Cookies and Quilts

Postage Stamp Quilt, scrap quilts

tn_FreeVintageImagesofChristmasClipArt11_jpgMore cookies then quilting yesterday.  Wow a little girl can tire a person out when you are not around children all the time.  Our son-in-law had a funeral on his side of the family so we had Aniya (his great-niece) over for the afternoon to help the family out – Sugar Cookies were made.

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This little 5 year old love frosting almost as much as the cookies – I seem to remember that with our girls when they were young!

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I did get in a couple hours of machine quilting on Hopscotch  in the morning and the very middle of the quilt is done!  now only about — how many lines of quilting left to do LOL – I will work on it again today and the weekend – I truly hope to be done by Sunday and fold the extra tables back up and put back in the closet out of the way.  Linking to Sarah’s Confessions of a Fabric Addict , Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Crazy Mom Quilts.

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The back design always shows up more it seems.

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I turned my chair around in the tight space I have and finished this area of the Postage Stamp on Wednesday night and then rolled the quilt down and started on the opposite end where I have more room to move last night.

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Craftsy is having a 12 day of Christmas sales – Sale ends Monday the 12th of December.  Don’t know what the sale will be day to day so stop and check if you wish.  And just ignore these messages if you are not interested!  Thanks!  EDITED: @ 6:13 AM  Kits and Supplies 40-60%  and Top 200 Classes under $20.00

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Another Day Machine Quilting

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img-thingI don’t have much to show as it is hard to get a photo of the big bunch of quilt on the table in the process of machine quilting-  it is just straight lines so nothing spectacular about it!  I can say I am half way done!!  About 6-8 hours of quilting?  Not really sure as I have not kept track.  I did work pretty steadily Tuesday morning and then again an hour or two in the afternoon and the same yesterday.  All of the lines are done going in one direction and now to turn it this morning and work going the opposite direction – I don’t know how much I will get done with as the afternoon will be a cookie baking day.  All of my give away winners got in touch with me and I will try to get the packages in the mail on Friday.

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The back of the quilt

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The Christmas decorating has been complete.  It is so much fun having a small dining room now to decorate too – for those that don’t know Mike and I added this on to the house ourselves and finished it two years ago shortly before Christmas.  Now you see why it is hard to try to do the machine quilting at the table – the table extends to seat 8 so it is big enough-just too tall!

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One of the Christmas quilts made over the years.

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The big Baltimore Christmas Album quilt that I finished in 2010.

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On the table is my small version of a bigger quilt called “Dutch Treat”  I like the colors for Christmas even though it is not a true green in any way.  Dutch Treat was one of those quilts that you really think you want to make and then – for me – quickly lost interest in – maybe because I had just finished two Dear Jane quilts shortly before and I really should have went to some quick and easy quilts for a change first perhaps!

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Craftsy is having a 12 day of Christmas sales – Sale ends Monday the 12th of December.  Don’t know what the sale will be day to day so stop and check if you wish.  And just ignore these messages if you are not interested!  Thanks!

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Give Away Winners

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xmas1First of all thank you all so much for participating – I had 112 comments – comments from 36 of the states in the United States –and  Israel, Spain, France, Hungary, Germany, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and United Kingdom.  I think I got them all!  I hope I didn’t miss anyone, I tried writing it all down while I was reading the comments.  I had the most responses from Texas and Michigan and the United Kingdom.  It was really fun to see where you are all from and I know a lot of the readers were reading the comments too to see where all my readers are.  So big drum roll – the winners are selected from the random number generator and they are:

Lisa from Anchorage, Alaska  Valery Dixon from Saskatchewan, Canada  and Gabriele of Waghausel, Germany.    I will be contacting the winners by email today – if I do not hear back from one within a week or so I’ll select another.  Thank you all for participating.  My 10th year of blogging is coming up in April and I might be having another give away then so stay tuned.

I was busy working on the machine quilting which always takes a little getting used to for me yesterday and after I got all set up in the sewing room it went really well, I have had no trouble with the sewing machine after one initial start up glitch which I worked through quickly.  Here is my set up and this will stay in place until I am done so it will be crowded!

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I got close to one quarter finished already I don’t know how much I will be doing today but I hope to get half way finished.  I am linking to Lorna’s Sew Fresh Quilts , Jo’s Country Junction and Quilt Fabrication,  & My Quilt Infatuation.

