January block completed in about 3 evenings . . . quick design . . February's Block is completed in one day . . . this is fun!! This is our pattern: Color Work Calendar by Once Upon a Vine by Kim Goodrich. The blocks are small but this is such fun, who cares . . . Lorene is in charge of our Redwork class and she really makes it fun on the third Friday of each month at A Quilter's Oasis in Mesa, AZ. Thanks for a great class Lorene.
It is Christmas Eve and the last minute gifts are yet to be bought . . . the turkey is yet to go in the oven and the pies to bake . . . yet all is calm, all is bright . . . the manger is in place and our thoughts are of friends and family. I wish all of you joy and laughter, friends to share with, lots of time to quilt, and peace in the coming year . . . thank you for coming along in blogland and making my life just a bit brighter . . . and hopefully a bit more fun for you . . . Merry Christmas
Of course there is the lusious fudge that came to the door last night. A neighborly thank you for the lettuce we share and the yummy tamales that came last night. Thank you to all . . . and a Merry Christmas as well . . .
Quilted table runner number seven is now completed. One daughter requested Easter so here it is in her colors with my bunny applique. Each row is quilted individually in its own color . . . and now . . .
This is the end of the eight table runner. I embroidered Celebrate so that it could be used for any occasion . . . I quilted each set of blocks in the same color. I thought it came out nice . . .
This is number eight in the series of table runner for Christmas . . .
It seems that the gifts are more important than anything else when it is 3 days till Christmas. I am working on the princess quilt for the five year old granddaughter . . . it would have been farther along but babysitting got in the way last night. That is always a good excuse to get out of the studio and play! . . . More on the princess quilt to come.
Sometimes Christmas comes early . . . he sees our wish list and woosh . . . there it is . . . all wrapped up in . . . cardboard. Who would have thought?
Our computer presently is about 8 years old and sadly in need of replacing. It takes approximately one minute to switch screens and change anything. Seriously, you could click on internet explorer and then go take a shower. When you return, surprise, it is finally up and ready to allow you to click on something and then . . . wait . . .
For all you do and all that you are, for all you have given and for loving me . . . Thank you Santa . . . I love you too!
This is post 100, it hardly seems possible. So many projects started and finished. So many more to do . . . it is a privilage to share my work and patterns with all of you. Thank you for taking the time to visit and join in the fun!
Now for a giveaway . . . Our Field of Flowers pattern to the first 2 people that leave a comment on the blog. . . .
This is Chole, great colors and designs! This is Wild Thyme, love the action in the art and bright colors! This beautiful fabric just arrived from P&B Textiles. I can hardly wait for Christmas to be over so I can delve into a new project for little girls with all of this georgous fabric!
This is the outside of the caddy. An inside view of a handy caddy for my sister that just had surgery and must be on the couch or in bed. Just tuck it under the cushions or mattress and everything is right where she needs it or you could take it to class with your quilting aids, like I do.
It's offical! The Color of the Year, for 2010, is Pantone 15-5519 Turquoise. It is beautiful and Turquoise has become my favorite lately . . . funny how that works out. Watch for a quilt in these tones in the Spring. It is just a happy color . . I love it.
While stitching up a storm, I finished two table runners for Christmas. Pretty easy and quick. I think they will be nice gifts. I only needed one in Burgundy and Navy and now three with earth tones, one is done and hopefully one more today. Cross you fingers. Both patterns are from Anika's Treasures. Well written and fun to do! Thanks Anika.
The best pink rose from this bush . . . sorry no fragrance . . . The first beautiful white rose from this bush has a wonderful fragrance. Brocolli that is very fast growing and not quite ready to make something I can eat Head Lettuce trying to make something of it's self Leaf Lettuce running amock . . . It grows so fast we can hardly keep up with it. Cauliflower in winter . . . soon it will be big enough to eat!! Happy Quilting, Nancy
One more table runner finished. This is for another daughter-in-law who requested Santa and then selected this one. I know it is simple but I have 6 more to go and only have one more cut out . . . hurry . . . hurry . . . hurry!!!
I will share a small bit of my Nativity collection. Each year I either purchase one or one is given to me. Each one has a special meaning for me. Mary with Child was given to me by my sister. I love the Lifesighs cards and now she has made this. My piece is signed by the artist. It reminds me of my sister each time I gaze upon it and remember the love she has for me. This one was given to my boyfriend our first Christmas dating. He did not have one that I could see so since we had only been dating a few weeks, I thought this would be a nice remberance for him. Now that we are married, it is even more special.
In the Spirit of the Season . . . the Real Reason for the Season . . . I pause and remember why it is Christmas . . . what it stands for and who it is about. As I make preprations for family and friends . . . I pause and say a prayer of thanks for all that I have been blessed with, family, friends, job, adversity, hope, joy and Love.
I was thrilled when I walked into Zoe's Trunk and there in a trunk was French General Fabric from Moda. I was excited as they found 2 charm square packs for me and then I selected a couple of pieces of yardage to go with it. I am making it for my bedroom . . . I need a quilt on the wall from these beautiful fabrics . . . I can't wait to get started after Xmas . . .
My Angel comes from Sew Simple Homestyle . . . She will be an organizer for the side of the bed or perhaps a pillow with pockets . . . perhaps she should guard embroidery supplies . . . not sure yet but still stitchin when the sun goes down . . .
Another evening project that says "A sister is a forever friend". The pattern is from Bareroots. This was a fun and so adorable now that it is done. What shall I make with it?? A pocket on a tote, pillow, wall hanging, picture? Leave a comment and let me know what you think. I will send a pattern from Homestead Station to the winner.
It is such a beautiful day! Breakfast on the patio, flowers in bloom and all of the Thanksgiving arrangements are put away . . . life is good. In fact it is so good that I am offering a pattern sale through the month of December. All non-embroidery patterns are $7.00 plus shipping through December 31st. Just go to www.homesteadstationdesigns.com and make you selections and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will sent them right out to you!! Don't delay and miss out on this one time sale.
Always thankful for things to come, things gone by and what is now happening. My family is a huge blessing and having friends that care. Take a look at the video and remember what makes you grateful. Loving life . . . always
Money is usually given to all of the 10 children but this year, being what it is, I have decided, (an unwise choice because of time and life), to make each one a table runner. They could select everyday, christmas or another holiday. This is tablerunner number one. Now just nine more to go . . . I think I need to finish one every other day to be ready in time.
How am I doing so far? Next up is a Santa or Pointsetta table runner. Still mulling that one over. The tree was fun and easy in a new book. I want to make the whole quilt but maybe for next year.
I believe we can all have the home we dream of with a little work, searching and creativity. I am passionate about finding and redoing furniture and other great items I come across for my home and antique business. Treasures from the past give warmth and character to our lives and homes. I am the creater of Sweet Shabby Sale . . . come along and learn along with me, check out the things I have found that can make your house a home. I have a large booth, #104, in Merchant Square Antique Marketplace, in Chandler, Arizona.