Monday, December 10, 2012

Little Women Christmas Quilts

How cute is this little Santa mat? I thought I should take the picture with something near it to give you a sense of the size. Candy Canes are about 7 inches long, wouldn't you say? I love the details, the little red scarf on the snowman, the little snowflakes falling..very cute!

Christmas wreath quilt with dimensional prairie points around the outer and inner rim, and a beautiful burlap bow.

Snowmen are really in this year, aren't they!

This adorable quilt above is the result of a friendship block swap. The block on the top row is a "family snapshot."

This simple quilt above calls for 5 fat quarters. Each rectangle is cut at 8.5 inches x 10.5 inches. It's very fast and easy, and perfect to showcase that special fabric you don't want to cut into small pieces.

"Over the Moon, Santa!"

 Christmas Angels, and of course, Christmas Sunbonnet Sue came to the tea party also.

Yumm...everything was delicious! Tea or cocoa to drink if you prefer. Gluten free scones, too, and fruit for the carb watchers.

We all had a great time at our Little Women Christmas Tea. I have more photos to post, so come back tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm shopping online for the guys...hiking socks for son #2 and coffee beans for son #1 to roast at home. I don't know much about coffee beans, so I ordered a variety of 4 different beans. And some Philosphy bath and beauty products for the ladies (and a gift for myself, too!). And since my "fingers did the walking" I have time to go and stitch something!

Till next time, keep stitchin!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Little Women Photos

Our Little Women group met Saturday with our annual "Christmas Tea Party." We had a great time as usual, and there are so many great quilt photos to show you that I'm going to break them up over several posts. The quilts in this post feature some of our Jo Morton projects.
 The 2 photos above are 2 different versions of "Yankee Doodle."

That's Vickie holding "Framed" (above) and Pam with her "Scrappiness (below)."

Above--Pam's Calico Surprise from a few groups back, and her version of Glimmers--below. And yes, those are 1/2 inch squares in this little guy. Isn't it cute?

And last but certainly not least, the photo above shows the pincushions from our pincushion exchange. One was cuter than the next! The animal kingdom was represented with a moose dressed in patriotic garb, a chicken, a bird, and 2 kitty cats. There are several flowers, a Cathedral window, 2 "pin keeps" (for your scissors, needles AND pins, and a little hatbox with a hat. You all did such a great job with your pincushions, ladies. I am very impressed with your creativity!

I'll post some more photos later today or tomorrow.

Till next time, keep stitchin!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Wayward Girls

Another fun sewing day for the Wayward Girls! We meet once a month and have a "sit and stitch" at my house. It's always such fun, and having my buddies there encourages me to press on and get something completed!

This little pinwheel project is Pam's project for December. It comes from the book titled "Pinwheel Party."

She finished the pinwheel blocks; they will alternate with a sort of "pinwheel chain" block for a very clever setting.

Carol is our Thimbleberries group leader. She is working on what will we be our January demo and project. We have decided to make quilts from the Thimbleberries book "Pint Sized Projects" this year. This is the little bear paw quilt. The bear paw block measures 7 inches square.

I've made this quilt in the larger lap size, so that should make for a fun show and tell.

The quilt above is the project I worked on. Doesn't look like much does it? This is from the Country Threads book Return to Charm School. This quilt is called "Always RSVP when you receive an invitation." The original quilt is set 4 blocks across by 4 blocks down (each block measures 8 inches square). I was using a bundle of fat eighths called "Cocheco Mills" and then realized I had bought 2 bundles, so I had more fabric I could use! So I just kept sewing more blocks. I have a large hole in the middle because I would like to put an applique block in the center. Some kind of Whig Rose, I think.

I worked half a day today, and did a little Christmas shopping in the afternooon. My son the hiker wants more wool socks. While buying the socks, I found a great boxed kit with maps and information about the Appalachain travel. I think Brian will enjoy that! Can't wait to get my shopping done so I can wrap the presents. That's my favorite part, that and seeing the wrapped gifts under the tree.

And at Barnes and Noble, they had their British TV show DVDs on sale. I found season 1 of Downton Abbey, and with my B&N membership paid less than $16.00. Hubby and I watched 5 episodes tonight! I'm very glad to have found it, because we didn't watch season 1, and it's filling in some of the backstory for me. Don't you love the clothing and the women's hairstyles? It seems so beautiful! Wish I could have a tea time like they do every afternoon.

Till next time, keep stitchin!