Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Cookies

At Christmas time we have a tradition ....
Santa cookies!

We make Santa cookies
and lots of them!

This year my son's friends actually started acting about them
in September ... making sure they were on the cookie list!

It all started when the kids were little
The sugar cookies were made while they were at school

and on a special evening all of the frosting components were set up
the center of confectionery frosting is surrounded by
chocolate chips, coconut, red sugar,
mini marshmallows and a cinnamon candy

and let the frosting begin....
even at 25 Matthew still loves this tradition

 Ta-Dah! Santa Cookie

 Love lining them all up!

This year there were two cookie nights
so Victoria wouldn't miss out!
So glad she's home from college! 

It looks like Christmas!!

 All boxed and ready to go!
We figured we made 25 DOZEN of these
cute little Santa Cookies this year!!

Growing up my mom started her cookie tradition
Press Cookies...

We made 24 dozen of the Press Cookies
(TWO at a time! it took awhile!)

All in all December was spent making over 50 dozen cookies!
It was such fun ... 
and all were given to Family and Friends.

We did manage to save ONE box for
our Christmas dessert!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Crafts

Way back in 1983 as I was preparing for my first Christmas as a newlywed,
making a Christmas tree skirt was at the top of the list!
It must have been a crazy list!!!

Using extra wide felt from "Sew-fisticate" (remember that shop?!)
and a Santa pattern (long since lost)
This beautiful trees skirt came to be,
features four large Santa's and
has been used under the family tree for the past 29 years!

When the kids were born  .... of course they each needed a
wonderful Christmas stocking.
Ya know ... something ...easy!

Found these patterns in a Cross Stitch magazine
way back in the late 80's and early 90's

Matthew's stocking is a combination of two patterns.
The original piece had a trunk in the lower
portion, changed it up a bit...
added the Santa and expanded the quilt over the chair.

Victoria's Christmas Stocking
was so much fun to do ... and so girly...
and so not a stocking for a "tom-boy"!
But she loves it anyway!

Never made a stocking for myself ,
 found a pattern of a sewing room ...
but sadly can no longer find it.
Hubby's stocking is half done, it's a Santa's workshop
and still under construction!
(it's been that way for  ... a very long time!!!)

Happy Christmas Crafting!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Over The Moon Workshop

 Last month I was able to take a class by Linda Warren
for this quilt

"Over The Moon".

Cutting fabric with Linda's specially designed
Learning Curve ruler

then sewing the blocks together creates a nifty 9 patch

playing with my blocks on the classroom design wall

and here is Linda holding one of her very awesome quilts
made with her Learning Curve ruler

made with black and one Ombre fabric!

It was a great class, my blocks are on the top of my UFO
bucket ... planning on finishing piecing the top in January!
Now the quilting ... that might take a bit longer!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Baby Quilt is Quilted!

The baby quilt for my nephew's little girl ...Emmelou
(love the name!)
is all done and ready for delivery!
It started out as a panel, which was promptly cut up into 5 inch squares,
and put back together with sashing and cornerstones.
The flowered boarder  fabric was hiding in my stash!

The quilting motif is a combination of two designs.
The large flower is a Sashiko design and the vine
is my new favorite from the book
Machine Freehand Patterns by Nan Moore.

the stripped binding is actually the backing fabric!

And of course I just had make a SPECIAL handmade label!
This pattern was sent to my by Monica

Just love how it came out!