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Friday, December 19, 2014

Feline Friday and Winner!

We have a winner for the number of yo-yo's in the jar!  In fact, the guess was almost exact!  The number of yo-yo's was 81 and Heather from Peachy Pages guessed 80 and also guessed that I made 20 trees...which was also right!  LOL  I have one yo-yo left over....guess I have a head start on next year.  :)

All the bunco girls seemed happy with their little trees.

I found it difficult to photograph these trees...

they aren't very photogenic.  :)


And for a little Feline Friday...here is Chloe in the window bed.  We've had this for a while now hanging in a living room window.  Megan's cats used to use it occasionally when they were staying here, but since they've left, it always sat empty.  Until I moved it here.  Chloe loves it now!  Maybe it's a better view of the outside?

I hate to keep jumping around subjects...but I've been noticing when I comment on blogs, I get quite a number of the comments returned with the error message "rejected by the server."  After some Google searching, I discovered it's because I use a common email server (Yahoo) and blogger/google/other email servers are cracking down on spam and rejecting emails that look like spam.  I guess it's a good thing (less spam)...but at the same time, I wonder if people ever realize I comment on their blog?  

I can tell it's happening to other people too...when I go to my blog to read the comments, there are comments there that I did not receive an email notification of.  Does that make sense?  So even if the email wasn't sent for the comment, the comment made it to the blog.  Anyway...a little frustrating because it seems fewer and fewer people take the time to comment anymore and when they do, I like to reply...or when I take the time to comment on someone's post, I want the blogger to know I commented.  LOL  Anyone found a solution to this?

Clue 4 was released today...so I'm off to finish up a little from Clue 2 (still!) and then I'll get started on 4!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Thursday, December 18, 2014

O Christmas Tree

I am hosting our monthly Bunco group tonight and I decided I wanted to give each person one the ornaments I really enjoy making.

These little yo-yo Christmas trees!  I've been making these for years and they are pretty quick and easy...I'm always picking up a few cards of red buttons when they are on sale throughout the year. 

We had quite a few car trips the last few weeks, so this was the perfect take along project.  Can you guess how many Yo-Yo's are in the jar?  Remember, there are three sizes of yo-yo's....

 Let's have a little fun....whoever guesses closest to the correct number of yo-yo's will win these little 2.5" squares of "Winter Wonderland" fabric.  This is what's left of a charm pack after I made the mini quilt "Whit."
The Whit pattern called for two "mini" Charm packs, so I cut a regular charm pack into four mini charm packs.  I have these two mini stacks of 2.5" charms left over and I'd like to pass them on to someone that would like to make something fun out of them!  :)

I'll pick a winner tomorrow morning!  Ready, set, guess!!

p.s.  I'll share a picture of all the trees tomorrow too...all you math wiz's will figure it out otherwise.  LOL

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle
Monday, December 15, 2014

Grand Illusion Clue Three!

I'm still pluggin' along with the mystery quilt.  I'm not completely caught up, but I'm getting there!  Like everyone else I'm sure...I've been working like crazy to finish up Christmas gifts and other tasks that seem to be endless in the month of December!

I have clue one completely done, clue two needs the second triangle sewn, clue three are in pairs of strips sets and they still need one more long seam before I can cut them apart.  Easy peasy...right?!!  Just need a few hours of uninterrupted sewing time and I'll be good to go!

Of course I turn my back and see this!  She's so helpful....


One thing that really slowed me down on clue 2 was this....the bonus triangles.  Half way through the red, I was having internal mental battles with myself.  Why are you doing this?  It's twice as much sewing and ironing!  ugh....

 It'll be worth it in the end though!  I've decided what I'm going to make with my bonus triangles...
Split Nine Patches!!

 I'm not sure what the setting will be just yet....

 But it's going to be fun to play!

Be sure to head over to Bonnie's blog and check out everyone else's progress on the Mystery Quilt!

Happy Quilting!
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Decking the Halls

I finally set aside a day to decorate...I wasn't really feeling it the first week of December, even though I was seeing pictures all over everywhere of people and their beautiful trees and decorations...I was feeling way behind!  I know I'm really not...I was just putting pressure on myself!  But it's all done now and I can move on to other Christmas preparations.

I almost forgot to hang my Warm Winter Blessings!  As I went to bed after decorating, I was wondering what Christmas quilt I could hang on this rack/shelf.  Then I remembered...I bought this rack for this quilt when I finished it back in January!!  LOL  I've had other things on it all year.  The next morning I pulled it out, only to find no hanging sleeve.  Oops...  That was quickly remedied and ta-da!!  I just love it!!


