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Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 Ornaments

Each year, my siblings and I exchange home-made ornaments.  We've been doing this for years and my Christmas tree is full of all these wonderful ornaments.

First the ornaments I made.  I cross stitched three for my siblings and just ran out of time for the two extra's for my older nephews.

For my little sister Beverly

For my Sister-in-Law Marcy

And my older sister Brenda

And these for my two older nephews.

Speaking of my nephews, my oldest nephews wife gave birth today -- my first grand niece.  Meet Adeline Margaret.  Margaret was my mother's name who passed away 3 years ago, so that they used her name as the baby's middle name means a lot.

My dad is thrilled to be a great-grandfather and we plan on taking him to visit her in April.

Here are the ornaments I got from my siblings.
My brothers wonderful woodwork.

My little sister and her wonderful painting work.

And Brenda made this awesome etched glass ornaments.  
And received this little video from my grandchildren yesterday.  We get to see them and exchange gifts this Friday.  Can't wait.

I did work on my Bonnie Hunter mystery clue 5 but didn't get a picture before I packed it away for my upcoming quilting in the new year retreat at a friends.  So excited.  4 days of sewing with friends.

In the meantime, I have unpacked all my stuff from this weekend at my dads, and cleaned a little and now have to get ready to go again this weekend.

I had a wonderful and quiet Christmas with my dad, brother, sister-in-law and niece.  And on Christmas eve, Kevin and Lori and their son Kyle came for dinner which is always great fun.  We forgot to take pictures this year.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Thanks for looking.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Clue 4 - En Provence Bonnie Hunter Mystery

Between cookie batches I was able to piece Clue 4 of the Bonnie Hunter Mystery - En Provence.
 And here are all 4 clues all nestled safely in a box.  I think I will need a bigger box.
I'm excited to see how these will all be put together and how she uses the green and yellows that we pulled for the quilt.

I also made some more microwave bowl cozies for gifts.

I also had this crazy idea to make Orca Bay in 2017 and thought I should sort my strips to see if I had enough blue and red.
I think I have enough of everything but yellow and purple to make several of her string fling quilts.  

See that pink box - it's stuffed full of neutrals.

I'm all set.

Thanks for looking.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.

Monday, December 12, 2016

En Provence Mystery and a Little Box of Fig project

Just in time for the Monday Link up at Quiltville!  I was able to finish the 168 purple 4-patches.  I finished the 2 patches Saturday night and put them in a basket.

And last night and tonight I worked to get all the 4 patches together.

Success!

I also finished this topper from Fig Tree & Company's Little Box of Fig.  The pattern and fabric top and binding were part of the box of goodies (with a lot of other fun stuff too).  I finished quilting and binding this on Saturday.

Other than wrapping presents and Christmas shopping, this is all I've done.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, December 5, 2016

En Provence Quiltville Mystery Catch-Up

For the last 4 years, I have been participating in Bonnie Hunter's Annual Mystery.  (Easy Street 2012, Celtic Solstice 2013, Grand Illusion 2014, Allietere 2015) and I'm doing it again this year, En Provence.  She has a link up every week too which is fun to see how everyone is doing and how the quilt looks with different colors and fabrics.  She is always inspired by trips she takes and this year she took a trip to France and lavender fields.  This years colors include purples which aren't my favorite, but I happen to have enough and who knows, I may really like it all together.  Here are my scrap fabrics (sans the pink fabrics).


We have already been given 2 clues and I just caught up today.  The first clue was to make 4 patches using neutrals.  I got a lot of my neutrals from my strip basket which I'm thrilled about.

The second clue uses the pink 'constant' fabric' meaning the pink will be the same fabrics throughout the quilts.  All the other colors are scrappy.
If you want to check out other peoples progress (and it's people from not only around the US, but around the world) check out her blog posts here.  En Provence Monday Link Up Part 2

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Material Girls Annual Challenge Reveal

Today the Material Girls, the friendship group I belong to, revealed this years' challenge quilts.  The challenge this year was Stack 'n Whack.  I finished mine a few months ago and posted it a few posts back.
The border fabric was my stack 'n whack fabric which I cut into circles and appliqued down.

Adena Joseph  

Diane Mitchell

Barbara Brown hasn't finished hers but did have a picture of it on her design wall.

Janice Minyard

Carol Chadwick

Kathy Morrison

Anna Koelwyn
And here's a group shot of us ladies.
We missed those who couldn't make it but are very thankful for those who traveled far to be with us.

Our next years challenge is Road Trip.  It could be using a block with a states name, fabric from a trip, or a quilt about a trip or a place.  Pretty broad themed but should be fun.  I have some ideas but we'll see if any of those work.

Our guild also had their holiday party.  I won three baskets in the raffle.  One was 3 jams in a little cute basket, the other were some antique bow tie blocks and the third was a pottery pin cushion shaped like a spool of thread.  It's awesome.

  I made a basket with a Kaffe Fasset book and fabric, slippers, and some other fun stuff.  Forgot to take a picture but I put tickets in it myself so I could win it back.

