Friday, December 31, 2010

Well, I finally sat down and put the first quilting stitches in "Snowbound" last night. I'm still not sure what I am going to do. Hopefully something will come to mind after I have "stitched in the ditch" around all of the blocks.

What a mess and company is coming!!!!!

My family has been coming to my house on New Year's Eve for the last 5 or 6 years. We usually eat soups and finger foods. Then we sit around and play Mexican Train Dominoes and/or just gab. Sometimes we also take turns playing video games. It is usually a house full of between 25 to 30 people.

So I spent part of the day yesterday picking up, etc. getting ready for company. If you do not have one of the new Shark Floor Steamers, I highly recommend it for tile or linoleum.

It is also safe to use on hardwood floors. I tried it on a small part of my wood laminate floors (about a 5 ft. by 3 ft. section) but the pad wasn't even dirty so I didn't use it on the rest.

The wood laminate we put down was from Sam's Club. We put it in last December. In all of that time, I have only used a dust mop from Walmart on it. Every once in a while I'll spray some pledge or something on the bottom of it to hold the dust instead of spreading it around. I've had a couple of spots (food spills) that I had to use a damp cloth, but other than that, I've not done anything to the floor. It is great.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I could get used to this . . .

Staying at home and doing whatever I please.

But, I still haven't sat down long enough to start quilting "Snowbound".  I think I am avoiding it because I can't decide how I want to quilt it.

I had a busy but relaxing day. After I complained about not being able to sleep on my last post, I actually stayed in bed until 8 o'clock yesterday morning. Of course, I didn't go to bed until after midnight.

So I had a slow or should I say late start in the morning. But, I got some laundry finished, I made a loaf of bread, a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and enjoyed two ball games. We had turkey and rice soup and fresh from the oven rolls for supper.

I sat down at about 8:30 to watch TV and sewed all of the embellishments (buttons) on my Tree Time Quilt blocks.

The movie I watched today was Lady Jane.

It was a pretty good movie. I am trying out netflix and checking out old movies.

I need to applique the last two blocks of "Tree Time" and add a few more buttons here and there and I'll be ready to decide how to put it together. I am thinking about a 1 inch sashing and then some borders. Maybe a flying geese or some type of pieced tree blocks.

Another thought would be to add pieces to the edges of the blocks to make attic windows. But I'm not sure I want to do that. It might make it too busy looking.

Well, I also have to take in account how big I want the quilt to be--which depends on what I want to use it for.  So I guess after I make the final two blocks, I'll need to decide - wall hanging or bed quilt.

Decisions, decisions. . . The life of a quilter. Any suggestions from my friends?

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Is Sleep Over-rated?

Are you one of those people who don't sleep well no matter how tired you are? I feel like I hardly ever get a good night's rest. If I go 2 or 3 nights in a row where I feel like I lay awake most of the night, I'll take a Tylenol pm the next night and will sleep pretty well. Maybe that's why I think sleeping is such a waste of time. Heaven forbid I should take a nap. If I do, believe me I will not sleep a wink all night.

I have decided that Larry and I just enjoy sitting around in hospitals.  His procedure yesterday was supposed to start at 10 a.m. They put an emergency surgery in front of him so his didn't start until almost 12:30. But everything looked good. I had my kindle so it wasn't too awful bad. I did keep thinking about what I could be doing at home.

Then, when we came home I was going to sit down and quilt but just decided that I didn't feel like it.  I sat down and watched the movie "A Star is Born" with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

I used to listen to that soundtrack because my sisters played all of the time.  Remember the old 8-track tapes. Scary, huh.  I really should watch the original version but I haven't seen it yet. I'm kind of curious as to what music is in it. Maybe I'll watch it today.

We went to the ball games last night. Both local teams lost. So they play today at 3 and 4:30.

Until later . . .

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Lucky Larry

Tomorrow he is scheduled for a colonoscopy--so boy is he having fun today. A liquid diet and then drinking that nasty stuff. So tomorrow as he is having his procedure I will be waiting for him in the waiting room. Thankfully he is having it done at the local hospital so it is only 5 minutes from home. I have a good book downloaded on my Kindle so I am all set. I'll just have to remember to dress in layers so I am not freezing. You know how cold hospitals usually are.

