Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas and Mysteries

Clue 5 is out for the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Allietare  However, I'm still working on Clue 4.  Here is what I have done so far.  That thing called Christmas took up all my time this past week.  My pieces are turning out horribly and I must do the stitch and flip method from this point forward.  The angler rulers are just not working out for me.  Maybe I am one of those people that needs a line to stitch on.  I don't know. I'll make them work.

Every year my siblings and I exchange hand made ornaments.  They all outdid themselves again this year.

My sister Brenda made these.  Don't know how she did it but it's very cool.

And my sister Beverly made this from a glove.  So cute.

Not an ornament, but my brother made this frame for all of us.  He's become quite a great scroll saw-er.  
The picture of  Santa is actually my nephew Drew who interns at Staples Center for the Clippers.
These are the ornaments I made.

One for the 3 siblings and 2 for the oldest nephews.

This one is a card holder that I put together for my youngest nephew. 
And my husband gives me a Doxie collectible ornament each year.  This is the one for 2015.

I also received some lovely gifts.  My sisters have always been so great about stocking stuffers for me and they outdid themselves this year.  I spend the holiday with my dad and my brother and his wife and family.  We had a good time.  Always fun to be with family.

This is my niece horsing around with photo lab - after we watched Sound of Music.

My niece and nephew.  She loves to take selfies.

A little miss-hap with Christmas Eve dinner.  I don't want to embarrass anyone but ask my sister-in-law about this.  Not my story to tell.  :)  Guess what she's getting next year for Christmas.  

Here are some quick gifts that I made that I wasn't able to show before.
Made this for my sis-in-law Marcy.

Made this for Kevin and Lori.
This is the last of the Shabby Fabric Pillow of the Month covers.  
And today we had our Christmas with my step-daughter and her family.  I had a great time with the grands again.

Look what was in the stockings.  

Me and my little princess.

They love to play dress up.

The kinetic sand was fun for the kids and the parents.
Well that's enough for now.  I have some more cutting to do for Clue 4.  (I counted wrong on the corner pieces and I wanted to get at least that clue done this week before I leave for a New Years Eve weekend at the coast.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Allietare Mystery, Part 2 & 3 and some party pictures

I didn't post last week although I did finish my 2nd Clue.  The reason I'll explain later.  But for now - here are my Clues 2 and 3.  If you want more info on this mystery or want to see what other people's clues look like, please check out Bonnie Hunter, of Quiltville's Clue 3 Link up Page.

I belong to a few friendship groups and this weekend the first one I joined and the biggest (16 members I think) had our Christmas party.  This group doesn't meet very often but we all keep in touch.  In the spring we meet to either trade for our challenge quilts or give progress reports and at Christmas, we reveal our challenges.  This past year we exchanged blocks.  Here's a link to the spring meeting where you can see the blocks we exchanged.  And below are some of the quilts (tops) that were made.  This was a slow year, only 5 of of us finished our tops.  But the finished ones are great.
Kathy Morrison wanted Crazy Quilt blocks.  

I asked for Easter blocks.

Carol asked for Crazy quilt blocks too.  She made a window of her blocks and does beautiful hand work.  I wish I took a close up.  

Anna wanted 4th of July blocks.

Deo got some Halloween blocks. 
Here's a group shop.  Back Row from Left to right:  Anna K., Elaine B., Debbie VF, Deolinda R. Carol C. and Diane M (hostess)
Front row - Janice M., Me, Adena J. and Kathy M.

Adena J. is almost finished with her blocks we exchanged in 2010.  Her goal this next year is to finish all her UFO's.  

Today 3 friends and I attended Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater and had a brunch and saw A Christmas Story.  I love the movie and watch it every year but I had never seen the musical play.  I LOVED IT!  Plus it's always fun to spend more time with friends.  Wish I could get more tickets for more friends.

So the reason I didn't post my mystery last week was that I did end up going to Irving Texas for 3 days for work/training.  Me and another bookkeeper from another local center, who I never met before, got to travel together (luckily we got along) and we were the first there Monday and had time to look around the area.  The hotel had a shuttle to Historical Downtown Grapevine - lots of restaurants and gift shops.   While there a friend that used to belong to the Material Girls friendship group and who moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area saw I was in town and met us at the restaurant for a drink.

Beth R. and I in Irving/Grapevine
 Everyone else got there so late they had time to get their room, sleep and start training in the morning.  Quick trip - now I'm ready to use the new program.  When they give me a user name and password.  Fingers crossed it will be next week.

I'm almost ready for Christmas.  I have one more box to mail out.  Hope you are all doing well.

My dogs are keeping warm.
Needle and Guy  (pardon the dust)

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Monthly BOM Update and Bonnie Hunter Mystery has begun

Bonnie Hunter, from Quiltville - Allietare Mystery,  annual mystery has begun.  She always posts the first clue on the Friday after Thanksgiving (link above).  She gave the color and fabric requirements a few weeks ago so we all had time to gather our fabrics from our stash or the stores.  I finished the first clue today - 294-- 1.5" finished half-square triangles. 