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Last might Mike and I got the Christmas tree up and decorations scattered throughout.  I have the nativity scene to put up in the dining room on top of the quilt cupboard and then I think I am done and ready to make cookies.  Aniya will be spending part of the afternoon with me on Thursday while Melanie and  my son in law’s family attends a funeral and she will help make cookies – Melanie said when they asked her yesterday if she wanted to help Aunt Karen make Christmas cookies on Thursday while they were all busy she just squealed she was so excited.  I will try to take a couple photos then but then baking with a 5 year old might not give me a chance to do so.

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Craftsy is having a 12 day of Christmas sales –  EDITED:  The Sale today continues the same as it was yesterday —  $15 off of $100 use code CRAFTSY15 – $10 off of $75.00 use code CRAFTSY10  — $5 off $50 use code CRAFTSY5

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What Did I Accomplish Yesterday

Love Entwined - Esther's BOM, quilts, scrap quilts, Stitchery

ClipArtPlace_Victorian_Christmas_Lady_Clipart2Yes it was one of those days again – without going into a lot of detail, there have been some family things going on – not me and Mike – but others – two with medical problems and then an in law of Melanie’s whose battle with cancer ended.   I think I was texting and  on phone calls more than I was doing anything else at times – you know that insane feeling you get when you are texting with two different people at the same time then get a ding from messenger as well!  Mama Mia – you can go crazy!!  It is a wonder you know who you are texting LOL.

Anyhow I did get some things done but I never did make it to the fitness center as I felt sure I was not capable of texting and walking on the treadmill at the same time and really keep those messages straight – I have a feeling I would have fallen off!!

What did get done?  I worked a bit on my snowman stitchery and got a bit done.  All the leaves on the left side are done except the details to add – the embellishment – on the leaves are veins, the white sticking out of the mitten is a candy cane stick so I need to add stripes of red, holly berries get scattered around as well.  I have not stitched the leaves down on the right side.  As you can see I made the snowman a cap to hide his bald head – it just didn’t look right – pinned in place for now.  It is coming along!  Linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog today.

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Williamsburg Beauty is now off the wall and folded in the “to be quilted” box and I took Love Entwined out to look at it and see if I can get inspired to finish this center square  – 3 bouquets of flowers and I could call it done with a pieced or plain border all around.

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Hopscotch is out and ready to be quilted if I can stick with the machine long enough to do it!!  Not my favorite thing to do of course but it is pinned and ready – straight lines – and I have 3 lines done.  I tried working at the dining room table with it but quickly remembered why I decided to not quilt in there the last time – with the machine on the table the tall chair is just not tall enough – the machine is too high on the table .  It will be back to the sewing room with it today and will have to put a folded table behind the sewing table and one off to the side – the room well be extremely crowded but I plan on working until it is done – I hope a week – we will see unless I give up after awhile and stuff it in a box to work on later!

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These will all be double lines eventually (I think) and plan on the opposite direction as well – but sometimes plans change so we will see – I know I will be sick of it by time I get done but I really want it out of my way.

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The give away has surpassed 100!!!  I think my most comments for a give away but I’m not positive.  So thank you all so much for the big response the last couple of days for the give away – it continues through Wednesday morning when I will select the winners with the random generator.  Leave your comment at this post if you want in.  It has been so neat to read where you all are from and readers have been reading through the comments as well to see where you are all from – I will need to tally it up and see – a lot from Michigan and Ontario for sure!!


stackfabric     Craftsy is having a 12 day of Christmas sales –  EDITED:  The Sale today is – $15 off of $100 use code CRAFTSY15 – $10 off of $75.00 use code CRAFTSY10  — $5 off $50 use code CRAFTSY5

The sales continue different specials each day – I don’t know in advance what the sales will be you have to check just like I do – there might be something you want, I’m keeping an eye on it but trying to control myself.  Go in through the link on the side bar or above in the blue highlighted words.  A great way to try new things out at a lower price.  (12 day sale ends on Monday the 12th)

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Williamsburg Beauty–Top Finished

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boy_apple_tree_largeThank goodness – finished it- this one has been hanging over me for awhile now.  I started the applique squares in early 2015 and they were to be part of the Caswell Quilt which has around 30 applique blocks or so? I quickly grew tired of it for some reason or another I really liked it when I first got the pattern – I seem to do this with applique quilts the last couple of years.  I changed my mind I don’t know how many times on how I was going to work the medallion design – finally I have said enough and it is as big as it is going to get – I had wanted queen size, instead it is 60 x 60 and I’m calling it finished.  (I am really trying to have some finishes before the end of the year and start the year with a smaller amount of projects which I know well rapidly grow)

Yesterday – another drizzly dreary day  – we were going to start to decorate the house for Christmas and didn’t – just didn’t feel like it I guess – better get going on it today!  But we did watch a movie – Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks and seeing as I got all my circles prepped in the morning I managed to get all my circles appliqued in place in the afternoon – during and after the movie.  So the quilt top is done!!  Linking to Em’s Scrapbag: moving it forward Monday and MCM#50:Cooking Up Quilts.

