Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Peppermint Pig

Hi everyone! I'm a little under the weather right now so I missed Design Wall Monday, although I did do a tiny bit of quilty stuff.
Our  family has a new holiday tradition. The Saratoga Sweets Peppermint Pig . . The cute pig comes with it's own bag and a little hammer. The idea is to place the pig in the bag, tell everyone something you are grateful for this past year and whack the bag with the hammer. You then pass the pig around so everyone can take a turn. It was a lot of fun and the pig tastes delicious, just enough peppermint flavor.
The grandkids loved whacking the pig! Definitely on the list for next year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Design Wall Monday December what!!!!!!

Hello quilting friends! No quilty stuff on the design wall today, since they are being machine quilted and bound.
David's quilt was the last thing on my wall.

Just a few more squares and the border and I can put the binding on.

My Uncle David had his annual family Christmas party where I was able to have a five generation picture done. I need to figure out how to lose the background.LOL
From left to right is me, my mom, my grandpa who is holding baby Lilian, my daughter Caitlin who's holding Lorelai.Grandpa is 96!
We garden together and are waiting for the seed catalogs to come! He is amazing and I am glad for everyday we have together.
Baby Lilian.

Saturday we went looking for our tree. The guys led the way complaining that they needed to take a nap and would like to hurry up the process. I was thinking about my todo list amd just let them have at it. Here they have decided this one looks pretty good.

And before I could even say a word.....

the tree is cut, hoisted, and hauled home. Pat sticks the tree in the stand and drags it in the house. Job done! They congratulate each other and flop on the couch. But wait.... did you take a good look at the tree? Its a little on the skinny side. How am I supposed to work with that?
Obviously they don't care. Tree trimming is my job.
Good enough I say.
Since this is primarly a quilting blog I will share my only (so far) Christmas quilt. Machine pieced and hand quilted so long ago the tree block fabrics and the binding are starting to fade.

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by. And if you don't get back here till next week have a very merry Christmas!
Be sure and visit Judy's blog too!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Design Wall Monday December 13th

Nothing on the design wall today. I am machine quilting Shayla's quilt. All my projects will be finished this week or they become IOUs.
The knitting is on the back burner since my carpal tunnel decided to bother me again. It was the dumb hat (which is for me!) that did me in. Its a little better after 4 days off of knitting so I may have a little bit of sock knitting but no marathon sessions.
 I thank my lucky stars that any kind of quilting doesn't bother my hands. I don't know what I would do.
Check back later in the week on my progress!
And don't forget to visit Judy's blog and see what everyone elso is up to this week.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I Won!

Did any of you participate in the Henry Glass Blog Hop last week? I discovered it while catching up on my Google Reader posts and decided to play along. For seven days two or three designers were featured and gave out a free pattern plus a secret word. You needed to collect all the words and on the last day post in the comments section of their blog.
Each designer also had prizes of fabric or patterns and I happened to win a pattern from Linda Lum DeBono
This is her website  This is the pattern I won!
 The deadline is tonight at 8PM and you still have time to get your name in for the big prize from Henry Glass Fabrics just go to the link at the top of my post, visit the designers blogs and collect the words and post them with your name and email. I hope I win the BIG prize! I need some new fabric... LOL

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday Quilting Status Report

Hello! I thought I would take a quick minute to show what I've gotten done since Monday (not as much as I had hoped).
Top is finished and pressed. Backing was purchased yesterday and washed, pressed, seamed, and pressed.
Tonight I have everything layered together to pin baste. I'll do that tomorrow morning. Evenings I have set aside for some knitting.
 I am working on two pair of socks and a hat. It's going to be a bit of a push but I don't want to be working on anything after December 19th. Luckily Christmas is at my mom's house so I don't have to worry about that!

We have had quite a bit of snow this past week but the sun came out today and made huge icicles. Check out this one on my back deck.

Feeding frenzy

Let me in!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Design Wall Monday December 6

Holy moly this month is getting away from me. I think its time to do a spreadsheet to keep from losing my mind on track with my handmade gifts. On the wall today is Shayla's quilt. All the blocks are pieced and sewn into rows. Only the bottom two rows aren't sewn on. I will finish the rows and add the two borders today .

I stopped downtown at Nancy's Sew and Sew (Waterloo, NY), Friday. It's a tiny little quilt shop, which is perfect for me because it keeps me out of trouble, if you know what I mean. Anyway she had the cutest fabric for kids, so I bought some yardage for a tote bag for my friend's daughter (the smiling daises fabric) and I picked up the farm animal fabric for my grandson Bo. I was going to make a primary color double nine patch here (scroll down), but I love the little farm fabric. EQ here I come.

I wish I had flannel fabric in my stash because the men around here just love the flannel quilts and I  can't get anywhere near them!
The sock knitting is moving right along. I have one pair finished and two pair are half done.
I sure wish I could get motivated to start holiday gift making sooner. I would love to give everyone something I made but I can't even stand to think about it before late October or November.
 How about you? Do you like to make gifts for people and do you give yourself plenty of time to finish?

Tomorrow is my one year blogiversary! I have had a lot of fun and "met" some great fellow quilters. Thanks for stopping by!