Saturday, December 07, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching

I can't believe how fast this year is flying by, the weeks are slipping away fast.  Time to check in again at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  I didn't get much handwork done this past week.  

The reason for this was I spent 4 days making 9 different kinds of Christmas cookies, 3 of them I had to roll out.  Yesterday I spent most of my day making 9 dozen sugar cookies.  By the time I got to sit down and relax in the evening I didn't feel like doing anything.  But I finished baking today, so I can't get back to my stitching. These are some of the goodies I made.

Today I cut out the pieces for the project I am making my daughter for Christmas.  She wanted me to make this section of the Flowers, with 3 bees.  This was called Wooly Flowers Sampler.  

I got most of the pieces cut out this afternoon, but I noted when I went to take this picture I have a few pieces going the wrong way, or need to make a color adjustment on one of the flowers.  But I am pretty much ready to stitch down.

I also need to finish up last month's Buhl-Bushong assignment, and prep this month's which is to finish this border piece.  I just have a leaf, stem and the flower to do for last month's.  

I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  You can use the link and stop by and see what everyone else is doing.  I love to see what everyone is working on each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop-My Day

Welcome to the last day of the Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop, hosted by the fabulous Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.  And also welcome to my day, and my part of the world!  I've included the whole schedule below in case you haven't had a chance to check it out yet.

I have always loved Christmas, celebrating Jesus' birthday.  I love the decorations, I love the songs, I love making cookies and giving them to family and friends.  And I love gifting my family and friends.

In my Christmases growing up, I remember getting in our stockings an apple, orange and nuts with shells on them.  My mother started me making the Christmas cookies from the time I was about 14-15.  She had me make them and then gave them to friends.

In my life now, Christmas begins right after Thanksgiving.  For the past number of years I have had my older grandchildren come over and help me get my Christmas stuff out.   A large part of my decorations I have made, including cloth dolls, ceramic dolls, painting ceramics and Christmas quilts.  I have a quantity of my Christmas decorations stored upstairs, and my husband no longer wants me going upstairs by myself and bringing the large totes down.

First out come the nutcrackers.  And last Christmas I got these 3 large ones.

Next out comes the Nativity Scene my dear Mother-In-Law painted for us over 40 years ago right after we were married.  We also have a set of musical angels I set out with them.

I have my grandsons help me set up my village.  They are particularly helpful plugging things in under the tables!    I have a section of nautical related shops, and boats and people, and I have another section with shops and houses.  It's really hard to get a good picture of that with poor lighting.

We then decorate the front room with tree and all the dolls, artwork and quilts.  Our granddaughter Kyleigh did the nutcracker when she was about 4 or so and I watercolored the wreath long ago.

These gnome guys are not ones I made, whereas most of the others dolls I have.  These guys mostly were obtained at the Harvest Festival  years ago.I have them standing next to the door to greet you as you come inside.

I was thrilled this year to  have finished my Nutcracker Suite quilt which was a BOM through  Shabby Fabrics late last year/early this year.

This was one of my very first quilts called Plaza Trees

After all the decorating is done, I get out my Christmas Cookie book.  I have collected recipes over the years, and I basically put them in a scrapbook.  I haven't done that recently, just slipped new ones in the pocket, but I usually make 9-10 types of cookies that we give out at Christmas.  I made my list for this year, and went to get the ingredients.

I have two recipes to share.   The first is Crunchy Peanut Bark.  The recipe is here, and it is printable.  This is one recipe I have to do every year, or the natives would revolt around here.  Everyone loves it.  I made up a batch yesterday.  It is easy and quick, basically melting the candy coating, mixing in the peanut butter, then pouring over the Rice Krispies, marshmallows, and peanuts.  Then just drop onto waxed paper.

The second recipe I have to share was a new one, though I apparently have had the recipe since 2004.  It was from a Woman's World magazine.  I tried to get it pulled up online, but there is no reference to it.  

Two things I learned from making these reindeer.  It is not easy to break up your pretzels so they can look like antlers.  The other thing is, I am lousy at using a bag to decorate.  I had icing squeezing out the back end, and I was holding the back closed!

I had hoped to have a couple of projects to show finished but radiology contacted me this morning and asked if I could come in and get my test done this afternoon from 4-6  So I figured I would finish my post in case I didn't feel like it when I came home.  I did get the redwork done though.

The darker one I plan to make into a mug rug.  The other is going to go in a fancy frame for my sister.  

Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure and visit the others on this blog hop.  I have found so many new recipes.  I'm excited to try a few.  Thanks again to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for organizing this, I have thoroughly enjoyed it!

December 2nd

December 3rd

December 4th

December 5th

December 6th

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop, Day 4

The Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop continues, hosted by the fabulous Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt.    If you haven't had a chance to check out the prior days, they are listed below.  There are some yummy recipes being shared, as well as holiday traditions and projects.  My day is tomorrow.  I'm getting my blog post ready, as well as baking some cookies.  