I got the 2 borders sewn on the"Snowbound" quilt. The backing is chosen and pieced. All I need to do is sandwich it and I'll be ready to go tomorrow. If I'm not too tired after the ball game, I may do that tonight while I watch a movie.

Our High School is hosting a Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament beginning today. The girl's  played at 7 p.m. They won.  The boy's played at 8:30. They also won--by a land slide.  The last time they played this team, Ismael scored 24 points and had I don't know how many assists. So this time they guarded him so well he couldn't do much. By the end of the 1st quarter the B team was in and by the end of the game the C team was in. So I left at the beginning of the 4th quarter.

They play again tomorrow night at 8:30. I hope Larry will feel well enough to go with me. So until next time . . .

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Some Things Are Just Hilarious

I started off my day cleaning the sewing room. Larry got me a new work bench tool box from Sam's Club for Christmas. So I began putting things in drawers, etc. I went through my meager stash and folded it neatly. And straightened shelves. I didn't get finished but I did make progress. Craig came in this morning and said, "You mean you already have the top covered with stuff."

As I was cleaning the room, I had the embroidery machine going stitching out a pattern for a scarf like I made my sisters for Christmas. I'm glad I got that cream colored fleece because it matches the coat Kelsey got me for Christmas. I sure wish I could get some gloves to match. Well, I guess I could, but we all know how long they would stay that color. Not very. lol

This was another $1 pattern from Embroidery Library. It had about 30 thread changes and took over two hours to stitch out.

Larry was working so the kids and I had leftovers for dinner. I think we were all happy we didn't have to cook. The only problem was that I had planned to make fresh rolls today and forgot all about it until time to eat. So I was disappointed--no rolls.

After we ate, Craig and I played WII for hours. We played basketball, golf, table tennis, wave boarding, sword fighting, and I don't know what all else. We laughed until we cried and then laughed some more. Hence, the title of this blog post.

So I didn't get my "Snowbound" Quilt top finished but I had a blast. I did get the first border strips cut out. They are waiting patiently in a pile for me to sew on.

Hopefully tomorrow I'll get back on track. But it's Christmas break and this time is so much more fun and relaxing when I just go with the flow and do whatever catches my fancy. Chiropractor first thing in the morning, then sewing, a good salad for lunch (to counteract all I've eaten the past two days), more sewing and straightening the house, and then ball games in the evening. What a life!

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

A Quiet Christmas Day

We had a great Christmas Day. We started off by all of us having breakfast together.

Larry cooked breakfast for us. I must have been half asleep because he sure looks fuzzy. Well, as I look at the photos, all of us are fuzzy. (I think it must have been not enough sleep. We all went to midnight Mass.)

Then we opened gifts.

One of Craig's gifts was in a box that cooking utensils came in. He told me he was going to wait until he got married to open and use the utensils. I laughed and told him that the box did not have utensils in it. I actually gave him grooming supplies--shampoo, deodorant, razor blades, etc.--just reused a box that was on hand. All of that stuff that he decided was really expensive since he has to buy them.

Kelsey cooks at a fast food restaurant in town and gets filthy. She doesn't wear aprons at work because they are all too large for her. So Wal-mart had these cute little aprons and I embroidered her name on it so the other workers will leave it alone. I told her I would get a couple of more blue ones so the dirt and grease wouldn't show up so much.
Kelsey gave me one of those cute form fitting jackets that are all the rage. I think I'll wear it to church in the morning to see how I like it. 

After a bit Craig and Becca went to her grandma's house. Kelsey and Ismael hung around playing games for awhile. Then they left to go to his house.

About that time, Larry went to take a nap and I watched part of Eat, Pray, Love. Silly me. I was trying to read blogs and watch TV at the same time--you all know how that goes--so I had to start it over because I realized I wasn't sure what was going on. Then I got tired of sitting still before it was over so I got up to start cooking supper. I never did finish the movie. I'll probably get back to it tomorrow. When that movie first came out, I wanted to see it but never did. I've heard mixed reviews about it. I guess before I can really judge the movie, I need to watch it paying close attention and actually finish the movie. lol

I have such a large family (4 brothers & 3 sisters) that we do not get each other Christmas gifts. We used to draw names but don't do that any longer. But being the crafty family we are, a few of us generally make things for each other.

