Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Winter Parade … pt. 2

Here’s some more treats to enjoy!


I have completed my "flimsy" of the Christmas Cactus Quilt that Sandi at PieceMealQuilts did this year.    I love it and it was so much fun to do.  It will be a fun addition to our Christmas decorating each year.


Thanks for all the bingo fun!
I haven't had a lot of time to sew since we moved, but I did manage to get a few holiday
items finished~
. The Merry Christmas banners are from Nancy Halvorsen's books.
And the quilt was a BOM I made this year, most of the blocks came from QuiltersCache.


I'm really excited to show these zipper bags that I've been making for xmas gifts this year. The fabric I used for the patchwork was from the Moda Bakeshop Sampler that I won as a daily giveaway in last year's holiday bingo!! Thank you again so much - I really loved using those pretty little squares to make these bags!

I used the tutorial here:


Hi This is the front of a wall hanging, being donated to the cancer clinic in Kelowna, BC. The finished great Grand daughters quilt for Christmas .

Melissa C., South Bend, IN

I tried to keep this year pretty low key for Christmas quilting.  I had three projects that I wanted to do and managed to get them all done with little stress.  Isn't it nice when that happens and you can still enjoy making your projects.  I quilted an adorable Nancy Halverson wall hanging for my Sister-In-Law.  I made a super cute advent calendar for my sister.  And lastly, I jumped on the Mug Rug bandwagon and made up 3 for friends.   You can read about these projects and more at my blog.


This is an ornament made from a tattered old quilt, reinforced with tulle and now ready to enjoy for years to come.  It would make a great sachet as well!

There is a tutorial for making this at:


Lucille, East Haddam, CT

Here are my two recent holiday projects. The wall hanging looks like a poinsettia, and was created from red and light green fabrics. The three little star pillows came from a kit. If I make another snowman pillow, I will make a more pleasant face. This one could scare small children. The sound of the star points' jingle bells made my dog curious, so I tucked the stars high in the tree near the trunk. She's already licked or eaten the stained glass cookies from the tree!


This project has a story behind it. My granddaughter is crazy about the Twilight/Eclipse series.  For one of her gifts, we got her a really huge Eclipse poster-very showy and a great gift for her.   Enter our 2 young cats (did you know that a 7 month old cat is equal to a 13 year old human--so basically, I have two 13 year old boys running around here-which explains so much about this project!)  Anyway, they got into the room and shredded the plastic covering the poster, scratching the poster a bit too.  I found this Thursday morning and rushed to the Waco Target (35 miles away) to get another one.  Which they didn't have, of course.
So, I found a dinky little one at Walmart and grabbed it, but it wasn't much of a gift.  I had this tote bag in my stash, hit a couple of embroidery websites and found the designs I needed.  I think she will be very happy with it.

Susan in Tennessee

My craft for this year was making napkins for our Christmas dinner. They turned out so cute and were so easy. It’s a 17 inch half circle in a red and green OR like my hubby said green and white would look good too. Sew the two together like a pillow, turn, press open and then topstitch around the edge. Steam press in this tree pattern. Easy Peasy…

Kim, Southern CA

This tabletopper is really simple to make.  This small tabletopper uses strips of fabrics I had on hand. Finishes about 19" square.

Various 3" strip fabrics

5/8 yd. backing fabric

4-2 1/2" strips for binding



Cut 41-3" squares light fabric

     41 -3" squares dark fabric

Cut each square once on the diagonal. I like to stack a few at a time when cutting on the diagonal so it will go faster. Take one light and one dark triangle, right sides together and sew using 1/4" seam allowance. Do this for all the light and dark triangle pieces. You will have 82 half square triangles. You only need 81.

Sew 9 half square triangles for row one, and each row thereafter for a total of 9 rows. Sew the rows together.

Layer quilt top, batting and backing. Quilt as desired.

Binding: Cut 4 - 2 1/2" strips. Sew the strips together to create one long strip. Press in half wrong sides together. Sew onto quilt edges using your favorite binding method. Hand sew the back of the binding in place or machine stitch, whichever method you prefer.


We’ll be back with more next week!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Winter Parade … pt. 1

I haven’t forgotten all of you! 

So sorry … I’ve had a couple of other huge projects I’ve been working on that have taken an overwhelming amount of time. 

Without further ado, here is the first post showing off your amazing projects!  I always love seeing what others are working on, and hope you do to.


Sarah C., Nashville, TN

This quilt was the one really Christmas-y thing I made this year - it's called "In Winter Snows" and it was made for my husband's administrative assistant (and right arm!) Fortunately, when I got ready to take the pictures, we had a beautiful snow on the ground (an unusual occurrence here in Nashville) and it really made these pictures special! Enjoy!!


Linda D., Montana

Linda made this adorable little wall hanging called "Christmas Basket.”

Cindy Dailey



Brita, Cumberland Plateau,TN 

After working on my Christmas projects, the Crazy Curves quilt on the wall is something I'm working on just to have something fun to do.  I ponder it awhile, get up and move blocks around, then leave it to stew awhile.  I have no deadlines on this one!

Thearica B., Henderson, NC

The quilt was made for a friend of mine during a Secret Santa Stocking Swap. I had made the quilt top last winter but did not get around to quilting it.  When I drew my friends name for the swap this year I knew I would finish it and give it to her as a surprise.  I mailed it off to her yesterday so she will open it on Saturday!

I also made the stocking for her.  It was the only requirement for the swap.  I filled it full of surprise goodies just for her!


Carrie P., North Carolina

I thought I would share this little Santa I made from felt. It was a gift for a blogger friend. It is a pattern in this issue Australian Homespun magazine.


Sandy N., Sydney, Australia

Table runner is a present for a girlfriend for Christmas. (Anni Downs - Hatched and Patched pattern).  Quilt I made for my son's teacher using fabric range from Lily and Will by Bunny Hills designs. Quilt as you go - designer "Bloom".



Hi!  I have just finished a gift for my mother-in-law for Christmas.  It is a cushion as seen in the picture attached.  I printed out their wedding photo from 60 years ago on fabric and stitched it onto the cushion.  Then I used lots of lace and trim and beads and sequins and a few heart charms to embellish it.  It turned out pretty well but this is the re-do.  The first time I did it, I noticed it had gotten dusty from me working on it so I carefully handwashed it only to have the picture disappear!  Egad!  So, I used a newer sheet of printer fabric and printed it out again.  This time I washed it before I sewed it in place and stitched down all the lace!  lol

We’ll be back tomorrow with more goodies!