Quilter
Judy of How ART You?
Louisa of Sewmotion

Tuesday, October 27
Stephanie of Jak and Will
Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts

Thursday, October 29
Abigail of Cut & Alter
Magdalena of iloveneutrals
Susie of Susie's Sunroom

Thanks so much for stopping by.