December 2nd

December 3rd

December 4th

December 5th

December 6th

Frolic Mystery Quilt

grab button for Quiltville's Quips & Snips

Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt came out last Friday.  It is called Frolic.   If you would like to start this one, or collect the clues, you can find it here.  

In finally was able to get my Clue 1 done, before the new clue comes out on Friday, tomorrow.  I really wanted to participate in this one, as this one is more geared to my colors.

I tried taking a picture of them on my kitchen table where I am working and they came out like this:  These are not a true reflection of what the colors are.  In fact, the tablecloth those are lying on is a bright blue!   I moved them to my kitchen counter, and they are closer to those colors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 01, 2019

One Monthly Goal-December

It's time to link up goals for One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  I continue to appreciate this monthly motivation!  Thanks again Patty for all you do!

My One Monthly Goal for December is to remake this block.  I finished this wool quilt last year.  My daughter Katie came over recently and saw it  hanging on the wall and asked that I finish one block for her.  

What she wants is the large Flowers block.  She also wants a couple of bees on it like the block below.

So my One Monthly Goal is to  make the flowers block, with a couple of bees on it, and gift it for Christmas.  

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop Starts Today

Just a reminder that the Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop starts today, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.  I have included the entire schedule below.  I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with!  

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching

Time to check in again for the Hand Quilt Along.  Not much has been done this week with the holiday, and dinner being served at my house.  My brother-in-law was also here, and a lot of help fixing things that needed to be done, and helping yesterday get all my Christmas stuff out of the attic.  He must have been glad to fly home last night, so he can get some rest, and just watch his football games.  He was having a hard time keeping up with me yesterday.  I told him to rest, and he sat down, and I kept on working.  I may have overdone it a bit, as my back hurt last night plus my bad knee.  I have had both my daughters and their families here the past 2 days also.

Last week during Slow Sunday Stitching I was here with Buhl-Bushong Quilt.

Tonight I got this far.  I sewed the bird on the top, and sewed two leaves on the next section.

One hindrance I had tonight was this- on the finger I push my needle with:

I was unloading the dishwasher and my finger touch the blade of my chopper.  I was able to work with a Band Aid though

I did finish my One Stitch at a Time submission for Kathy Schmitz's challenge, due in January, and also coincidentally my oldest daughter's Christmas present.

I hand appliqued the strip with pears and birds and the bottom section.  The appliques were in a book I had by Barb Adams and Alma Allen called Birds of a Feather.  I just cut the letters out myself.  

Hopefully next week, with my company gone, I can get back to my regular sewing routine. 

Be sure and check out what others have been doing below.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen
Kathi,  BellaDaisy and Connie


I will also be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching which provides great motivation for me.  Be sure and pop over there too and check out what others have been doing.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy and Connie

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Just wanted to take a minute to send out Thanksgiving Wishes to those in the United States.  

I am so thankful for my family and friends.  We are a reduced crowd this year as daughter Katie is visiting her in-laws in Arizona, and our dear granddaughter Kyleigh is staying in Boston till winter break in 2 weeks.  But we are thankful to have John's brother Roger visiting.  

Hope everyone stays safe and warm, and has a great day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

One Monthly Goal-November, 2019 Finish-A-Long

I really appreciate the motivation that One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty @ Elm Street Quilts gives me for this monthly challenge

My One Monthly Goal for November was to put my One Stitch At a Time Blocks by Kathy Schmitz into a quilt.   She is having a challenge, these are the guidelines:  

Challenge Rules -
1. Use a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 embroidery blocks from past, present, and/or future One Stitch at a Time designs.*

2. At least 75% of the fabric used needs to be Moda fabrics (includes backing)

3. Any size of wallhanging or quilt is accepted. Do you have something else in mind?  Feel free to play, just keep in mind there is a minimum of 6 designs in the project.

I had already stitched 6 blocks together.   With the 6 I had stitched, I thought it would be perfect for my daughter who loves birds.  I started off the beginning of the month here:

I decided I wanted some appliqued birds in this piece too.  So I took a book I had Birds of a Feather by Barb Adams and Alma Allen, and appliqued the birds and the pears.  Also, though it is hard to see, I used their pattern for the next on the right bottom.  

The bottom part I designed myself and cut out the letters and birdhouse myself.  This is for my daughter for Christmas, and I put her married name, and when they got married.

Also because you were supposed to use 75% Moda, I kept track of my fabric since I was working entirely from my old stash.  

I'll be linking up at Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.  Thanks so much again Patty for this continued motivation!

     This project was also #8 on my Quarter 4 Finish-A-Long list 
which I listed here.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!