This year, I received a large beaded Rosary, some wooden ornaments, and a wooden candle holder. One of my brothers has a wood turning lathe and does beautiful work.

This is the candlestick he made all of us this year. It is black with lime green in the middle.

These are the ones he has given me in previous years. They were different colors--one antique white, one mauve and one light green--but I wanted to use them all together in a grouping with the red and white candles shown above, so I painted them white.

A few days ago, I saw an advertisement for hooded scarves.  I purchased a knitted one years ago and use it every winter when I have recess duty at school. So I decided to make one for my mom and sisters.

One of my sisters loves penguin so this one will go to her.
Here are all of them.

Now, I need to sit down today and make me one. This fleece matches the new coat Kelsey gave me. I have a great snowman embroidery pattern from Embroidery Library. CJ from Created by CJ suggested this site for embroidery patterns. It is great. Who can beat $1 designs?

Larry is working today.  Kelsey is working half the day. Craig and Becca will be in an out. I think the kids and I are getting together to eat left-overs tonight. But, other than warming supper, it's going to be a day of napping, sewing, and doing whatever.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

I wish you all a Merry Christmas.  
I hope you are spending time 
with your loved ones.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Crazy Change in Plans

Thank you for all of the well wishes on the fun day I had planned, but it didn't happen. 

My son walked out of the house to go to work. He really has a great job. He doesn't have to go in until 9:30. So with the hour drive, he does not have to get up early and he misses all of the 8 o'clock morning traffic.

Well, as I was saying, he walked out of the house this morning only to come back in in a few minutes. I asked him why he came back in and he said he had a flat tire. Totally flat. So out of the kindness of my heart (really necessity) I let him take my vehicle. Which stranded me until Larry got home at 9:30.

The sad thing is Craig has a truck he could drive but his dad had been driving it and he had called from work the other day and said it wouldn't start. Him and some of the guys push started it and he came home. The mechanic at his work thinks it is probably the starter. But because of doctor visits and work, we haven't ordered a new part. Now I know why I am so glad we usually have an extra vehicle around the house. I guess when Craig moves out, Larry and I will need to purchase a stand by vehicle to use in emergencies. It's nice just to jump in a different vehicle and deal with it when you do not have to be somewhere.

Where is all of this going? Well, my well laid out plans were totally blown. Which is actually probably good because I figure I saved a lot of money by not going to the quilt shops.

But the plans now are for Larry and I to go to Cracker Barrel to eat this evening and then to Cloth World and hopefully I will find some good quality red fabric. At this store, I always go by feel of the fabric. I found some I really liked there last Saturday and it felt very thin--so it stayed there.

But I had a good day. Here are the results . . .

The chocolate ones are off of the Toll House White Chips package and the others are Toll House chocolate chip cookies from the semi sweet chocolate chip package. I know the chocolate chip cookies are delicious because they always are. I've learned how to use a scant tsp. of soda and  1/4 cup less of flour to give me the gooey chewy cookies I like. Kelsey on the other hand likes them light and fluffy.

The cookie canisters are filled, kiddos. Hmm . . . Kelsey and Ismael that means you'll have to come see me. I have orange juice.

I tasted one of the chocolate cookies and they were very good but not quite the texture I like. I will definitely make them again with a few minor changes.

Well, I'm off to put binding on the two doll quilts I made for my great niece and then a nice leisurely evening out with Larry.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!.

Driving in a Triangle -- What?

My family is so large (I have 8 brother and sisters) that we do not buy Christmas gifts for each other. We used to draw names and purchase gifts for our names but as nieces and nephews were getting married and having children, it wasn't always easy for these young families with 2 or 3 children to even buy gifts for the names they drew.

But, I do buy something for my Godchild, Brooklyn. Last year I made her a quilt which she uses all of the time. She came to stay with us this summer and brought it with her to sleep with. This year she requested doll blankets. Now, she is in 3rd grade so I wasn't sure if 3rd graders play with doll. (Yes, I should know that since I teach 3rd grade). So I text my niece and asked her what kind of dolls Brooklyn plays with.

