Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Saturday...We celebrated Christmas with some of our favorite people...a tradition for our family.  We had a home full and loved every minute of it.  Our youngest guest was one and our oldest...was a beloved Grandmother.  We are blessed that so many wanted to join our family at this wonderful time of year.

Today...we celebrated Christmas with family in Virginia.  We took a Christmas Eve dinner...including this cake that I thought turned out beautifully (and had to take a doesn't always look this great).  We are thankful to have family to share Christmas Eve with.

Tomorrow...Christmas Day!  We will celebrate Christmas Day with our family here in North Carolina.  We cherish times when our family can be together during the Holidays.  We appreciate them every day but especially on Christmas Day!

So my time in the Quilt Room this week went into this pillow for a friend for his Mom.  The diamonds are from feed sacks that belonged to his Grandmother.  He wanted to pay tribute to his Grandmother in a gift to his Mom.  He traveled to Virginia to spend the Holidays with her.  I hope she loves the pillow!

I have also enjoyed many of the Christmas movies on Netflix while I am knitting scarves.  I love those silly Christmas movies with a bit of a message.  Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without them.

Coming up in the quilt room...I am planning my project for the In Your Words Blog Hop beginning January 7th.  We have Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt to thank for getting this started and Linda from Buzzing and Bumbling for organizing everyone.  Hope you will join us for our wordy hop.  My goal is to hopefully capture some of what we are feeling...wrap it in a quilt that we can enjoy every Christmas...another tradition!

So as we settle in this Christmas Eve...from our family to yours...Merry Christmas!

Pamela, Hubby, and Mollie

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Nine Days Until Christmas....but I'm not ready!

Can you believe how close Christmas is?  What happened to the extra week I thought I had because Thanksgiving came so early this year?  There is still so much to be done...thankfully progress was made this weekend.

For my lovely Daughter...a door decoration for her apartment...Ms. Snowman.    Ms. Snowman is ready to hit the town...she is all dressed up with her diamond ring, bracelet...and matching scarf and hat.  I had a lot of fun with this and I hope that my lovely Daughter enjoys it too!

I also completed another scarf...this time for my Daughter's roommate as a Christmas present.  I didn't manage to get a picture before we wrapped it up and put it under the tree.  No peeking till Christmas!

You may remember that a friend entrusted me with some feedsacks that belonged to his grandmother.  He wanted me to make two for his Mom and one for him.  He wanted something more modern with a "nod" to the traditional and off I went (via the internet) to discover the perfect design for him.  I came across with this book...

I was leaning towards a Dresden plate design on black from the book...but as he was flipping through he came across this...

It is a great design for showcasing the feedsacks.  

I have one pillow top ready to quilt and the other pillow top cut and partially sewn.  Here is the first one...ready to quilt. 

I am going to use an off white...stitch in the ditch...around the feedsack diamonds and black along the strips.  I can't wait to see how it turns out.  And this isn't a little pillow either...27" square.  I hope he loves it.

And since this is a Christmas present...I have to finish it in the next day or so. 

Then there is the planning, buying and cooking for the Christmas party on presents to buy and wrap for the party.  Then there really don't want to know!!  It is exhausting just thinking about it.  One day at a time, right?

Wishing you and your family A Very Merry Christmas!  

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy!

What a busy week!  Work is is and planning for Christmas is busy...not so busy in the Quilt Room. 

Yesterday, Hubby and I made a quick trip to the mountains.  Up through West Jefferson, Warrensville and through many beautiful sights.  A drive along Helton Creek back to West Jefferson...some lunch...a bit of shopping.  Then home.  

I am not that old!  This is my disclaimer.  (snicker)

Not that long ago...when I was younger...I lived in a city where the customer (by city law) wasn't allowed to pump their own gas.  There was a gentleman, wearing a uniform with one of the change clickers on his belt, he would walk to your car window and ask "how much?".  I don't remember the price per gallon then but I imagine it was pretty inexpensive compared to today's prices.  And the gas was pumped from pumps like these!

I didn't have to pump gas until I moved away from my hometown.  By that could pay at the pump.  

Why do I reminisce, you ask?  Well, since you asked.  Saturday while we were driving through the mountains...our car needed gas...yelled at us and everything.  So we pulled into the only gas station on the other side of Lansing and there were these pumps.  Look...they are still shiny and clean.  Thankfully, Hubby pumped the gas...otherwise we might have been in a world of trouble.  The amount and gallon counter had to be manually reset to zero!

What a wonderful day!

I didn't get a lot much of anything done in the Quilt Room this week.  I am, however, happy to report that I am caught up on the Studio Stitch BOM.  Here are pics of the most recent two blocks.  Read about the Studio Stitch BOM here.

On our trips to the mountains, I try to do a little knitting or crocheting while we are on the main roads...the ones that are straight and somewhat level.  Here is Esmeralda modeling my most recent scarf finish.

