Archive | December 2012

Little Angels….

Little Angels make wonderful gifts.

Little Angels make wonderful gifts.

I am going to visit with some friends tomorrow for lunch and all of a sudden I realized that it is 11 days before Christmas and I needed to bring a little gift to the luncheon. So I dug through my sewing room for projects that were nearly complete and I found these little angels. I love these little gals. They are made with Fabric Yo-Yo’s. Fabric Yo-Yo’s are made from circles of fabric that are gathered to make a rippled circle. They are very fun and easy. So I finished these little gals and I will deliver them to my friends tomorrow.

Happy almost Friday.

Be Kind….

Faith

MORE CHRISTMAS JOYS….

MORE CHRISTMAS JOYS….

Christmas Joy

I have been flipping through the pages of my little book and thought I would share a few more ways to make your Christmas a joyous one.

I made this in 1989.

I made this in 1989.

1.     Be the first to wish everyone you meet a Merry Christmas.

4.    Don’t count calories from December 15th through January 2nd. (this one gets a gold star)

57.  Buy more tape, wrapping paper and enclosure cards than you think you’ll need.

69.  Before going to bed every night of the Christmas season, ask yourself, “whose life did I make brighter today?”

109. Remember that the more a toy costs, the more likely kids will want to play with the box it came in.

126. Put something Christmasy in every room of your home.

Gift from a dear friend

Gift from a dear friend

One of my own would be you can never have too many Santa Claus’s in your house!

Tigger from Granddaughter Sara

Tigger from Granddaughter Sara

Christmas does not need to be stressful. It also doesn’t have to be perfect! Everyone’s definition of perfect is different and whatever you do to make your family’s Christmas the best will be enough. The most necessary gift is just love and time spent together. Remember to have fun, be silly and don’t have any rules. Laugh!

Be Kind….

Faith

CHRISTMAS….

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Christmas…..

I love, love, love Christmas. From start to finish I love it all.

I love the smell of a real Christmas tree in the room.

I love the twinkle of the lights on the trees.

I love carefully unwrapping the ornaments and remembering who gave it to me or what vacation we brought it home from.

I love hanging Christmas quilts on the walls and thinking about the wonderful quilty friend who made it for me.

I love planning the menus for all of the Christmas related meals.

I love welcoming family and friends into my home when it is all decorated for the holiday.

I love it when my husband sets up the nativity scene that his father bought at Montgomery Wards when they were children.

I love the lack of sleep because I am trying to do just one thing to many to make it the Christmas vision in my head.

Remember why we celebrate – we are celebrating the birth of a man who preached love and forgiveness and peace. Beyond any religion we are celebrating the birth of a peacemaker. Let’s not lose sight of that. Celebrate peace and love and forgiveness this holiday season.

Be Kind….
Faith

EASY STREET PART 3….

Completed Units

Completed Units

EASY STREET PART 3

What a weekend!! 2 quilt cams that really helped keep me focused on the tasks at hand. I made several Christmas presents that must remain “under wraps” for a couple more weeks and my reward was to give myself time to complete Step 3 of Easy Street.

 

first part

first part

I must admit these blocks gave me a bit of trouble. Haha – I kept sewing the second triangle on the wrong side of the square. It must have been a mental block of some sort because in spite of having the correct placement laid out in front of me I kept messing up. I really became quite amusing. I probably “unsewed” (the term ripped out seems so harsh) more than I sewed correctly.

This part was easy. The next part gave me fits.

This part was easy. The next part gave me fits.

 

The use of the Easy Angle makes this whole process so much faster, I just love that I have finally learned how to use it. Thank you Bonnie for the video on the proper way to use it, the video cleared up all of the questions that I had prior to realizing that I even had them. Here is the link http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/videos.html.  Check it out!

In the end I figured it all out and they went together.

Proof that I can actually follow directions.

Proof that I can actually follow directions.

 

I have a lot of hand work to do over the next few days and of course I can’t share it because then people that I love will see what they are getting for Christmas.  I can’t wait to see waht Part 4 will bring us.  It is so much fun to try to guess, I love the colors that we are using but it is also interesting to see what colors everyone else is using.  Here is the link to Bonnie’s Easy Street Mystery – http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2012/12/mystery-monday-link-up-part-3.html.  Enjoy!

 

Be Kind…

Faith

WOO HOO it’s here!

Companion Ruler is here!  Time to start cutting geese.

Companion Ruler is here! Time to start cutting geese.

It is here…. Any question as to what I will be doing tonight? Getting step 2 completed so that bright and early tomorrow I can start on Step 3.

Happy sewing!!!

Be Kind…

Faith

Christmas Joys….

Christmas Joy

Christmas Joys….

 

Many years ago I purchased a little book…

 

There are 432 things to do for yourself and others that just might make this the best Christmas ever.

 

I haven’t read the book cover to cover in many years but every year I pull it out and just flip through it to get some ideas and have some laughs.

Here are a few that I enjoy:

 

  • #169 – Stock your freezer with meals for the holidays by doubling or tripling recipes for spaghetti sauce, casseroles, and other foods that freeze well.
  • #80 –  Remember that the best solution for holiday blues is to do something for someone else.
  • #36 – Try at least one new recipe and one new decorating idea.
  • #165 – Tie a red plaid bow on your pet’s collar.

Gracie as Rudolph

Antlers work too.

One of my all time favorites – because my father read it to us when we were young.

  • #248 – Read to your family “ The Gift of the Magi” by O’Henry.

Another favorite:

  • #278 – Read “The Littlest Angel” by Charles Tazwell to a child.

My grandmother gave this to me when I was 3 or 4.  I still have the book and it means so much to me.

 

I will continue to post some of these in the next few weeks.  They make you stop and think about why we do what we do at this time of year.  I think in many cases we need to step back and remember what we need from the Holidays and what is really important in our lives.

 

Be Kind….

 

Faith

 

EASY STREET PART 2

Flying Geese

 

Bonnie posted the the second step in the Easy Street Mystery Quilt last Friday. I pulled out my purples and black on white background fabrics. Dug out my rulers and was ready to start cutting. After careful inspection of my rulers I realized that I had one of the rulers (the Easy Angle Ruler) but I didn’t have the Companion Ruler. Major Frustration!!!!!  The flying geese shown above look good but just don’t measure up.  They need to be 1 1/2″ x 3″ to fit properly in the quilt.  Mine just aren’t right.  Always be sure to check and measure your completed units before you really get going.  If I had continued to work with these sections as they are I would have had a mess eventually.  Measuring as you move along is so very important.  Remember measure twice cut once.  In this case I needed to measure more than twice.

Ready to be cut into 2" strips.

Ready to be cut into 2″ strips.

 

This step requires 128 flying geese. To accomplish that you start out with alot of 2″ strips. I am cutting the 2″ strips at this point. Then I will cut the “wings” of the geese out of the black on white background fabric. I will use the Easy Angle Ruler to finish this.

My new Companion Ruler has been ordered from Keepsake Quilting and should arrive within the next few days. You know that as soon as that ruler is in my hot little hand I will be cutting geese so that I can get this step completed.

My fabrics are pulled and some of them are stripped.

 

Enjoy the process.

 

Be Kind….

Faith