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The circles – the top is not hanging quite straight on the wall but thank heavens it is straighter than it looks.  I wish I would have had enough fabric to miter the corners better on the print fabric but it was not to be – I figure when it is quilted and washed/dried and shrunk a little it will be ok – it is for home not a show.  I follow patterns better than try to design them myself LOL

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And some more

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My favorite applique block

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All the fabric that I put in the project box that could be used in this quilt – so much left to put back on the shelves! I think I need to redo my shelves — I have a lot of quilt books on narrow shelves in the entry to the bedroom – I think I need to move the books to shelves in the living room and have the shelves going into the bedroom have fabric on them instead.

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Thank you all so much for the big response the last couple of days for the give away – it continues through Wednesday morning when I will select the winners with the random generator.  Leave your comment at this post if you want in.  81 entries as I write this last night – would be so nice to get to 100 by Wednesday morning – I am finding out where so many of you readers live – it is so interesting to see where you are all from.


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Don’t forget  Craftsy is having a 12 day of Christmas sales –  different specials each day – I don’t know in advance what the sales will be you have to check just like I do – there might be something you want, I’m keeping an eye on it but trying to control myself.  Go in through the link on the side bar or above in the first paragraph.  A great way to try new things out at a lower price.

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Too Many Projects Going On Here

Postage Stamp Quilt, quilts, scrap quilts, Williamsburg Beauty

Thank you all so much for the big response yesterday to the give away – it continues through Wednesday morning when I will select the winners with the random generator.  Leave your comment at this post if you want in.

Saturday was a miserable wet dreary day.  It drizzled rain all day – that light kind of stuff that just doesn’t go away and started at 46 degrees in the morning and dropped to 42 by evening.  A cold week is ahead for us.

Mike and I started the day by going to the fitness center – too wet and cold to do outside stuff this week.  Might just as well get some exercise in – preparing for all those Christmas cookies you know!  I came home before him as he does more than me – my knees & hips won’t take more than an hour.  I was ready to get some sewing going.

Three more scrappy stars finished – I couldn’t help myself and laid them all out to get a photo.  So many more needed to have this queen size – and I do want to use up a lot of the scraps so that is the aim.

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I do want to finish the Williamsburg Beauty top before the end of the year and all the circles are now ready – I got the gathering strings on them yesterday now today it is to get the Mylar circles out and press and prep the sewing part will go quickly when the prep is done.    There is a tutorial on how I do my circles on the side bar if you need to know how to do circles neatly – it is of course just one of many ways quilters do circles.  Stitching these circles down will be my Slow Sunday Stitching project joining Kathy’s Quilts for that.  I am also linking to Tweety Loves Quilting , Quilting is More Fun Than Housework and Love, Laugh, Quilt:Monday Making.

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The 5 baskets at the top are finished – the 3 in the front are cut out and ready to stitch for the Scrappy Baskets top.  I really don’t know why I cut these out yesterday I will not have time to work on them today if I concentrate on the circles like I plan to do – LOL – can I really concentrate on one project – I really well try as I want to get that quilt off the design wall and put in the “to be quilted box” well be nice to have the top finished this year.

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Friday night I unrolled the Postage Stamp quilt when I finished the row so I could spritz out all the blue lines I had forgotten to do that and I don’t always do that but felt like it.  I let it dry over night and then rolled it back up – first border done and one row of blocks (10 x 10 rows).

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And this is where I picked up last night on it.  Hanging at the end of the frame is the Big Hopscotch quilt which I intend to machine quilt and intended to be working on it by now but it hasn’t happened.  Maybe this week while it is so cold outside – I don’t know – I would like to finish it by the end of the year but if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen.

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Don’t forget  Craftsy is having a 12 day of Christmas sales –  different specials each day – I don’t know in advance what the sales will be you have to check just like I do – there might be something you want, I’m keeping an eye on it but trying to control myself.  Go in through the link on the side bar or above in the first paragraph.  A great way to try new things out at a lower price.

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