If I don't get back to the blog before Christmas, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fall Quilt Finish

I showed a picture of this quilt when I was pinning it.  Here it is all quilted and bound. This was on my resolution quilt list on the right.  So I get to say another one is finished!


 And here is a little close up.  I should have pressed it before I photographed it, but I was in a hurry as I was packing fall stuff up today.


 I also whipped this little runner up this week.  I didn't want to start a big project as I'm preparing for the Bonnie Hunter En Povence mystery which starts this week.  Found this paper piece block from We All Sew's Sugar Plum Runner quilt along and adjusted the block to make a runner.  Probably give it away as a gift or save it for next year's guild boutique.


Two weekends ago, I went to Wonder Valley Ranch and had a retreat with my friendship group.  We were a small group but we had fun.
They treat us well there although if more people aren't going to come we will just go to our house in Cambria for a long retreat.  The only problem with that is we would have to do our own cooking and cleaning.  I got a lot done on the retreat too.  I did make two of the Santa Belt pillow tops (didn't get pictures before I sent them but you can see one here.  I also made this little bag to hold my sewing supplies together.
and this little basket
I also got caught up on my Fat Quarter Shop's designer mystery blocks.  (No pictures.)

Last weekend I went to my dad's to have a Thanksgiving dinner with him and my brother and his family.  My aunt and uncle and cousin were on their way south for a wedding and stopped by so I was I able to see them too.

Here's my cousin Carla and my dad, with one of his trash cans that he gave her.

And here is my dad and my Aunt Betty and Uncle Wayne.  Betty is my mom's younger sister.  It was so nice to catch up with them.

Thanks for looking. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and try to stay warm.  And with that I'll leave you with a picture of one of my dogs keeping warm. This was a day before I started turning on the wood/gas stove which is where she spends her evenings now.  My husband took this picture with his old crappy phone so the quality isn't great.







Monday, October 31, 2016

A finish and what I'm working on.

First - I pinned and marked this quilt I whipped up this week while watching Dancing with the Stars.
I have had this Fig Tree Pattern and also her fabrics for several years and was in the fall mood so started it this past week.  The applique is done using the washable Ricky Tims Stable Stuff and school glue stick method.  Then machine appliqued it down with Aurifil's clear thread.  It went fairly quickly although pretty sticky.  

I also finished my Material Girls annual challenge quilt a week ago.  Our challenge this year was to make a quilt using Stack 'n Whack.  I wanted to something unique so I designed this myself.  This took me almost a year if you count from fabric purchasing to the end.  I bought this fabric on my way to the Road to California quilt show in January.

I really need to work on my photo taking skills.  

Anyway, the circles are the Stack 'n Whack and I used the light border fabric for the Stack 'n Whack circles.  I'm a month early for our challenge.  We reveal at our holiday party where we also choose the next years' challenge.  I'm happy with this quilt.  It's much prettier in real life.

It's also the time of year where Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame announces the colors for her annual mystery.  Here are the fabrics I've chosen--minus the magenta fabric which is her constant color this year.  I have all this in my stash.  Yeah!  I have magenta fabrics but not enough to use only one fabric (which is what she means by constant).  I have plenty of fat quarters and may just end up using those.  My goal was to not buy any fabrics this year.  I have a pink but it's kind of blah.  Still need to decide.


If you are interested in participating in her mystery, please see her website here.  She is usually inspired by a vacation she takes each year.  This year it's called En Provence.  If I remember correctly the first clue comes out Thanksgiving.  Even if you aren't going to participate, it's fun to follow everyone who participates via her links on her blog and on the Facebook page.

Thank you for looking.


Friday, October 14, 2016

The Boutique was a Success

Last Saturday the guild I belong to, Common Threads Quilt Guild, held their 5th Annual Boutique.  And we had another successful event.

Here's a picture of the Fraternal Hall before the crowds came.

And here's a picture of the room full of people.


The guild netted over $8,000.00.  Which is better than last year so we're happy with that.

I was in charge of organizing the consignment quilts.  This are for large quilts where 20% of the sales goes to the guild and the rest to the quilt maker.  We did quite well this year.  6 quilts, one tree skirt, 3 wooden trash cans (made by my dad) and one wood cutting board (also made by my dad) and 3 potting tables (made by another members husband and neighbor).

2 of those quilts were mine.  Yea!  Just in time since in the last week and a half, I've had to have to have over $1,600 in car repairs.  These are the quilts I sold.



Other than that, I've now had time to focus on my quilts for me.  I'm almost done machine quilting  my Material Girl challenge quilt.  Very happy about that.

Heading to Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara on Sunday with a few friends.  I hope I don't forget my camera.  I need some inspiration.

Thank you for looking,


Sunday, October 2, 2016

A few more finishes.

Mostly stuff for our guilds boutique.  But I did get the triangle quilt done too.



And here are a few more items for the boutique.



Does not show upside down in my file - just here.
Anyway, I also finished an apron and a Finding Dory baby quilt.  I will try to get pictures but forgot to take before I packed them away.   I also made 55 To/From tags using yo-yo's and buttons.  I need to take pictures of that too.

Anyway - busy week and the boutique is this next Saturday.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks for looking.