I also finished this past week or so my Block of the Month blocks/pillows.  Here they are.
Fat Quarter Shops Designer Mystery Block

Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshot Block

My guilds December Block of the Month

Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Month

We had a little holiday celebration with my step-daughter and her hubby and kids, my in-laws and my hubby and I.  It was a quick trip just to see them really and have a little thanksgiving dinner.  I got to play with my grandkids.  It took a while for Dylan to warm up to me but once she did she was a non- stop chatter box.  I didn't quite understand all that she said.  I also didn't understand everything that Jack says but because he talks fast too.  I had a lot of fun playing with them both, playing chase and basically giggling and laughing.  

The Tuesday after we visited, our son-in-law was promoted to sergeant at his job and both kids were able to attend the ceremony.  

Such a handsome little guy and fun and smart too.

And to end on a holiday note, I got my Christmas decorations up and the first thing Walter did was climb under the tree to take a nap.  He is laying right under the area where I hang my collectible Doxie ornaments that my husband gives me each year.  In 2006 when I opened my ornament, my dog Sparky's tag was hanging on it.  It was the year she died.  And two years ago, he put Duchess' tag on it.  I get teary eyed every year when I look at them.  Pretty soon Walter will be on one.  He's 13, blind and overweight and getting harder and harder for him to get around  He is an excellent barker and eater though.  

I have a couple of busy weeks ahead as I'm sure most of us do at this time of year.  I have some ornaments to make for the exchange with my siblings.  And gifts to wrap and get shipped off.  And it looks like I might be gone for a couple days for a business trip.  

Thanks for looking.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Feeling the Love-from table toppers to quilt friends.

This is a real early Valentine table topper.  A friend wanted to make these toppers together to figure it all out so I decided to make one in some Valentine fat quarters that I had on hand.  Once you figure out the directions it was pretty easy and went together quickly.

I go to this monthly thing at the local quilt store called Party Party Party (or cut throat quilters to some)- we start about 6 pm and sew until 12-2am.  A couple months ago, the owner decided that we were all going to make this basket for another person in our group.  We drew names.  I got a lady who is very particular - a perfectionist which made me very nervous.  (This lady will throw away an applique block because she doesn't like a color she used.)  I finally finished mine and it was given to her last week.  I have no idea what she thought of it--I wasn't there.  I don't want to know.  But it's done.  You can see the pink one my friend Elaine made for me.  I gave her the fabric (same fabric I have on my ironing board cover and step stool).  I love the bag.  She had some perfect coordinating stripes and fabrics to go with it.  (Please ignore the pile of fabric next to the pink basket - that is my scrap basket that I need to start cutting up.)

I also quilted a charity quilt for our guild.  It was a panel with a couple borders.

This past weekend I spend a wonderful 2.5 days with a few of my friendship group (Material Girls) friends,   We went to Wonder Valley Ranch which is only about an hour from my house.  I only brought quilts that need to be quilted.  I finished one and got the stitch quilting and a little more on 3 more.
Pat Sloan's Vacation Mystery quilt all quilted and bound!

This was our set up.  There were only seven of us there so we had lots of room to set up.

Anna worked on a lot of little things.  This is a topper that she'll be teaching at her LQS (Bolts in the Bathtub in Lancaster)

Kathy finished her Downton Abbey Mystery quilt that she started at Road 2 California in January.  

Lynne Marie worked on a scrappy quilt from one of the Scrap Therapy books.

The seven of us on the last day.  I hope we can stay longer next time.  

That's what I've been doing.  I have all my block of the months cut and if I have time I'd like to get them done tomorrow.

We will be going to my step-daughter's for a few hours this weekend for our Thanksgiving celebration with them.  And I expect I'll be heading to Sacramento maybe for a day for a funeral.  One of  my childhood friends's mother passed away.  Knowing how hard that is I'd like to be there for her.  She and her mom came to my mom's service.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Catching up on my Block of the months and sew alongs.

Now that the boutique is over I can spend some time catching up on some of my Block of the Months and sew-a-longs.

Here are the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Blocks fro September and October.  (Library and Post Office)

And also from Fat Quarter Shop the September and October Snapshot blocks.

And the Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Monthly Club for October.

And some  blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage Sew A Long.  I've finished the top and plan on pinning it this weekend.

I'm going on a friendship group retreat in a couple weeks and I plan to machine quilt the whole time.  I will have 4 quilt tops and 2 table runners to quilt and bind.

Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville announced her colors for this years' mystery quilt called Allietare this year - it will have the colors of Italy, a place she visited this past year.  She is always inspired by her travels.  I think I'll start pulling colors tonight.

Thanks for looking.