Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I Just Thought You Might Want to Know About This

I just thought that any of you cooks out there might want to know about this. Quilting Gallery (if you haven't visited this site you should, there is tons of good information available) is seeking recipes for an upcoming cookbook. The catch is that the deadline is tomorrow! If you have any recipes that you would like included please go here. For general information about this cookbook go here. She will be offering a pre-order version to download at only $8.00.

Monday, November 29, 2010

One Week, One Challenge, Secret Santa Christmas Swap, and more!

Wow just writing out that title was exhausting! LOL! It has been a busy week here, but I decided that I had to participate in Amy's One Week, One Thing Challenge, because I really needed to finish my Secret Santa Christmas Swap project. This post is linked to both sites so if you would lie to see more clink on the icons in my sidebar and see what others have done! So without further ado, here it is finished!!!!
It was so much fun to make that I made another one for a gift that I need. It is sandwiched and waiting to be quilted. I also managed to put together a Christmas banner for my front door. I'll show it to you as soon as I finish it. 
I hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year and all went well...way too much food. I guess I diet this week (maybe). The next day we had family quilting day. I'm teaching my son and his wife, my niece, and my great niece to quilt. This time we did foundation pieced ornaments.  My great niece's is in the upper left, my niece's is the upper right, my son's is the lower left, and my daughter-in-laws is the lower right.
Although the contrast appears fine in the picture, my daughter-in-law's tree had a tendency to get lost, so after some brain storming we decided to embellish and this is the result. 
 Cute, huh!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and Two Quilts I Haven't Shown Before!

May your life be filled with peace and plenty!

Since I have spent the last week doing a massive house cleaning, there hasn't been much happening in my sewing room. I thought I would share with you two quilts that I made in my preblogging days. The first was for my oldest son and his wife to celebrate their wedding. 
Next is the quilt I made for my younger son and his bride.
 Both quilts were quite a challenge, but I learned a lot, enjoyed the process, and I'm proud of both quilts.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sew Cal Gal's Christmas Quilt Show

It's time for SewCalGal's Christmas Quilt Show. My entry this years is a quilt I made in 2002 while we were still living in Northwest Montana. It is a Debbie Mumm pattern. The original pattern featured much smaller blocks and was intended to leave as raw edge applique. I just can't seem to do that so I enlarged the pattern and used hand guided machine applique. It was a fun, happy quilt to make. I hope you enjoy it!
Here are some close-ups of the blocks. All pictures are clickable.

 I hang this quilt in the front entry with some of the other Christmas quilts I have made over the years. I find myself hating to take them down at the end of the season.
 If you would like to see more Christmas quilt go here. Thank you very much SewCalGal for sponsoring this show!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Meet My New Grandson and Some More Birthday Gifts!

I spent the last week and a half in California meeting my new grandson. It was wonderful to finally be able to hug and kiss and cuddle him. I also loved spending time with my son Matt, my daughter-in-law Joanne and my daughter Jessica. We were also joined for a few of those days by my younger son Jacob and my daughter-in-law Amanda. My husband kept the home fires going and took care of our dog, who is no longer up to traveling. So although I usually don't put pictures of my family on my blog, I just have to introduce you to my little grandson Max!
Isn't he beautiful! He's a happy, wonderful baby and I loved every minute that I was able to hold him.
Before I left, I was able to complete a couple of items for my son Jacob's birthday.  I made him a bag to carry a cutting board, a large ruler, and a rotary cutter. Jacob and Amanda are part of a group of family members that I'm teaching to quilt and I thought the bag would come in handy for the days we get together. 

I also made him a reversible table mat for their dinning room table. One side features Christmas fabrics. 

The other side will be good for January. 
You may recognize this pattern, I also made Jacob's wife an October and November version for her birthday. If you would like to see them go here. 
Now it's on to Christmas sewing. I'm hoping to get my gifts finished earlier this year!