Well, she doesn't really play with dolls. She plays with her build-a-bear and a rabbit she carries everywhere named AnnJane. So I got busy yesterday and came up with two mini quilts for her.

This one was made with scraps of Christmas fabric.

 This one was made from leftovers from the pink and brown baby quilt I made a couple of weeks ago.

Today I am off to the Chiropractor (I go monthly for maintenance and that usually keeps me pain free.) I have finally figured out that the tugging and pulling I do on large quilts as I quilt them is what pulls my shoulders out of whack.

I still haven't found the shade of red fabric I need for my "Snowbound" quilt. So after I finish at the Chiropractor, I'm driving another 20 minutes to Mama's Log House Quilt Shop. It is the closest good quilting shop to me. After I leave that shop I'm going to drive another 15 minutes to be at another quilt shop in Greenwood. I haven't ever been to this one, but since I am close, I am going to give it a try. They have occasional classes, etc. that I may check into. I think it will depend on the atmosphere when I get there.

Then I am going to Alma probably another 30 minutes away from Greenwood and hope the acrylic deer I saw last Saturday are still there. Being so close to Christmas, I assume they are still 40% off. I really want a set for myself and am willing to wait until after Christmas sales and hope I get one. But I decided that would be a great Christmas gift for my mother-in-law and want to get her a pair.

So, I have a full day planned. Larry is off but he usually spends most of his day off after working his 24 hours shifts sleeping. (Usually everyone gets sick at night and they do not get much sleep.)

Believe it or not after all of this driving, I will still only be about an hour from home. I'll be making a triangle as I drive. So that is pretty cool.

What are you doing today?

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Snowbound -- Stalled

Snowbound update!!!  Sorry for the poor photo but it is after 11 and I don't want to move lights around so I have good lighting.
Well, I'm stalled on Snowbound because I don't have enough red for the inner border. So, I'll stop by Hobby Lobby tomorrow on my way to Little Rock to see if I can find some in the right shade. I have some red with tiny white polka dots but has way too much orange in it. It clashes with the other reds in the top. Not sure if you can tell by the photo.

Head over to Patchwork Times to catch up on what others have up on their design wall this lovely Monday.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Lazy Week

This week flew by. I don't think I made it to sew even once. I went to ball games three nights and basically just sat and read blogs and watched TV the other nights. What a life!

I spent most of the day today in Fort Smith finishing my shopping. The kids are older now so they basically know what they are getting this year. I was planning one gift to surprise Craig and who do you think I ran into when I had the gift in my cart. Yep, you bet. It was Craig. He said he heard me cough. I really need to get that fixed, don't I. So now, he'll just have to act surprised.

I really enjoyed shopping today. I just took my time and only went to a few stores that I really wanted to. I dropped by "Crackle Barrel" first thing to use the bathroom and look around. They had all of their Christmas 40% off. I don't think I've ever been there before at Christmas and didn't realize they had so many beautiful things. They had two sizes of acrylic deer that I really liked and each would be under $10. I planned to stop back by and get them after I checked another store and forgot. I have to go back to the doctor in Little Rock on Monday so maybe I'll remember to stop by the one in Russellville.

So no sewing this week, but it does look like Santa will be coming.

Plans are to sew tomorrow all day.  Larry just remembered this morning that he is working an extra shift tomorrow.  So it will be a slow Sunday with the kids popping in and out. And no work for two weeks. What a life!!!!

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

No Sewing Yesterday

Well, I forgot I had volunteered to wrap presents after school yesterday for the annual "Help our Kids" Christmas wrap. I teach in a small town of about 300 (give or take a few). We have a group that collects money and gifts to provide a Christmas for those students in our school whose parents need help during the holidays. There was a good crowd and it didn't take very long.

But then I went straight home, changed clothes, and Larry and I met Craig and Becca to eat. Then we headed out to the ballgame. And boy, was it a ball game.

The home team came out slow and cold missing a lot of their shots. But they came back after half time to tie at the end of the ballgame. They ended up winning in overtime. Congratulations to Ismael, Kelsey's boyfriend, high scorer of the game with 19 points.

The snowbound blocks are calling. Maybe I'll get to them tonight, if I don't go to another ball game. But that's okay--no deadlines--remember? lol

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Design Wall Monday

Right now on my design wall, I have blocks 1-10 for the Bunny Hill "Snowbound" BOM. I have blocks 11 and 12 laid out to applique tomorrow evening.

