Thursday, December 30, 2010


Another year comes to a close. Bye Bye 2010.....hello 2011.

The year in Quilty Review:
Quilts of 2010

10! I made ten quilts this year. Hey, that's not too shabby!! I'm pretty proud of myself. Who knew this quilting thing was going to stick around that long? I guess I can't count myself as a newbie quilter anymore?

2010 was also productive in other ways ~ there was plenty of swap sewing, and gift sewing, some new home decor things and other fun stuff I sewed just because ...

2010 some sewing highlights

And a few much needed clothing items...
Apparel 2010

All in all, 2010 was a great year for our family!! Thanks to all my blog readers for providing feedback and well wishes and for just being there! Without you there would be no point to this blog!

Here's to a fruitful and fun 2011. Happy New Year everyone! Hope all your fiber dreams come true.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmassy blogging ~ part deux!


It's Christmas! Happy Holidays to all my friends in blogland!
Pig pen

A little holiday cheer from our household. This is what happens when you leave Dad in charge of the gingerbread house making ~ You get some serious construction and I wouldn't be surprised if power tools were involved somehow! The kids had fun designing and building their Christmas farmland!


Meanwhile, now that Christmas is here, I can write about my other Christmas gift sewing adventures. Here's a little homemade goodness for my mom who is also a knitter....

This bag follows the same design I used for the Holly’s bag for the Urban Home goods Swap. I added in a notions case and a needle roll for straights and double-pointed needles. Fabrics are some Amy Butler Nigella from my stash paired with some lovely Italian Linen (also from the stash). Linings are Bijoux from Heather Bailey and ta dots from Michael Miller.

Then a case just for circular needles.

Circular needle case

This one is mostly made of Echino fabric which I have been dying to use.

Echino circular needle case based on a tutorial over at Wonderland and the Bone Rome

Happy Holidays and Happy Sewing!

A-frame farmhouse

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmassy blogging

It is so difficult to blog about what you are sewing, when they are Christmas gifts! Especially when the recipients read my blog! I think I need to institute a blog ban for them and hope they don't peek!! Some people are sneaky about their Christmas gifts, you know? he he

Well, here is the first set of gifties. Little mug rugs for my lovely work-mates.
I had fun making these because I got to try all sorts of blocks without the commitment of having to turn them into a full-fledged quilt!

I really enjoyed paper-piecing the geese in a half circle ~ and I learned a valuable lesson ~ I will never make an entire paper pieced quilt! Waaaaay too much work and not enough instant gratification for moi! S'ok, sometimes it's good to know your limitations.

Hope your holiday season is going smoothly. Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

PTS4 Received!

Happy Winter Solstice!

Yes I know I have been absent in Dec - and I had such grand plans for you as well! Ah well sometimes things just get away from you. Just wrapping up a few last minute christmas ends around here and then I'll be ready to par-tay.

Meanwhile, check out these babies!
My fabulous swap partner from the Pillow Talk Swap round 4 was my homeboy John of QuiltDad fame his'self. How lucky am I? I had suggested some pillows for our newly renovated den might be nice and John delivered!

Are they not fabulous!! And 2, count'em TWO pillows!
John definitely went above and beyond. Don't they look lovely on the sofa? Now I really need to get my skiing posters framed and on the walls.

In their new home

And he also sent some other goodies, not all of which are captured here because my children had already absconded with them. Thank-you John!! Everything is fabulous!

Happy Sewing!