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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello!

This is it for 2013!

One of my favorite fabrics I played with this year was by Lakehouse.
Pam Kitty Morning has the sweetest fabric lines!

I made these two quits, Strawberry Social and Butter Mints.
They were made with PKM Picnic.

I had the honor this year of putting together a blogger's choice group for Fat Qaurter Shop.
(Anothe rhighlight of the year)
As you can see... there were several Lakehouse and PKM fabrics in the group.

Don't you think Pam would have to be so sweet in order to come up with
such adorable fabric?
This is the next pattern I want to make with the PKM collection...

Lunch Boxes Quilt Kit featuring Pam Kitty Picnic - at Fat Quarter Shop

But today....

I thought I would have a one day giveaway for these two patterns.

Tomorrow I will announce the winner and also 
announce the new pattern for 
Another Year of Schnibbles!
Did you enjoy your rest from AYOS in December?
I hope you are fired up to start playing again!!!

Have a wonderful evening out there and be safe!
Thank you for visiting with me this past year...
I enjoy all of your creative energy and friendship too!

Happy New Year!

Hello 2014!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Did I Mention?

That I was able to finish one more quilt this year?
I think it makes #13 (in 2013)!
It ended up being 90 x 94.

I had it pieced earlier this summer but I wasn't happy
about the quilting... so I ignored this
project until the last minute, out of frustration.
Finally I ripped out the quilting and
took it back to the LAQer.
I don't think the quilting really shows up in the photo
but I am much happier now.
And better yet, so is the person I made this for!

I had to copy Thelma's tree topper from last year...
I found it on Etsy and
it arrived a few days before Christmas!

I think it just makes the tree a bit more whimsical.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and
are still enjoying the holiday!

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

From My Porch to Yours

I couldn't let the day start without  saying thank you all for all the 
camaraderie and inspiration this year!
You brighten up every day for me.

I hope your Christmas is filled with miracles!

A few of my favorite things...

My favorite holiday movie:
It's A Wonderful Life
(next favorite is Miracle on 34th Street.. 
love the old black and white movies)

My favorite Christmas music:
It's not Christmas without listening to 

My favorite Christmas tradition:
A candle in the window

My favorite Christmas cookie:

What's yours?
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holiday's

Oh my!

The magic of the season is here!
I hope you enjoy the last few hours of rushing, cooking, wrapping, 
and remember to enjoy each moment.

Merry Christmas to you!
Monday, December 16, 2013

Not Too Shabby

I always seem to forget the quilts I finish and focus on the ones 
that didn't get completed... and in some cases, even started.
But I am going to take a moment to breath and 
take a look back at my year.

My latest finish.

Midwinter Reds by Minick and Simpson.
I can't wait to get this one quilted.

These are a couple of samples that I made for FQS, the top one is Strawberry Social.
This one is going to my grand daughter. Then there is Butter Mints... so cute! Both quilts are made with Pam Kitty Morning fabric. I have to admit... I am addicted to PKM fabrics. As if two quilts aren't enough... I have plans for two more quilts using her latest collection!
And then there is Ms. Thimble Blossoms little (I mean little
but way too cute to pass up making!

This is the Summer Wind pattern by Miss Rose's Quilt Co. using 
High Street... a project I did with Ms. Cupcake.
I really had fun with this one!

This was a super fun and fast quilt I made using the Missouri Quilt Co. 
You Tube video. 

This one is on it's way back to me.
It was a sample I made for FQS using Minick and Simpson fabrics.
I can't wait to get this one in my hands again.

I think this was my favorite for the year. 
It is Shine. Pattern by Sherri at A Quilting Life.
It was a sample I made for FQS using Dear Stella fabrics.
I think you can still get the kit.

A sample that I made up for FQS. 

A Schnibble: Lincoln.

A fun little hexi quilt. It was an easy pattern.
I wanted to get the binding on so fast... that I forgot I had wanted to
make the border scalloped! Dang it.

A quilt that I got done using my my Blogger's Choice bundle from FQS.
I finished in time to have it entered into my local quilt show.

A sweet finish hanging behind my new sewing table made by my son.
Wouldn't this quilt look good in holiday fabrics too?

I got to make Swoon... which I love, made out of 
fabric by Carrie Nelson!

 Then there was a few Schnibbles that got made!

A sample of the stack of bindings that needed to be done.
No doubt things that had been started last year!

My very first dolly... for my little Evie Lou Who!

A BOM Mystery from Quilt Soup!

A little mini sampler sew along from Pam Buda.
I love the fun things she comes up with.

I have so many projects that I didn't get done. I am happy to look back and see some 
I have hopes of getting one or two more done before 2014! 
It's not too late! Right?

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Little Laugh

I thought I would give you a little cheer as we start the 
weekend crunch!
Good luck on getting your list checked off 
this weekend!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MIdweek Mosaic: Decorating the Tree

This tree was quite an adventure from the beginning!
I managed to get a 9' tree inside my car to start with.
I didn't want it on top because it was dark and I was afraid to have to fix something
in route on my way home. But that is only the beginning. Getting it out of the
car was a whole other story! I nearly met my match! I am so glad no one was watching...
or listening, when my butt hit the horn! I tried from the front seat, then the back seat...
which was interesting... then finally pulling it out from the back of the SUV.
Then, when I had it all decorated with it's 15 strands of lights....
I took a break for a few, and when I came back into the room...
90 percent of the lights blew out!
Two days later, I was back on track!
Did I mention that I pulled my back out while this was going on?
But it was all worth it!

