Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Minis and More

The month is quickly drawing to a close and it is nearly time for the newest Minis and More Parade.  This month we were free to make any mini quilt that we wanted.  I decided to branch out and make a mini quilt as a table runner for Christmas.  Playing off the idea of my Silent Night quilt in my last post, I chose to put a different song in my head.  I looked up the music for Joy to the World and went with that.

This time I added the words with machine embroidery.  I thought the music fabric went well with the pattern.

Be sure to check out all of the other fun minis on the first of the month with Michele and Sherri.  I'm looking forward to seeing the choices that were made this month.


I had a request for another tooth fairy pillow for another granddaughter - in "pink".  These measure about 6x7".  I have it personally from numerous tooth fairies that a larger size is best for finding under the pillows in the dark!

Now I need to get busy with a Christmas stocking for the newest baby in the family.  Needless to say, I have a ways to go on it.

We celebrate our Thanksgiving this coming Saturday and from then on it will be busy times around here.  Next week is changing the house over to Christmas to get ready for our big Christmas dinner - adults only -  the following Saturday.  I will be popping in to blogs periodically, but I may not surface for a few weeks.

I wish all of you in the U.S. a blessed Thanksgiving.  We have so much to be thankful for in our lives.  Enjoy your wonderful feasts.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Silent Night

Remember my little glimpse of Christmas sewing that I showed in my last post?  Well.....it is now finished and I LOVE it.  Let me present to you my Silent Night.

There was a lot of applique of those little notes....

.....and letters.....

.....and stars, but worth every stitch.

It is 52x63" and is a pattern from Seams and Dreams called Silent Night Quilt.

Monday, November 16, 2015


Fall is definitely here for us with cooler temperatures and changing colors.  The fall lighting with the long shadows is always so interesting.

We visited with one of our son's families this weekend and enjoyed seeing the colors of the grape vines along our way.

It was a gorgeous weekend ahead of the storm that moved through on Sunday afternoon.

Yesterday was a blustery day with wind and "sprinkles".  It was perfect for a warm fire, comfort food cooking and a little stitching.

I sewed up a few blocks for this month's Block Lotto party.  I do love sewing these x&+ blocks.

I got a jump start on this Christmas pattern.  I fell in love with the pattern when I saw it at my LQS.  I hope to show you more in the next post.

Fall is a great time for cooking.  With all of the holiday cooking coming up,  the kitchen will soon smell heavenly all of the time.  To me there is nothing like the smell of bread baking.  It warms my heart as well as the room!!!!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?  That means Christmas is right behind.  It will soon be 2016.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Trunk Full of Quilts

There hasn't been much sewing going on around here so this is the perfect time to show some old favorites.  Soma of Whims and Fancies is hosting a Trunk Show event on her blog.  Soma is a very talented pattern designer, photographer and artist as well as a great blogger.  She has some terrific sponsors for her trunk show with some great prizes so be sure to check it out and join in on the fun.   It runs until November 18th.

As quilters/sewers we will find any reason to create a quilt.  I have made quilts for each of the grandchildren when they were welcomed into our family - all twenty nine of them.  These are a couple of my favorites over the years.

Of course, there are many reasons to make quilts......



....and to offer comfort and donate to charities.

When we run out of beds to cover, there are always walls in need of "warmth".

No more wall space?????  How about table decorations?

Placemats too....

Oh.....and let's not forget our little quilts for our coffee mugs.

To me, sewing has been a joy in my life since I was very young.  Initially it was all about sewing for my dolls and then garment sewing.  I loved designing and sewing my own clothes.  I made my own wedding dress as well as all of my bridesmaid's dresses.....yes, this was back in the 60s so the photo is a bit faded.

Nowadays, I enjoy sewing for the grandchildren and have found a true love in quilting.  This has  been a snapshot of my life of sewing.  Thanks for sharing it with me.