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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.