Friday, December 15, 2017

More Elf Fun!

Well, our Elf on the Shelf, Elvin, zip-lined his way through our 
classroom for his final visit of the year. 

My husband literally cracked me up with this creation: 
And at 3:30 TODAY this quilter starts Winter Break.
 I can't wait to fill my days with a routine of sewing, working out and visiting the grands. 
Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Santa's Elves

I had an unexpected donation of holiday treats for our school backpack program yesterday and spontaneously decided to create little Christmas Stocking for each of our sixteen backpack kids. Luckily, my cooperating teacher leads a middle school "girls" club and before I knew it, my sewing studio was turned into Santa's workshop within an hour of school being let out.
These girls went right to work. Two tracing the stocking pattern. Two cutting the patterns out. Another assigned herself as the "Stocking Turning Outer" and another as the "Stocking Stuffer". 
They called me "The Sewer". (As if what I was doing was something absolutely amazing!) 

In less than an hour we had sixteen little stocking ready to go.

They were the best Santa Elves I've ever met.  These girls were refreshing and fun. They were present and in the moment. I was terribly impressed that not one of them were busy on their phone. I found their conversations to be silly and energetic. I enjoyed quietly listening to them chat among themselves as they assembled-lined the little stockings. This was just one of those unexpected times I got to witness one random act of kindness domino into another. Such a happy holiday moment. 
Thanks girls!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday Archives #177: Designs by YOU!

Hello! Hello! and Happy Tuesday Archives! 
The linky party that let's you rejuvinate OLD blogging posts.
Val's Quilting Studio
. If you are new to our linky, click over the here to read the details about this fun, weekly linky party. (You can also check out all our past Tuesday Archives themes by clicking right here.)

This week's theme is: Designs by YOU!

My thinking behind today's theme is for us to share our original quilt designs.
 My own "Oh  Happy Day" quilt is an original quilt created from a sketch. 
But many of you have created awesome quilt designs that have evolved into published patterns. You are welcome to share any of your designs this week as I'm hoping this week's linky provides an opportunity for everyone to rejuvinate and share pattern tutorials, sales and for some of you, even books published! Have fun! 

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Happy Mail Winner!


Remember to find happiness in the little things along the way.

Remember to steal as many hugs and kisses as you can.

 As I think:
Thank you to everyone for visiting my blog during the Virtual Cookie Exchange and to all of you who are my loyal followers/bloggy friends. Our blogs are certainly a happy spot in my life.
I have a happy shout out to Deb who blogs at Frugal Little Bungalow. Yep! Random Number Generator chose your number as the winner of my Happy Mail Give-Away. Congrats Deb!

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Baby it's Cold Outside...

 I took a break from sewing my OMG project to take a neighborhood walk.
We've been under an inversion of COLD this week so I had to bundle up, but the fresh air felt good.
Sorry for the blurry picture. My phone does not like the cold.

Our days have been so very grey that even our little window solar figurines aren't dancing.
Our highs are only 27-29 degrees and the nights are in the teens. Brrrr...
As you can imagine, everyone's saying if it's going to be this cold, let it snow!
Mayybbbeeee not THIS kind of snow, but a white Christmas is always on my wish list.
Yet, after last winter  I have to admit, it's nice not to be shoveling snow yet.
Just dropping in to document our weather and to say hey!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thin Mint Crackers (A Blog Hop)

These cracker cookies seriously taste just like the Girls Scouts Thin Mints. 

And this is the recipe that can be found:

BUT!!!!

The double boiler system has never worked for us using the chocolate chips!! 
The chocolate chips have NEVER melted right:
We  always end up throwing the chocolate away.
My husband's "secret ingredient": 
Now this recipe is truly as easy as 1-2-3.
1. Melt a bag of this Almond Bark in a double broiler.
2. Add 1/2 tsp. of peppermint extract once melted.
3. Dip your Ritz crackers into the chocolate and let them set on a cookie sheet.
That's it. OH! And they taste WONDERFUL right out of the freezer!
Happy Holidays everyone! Oh! And if you are new to my blog, I welcome you take some time to look around and follow if you like what you see. I always follow back as it's fun to meet new bloggy, quilty friends. Also I have a give-away going on and have extended the deadline to Monday, Dec. 11th to include all of you fellow Cookie Exchange participants. Click HERE for the give-away.
I'm happily joining everyone else in Carol's:
December 5 
Carol, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for organizing this event for all of us!! You Rock!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday Archives #176: Cross-Hatch Quiting

Hello! Hello! and Happy Tuesday Archives! 
The linky party that let's you rejuvinate OLD blogging posts.
Val's Quilting Studio
. If you are new to our linky, click over the here to read the details about this fun, weekly linky party.
(You can also check out all our past Tuesday Archives themes by clicking right here.)