This week looks to be a busy one as well but I am hoping to get something done in the Quilt Room before the weekend!  And I have to stop adding to my list of UFOs!! which currently includes ~~Two pillows for a friend; In Your Words Blog Hop coming in January; Craftsy BOM; Grandmother's Choice BOW; Christmas Aprons (would love to have these ready when my Daughter comes to help bake cookies) and, oh, about 20 or so other projects!!  Hopefully I will have lots of success to report next weekend.  

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Mug Rug and Other Finishes

Christmas is only 23 days away!  I love, love this time of the year.  Everything seems so full of color, music, hope, joy....  

I love Christmas music and spent a good portion of the weekend listening.  I also love Christmas movies...all varieties.  My favorite...White Christmas!  I used to watch it when I was little with my Dad.  He loved all the dancing.  

Yesterday, I wanted to complete something.  I also wanted to do something for Christmas so I decided to make a mug rug.  Here is how it went....

I started with cotton batting, two pieces of red fabric roughly the same size and some hexagons from Christmas fabric scraps.  I folded the top fabric in half and then in half again...a little hot iron in the corner of the folds creates a cross pattern.  This helps determine the center.  Then a little spray adhesive to "baste" the sandwich together.


Applied some glue using a glue stick to the back of the first hexagon.  Then, centered it over the cross created from the lightly pressed folds on the top of the sandwich.

Stitched a quarter inch from the edge all around the hexagon.

Added the second hexagon.

Continued until all of the hexagons were stitched onto the sandwich.

Stitched around the outside edge of each hexagon.  Then echoed the hexagons with the remaining quilting.

Then finished it off by adding a festive binding.  It is ready to enjoy!

Another finish...Esmeralda (the dress form has a name) loves her scarf.  Sashay yarn knitted.  It was pretty easy once I got the hang of it. 

I also completed two blocks...part of my Studio Stitch $5 BOM.

I truly enjoyed my time in the quilt room this weekend...especially listening and singing to Christmas music.  I also finished up an additional two blocks for the Studio Stitch BOM.   My apologies for not having pictures this week.  I didn't finish my pieces until after dark.  I will share some next week.  

Our daughter is coming home Tuesday to help decorate the tree.  She is squeezing in a quick trip before exams.  I am so excited!!!  "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."

Next weekend I am planning to work on some pillows for a friend...more BOM blocks...and start on my project for the In Your Words Blog Hop coming in January.  

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Places - Virtual

I started this list a while ago because some places just need to be revisited.  Here are some that I would like to go back to...

During the Wicked Blog Hop, Kathy from Kwilty Pleasures provided a tutorial for a quilt as you go Wicked Mug Rug.  I love the idea of quilt-as-you-go for saving time and the colors she chose are fabulous.  What a great way to use scraps!

Over at Happier Than a Bird Quilts, there is a tutorial on the Spider Web Block.  She even shows how to use the partial wedges to create rectangles.

Christina at Quilts by Christina has a tutorial to "make it your own" "draw it your self block" using a paper piecing method.  The quilt is awesome.

Sara at Sew Sweetness offers tons info about interfacing for bags.  I would like to give the bag making a shot.  

From Insights from SewCalGal...2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  I don't really like the "quilting" part of quilting.  It stresses me and it shouldn't, I know.  But the November Tutorial, by Sarah Vedeler is about swirls.  I think I might give this a shot.  And if I can manage this maybe I will take a closer look the a YEARs! worth of Tutorials.  

Jeni from In Color Order has a BOM with HST...includes tutorials.

Ages ago, I used to sew clothes for my daughter...when she was little...and I have sewn a prom dress and band concert "uniform" when she was a bit older.  Clothes aren't hard...I just don't love it like quilting.  But my daughter has expressed that she would love to have a pencil skirt...and then I ran across this tutorial for making a skirt on Project Run and Play by Sally at Daisy Chain Creations...hmmm....she makes it looks to so easy.  

A pic-tutorial using machine embroidery to applique a flower from Marjorie's Quilting Bee....part of the Fall Theme Machine Embroidery Blog Hop from Insights from SewCalGal.

Binding Made Easy...need I say more. ~~from Quilt N Queen.  

Holiday Mug Rug Tutorial...I love mug rugs and have made several of them and love Christmas...combo is hard to resist.  ~~from The Crafty Quilter.

I will update this post as I discover new places worth a second look.

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

An update (11/28/12)...ran across this one yesterday.  I love it.  Round Potholders from Charise Creates.

Update (12/2/12)...found this tutorial on binding.  It has some "tips" that I haven't seen before.  I can't wait (meaning...looking forward to finishing something up) to give it a try.  Thank you, Amandajean at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Update (12/26/12)...from !Insights From SewCalGal...a link to a youtube tutorial on binding by Sharon Schamber.  Glue...who knew!

