This might just be the best Christmas I've had in many years. Why?
Because of this sweet boy.
Remember a few posts back I showed you this yellow
monster stuffed toy I made - well he sleeps with a
sweetie every night now. My sister even found a
little book about a monster going to bed at night.
He's a big help around the house too.
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving I took the day to sew. With having dinner at my lovely sister in laws house I had no cooking to do and didn't have to clean the house to hospital clean. Whew. I got a few Christmas presents done - the binding on a lap quilt, my secret santa for the quilt guild, a pillow for a friend and even managed to clean and organize my sewing area.
I'd had this idea for a bracelet running around in my head screaming to get out and I knew I had to at least get caught up on my sewing before I let the idea free.
I used a new technique to achieve the color/texture on the metal. This sits on your wrist very comfy and I just love the many textures and elements. Saturday I got the house all decorated for Christmas and it really makes me happy to see all the little trees and my decorations I've had for so many years. I remember as I open each box where they came from and each brings a memory all it's own. Then yesterday I got my sample done for the next Social Artwork class and also have the next wire workshop project half done. Seems there is just not enough time in each day. But I am thankful for all the things I do and enjoy so much.
Well it will be Thanksgiving in just a few days and it makes me wonder just where has the year gone? This morning I was clearing off the mantel for the soon to be Christmas decorations - wow Christmas already! There is a pile of presents on the couch in the sitting room upstairs but so much is left to do - guess you know what I mean. So I'm sewing away trying to get some things finished. My mom started a tradition with us after Angel and I got married and every year at Thanksgiving would give us a Christmas decoration. I've tried to keep up this tradition and try to make things for my family each year. Seems like it's getting harder to get things finished in time, but I've managed to make extra quilting time in the mornings. I can get a lot more done if I get up early and have at least an hour to play before going to work. I got the quilt done for the shower last week a mer 2 hours before I walked out the door - whew! No time for a photo thou - but I'll get one with it's new owner soon. Just last night I finished the binding on another present - a lap quilt. Can't show you that one cause it's new owner does pop in here from time to time. This little wall hanging thou I can show cause it's new owner is way too busy to read blogs.
This is a Jim Shore pannel I picked up at the quilt show this year
It was fun to "trace" the drawing with the free motion.
Table runner ready for quilting.
Crazy mug rug made from the short sections
from the jelly roll I used for the table runner.
Love this type of piecing. No thinking - no planning.
Well I need a day off with the sun out to take photos
to put new items in my Etsy shop. The weather has been
grim and wet for days. Well off to get a few more things
Yesterday I went over to my sister's house to help her get Ian's room ready. Ian is coming to live with them on Sunday. He is 2 and cute as a button. We're all so excited. I can't stop thinking of all the things I'll make him. I'll be meeting him for the first time on Sunday and I'll taking him the yellow monster pillow I made last week. While we were organizing closets and packing some stuff up for the attic and boxes for Goodwill I ran across 2 quilts. Angel told me my grandmother had made them. What joy that was to see them. Needless to say I left with one. It's worn and at some point someone cut a chunk out of it, but it's still very dear to me. My Granny taught me how to crochet and cook. She was a tiny woman with a firm hand and a huge heart. She raised 7 children and lived to see a herd of grandchildren. I'll always remember her by her love of flowers, her support of her family and her open heart. I never heard her raise her voice - she was a super sweet lady. They lived on a farm and I have very fond memories of spending time there.
And for the new - my good quilting buddy Stefanie gave me this wonderful ruler.
I just love these better than any I've every had. I've gotten one more and plan to in time
replacing all the ones I have with the greenish yellow lines on them.
These also have little circles on the back side that really hold to the fabric.
I'd bought stick on things to put on my other rulers but these are really great.
They come in tons of sizes/shapes too.
Well I've got a bunch of stuff to do so I'll be off.
Well I got really behind on my quilting while building my jewelry inventory for an upcoming show. And now I just must get back on it. Christmas is rushing towards us faster than I can sew. This morning I finished up a little fun piece. I'd not made one of these silly monsters before and it was fun. I really want to make another one. The next one will have a zipper mouth I think and I'll work some buttons into it too.
I had planned on making the back of the turtle and monkey quilt I showed you yesterday, but just wasn't in the mood for making the back and pinning. So I started quilting on this cute doggie quilt. I'm really in a cute mode these days. I think this balances the hard edge steam punk jewelry I've been making lately. Well the quilting is almost done now and hopefully I'll get back on the other quilt real soon. That shower will be here and I'll be up putting on the binding all night.
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. I have one of my critical items - Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake - It calls to me from the freezer - eat me now. I'm so week.
Well back to quilting the doggie quilt I'm so close to being done.
I did something today that I didn't think I would ever do...made a quilt from a pattern. I was influenced by my good friend Stefanie. She found a pattern to work well with the beautiful fabrics (the prints) I won at our guild a few months ago that were designed by Ann Kelle. It's just the cutest fabric for a child's quilt and that was just what I am making. I needed it done by the 18th for a shower. I made the top in one day, never did that before either. I'v always leaned towards dark earthy colors and use little white so that was another new thing. Bright colors and white! Did I make this? Well it was fun to make and very quick. I think I might even make another one with this pattern - yes Stefanie you read that right. So hopefully I'll get this sandwiched on Sunday and quilted next week. Since these colors were so out of my safe zone Stefanie helped me pick them out. Wait till you see the back and binding -
For any of you in the Nashville area I'll be in a craft show on the 12th.
CHRISTMAS ON MADISON AVENUE
Saturday, November 12th 9 am- 5 pm
Farmer’s Market Community Center
315 John R. Rice Blvd., Suite 101 Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Living in an old 1930 home, space is limited and I often use one area for several different uses. My dinning room table often becomes my drawing table and my cutting table stands in for painting and mixed media. You all know how it is I'm sure. If only I had a big 40 x 40 foot room just for my creative projects - but alas that is not to be. So I have the ever changing work spaces.
sewing on a small wall hanging
working on some jewelry
It takes about 5 min to swap from one joy to another.
This little side table also is the resting spot for my babylock.
With a tv on top of the cabinet on the left and my mac to play
me my favorite tunes I have all I need in this room.
We call it the play room. Hubby's workbench is here too
and we spend many hours in here working on our little projects.
He's often sneaking into my jewelry tool box and I'm using his
work bench when he wanders away for a few min.
It's a fun room and we enjoy it here working together in our
two different little worlds.
He's also handy when I have metal questions or need help with solder.