Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year........

Stolen from Peg's blog:

A year to be glad in.
And not to be sad in.
To gain in, to give in.
A happy new year.
A new year for trying.
And never for sighing.
A new year to live in.
Oh, hold it most dear.

Happy Quilting in the New Year,
from Sharon, Katie, and Patsy Cline

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Some new BOMS for 2011...

Stop in at Little Miss Shabby's blog and get started on collecting the supplies for her new stitchery BOM called Birdie Stitches. Supply list and layout are posted now.

Over at The Pickel Dish, Vicki and Dawn Hay (As Sweet as Cinnamon) are offering a new BOM called Out of the Box starting on January 5th, 2011. It's sure to be a good one as they are both very talented ladies. (If you remember, Dawn was my swap-to partner in Chookyblue's SSCS 2010.)

The Raspberry Rabbits free BOM for 2010 "A Sentimental Journey Through the Months" is now completed and finishing instructions and all blocks are still on the site. These patterns will be available through January 11th. But their new BOM "12 of Hearts" will begin on January 12th, so make sure you've saved the 2010 blocks before they're gone. A picture of the completed 2010 project is on there, too.

If you like applique-Denise Russert is starting a new applique quilt called Granny's Hankie. This is a big quilt – 102″ square. The appliqued blocks are also large – 16″ square finished – so most of the applique pieces are fairly large. The second Saturday of each month, a new block will be posted. When a new block is posted, the subsequent month will no longer be available. This BOM will start in January and end December. And take time to go thru her blog and look at all the fantastic projects she has done. WOW!!

Sulky is also starting a new Redwork BOM in January called Redwork Kitchen. Info is up on their website now.

So go and grab a cup of tea (or hot chocolate), sit back, and just enjoy checking out these blogs and their new offerings.

Until next time...
Happy quilting from Sharon, Katie, and Patsy

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chookyblue's SSCS 2010...

was a huge success as far as I'm concerned. Dale had my name and made me the most gorgeous needlework case! She did the front in a beautiful wool applique stitchery. Someday I hope to be able to do work as nice as hers. Such neat, tiny, little stitches. WOW!! And inside on each side are a clear zippered pocket and a larger, clear open pocket, separated in the middle by a pincushion roll. It's just perfect to take my stitchery with me when I have to go to an appointment or am traveling. My DD has already tried to steal it from me for her cross-stitch, lol. Fat chance!! Maybe if she's lucky, I'll try to find a pattern and make her one for next year. But her's won't be as nice as the one Dale made for me, as I don't do wool applique yet. I've been going to make myself one of these needlework cases forever, but never seem to get to it. Now I have a beautiful gift to treasure for years to come. Thank you so much, Dale. You do beautiful work, and I'll be so proud to show this off to all my quilting and stitching friends. The little Santa ornie is just adorable also, and the bag of Cadbury Santas!! How can you go wrong with them?? I can't thank you enough for such lovely gifts--you've made my Christmas very special.

From members of my little "Stitch 'n Bitch" group and Craft Club, I received some really nice goodies. Carol L made me this gorgeous, plaid, fleece shawl to wear when I get chilly. I've worn it every day/night since I opened the package--I just love it! In fact, I think next year I'll be gifting this myself--it's perfect for our cold weather here in Upstate NY.

My card-stitching friend, Lynne, cross-stitched us these cool, colorful, ornaments for our trees. Isn't it pretty? I wish I could still cross-stitch, but my eyes just can't take it any more. Aren't I lucky to have a friend who will do it for me?

Mary--who sometimes finishes my sentences for me and thinks so much like me that it's frightening, found me the perfect gift! This little lacy wallhanging--that she hopes will keep me on track in 2011. And keep my main goal for next year in plain sight... Isn't this a riot?? And it's so true, it's scary. It's the perfect gift for me.

I can't show you the yummy cookies and candy made by Carol M because they didn't last long enough to take a picture of, lol. They came in a darling tin, but unfortunately they were scarfed down within 48 hours.YUM! YUM!

And Linda made us the cutest little wool bags with a snowman appliqued on it and envelopes of hot chocolate in it. Can't show you a picture because I think we're going to make them as a gift project this year, so I don't want to give away the surprise.

I got an email from Dawn Hay of the Gum Tree Designers fame. She is one of those talented Aussie gals that have changed how I view crafts over the last couple of years. I had Dawn's name in Chookyblue's SSCS this year. Scared me half to death when I got the email with her name. She's a pro--does beautiful work I envy, and I have to make her a nice pressie for Christmas? I had palpatations for a week after I got the email. lol. But she says she liked my gifties and put a really nice post with pictures on her blog about them. So stop over there and check out all the delightful posts and tutorials she puts up.