Isn't it funny how pictures can change when just a few feet apart in the same room. The top photo is more true to the actual color of the fabrics.

It will be nice to come home tomorrow evening and go straight to sewing.  Oops, I have a basketball game to go to tomorrow. Maybe I can get one completed before I go. Then I can do the other one on Wednesday.

After I applique these two blocks, I'll only have to sew the blocks together and decide on the border(s) and then I can sandwich it and quilt. My goal is to begin quilting the quilt by this weekend.

Remember to drop by "Patchwork Times" for Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Good Friends and Food

I hosted the monthly teacher dinner at my house last night. We usually meet at a restaurant but Larry and I like to host at least one party each Christmas season.

There were a few good friends that did not make it, but those of us that were here had such a good time. We snacked on all kinds of food and then exchanged Christmas Ornaments playing "Dirty Santa". Larry and one of the other males that was here probably had the best time.

I was really aggravated because my pictures all turned out blurry. But, I am going to add one just because I don't like to have a post with no pictures.
Hmm. Maybe we were just a wild and crazy group.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In

I actually forgot that it was Friday Night Sew-In this week. But, like most Friday nights, I was sewing anyway. My goal for last night was to finish the adorable baby quilt I was working on. I needed to finish completing the quilting on the borders. I also cut out the binding and added it but did not complete it until this morning.
I think the quilt turned out so cute. I smiled the whole time I was making it. I think it was the fun polka dots and plaids.
I kept the quilting very simple.
A lot of straight lines using the walking foot. I added gently flowing squiggly lines to the corner blocks.
Cross-hatching in the large center block.
 Wavy lines in the narrow inside borders and straight stitch in the three inch outer border.
Simple arches in the plaid.

Many times I struggle with how I want to quilt but this one just came to me. I wish they were all that simple.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Another Long Day!

I spent the day at the hospital in Little Rock again. I had a CT scan of my neck and throat at 12:30. Then I had a breathing test at 2:30 and met with my doctor at 3:00. The CT scan showed inflammation of the throat area right around the vocal chords. The doctors are baffled and cannot figure out what is causing the swelling. The breathing test showed that my breathing is a little better and I can tell. So the surgery to snip the tissue growth was successful.

But, not a clue why the spot in my throat is inflamed. So he is going to send my records (and me) to an ear, nose, and throat specialist and hope he has some answers.  I really hope I can get in while I am off for Christmas break. It is really strange that my throat is inflamed and it does not hurt.

Meanwhile . . .

After I stitched in the ditch around the blocks of Baby Giuliana's quilt, I decided to cross hatch in the large center block. So I looked around the room for something to use to help me keep a pretty even (around a one inch) space between quilting rows. And this is what I found . . .

What is the strangest most unique thing you used as a quilting tool?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

FNSI and BOM quilts

There will be 2 Friday Night Sew In's this month. One of them is this Friday, Dec. 10 and the other will be next Friday, Dec. 17.
The final blocks for the Bunny Hill Snowbound and Tree Time with Molly BOM's that I have been following along with have been posted.

So I have 2 quilts waiting to be finished. Originally I had planned to finish them before Christmas, but I have decided if that doesn't happen it is okay. No deadlines for December--only a good time sewing and quilting with a beautiful, clean house.

If you are able, don't forget to sign up for the FNSI on Heide's blog.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Advice on Baby Quilt Needed

I am making this baby quilt and really love the fabrics I am using. Now I am trying to decide on borders for the quilt. I am just planning to add two or three strip borders. But, I'm not sure what fabrics to use. I don't have many fabrics to choose from. I have the pink and white plaid and the pink with large brown polka dots.

Now Craig says I should use simple borders and I think I agree. So I laid out the fabric with a solid pink for the first border to break up the plaids and polka dots.

I do hope I have enough of the brown with white polka dot for the binding.

Here's the top before it has been sewn together.

So what do you think I should do for borders. A solid, then the plaid, then the polka dot. Or the solid pink and then one of the other fabrics but not both?

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Design Wall Monday

Finally, I don't have total chaos and have something to show for Design Wall Monday. Be sure to drop by Patchwork Times to see lots of great projects.