Thanks so much for helping me find that pattern of Jovial in my last post! I am tickled pink to have it in my collection... and to top things off I saw the new fabric from Sweetwater today!
It might just be the perfect fabric for that pattern!

It's called Wishes!
How sweet is that?
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Snow= Snowmen!

(photo from BH&G)

I have been looking for the perfect new 
Christmas CD. I like a wide variety of music
and each year I purchase one new CD.
My inspiration for putting up the decorations
and setting the theme of my holiday.

This year there were some very good 
artists with some beautiful music...
but I found one that had a lot of swagger 
in it. 
This artist is new to me...
but probably one you have heard of.
At least you might have heard of it if you
like the Big Band Era and Swing.
The name of the band is Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
(I am guessing that they originated from New Orleans).
Here is a link to the Amazon video for a listen.

(my favorite: designs here are by Johanna Parker)

I need some of these to add to my ornament collection!

My new vow is to purchase at least one of her creations every year!

Check out her page here... she is having an open house tomorrow.
Unfortunately I live very far away.

I do hope to have a grip on my holiday decorating 
this weekend. Just like the rest of you! But
Saturday is the second annual Christmas Tea
that my DDIL hosts.
I am excited to be going to that.

Since I have nothing quiltie to show for this week...
I wanted to share this picture from absolutely wonderful store:
Quilt Shop in Oregon.
Isn't it so cute?
I know that this is/was a free pattern from Moda.
Does anyone know the link to it???
This is one of those "I'm on the hunt" kind of things!
Of course it's impossible to do what I need to do this month...
but I would like to make this.

I hope you have a weekend full of festivity!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Morning Jo: the Results Show!

With every parade... there are prizes!
Who doesn't love prizes?

Here are our randomly picked giveaway winners:

On behalf of Miss Rosie herself...
there was going to be doggie treats for everyone, but
then Carrie stepped in and she settled for picking a 
special surprise prize (say that 3 times fast) from the fabric pantry for 
Sandy F.
from my parade

for Carol (no blog)
from A Quilting Life parade.

Also, I have a couple of sweet... make that Honeysweet charm packs to share ...

SALE - Honeysweet Charm Pack Bundle - Fig Tree and Co - Moda ...
those will 
go to Jodi!

Sherri has two sets of 2 mini charm packs to 
giveaway... and the winner is:


Thank you for visiting and a special thank you 
to everyone for being in the parade this month!
Send me your addresses if you are a winner so we can send you 
your prize!!!
P.S. I would be watching the Miss Rosie Quilt Co. store...
I think some fun things will be popping up there very very soon!!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bring On The Parade... and A Cup of Jo

I'm so sorry for the parade delay! 
I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday weekend!
Mine started out perfect... lots of food and family. 
And it's so fun to have little ones here under foot during the kitchen kayos.
An added bonus for a growing family.

My DDIL and I did take the leap and drive to the big city
to partake in the shopping madness... however, the last couple of days
have had me down with the flu and feeling less than human.
I think I have it kicked now though... aside from the aching bones!

Sherri and I are not announcing a project for December. 
I think that we usually do this. Things are busy enough for everyone!
We will announce the next Vintage Schnibbles on January 1st! 

 We have a beautiful day with clear skies... So let's start this parade!

Grab yourself a cup of Morning Jo; we are ready to begin.

Marti from Aunt Marti's blog made up a sweet little table runner of
Morning Jo here! She calls it Cuppa Jo! Cute!!!

Michelle at Island Life Quilts has made a gorgeous "low-volume" version #2 of
Morning Jo. It just sparkles!

Nancy made sweet version of version #1 here with the fabric group Giggles!
This is one I would love to curl up under!

Patty at A Stitch In Time blog made a lovely 4 block version that she is calling Snowflake!
Isn't is so sweet? Did you notice the color placement on each block?
It's very pretty with the controlled palate.

Paulette (no blog) made a beautiful version of Morning Jo using
a soft and sweet color palate.

Here is a lovely Morning Jo made by Polly from Aunt Polly's Porch.
It is stunning Polly! She found a nice grey flannel for the backing to make it extra cozy!

This is Morning Jo created by Sandy F.(no blog)
It has a warm and traditional holiday look. 
She used her stash of snowmen prints for this Schnibbles.
I like the solid border too! 

Satu was inspired by Morning Jo, and although she did not make hers...
she came up with beautiful holiday greeting cards...
isn't that so clever?

Wendy made her sweet little table topper of Charlevoix by Minick and Simpson collection. 
She also sent out an invite for coffee after the parade! LOL

Sue B. made a  beautiful and vibrant version of Morning Jo from Happy Go Lucky here!
I love how this one looks so crisp and charming. She decided to trim her blocks a tad bit larger...
I think it turned out great!

Sue made a beautiful Jo here!  I love the scrappy frame on this version and
the gorgeous colors against the black background! This version of Morning Jo was created by Sue... Wendy's sewing partner.
Hop on over to Wendy's blog to read more about their sewing adventures!

Please fill up your cup and head on over to see more of Morning Jo over at Sherri's A Quilting Life blog!
You won't want to miss any of these beautiful Schnibbles quilts!

On another note...
I have a son who travels a lot. I had an idea for a wall of framed postcards for his birthday which happens to be right before Christmas... I was wondering if any of
you from far away places that are reading this would be willing to send me a post card from your area of the world. I would be happy to send you my address. 
I would love it to look something like this.
Funny, the last person you send a post card to in your travels is yourself!