Tomorrow is Quilt Club, so I should have some more pictures to show you from the girls. I have to take dessert, so I have to go get it out of the freezer to thaw.

So until next time,
Happy quilting from Sharon, Katie, and Patsy

Monday, December 27, 2010

I hope your Christmas

I hope your Christmas or other holiday was as happy as mine. We were lucky that all the kids and grandkids were here for Christmas Day and most for Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve is usually all finger/snacky foods-shrimp, 3 kinds of meatballs, cheese and crackers, chips and dips, mozzerella sticks, fudge, ham and cheese sandwiches, and anything else the kids find in the fridge not scheduled to be part of Christmas Day's dinner. Then Christmas Day we have Thanksgiving all over again. Turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, several veggies, and a number of different sweet breads and rolls. The only difference in menu is on Christmas we usually have cheesecake or a fancy chocolate mousse cake--no pumpkin pie. We all eat til we're stuffed and then the men do the dishes. I love that part of it.

This year I tried to make all my gifts and was fairly successful. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures as I finished, so unless DD remembers to take them later, I'm out of luck.

For DGD, I made a jumbo tote in blues and greens for her to carry her soccer gear in or to use as a weekender bag. Regretably, the only pics I have are of Patsy playing in it. Good thing she's so cute, or I wouldn't even have them, lol.

For some of my quilty friends I made paper-pieced mug mats to go along with new hot chocolate mugs. I love paper-piecing, now that I know how to do it. It seems like it takes me forever to get a piece done, but it's so much fun! I made this Christmas tree for Mary, and a Gingerbread boy for Carol M, a Diamond Pane for Lynne, and a snowman for my Secret Pal, Ann.

I made up this little bag for a young friend who wanted a purse for Christmas, and added a built-in pen holder. She was so happy with it, I was glad I took the time to make it for her.

Since I did get some gifts made this year, my goal for next year is to finish up as many of my UFO's as possible, so I can give them as gifts in 2011. I've corrected my UFO list to reflect some of the older things I've found hidden away in boxes and bags in my sewing room. Now I just have to get to work on them and try NOT to get involved in too many new things this year. Yeah, sure!! (Well, there's always hope, ya' know, lol!)

Until next time...
Happy Quilting from Sharon and Katie and Patsy Cline (otherwise known as the Devil kitty!)

Friday, December 3, 2010

New holiday projects from the

designers at Henry Glass.
This event will run from Dec. 1-7, 2010. Each day, there will be several designers posting her holiday stories and her free project, plus some great giveaways. The logo can be printed out as a cover to make the projects into a booklet you can keep forever. Today is Day 3, but you can still get the previous days' projects. Just what we need--more new projects to get done before Christmas, lol!

This year I tried to limit my swaps, but Aunt Pitty Pat had several I just couldn't pass up! The first was a Halloween Tote swap, with a hand-made Halloween tote bag filled with lots of little Halloween notions and fabric bits. Here is the neat bag I received from BettyAnn. I love that little pincushion she made me--I've started collecting them lately.

I made my tote from the pattern we learned at our QB2 Retreat in Ohio in July. I changed the size of the charms from 5 inches to 3 1/2 inches and added the same size top border, the way my quilting buddy, Diane S, did. By copying how she made hers, mine came out really cute and a great size for every day use. Here are my step-by-steps. This is the outer bag. These are the pockets I added. The pattern didn't have pockets, but you can't have a bag without pockets!! So I put 2 pockets on each side. This is the lining-inside out-ready for the bag to go into it. Now the handles are added, the magnetic clasps I used on the sides and front are inserted, the lining is attached, everything is stitched around and then turned right side out thru the opening in the bottom of the lining. Then a piece of heavy cardboard is cut to fit the bottom of the bag, sewn into a pocket cut to fit of lining fabric, and pushed down into the inside base of the bag. VOILA!!! All done and ready to fill with goodies. I love making these totes with charm squares. You can make them any size by changing the size of the charms and by adding a top border.
The pattern is called "The Big Bag Theory" and was designed by Penny Sturges. The original pattern made a huge bag that would hold a rolled up quilt to take to Show-And-Tell or could hold a change of clothes for your carry-on bag on a plane. My DD wants one for a weekender--whether she gets one for Christmas remains to be seen, lol. Maybe if she's extra good, Santa might bring her one.

The other Halloween swap was for 12 inch blocks done any way we wanted. We signed up for specific blocks--mine were witchey hats with a dangling spider. Some of the blocks were simply fabulous--but I can't show you 'cause I forgot to take pics of them. So you'll have to wait to see them when I get the top all together. Sorry!

Until next time...
Happy Quilting from Sharon, Katie, and Patsy Cline