This week's theme is: CROSS HATCH QUILTING
This past Summer I discovered that cross-hatch quilting was wayyy easier than I had anticipated. Really, once I got the hang of using the rulers and creating a non-stop quilting pattern within each nine-patch, I was set. We sure do enjoy having this quilt on our bed.


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Monday, December 4, 2017

Moving Forward...

Well I returned home this weekend. My Meme duties finished, for now. I'm grateful for the precious moments I got to share as our daughter and SIL settled into their new home and welcomed their new little baby. I soooo enjoyed all my newborn cuddle time.

I also had the duty of unpacking and setting up the boys' bedroom. I never tire to seeing my my quilts being used and it was rewarding to see the boys' dinosaur quilts together and looking good.

My daughter texted me this picture below this morning exclaiming: "I swaddled him in one of your receiving blankets and he slept from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am."  Now, I'd like to think it was the blanket...but he really is such a good little baby and my daughter is doing a wonderful job nursing.
But hey, I'll take credit whenever I get it! Seriously though, sleeping newborns are just adorable. 

As we all move forward and begin to return to familiar routines, life is good for big brother too. He is loving his baby brother and even started at his new preschool today. He told his mom on the way that he was excited to be back at school...but misses his two friends. I miss him already!

So with that said, I'm back to sewing. I won this fat quarter bundle awhile back and it arrived while I was gone. I'm thinking of making two receiving blankets with them, with flannel on the back. Please do share  if you have any quick pattern ideas. I also have my Dec. OMG goal and wool stitching to keep me out of trouble, I mean busy. All truly are fun sewing, that I did get a chuckle from your previous comments how each project "was so me." You guys are the best! Thank you for your continued bloggy friendships and for inspiring and motivating me with your talents as well.
Until Tuesday Archives tomorrow, I will close wishing you a fantastic day!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Wool BOM Progress

This past summer I set out to stitch this Anni Downs BOM. As I put them on my design wall this morning I was actually surprised how much progress I've made since summer:
 Only half of them are stitched  but now that the cutting and pinning are done, I look forward to the stitching that awaits each evening as the nights get darker and life slows down earlier than those long days of summer. It's truly my very favorite project right now.

Happily stitching and linking up with everyone at Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching linky.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Dec. OMG: Dotty Christmas

I'm so looking forward to joining everyone at:
I've had this stack of dotty christmas colored fat quarters laying around for a year or two. I found a fun, fat quarter friendly pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew and quickly got them cut and ready for some easy, after work sewing throughout this busy holiday month of December.
For my goal, I plan to have these transformed into a Dotty Christmas Quilt.
I'm happy to join everyone else at: Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal December Linkup.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Honey why is this quilt all ragged on the edges??

Huh? OMG!! This quilt has been sitting on the couch in my studio for the past 2 1/2 years!! I never realized that the binding wasn't sewn down until I heard that question from my husband.
Seriously, the binding was on...just not sewn down. How does that happen? Anyhoooo....I packed it up and it provided the perfect hand sewing this past two weeks while I was at our daughter's and I had a homemade quilt to sleep under every night. Doesn't get better than that does it. And now to celebrate this long overdue finish, I pulled some dotty fabric remnants from my stash and paired them with this Mary E. magnetic notepad as a Happy Mail Give-away for one of you. 
(THIS GIVE-AWAY IS CLOSED)
Just comment to share what your favorite Christmas Cookie is?
And speaking of cookies...next week this Blog Hop begins:
In December...
On Dec. 7th I'll be sharing our simple but oh so yummy version of the Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookie.
I'll announce the winner of my Happy Mail Give-Away Monday, Dec. 11th.

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