Monday, December 31, 2012

still have UFOs for 2012

I thought I would do up all of my UFOs for 2012 but as you can see I still have some to go. And believe me, there are some lurking in the shadows as well
 
 
 
I really want to make a list of just 6 to start and to actively work on them till completion into something
 
 

 
be it baby quilt, bag, bib, whatever. I started listing out what I accomplish each month in a quilting book because I used to think I got nothing done but it is nice to see my accomplishments. I just bite off more than I can chew! LOL

 
But I am hoping that these three will be on the list for 2013 to be finished. Their time has come!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Twas the night before Christmas

 
This is our little tree. I used to have a beautiful full sized one but when you downsize into smaller apartments and the whole family still comes home for Christmas, it makes it hard with little space. I put it up on top of our desk and barricade it with the packages so the cats stay out. the little one Duncan has already opened some gifts the little buggar! There are also no bows no frills because with the grandkids all here it is a flurry of flying paper and I cant see the point. just something else for the landfill. I would really like to make some fabric package covers one of these days. less impact on the Earth.
 
today will be the last day of the twelve days of Christmas for the grandkids and they are having fun each day trying to figure out what Grammie wrapped for them. Theirs are all different so what brother or sis has is not what you have. Cnn't wait to see the geodes the boys broke in half for one of them. He called me and says Grammie I think I found diamonds inside this rock! love the wonders of Christmas and sharing them with grandkids. The two year old wants to open them all. He is young to understand the concept of one a day. but it teaches them all patience I think.
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

another gift

My Dad and brothers  love deer. This is a pillow I made for my Dad. He will also get a gift card but I wanted him to have something to open.
This was a panel type fabric that I picked up somewhere  and it aged perfectly in my sewing room until the right time. the back side has chickadees. Such a pretty winter scene and it will look nice in his living room.
another last minute gift........check
 
 


Saturday, December 22, 2012

more finished mug rugs

 
these are so fun to make and with the matching or coordinating cup cozy make a cute little tuck in gift.
 
 
 
 
they seemed to be well received. I will miss them as I have been able to look at the different patterns each day. now they are in their new homes hopefully being used with coffee cups everywhere.



Friday, December 21, 2012

I can finally show you

 
These were the mug rugs that I had started but I couldnt show you until they received them.
this first batch was the  quick pieced long fabric that I made and chopped up for a matching set.
The lighter fabric is showing the back that matched the binding
 
 
 
 
 
these were the individual ones that I made for my staff. I tried to make them fit the personality of the recipient.




 
the cuplike thing standing up is an insulated cup cozy to keep that hot cup of coffee hot.I found that pattern on the internet and it is quick to make. they are reversible too!  with a giftcard to the local donut shop it made a nice set I think.

 
 
Merry Christmas to my staff! this will be our last Christmas together.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

You're a mean one Mr Grinch..........



f ound this on Pinterest for a cute little holday tuck in. love it!

I love the Grinch! LOL    check it out! 

Do YOU Pinterest???


these are still on my mind to make into something

 
these are still at the back burner waiting for them to speak to me. Do you think this needs to be a yellow and blue quilt? or should I add something else?  any ideas?
c'mon, you KNOW you want to tell me what you think...............and I want to hear........
 
Or do I make some small projects like bags?
 
trying to give attention  to some old block friends that need to be made into something useful.
Also thought of putting them into a  lap quilt and get it ready for donation. they are just not speaking to me at the moment.
Do you hear them??????

Friday, December 14, 2012

remember this?

 
 
Remember this?  well I guess she liked it because I received a picture...........
 
 
 
 




this picture of a cutie pie in the apron............so glad it fit and is easy to clean up.....this little girl will get good use out of it..............she LOVES to paint!!!!!
LOL




 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

and a partridge in a pear tree

 
I love this picture! As I said before, every year I used to gather the nieces and get a candy supply and eggs and confectioners sugar for icing and let the kids go to town on gingerbread houses. Now that I am in a  small apartment, I dont have the room for the kids to spread out and create so I dont do it any more. So one of the nieces moms decided to get one of those kits you buy to decorate one. This is the picture she emailed to me as the frosting they provided in the kit  didnt hold up to the weight of the candy.
I loved the picture so much I had cards made out of it! LOL
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!  and may your gingerbreads be pretty and tasty!
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

talented niece

 
 
My niece who is a teen made this self portrait. It looks just like her! I guess the creative gene runs in the family!  good to know that the gene will carry on....
 
Wouldnt it be cool to make a quilt out of this pattern?   ohhhhh the possibilities!!!
 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I need to keep this in mind for future

 
 
 
I have a grandson who would LOVE a quilt made like this......I will have to start collecting black and white fabric and see if this is do able for later..

Monday, December 10, 2012

you're a mean one....Mr Grinch

 
 
How cool is this?  My sister in laws sister had someone dress up as Grinch at their Christmas party and the kids were in awe. Here is my nieces little one checking out Grinch's long fingers LOL
 
It was an awesome Grinch!
What fun are you having this Christmas season?
 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

I think I saw Rudolph

 
 
I think Rudolph is here! Santa must not be far behind!
Having December birthday fun with the December birthday family....
One Nov 28, One Dec 7, one Dec 26  one Dec 27th. Could you give a poor Grammie a break and spread em out???? LOL
 

potholders



made more potholders similar to this one. just did some dump sewing with scraps in greens and reds and made fabric first. then made the potholder and quilted straight lines. binding and tab to hang and voila~. done!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

gingerbread houses anyone

 
this house was made by my niece when she was smaller. every year the day after Thanksgiving I used to have all the nieces over to make gingerbread houses. I provided lunch and dinner if needed while the moms did black Friday shopping. It was fun and we have great memories each year of trying to make our house bigger and better with more details. There are 5 nieces and the oldest two are 20 now but one of them still buys a kit and makes a house because as she says "it isnt Christmas until you can eat your gingerbread house".LOL
Do you have gingerbread memories?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

another mug rug

 
 
 
found this mug rug online somewhere and I thought it was so darned adorable. Not sure if I can do a perfect circle though. I don't have one of those circle thingies so would have to use a plate or something but how cute is this?????

I may have another project coming.....uh oh.......


Sunday, December 2, 2012

I told the fat man you were good



I did! I told him.....ok so now you are making ME bad because I lied for you.....but I wanted to see you get something nice for Christmas too!


 
That's what sisters are for.......sticking up for you through thick and thin.........
Thanks Phoebe!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

let it snow let it snow

 
I dont have a new picture but have made progress on these. need to go get some velcro for the matching cup cozy and the sets will be nearly done. Yay me!
 
on to other projects. anyone make any crayon wallets?? was thinking of the grandkids.........
 
 
it was snowing here this morningl.. daughter was happy. they are living up here now instead of the south where it was warm. snow is foreign to them.......so the kids want snow!  I said it is ok as long as Grammie doesnt have to go to work. LOL