Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas to All

I really haven't fallen off the face of the earth.  I have actually been trying to catch up on things that need to be done around here

One thing that I am thrilled to have been able to accomplish is some sewing.  I had purchased some of the wonderful laminate fabrics before I broke my arm.  It has been in my sewing room and I was expecting that I would not get to the gifts until after Christmas.  My arm was freed up last Friday and the machine has been smoking since. 

Accomplished.....four raincoats.  Actually they are fully lined in flannel so there are really EIGHT coats!!!!  

Sewing on the laminate was a breeze.  I was really worried about it, but it went well.  The first one I used clips to hold my seams (per the directions) which were awkward, but I quickly learned that pins do not leave holes and the rest were made using pins to hold the seams.  These are Amy Butler patterns and made up easily, but I did make a few changes to the instructions when I felt I like another technique better.

We have been enjoying the Christmas season and all the fun preparations with the grandchildren.   Cookie making is always exciting especially when it appears a flour bomb has exploded in the kitchen.

We had our semi annual quilt giveaway at our December guild meeting.  Look at the stack of quilts on the table that were given to our different charities - 344 total.  As well we had stacks and stacks of pillow cases, burp cloths and bibs that went out.

We enjoyed a Christmas brunch with our son and his family last weekend. 

 As well, we have been celebrating birthdays.   We have three grandchildren with birthdays in December - one on Christmas Day. 

The buddy is asleep on it's back!!!!

I received some wonderful mail lately.  Maria sent me this darling fabric from her little corner of the world.  She does the hexie flowers each week and I think I may have to join so I can use this cute fabric in one.  Thank you so much, Maria. 

I also received a lovely star ornament kit from Paper Pieces through the Christmas Quilt Show from Sew Cal Gal.  I think these will be beautiful hanging on the tree next year. 

Connie had a giveaway of a handmade ruler holder that I won.  This was made by her husband, Builder Bob, and he did such a wonderful job on it.  It is made out of red oak and is such a nice addition to my cutting table.  I really needed one to keep my many rulers controlled.  Thank you, Connie.

I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a new year filled with blessings.


Anonymous said...

Your jackets turned out AMAZING!! I love them. Looks like you have been busy with family and friends. Have a Merry Christmas!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

The raincoats look wonderful. I bet you were so happy to get back to the sewing machine. How fun to make cookies with the grandkids. I'm sure you made dozens and dozens with that many grandkids.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Mary!!

Dawn said...

I am so glad you have your arm back. I'm tired of this boot and it's only been a week!

The girls are going to love those raincoats! So cute. I especially love the red polka dot one!

Have a great time with your family over these next few days!

Hilachas said...

Wow! You've been so busy and have accomplished so much, broken arm and all! The raincoats are beautiful, as are all those give-away quilts. What a beautiful family you have. Enjoy the Christmas season!

nancygrayce said...

I love the red polka dot raincoat too! Honestly, they just can't hold you back!! :) You've been a busy bee. I envy your skill both sewing and quilting and those ornaments will be so pretty!

Sue said...

Your raincoats are gorgeous...perfect to cheer you up on a rainy day.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I'm so happy to read the cast is off! :-) The rain jackets look wonderful and I'm sure they will be appreciated. Love the photo of the cookie maker! :-)

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Exuberant Color said...

Glad your arm is back in working order again. You have really accomplished a lot! I have some laminate fabric and haven't used it yet.

Cute Christmas fabric!

Patchmaker said...

Love the raincoats!

Happy Christmas!

Quilt Hollow said...

They are going to be the envy of all their friends with these one of a kind rain jackets! I'm so glad that cast is gone and your back!!!
By chance did Connie mention where she got the holiday card? Cute!! Enjoy family time...I see you've already started!!

Val said...

I LOVE those raincoats!!! I love catching up with you on all you have been doing. I did read about your broken arm but haven't read how you did it yet. So glad you are better.

PEA said...

My Christmas wish for you, my friend
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun

I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer

May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought

May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold

I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas friend
And a happy New Year, too .. xoxo

lindsey said...

Those coats are amazing...well done!! And such lovely family photo's too. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Vicki said...

Those are lovely rain coats, I'm sure they will be enjoyed on many a rainy day. Congratulations on getting the cast off, now you can really enjoy the Holidays. Wishing you and your family a very enjoyable Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Maria said...

I bet you are delighted to be able to stitch again. Love the raincoats you made.
I really enjoy seeing your family having fun. The little guy helping with the cookies is cute.
What sort of pet is Buddy. A Lizard???
Have a fun filled Christmas with all you lovely family.
Maria XXX

Tonya said...

those rain coats are can't sew clothes....that animal asleep on it's

Kay Lynne said...

I'm so glad that you're catching up. The raincoats are really nice. Thanks for the nice post and wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Pat said...

May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a truly blessed year in 2012. The raincoats are TERRIFIC! I'm glad your arm is "free" now. :)

Rhonda said...

Those raincoats are too cute and colorful. I love them.
So happy that you are back to sewing. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Connie said...

What beautiful raincoats and thanks for the tip about being able to put pins in it! I have some laminate I haven't used yet. Glad you are enjoying the ruler board that Builder Bob made!

Foolish Feathers said...

What a fantastic job on the raincoats! I bet your machine will be smoking for a while since you got the cast off! I can't to see what you will tackle over the next few months!

Myra said...

Good thing your arm got freed up, and seems to be working fine!! The jackets are wonderful!!

Looks like you've been having lots of family fun! ;)

Wow! 344 donated quilts!?! That is awesome!

Am I seeing this photo correctly? Your son has 11 children?

Wonderful mailbox goodies you've received! Lucky you!

Have a great Christmas!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Stopped by from Island Life Quilts blog to enjoy your blog. Those raincoats are so cute. and your Christmas Cactus quilt is s-p-l-e-n-d-i-d! Gorgeous pattern and work. Have a happy stitching holiday!
best from Tunisia,

Michele said...

Merry Christmas! I'm glad to hear that your arm is much better :-) Such cute raincoats!

Talin's Corner said...

Those rain coats are just beautiful. What a great job you did with them...a seamstress huh? I love the picture of your grandson making cookies...too cute.

I know it's late, but hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I am sure it was a blast with all those kids running around.

Sinta Renee said...

Oh my goodness... I wish I lived close to you so I could learn to make a coat like those. They are absolutely amazing! Every one of them are as cute as can be. I loved all the family photos... looks like you are having a wonderful and blessed holiday! xxoo

Chris Daly said...

Love the rain coats! Adorable fabrics

sevgi said...

Hello my dear friend. Happy New Year, new days of happiness.merry chritmas

Stephanie said...

LOVE the raincoats. I've been so tempted to sew with laminated cotton...perhaps a bag???

Melinda Cornish said...

I love the raincoats... they are amazing!!!!

Dandelion Quilts said...

I think those raincoats are my favorite handmade gift I've seen in blogland this year. THEY are so cute. Where they hard?

Michelle said...

Those raincoats are absolutely GORGEOUS -- and you're so brave to work with that fabric! I don't think I'd have the nerve to even try.