Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Gifts That Give Twice!

Hi, all!

With Thanksgiving upon us this week, it's no longer possible to deny the fact that Christmas is just around the corner!  As I've mentioned before, this year I'm trying to give gifts that benefit more than just the recipient when I can.  So I thought I'd share some with you that benefit a cause near and dear to my heart - the adoption of our grandson, Nathanael!  

Someone asked me the other day if my daughter was still making necklaces to raise money for the adoption, and it occurred to me that I hadn't mentioned it recently on the blog.  In the home stretch of their fundraising, she is definitely making these beautiful necklaces, along with some printable posters available as an instant download.

These are just a few examples of the designs she has available.

These are really nice necklaces - I have four of them and wear one almost every day.

Have a favorite Bible verse?  Talk to Nancy about a custom design!

I love this globe design - it's on a longer chain, too!

And isn't this cute?  Customizable with your own picture! 
(I would like one of these for Christmas myself - hint hint!)

This is one of the printables she has available.

You can see more of her designs at

Let me know in your comment if you'd like her direct email so you can talk to her about a custom order!

She'll be taking Christmas orders until Monday, December 8th.


And just because it's pretty, take a look at the sunset today as seen from Capitol Hill in downtown Nashville!  It was even prettier a few minutes before this, but if I had stood in the middle of the street to take the picture then, I'd have been run over!



Friday, November 21, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Cosmic Delight!

Hi, all!

It's Friday again - and you know what that means!  It's time for.

I hope you've had a good week, staying warm and working on lots of projects!  From what I've seen while blog-hopping, it looks like almost everyone is experiencing cold weather, which is the perfect time for quilting.  So it's time to show it off!

I finally finished the commission quilt - and I just love it!  I wasn't sure how it would look in all solids, but I think it's perfect.  And just FYI, the pattern designer, KarrieLyne of Freckled Whimsy, made a quilt in this pattern from all solids to help celebrate Kona's 30th Anniversary - you ought to check it out!

So here's Cosmic Delight in Kona solids - 
a mix of solids from the 2013 additions to the line, 
plus Kona Shadow for the lattice 
and Kona White for the background.

The back is more Kona Shadow, with small squares of the front colors 

Lots of small random meandering in the white background...

 with ditch and straight line quilting 
to enhance the colored areas!

Look at all that gorgeous texture! And even with the dense quilting, this quilt is pretty soft. 
It measures about 62" square after washing.

Can I get a whoop whoop??


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping?

What's making you dance the happy dance this week?

Share - we want to dance along with you!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight - 

Hope to see you there!



Monday, November 17, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - Back on Track!

Hi, all!

The cold weather has settled in here, it seems, and you know what that means - quilting weather!  When it's too cold to go outside, surely that's a sign that you should sit at your sewing machine for a while, working on something warm and wonderful!  Now, I know that what is cold to me may not seem cold to some of you, but since it seems like it's cold across most of the country right now, let's just call it quilting time for all!

So with all the extra quilting time, I made good progress on last week's list.  Here's the rundown...

1.  Finish the quilting on the commission quilt.
Done!  And not only quilted, but bound and ready to go!  This picture isn't very good - it was not only cold and wet today, but we had 15-20 mph winds, so terrible weather for taking pictures. I'll have more later!

2. Finish off the final touches on the ornaments I've got in the works.
Done and handed over to Nancy for her fundraiser!  Here's pics of a few of them...

3. Finish my friend's Christmas stockings.
Done!  I hope she loves them!

4.  Do a minor repair on a friend's quilt.
Done!  Forgot to take a pic, though...

5.  Make the cutter quilt stockings.
Partially done - this stack represents all the pieces for five more stockings!  Now all I have to do is sew them together...

6.  Work on the girls' quilts for Christmas.
Accomplished!  Those two stacks represent all the HSTs that go into the two quilts - one stack is ready for piecing into pinwheel blocks, the other stack still needs to be squared up.

7.  Keep up with quilt ministry needs as they arise.
Done!  We gave away a few more this week…

This quilt went to a woman who was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  She's pregnant, so we sent a quilt for her baby, too, but I didn't take a pic of that one.

And these four jelly-roll quilts went to The Bridge Mission to be given to homeless kids.  Hopefully they'll help keep some kids warm on these cold nights!

For those of you who are interested, our current quilt count is 291 for the year, and 963 all time.  Only 37 more to go to hit 1000!!

I'm a happy camper - I managed to get to everything on the list, even if I didn't finish some of them!  As far as I'm concerned, that's a win for the week…

And here's what's on my radar for this week…

1.  Finish the cutter quilt stockings.

2.  Custom quilt a top for a friend.

3.  Work on the girls' quilts for Christmas.

4.  Finish Nathanael's stocking.

5.  Start straightening up the house for the holiday season!

6.  If time permits (I don't think it will this week) quilt two jelly roll quilts for The Bridge Mission homeless kids.

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that arise.

This is a busy week - all the normal stuff, plus a doctor's appointment, extra babysitting, a morning of sewing at church, and  a special date this weekend - so I may not get as much done as I hope to.  But at least I'm feeling a lot less stressed!  Once the stockings are done and the custom quilting finished, I'll be free to work on my own stuff for a while.  Good thing - Christmas is rushing up like a freight train!

So now the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?