Just wanted to show you this pic, because I love that Smokey is in it.  :)

Our tree is also decorated!  Yes, it's in the dining room.  As huge as this house is, the living room is small and there is just no way to fit a big tree in there without losing a chair or something.  It's not the ideal location, but we're only here for two Christmases and I can live with it.  :)  I made that tree topper about 20 years ago.  Every year I say I'm going to get something new and both the kids squawk and say NOOO!!  I think it's one of the few things that stayed the same no matter where we lived and what house we lived in!  We went with the multi-color lights this year...I think I might go back to the white lights next year.  LOL  I made that tree skirt about 20 years ago too...I definitely think it's time for a new one.  I'll have to work on that in 2015.  (it's a little scrunched up in the pic...the kitty was rolling around in it)

This is one of my favorite ornaments from my childhood...they just don't make 'em like that anymore!

I may have shown these last year....we have multiple fireplaces in the house, but I only decorated two...this one in the dining room...

....and this one in the living room...

Just one more picture of the entry way because I just love it!  I wish I could spend more time here...

Back to working on secret Christmas projects and completing Step 2 of the mystery!!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle


Monday, December 08, 2014

Link Up! Grand Illusion - Step 2

Here we are already with clue two!  I'm *this* close to finishing clue one and I have all the fabrics cut and ready to go for clue two.  Is it just me...or does it seem like a lot of parts to both of these first two clues?  I don't know why am I even surprised...most of Bonnie's quilts have about this many pieces.  I always love them in the end...just right now, I feel like I'm buried under 2.5" squares!

Here are all my squares with sewing lines drawn...two lines per square for the bonus triangles!

I sewed just a few to make sure my cutting and seam allowances were on point.  They went together easy peasy! 

This would be a fun block...

And of course the bonus half square triangles are as cute as can be!  

Be sure to check out Bonnie's blog link up to see how everyone else is doing.  

That's about all the sewing I accomplished this week.  I did work a bit on a Christmas gift and I'll show that after it's been gifted!  I'm desperately behind schedule with decorating, shopping, wrapping and all the hubbub that happens in the month of December.  I'm hoping this week will be the miracle week where it all gets done!  :)

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle
Monday, December 01, 2014

Grand Illusion Monday Link Up and Schnibbles too!

The time is finally here!  The first clue of Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery quilt was released the day after Thanksgiving.  There was never any doubt I would participate...but it did seem like I was stuck in second gear and just couldn't get up and running.  

I did finally get my fabrics chosen...it'll be no surprise to most of you that I switched up the colors once again this year.  This time I'm going with Civil War-ish fabrics/colors.  I say "-ish," because I can't guarantee everything is truly a CW reproduction, but came from my stash and looked close enough to me!  I still need a trip to the LQS for a few more reds.  Cheddar will be my constant.  Of course, there will also be neutrals, which somehow escaped this picture!

Our son came for the Thanksgiving weekend...which he has done for the last few years...so I knew I was not going be able to jump up Friday morning when the clue was released and start cutting or sewing.  But I'm fine with that...if I had the choice of family being here or sewing, I'd choose family every time!  We had a great visit...skiing, sight-seeing, playing board games...and of course, eating!!  

Sunday afternoon after we dropped him at the airport, I did finally cut a few strips and get a little sewing accomplished.  Like most everyone else, I had to assemble a couple units from the first clue!

If you're following along at all through blogs and/or Facebook, you'll see a few guesses at what the units might possible turn in to....I love this star option.

After 6-7 mysteries with Bonnie...I've learned it's hard to predict what she's come up with.  She's good at holding us in suspense and keeping it a secret...and I for one am always amazed at how all the parts and units come together in the end!

There is sure to be many linking up on the Quiltville Blog today, so be sure to head over to check out everyone's progress!


 I also finished up this little gem this weekend.  This is part of the "Another Year of Schnibbles" sew along...but it's not a Schnibbles pattern!  The girls are branching out a little and trying something different...this pattern is Mini-Stems by Fig Tree.  I'll admit, after the crazy month I had and being away from home for over half of November, I really didn't think I'd be able to pull this one together.

I found myself with a free afternoon last week, though, and decided to see what I could do.  I looked in my pre-cut 1.5" bin and found enough strips to make it work.  The pattern shows it more scrappy, which is more my style too...but at that point, I just needed to get 'er done!  :)

It turns out, it's a perfect fit for a topper for my treadle machine...it is made with Christmas fabrics, but it just might need to stay there all year long!  This spot has become fun for Christmas decorations, so this will be a nice addition!

Sherri and Sinta will be posting the Schnibbles parade in the next day or two, so be sure to check out all the other "Stems" quilts!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


I have so much to be thankful for...it's almost hard to put it in words.  I know I am truly blessed especially with family and friends in my life.  I'm so grateful for all of you that have become friends over the years through quilting and this blog.  Wishing you all God's blessings as you celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and family!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

p.s....and don't forget the Quiltville Mystery starts Friday!!