Update (01/01/13)...from Red Pepper Quilts, I followed a link to offers a tutorial on Scrappy Trips Around the World that looks like a lot of fun...and since the seam ripper and I are such good friends...I think I might put this on my "gotta try it" list.

And don't miss the secrets from Mrs. Pickles Garden.

Update (01/04/13)  Earbud pouches.  What a great gift idea!

Update (02/09/13)  Herringbone Quilt Tutorial  I would love to make one of these quilts.  What a great way to use scraps!  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop!!!  I am so happy you stopped by.... 


A Holiday Pillow sized Thank You to...

the fabulous pillow pattern designer, Jill from Jillily Studios;

the queen of Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop festivities, Pauline, the Quilt n Queen;

and, of course, the amazing blog hop organizer...Madame Samm from SewWEQuilt!

Take a stroll down my Holiday Lane.... 

Here in North Carolina, snow is an unusual weather event this time of year, so I had a little fun with  Don't you love it!

Be sure to hop on over for a visit with these lovelies...

Friday November 23

Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you will visit again soon!  

Happy Holidays!

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope your Thanksgiving is complete with family, friends and memorable festivities! 

Coming up this week....

Sending a big "Thank You!" to Pauline, the Quilt n Queen, and Madame Samm for coordinating our Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop.  It all starts this Wednesday, November 21! 

Here is the full schedule.  I am up on Friday.  I hope you will come back for a visit!

Friday, Hubby and I made another trip to the North Carolina Lansing.  Nothing is in bloom or fall color but it was still beautiful.  Take a look...

I had to show you something beautiful since I didn't have a block to share this week.  I did work on my Studio Stitch BOM but I didn't get it finished...actually neither of them.  My Holiday Lane Pillow is complete but I can't show you that yet!  

Hubby was banging around in the kitchen this afternoon so Daisie thought it was safer to be in the Quilting Room with me.  She usually prefers to watch football on Sunday afternoons. :)


Holiday Lane Pillow...check!  Studio Stitch on the list.  

Again, Wishing You a Very Happy Thanksgiving Week!

'Til then...

~~Quilt Much!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You...

Sew we quilt
Wednesday November 21
Thursday November 22
Friday November 23
Monday November 26
Tuesday November 27
Wednesday November 28
Mary Jo - that other blog
Thursday November 29
Elaine - that other blog
Friday November 30
Linda - that other blog
Shout out to the Quilt'n'Queen, Pauline, and to Madamme Samm at Sew We Quilt! for putting it all together!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pillows, Spas and Sacks

We are just a 10 days from the start of the Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop. I spent today listening to Christmas music on Pandora and working on my pillow.  "It's starting to look a lot like Christmas...."  

I hope you will hop with us starting Wednesday, November 21.  

Sew we quilt

Several years ago, I made this Holiday pillow.  I love snow and get so excited about the mere possibility for it seems appropriate to have it sitting on our bed pretty much all winter.  "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...."  Basically, it is several ribbons weaved and stitched over a solid fabric.

I know that some people don't enjoy snow and I imagine that I wouldn't if I had to deal with it from Halloween to May...but that isn't the case here in North Carolina.  It is actually a pretty rare occurrence so when it does...Whooohooo!  Let is Snow!!!

Yesterday, Hubby and I went to see our Daughter and to take our pooches to the "spa".  Our Daughter is in college at a school here in North Carolina and she works part time in a grooming salon.  It is really awesome that she can take care of them.  I am sure they appreciate it as much as we do. It is little over an hour drive to get there, so Hubby and I spent the day shopping while we waited for them.  We were all exhausted when we arrived home.  Daisie and Jackson crashed as soon as we got home and slept all night.  Poor babies!

You may remember from last week that I didn't love my Craftsy Double Star because I didn't have enough contrast.  I wanted a "do-over".  This is my block from last week. 

Thursday night while Hubby was out with the guys...I re-created my Double Star block with what I think is a much better contrast.  Tell me what you think...


Friday, TB brought by some Feed Sacks that belonged to his Grandmother.  He wants me to help make a pillow for his Mom for Christmas.  I feel very privileged to be a part of this.  This is my first experience with Feed Sacks so I spent Friday night scouring the internet for everything I could find on them.  I can hardly believe my good fortune.  Thanks, TB! 

Look...this one still has the string still attached. :)

Hopefully, this week, I can give them a good soak.  I need to decide on a block that would use them to their greatest potential.  Have to finish my pillow for the Holiday Lane Pillow blog hop.  I also need to complete my blocks for the Studio Stitch BOM which is next week.  Then there is that other little thing (hehehe) Thanksgiving!!! ...that will require some (tons) planning as well.

'Til then...

~~Quilt Much!