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Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year ...

To recap my 2010 projects ...


          

 


 


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 2010 was busy and 2011 looks to be just as busy!

I can't wait to jump in and swim in all of my stash and create something wonderful!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Time



 Now that Christmas is over - I have a chance to sit and breath!

I do Love Christmas time the weeks leading up to Christmas are filled with all sorts of activities ... but in our house we have one day where everyone pitches in ..."Cookie Day"!!
It's usually the Saturday before Christmas - I spend the entire day making cookies and the kids and hubby pitch in and help decorate them.


The New Years Cookies are a press cookie and are made TWO at a time!
Long process - but well worth the time!


The line up for the Santa Face Cookie decorating - slave labor!! And this year we had the added bonus of Nana helping us too! Although she decorated her cookies upside down so she was relegated to watching and eating her upside down Santa!!


After 12 hours we made 28 dozen cookies!
16 dozen New Years press cookies (two at a time!) and
12 dozen "Santa Face" cookies!
The number keeps growing every year!


Yesterday was such a nice low keyed Christmas day - everyone opened lots of presents (I received lots of nice quilty gifts from my hubby!) and ate a huge turkey dinner - which I cooked!! I'm on a roll two holiday feasts in a row and no kitchen catastrophes!

My most special quilty gift that I received was from my mom and sister for my birthday.
A beautiful handcrafted wooden jewelry box with a wooden inlaid bear paw design.
I think I'll keep my silver thimbles in it!! 


I wish everyone a wonderfully Happy New Year!

The Fish Quilt

 My darling husband volunteered me to make a "Fish" quilt for our contractor (bartering for a few extras!!) he saw my husbands quilt and wanted on "just like it" - which is impossible since my husband quilt is 10 years old and none of the fabric exist any more! Well I've been working on "The Fish Quilt" - as it has now become known as! off and on since the spring. I was so glad to have it done, quilted and bound just before Christmas! I of course gave it to my darling husband to make the delivery. He said it was well received.  I was so happy! Another project done in 2010!!

Front and Back of "The Fish Quilt"

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fiesta is FINISHED!!!!

After working on this quilt almost daily for a month the top is finally done!
This will be offered as a block of the month class at Quilter's Stash - oh I hope people like it and sign up for the class!!
It all started with my focus fabric from  Ricky Tim's. I used this fabric in the outer boarder and then selected all of the internal fabrics to blend.
It's very bright and busy and I just LOVE how it came out.
Once the class is done I can't wait to get my hands back onto this quilt and quilt it! I already have ideas floating around in my head!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Almost finished with Fiesta...

In an earlier post I mentioned I was working on "Fiesta"  by Lynda Milligan and
Nancy Smith - well I've been working all month on the blocks for my upcoming
block of the month class at Quilter's Stash.
There are 6 different blocks consisting of New York Beauty points, arcs, and pieced blocks, 40 blocks in all. The blocks are coming together and up on the design wall.
The design wall is actually a 52" x 52" tablecloth tacked to my Stash closet doors!!

I'm still working on the placement of the blocks ...I find if I take pictures with my digital camera and then bring them up on the computer screen I get a better look at block placement and flow of color ... and I can look at several options at the same time!


So here is the first picture - now comes the fun part ... moving them all around!
Oops I see I lost a block somewhere!!
Now it's time to sew it together and add the boarders!