Friday, December 31, 2010

This years Phd Challange

Last year I participated in Myra's PhD Challenge and didn't do so good, so this year I decided to be more realistic. Last year I choose seven projects! Goodness what was I thinking!! This year I'm going with three. That sound much more doable. 
#1. This was one of my projects from last year and it's still hanging out on my project shelves unfinished. I honestly don't know when I started this, but I suspect it was sometime in the nineties. All the blocks are cut out, ironed on, six are appliqued, two are started, and the last four are waiting. It's time to have this done!!!

#2. I just started this one in October, 2010. It's to go in my guest room and I would really like to get that room decorated. I need to do the machine applique and finish it.
 #3. Last, but the one that's barely started. This is again for my guest room and only the setting blocks are cut out. Now I have to foundation piece all the other blocks and finish.
 Hopefully my efforts this year will be better and I'll have all three projects done by June! Thanks Myra for sponsoring this!!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Wrap Up

Well Christmas is over for another year. Now I have time to really enjoy my decorations! We were so lucky this year. We had all of our children, their spouses, and our new grandson here. I loved having everyone here, the house was full and happy. Everyone has now left to return to their busy lives and things are back to normal here and I find myself missing everyone. One of the things I realized is that I have got to simplify things and make sure I get more rest and put less pressure on myself in December. So this next year my goal is to have all of my presents made by the first of December and I will try not to come up with new ideas for more projects during December. I'm truly going to work on this one. But after all is said and done, even though I was tired during the holiday, I really enjoyed the season and my family. So it was all more than worth it.
Now if you have stuck with me though all these words, I think it's time for pictures. First here are some aprons I made for my daughter, my daughter-in-law, and one of my sons. I used a Sewing for Dummies pattern and adapted it so that the finished product was just what I wanted.
The next picture is of two bags that I made for my daughter. They are my designs. I have been experimenting with bags for a while now and I'm really happy with these two. My daughter didn't want them quilted with batting and I couldn't find any home decorating weight fabric that I thought she would like. I have tried using iron on interfacing to add body to the fabric, but I wasn't happy with the way it washed. This time I pieced the bags then pinned them to a lighter wight canvas and zig zaged around them and quilted them down(no batting). Then I finished and lined the bags. I loved the feel of them, now we just have to see how they wash.
 This next picture is a lap quilt that I made for my other daughter-in-law and son. They just got a new white leather sofa and love contemporary style. So this free pattern from seemed just the thing. It was a joy to make and even the quilting was fun and fast.
 The final project I have to show you is a small table mat. I made two of these and enjoyed this project very much. One went to my husband's sister and one to Teresa over at Moonvalley Quilter.
 I can't do a Christmas post without a picture of my beautiful Grandson. He is now four and a half months old and so much fun. He got a jumperoo from Santa and loved it. We all sat and watched him, he is just so darned cute.
 I hope everyone out there had a wonderful holiday and I hope your new year is the happiest yet!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Secret Santa Christmas Swap, Some Fun Mail, and Christmas at My House Part 2!

Wow! Talk about a long post title. It's almost a post by it's self, but there's a lot going on here. I'm still sewing gifts and (relief) I'm going to finish everything in time for Christmas. Someday I'm actually going to get my act together and do this early (yeah right).
I received my wonderful gift from my Secret Santa in Canada, Leslie. You can visit her blog here. I couldn't believe when I opened my package. A fabulous hand appliqued table topper. 

 It's so lovely there is no way I'm going to put it on a table and risk someone setting something on it so I've hung it in the formal living room.

 Isn't it lovely and this wasn't all. There was also a Santa doorknob hanger and candy (gone, must I say diet after Christmas)! Thanks so much Leslie!!!
This morning I received a package from Janet of "A Hug Delights". I won one of the three books she gave away on her birthday. There was also a cute fat quarter and candy. Thank you so much Janet!
Now to part 2 of my Christmas House.
My front entry is filled with many of the Christmas wall hangings that I and some good friends have made over the years and the table has nutcrackers and greenery. I have been collecting decorations since my husband and I were first married nearly forty years ago. So many bring back lovely memories so they are all pulled out every year. I just can't seem to leave any in the boxes.
I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well and I hope you take a few minutes to stop, breath and really enjoy the season!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas at My House Part One

It's been a long time since I posted, but I've been busy. I've been working on some Christmas presents that I will show later, as well as, decorating up a storm. First of all, if you're into simplicity and uncluttered, you probably won't enjoy this post. My theory of decorating for Christmas...More is More! I think it's my Mom's fault. She always had the house beautifully decorated and I don't think she ever met a Christmas decoration that she didn't like, so my sisters and I carry on the tradition she started. In my house there is a small room next to the front entry. I have seen it used as an office in some houses, but I have no need for that so I have set it up as a formal living room. It normally has a bit of a Victorian feel to it, but at Christmas that is intensified. 
First is my Christmas tree. It has to be a tall skinny one because the room is so small. There are are many lovely ornaments given to me by my children and dear friends. The angel was made by my Mom is heavily hand beaded. I designed the tree skirt and have a pattern available for it.
 Next is a picture of the inside of my curio filled with my Santa collection. I've been collecting Santas for some time, some are gifts and some I even found at yard sales. They are not particularly valuable, just ones that I really like.
The next picture is my shelves. They are filled with memories also. Mom made all the cute little angels. The plates are some that I inherited from her collection. I made the deer when my children were young. The teapots are gifts from my daughter and my daughter-in-law.
  Last is a picture of the garland between the entry and the living room.
 This room offers a quiet, peaceful place to escape from the busyness of the season. A great place to retreat and read with a cup of hot chocolate or just enjoy the lights.