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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thimbleberries Block of the Month

Even though I'm waaayyyyy behind on the 2009 Thimbleberries BOM, I'm still plugging along. I pulled it out a couple of days ago and finished up month 6 & 7. Each month is a 12" block and three 6" blocks. The colors are kind a washed out in this picture, the browns are much deeper and prettier in real life!

I really don't think I'll finish this up before 2009 is behind us, but one day, it will be finished! I really love Thimbleberries, but I didn't sign up for the 2010 club...since I have 2-3 years of club quilts unfinished, I figured it was time for a catch up year. :)

Happy Quilting!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Wish BOM

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families! We had a very nice, quiet day, just lounging around at home.


The day after Christmas, I pulled out my Christmas Wish BOM blocks. I kept up with the monthly blocks, but didn't get around to setting them in time for Christmas. I came up with this setting and I'm pretty happy with it. I haven't decided on final borders yet...or maybe I'll just stop here and let the binding fabric finish it off.



One of our favorite Christmas decorations is this pyramid from Germany. We bought it when we were stationed there almost 15 years ago! Wow, time flies. Anyway, Robin wanted to see a picture of it, so I finally took one and also a little video so you could see it in action.

We went a couple of years without being able to set it up because we didn't have candles for it. We bought boxes and boxes of candles before leaving Germany, but eventually ran out. This year, I found an online source for them. The heat draft from the candles make it spin. Isn't it pretty? Sorry about the wacky blue reflection lines....

video

I'm enjoying a day at home sewing today...hopefully I'll have lots of pictures to share by the end of the day! :)

Happy Quilting,
Michelle
Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Delivery

I received a wonderful Christmas package from one of my BFF's Peggy. She always puts together the bestest packages and this year was no exception. Just look at the wonderful goodies.

Do you see that cute prim dollie? It's part of my gift from Peggy, but our dear friend Angela made her. She is just so special...I'll love her always. I'm going to call her Holly. You know, like Christmas Holly. :) Okay, maybe that's kind of corny, but I like it.

Thanks for all the goodies Peggy! :)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Back to our regularly scheduled programming....

I've been working on so many secret projects lately that I haven't shared many pictures with you. But everything is finished and wrapped and winging it's way to the lucky recipients. So finally, I have a chance to work on something I can share with you!

I finished this table topper tonight. If you remember this post from LAST YEAR I made two of these, one for my sister and one for me. I finished my sister's for her birthday in October '08, but mine sat in my "to do" basket all year. I was determined to finish it by Christmas and I did!! :) I love this pattern...it's a freebie from Patchalot Patterns.

Check out those Christmas tree lights! Or wait, is that a kitty under that tree?
Whiskers is keeping my box of Thimbleberries fabrics warm for me. Isn't she a helpful kitty? Zach is home for winter break...he needed some snuggle time with his favorite kitty. I'm not sure how much Smokey appreciated it. :)

That's all for now! I hope to be back more often with lots of quilty news!

Merry Christmas!

Michelle

Thursday, December 17, 2009

crazy for yo-yo's!

Do you love yo-yo's? I love them and I'm always looking for new ideas to use them. So what's a girl to do with a gazillion green yo-yo's??



Make Christmas tree ornaments!



I found a similar idea online about 3-4 years ago, but I don't remember where it was so I can't give proper credit. But this is what I came up with...I think they are adorable! :)



I made 22 of these babies! That's 88 yo-yo's! I'm giving one to each of the volunteers at the thrift shop. I hope they like them!



Also, I went to a small cookie exchange this morning. These are a few of the cookies that I brought...simple santas made from nutter butter cookies. They were a big hit!



Off to accomplish more Christmas preparations...

Happy Quilting!
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Early Christmas Gift!

I've belonged to an online quilting group for 6+ years and I've become wonderful friends with a few of the ladies. We do swaps together, attend a yearly retreat, and basically just share our lives and love of quilting.

Recently, we signed up for a Quilting Sister Christmas exchange and these are the wonderful goodies that I received from Angela.


I absolutely love the mini patriotic quilt. She knows I love all things patriotic and it is perfect for me! Also in the package was a darling snowman ornament (snowmen are also my favorite!), a lavender pillow, and pink ribbon zipper pouch. Everything is just perfect Angela...I love it all!! Thanks so much!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Santa's helpers



I had two helpers tonight while working on "secret" projects. If you'll notice, they are in the same exact spot in each picture. As soon as Smokey jumped down, Whiskers jumped up and took his place. I think they were actually a little put out because I was using the table space...one of them usually sleeps on the table when I have the lamp on. It puts out a lot of heat!
Sorry I can't share more pictures of what I'm working on...but it's the season for surprises! :)
Happy Quilting!