Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas to All

Its the day after Christmas and the house is quiet..hmmmm!!  I have been busy sewing away at my shiny new "Janome Horizon"...yup that was my Christmas present and its amazing!!  I am still trying to keep up with the Roll Roll Cotton Boll Mystery.  Step number 6 is a big one so I need to sew constantly.....oh darn (she says with a grin!!)
This is part of step 6...I have a long way to go but I am determined!!

This is my family.  We are a fairly large group, but we still manage to all get together for Christmas.  It is a great time with tons of food a fun gift exchange and lots of laughs :) 

A huge thank you to my Secret Santa Kandipandi.  I was spoiled rotten...patterns, fat quarters, licorice (yum!!), scissors charms and more!!  She had everything wrapped so beautifully and I forgot to take a quick pic before ripping into it.  Thanks again Kandi, I love it all!!

Well I hope this post finds you all safe, healthy and happy this holiday season.  Enjoy your New Year...


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Quiltville Mystery

Just a quick post.  I am working away on Step 3 of the Quiltville Mystery.....Roll Roll Cotton Boll...for those of you working along, you know this is a time consuming step.  Anyhow to make things a little easier, I use my Fons and Porter fabric glue stick,  I apply a little glue down ther center of the paper template, lay the first strip - right side up - on the glue than lay the second strip right side down on the first strip and stitch the long edge.  I find this helps to stabilize things a little and you don't get any warp while stitching on the first two strips.  Love the look of the finished strippy blocks....better get back to stitching I only have 7 done and I would like to have all 60 - 8.5" squares done by the time Bonnie post the next clue on Friday!!  Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Stitchin' and stuff...

Its been awhile since I posted so I thought I better send an update. 
This was a pattern in a magazine a few years ago.  I had started it way back when, then it was put aside and forgotten for quite some time.  Until the new Kim Deihl book - Simple Graces came out.....there was the table runner pattern!  I dug through my pile of many UFO's and there it was waiting patiently for the last few leaves and little circles to be stitched on. Seriously it maybe took me an hour or so to finish the applique'.  Tah its finished!!  Well all except the quilting.....I am going to hand quilt it like it was done in the book, the Big Stitch method!

Still working on my Courthouse Steps blocks.  I get a little closer each day to having all 144 blocks done!!  Will be a great quilt when its finished.

A friend of mine recently told me about a new Quiltville Mystery Quilt at,  it is called Roll Roll Cotton Boll. Sounded like a lot of fun, so I thought, what the heck!  So far the first two parts have been posted and I have managed to stay on track!  The quilt calls for pinks, greens and browns with red as the constant.  I am looking forward to the finished quilt....hopefully I can stay on track.

We are buried in snow here on the prairies.  The temperature continues to rise and fall.  Last week we were sitting in the -20 to -30 degree celsius range and this week we are at a nice balmy -2 to -15 degrees celsius. 

On a sad note, one of our family pets passed away last week.  Her name was Bonnie and she was 11 years old.  She was a beautiful Greyhound with an awesome personality.  She was a very affectionate girl and will be missed.

Well I hope everyone is finding time in their busy schedules to get some christmas gifts worked on.  We are only 23 short days away from the Jolly Day!! 

Happy Quilting and Stitching,