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Monday, December 15, 2014

I'm Like A Little Kid At Christmas Time!

Christmas puts me in such a happy mood.  At church yesterday, the sweet little preschool children acted out the Christmas story, and as one little angel skipped back to her parents after they were through, her little tinsel halo fell off and stayed behind.   Ah yes, we can all be angels for a little while, but sometimes the halos fall off.

Yesterday we decorated the tree, and the ornaments here at the cabin are all of the old ones that we had when the children were little - all unbreakable ones.  It was such fun to pull them out and put them on the tree.  The old twinkle lights in all their color too!



I'm working on Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illumination mystery quilt this week.  I'm almost caught up and am half-way through Clue 3.  I will have the rest of the "2 by 4's" finished when the next clue comes out on Friday.

Here is my progress so far:   Clue #1, Broken Dishes



Clue #2, Glad they are finished:


Clue #3, 2 by 4's:




I have been blessed this Christmas with lots of peace and quiet here at the cabin, and am keeping up with the mystery so far.  This next week will be Christmas, and apart from a little more shopping, I am ready for it.

How about you?  Are you ready for this jolly old fellow?


Merry Christmas!!  Monday's are link-up days, so I'm linking with Judy Laquidara's blog for Design Wall Mondays (Here) and also Bonnie Hunter's blog for mystery quilt progress (Here).

Monday, December 8, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

This week, I completed the quilt top for Lori's little quilt-a-long, called "Cascadia".  Here's my little doll quilt top before basting and quilting:











It's made up of 1" squares, and they were so much fun to work with. The quilt top measures about 17" square.   I have lots of thirties squares left over from this quilt, and will have enough to make another one with 1" squares, as I like the cheerful look of the old fabrics.  I think I will bind this one with red cherries fabric:



Binding will be from Moda, "30's Playtime by Chloe' Closet.  I love cherries, and it goes with the 30's fabrics in the little quilt.  I hope to have it quilted and bound before Lori (Humble Quilts) does her little quilt link-up soon.  If you'd like to make the quilt, her instructions are on her blog  (Here) (search the blog for the quilt name, Cascadia).

My last post was about little doll quilts with the letters "H" and "O" on them, spelling out HO, HO, HO (Here) .....and I haven't found where the idea for this quilt originated.  I like to give credit where credit is due....I saw the idea on Kathie's blog, and she said she got it from Barb....I saw this picture and words on Barb's blog:

"I received the top and backing for this fun little quilt from my friend, Diane, of Persnickety, a couple of years ago. I know she had some help from mutual friends, thanks friends! I decided this was the year to quilt it up. Isn't it a great graphic little quilt?"

Well, I then searched Diane's blog (Persnickety) (Here) but didn't find any mention of it.  So I am giving up on trying to find the source of this pattern.  I hope whoever made it up won't mind other people copying the design.  I like my two little doll HO HO HO quilts. 

I had a talk with Santa a week ago and told him how good I've been this year.  


I hope he visits our house!  He's already given us one early Christmas present.  Our favorite college football team, Michigan State, is going to play in the Cotton Bowl on New Year' Day, and since we will be in Texas in early January to see our daughter and her family, we will be going to the game.  Baylor fans will probably be in abundance, because they are from Texas, but we will be at the game, cheering for our Spartans.

Design Wall Mondays linkup at Judy Laquidara's blog (Here)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Merry Christmas to the little girls!

December is here, and Sophia Grace and Rosie are happy with two little doll quilts to help them celebrate.

Both quilts are made of candy cane striped fabric, and are "H" and "O" alternate blocks, spelling out HO....HO....HO.  Here is the larger one with Sophia Grace and Rosie, who like it very much.  It's 21" square and the letter blocks are 3" square.



































  After making this quilt, I made a smaller version.  Here it is, on the kitchen table, ready for the little girls to have tea:


































I put a ruler next to it, so you can see the scale.  It measures 11" square.   My daughter gave me the cute little tea set this summer, and this is the first time Sophia Grace and Rosie have used it for tea.  It is so tiny and I love it. 

Also, I"m making progress on this little quilt "Cascadia" from internet instructions and have some parts finished.  The squares finish at 1".  Here is the quilt in progress:



Sorry for the bad lighting; I took this picture last night.  Hopefully the next picture will be better.   It's made from old fabrics of my Mom's and some of my thirty's fabrics.  If you want to make the quilt, Lori (Humble Quilts) has instructions on her blog.  Just search for "Cascadia" at her blog search box.   Humblequilts.blogspot.com

Sophia Grace and Rosie hope you will take time out of your busy schedule this Christmas season to have a cup of tea.