I love all of the polka dot fabrics. I used a fat quarter bundle from Cranston Village so I don't have an abundance of any of the fabrics. I have a couple of borders to add and hope I have enough of the small brown polka dot fabric that I used for the inner border to use for the binding.

It's back to work today.  But . . . two more weeks and then Christmas break. Yippee!!!!

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Where Did Saturday Go?

I never made it to the sewing room yesterday. And . . . I have no idea where the day went.

I decided my hair was looking pretty shabby. Even Larry commented that it was time for a haircut. For the past year, I have been just going to the Walmart supercenter and walking in and it has been okay. But I haven't gotten that great haircut that I can always count on. So I chose a shop in town that has late hours and takes walk-ins. I know the owner and she has had the shop for a long time.

The girl doing my hair did a good job but she was new and to get a trim and waxing done, it took well over an hour. When I got back home, I realized that the group of teachers that meet once a month for dinner was meeting at my home on Saturday for a Christmas party. It's my fault -- I volunteered.

So I spent some time cleaning (it was more like piddling around) but did not accomplish very much. I need to spend some time today adding some decorations to my downstairs area and then maybe I'll get to the sewing room.

Since I don't like a post without pictures, I'll show you the Christmas wall hangings in my kitchen. The kitchen has high ceilings. So when people come they have to look up over the doorways to see the wall hangings.  I took the pics from the floor so the colors are a little off because of the reflection from the red wall.

I used the top quilt as a tablecloth in the kitchen last year and I used the bottom quilt over a chair last year. The middle quilt was designed in EQ6 and finished this year.

Hope all of you spend this day in the way you want instead of doing things you have to do.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

How Funny!

I kind of forgot I put my November and December goals on my side bar. I put them there to encourage me to work on those items. I finished four of the November goals and deleted them off. But you can see that I still have items on the list.

Hmmm! What to do? Why did I not finish these items. It could be because I worked on stockings for my children. Or I  started on this table runner for my daughter.

Or because it took me a week to decorate the house for Christmas. But, my husband and I love the lights and how clean the house looks at this time of year. All of the decorations seem new each year because we only see them for a month or so.

So I took a look at what was still on the look to prioritize the list. Becca's quilt is not going anywhere. I can finish it at any time. So it will probably be put on hold until January. The Poinsettia Quilt will be a wall hanging. I really would have liked to have it completed to hang on the wall with my Christmas decor so I will work on it a few blocks at a time and maybe it will be completed by Christmas. If not that is okay. A whole, whole, lot of applique.

The snowflake quilt also has some applique. It is also for me so there is no deadline. Which leaves the Baby Girl quilt. I really should have completed it by now so that is what I really, really need to work on this week. Starting today. (I am telling myself that for a reason.) lol  The baby quilt is for a teacher friend of mine and I will be seeing her next Saturday and really need to give it to her then.

So, I am off to clean the downstairs area and then get busy sewing.

Happy snipping, stitching and quilting.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Secret Santa Swap Arrived

The mailman came to our door on Saturday -- that is very unusual. So I yelled downstairs to my son and asked him to answer the door. He came upstairs with a package and said, "I don't know why I have to answer the door when the package is for you." Joking, of course, right Craig?

WhooHoo! My secret santa swap package had arrived. I opened the box to find a pretty gift wrapped box with a note that told me to wait until December 1st to open. So I put it under my tree. My husband looked at me and said, "Are you really going to wait to open that?" I told him that I sure was because I was told to. He just shook his head.

So, guess what I did the first thing when I got up on December 1st. I opened the package, of course. My swap partner was Judy @ Sewing Seeds of Friendship.

Isn't this wall hanging great.  I was so excited to get it that I haven't taken time to press it a little bit. And I'm still deciding where to hang it.

And a close up. . .
She also enclosed a reindeer pattern, some blades (I'm a tightwad and use mine forever so these were more appreciated.) and a fat quarter of Christmas fabric.
Even the card was beautiful.
So I send out my thanks and gratitude to Judy for making me such a great and appropriate swap gift. She's been lurking around my blog to get a feel for who I am. I think she nailed it. Happy Holidays to you, Judy.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.


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