Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Quilt Show

The Christmas Quilt Show at SewCalGal is just too fun, and of course I had to be a part of it.

The weather has been unseasonably warm this month and extremely dry.  We are waiting for some SNOW and lots of it!  Hopefully we will see some tonight!  In the meantime, this is my snowman quilt.

I had quite a time with the wind trying to get this photographed.  I stitched the blocks when I was on bed rest with my son.  I finally finished putting the quilt together a couple of years ago.  My son is 11 now, but you know how it goes when the baby arrives, there isn't always a lot of time to sew.  I have such happy memories when I get this quilt out.

And what would Christmas be without Benny?  He loves his Santa suit...I think because he knows if he sits nicely he gets a treat.

Make sure you visit the Christmas Quilt Show.  There are so many beautiful quilts to see!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I'm so excited!!

Christmas is coming!   Can you believe a week from today is Thanksgiving?  So much to do between sports, songs and recitations to be learned, and the regular homework for my son.  Then there are Christmas parties and special church services to attend, not to mention I need to get the Christmas trees up and decorated.

Last Saturday I took out this Christmas tree skirt kit I purchased a few years ago.  It is a Mary Engelbreit pattern, and after I purchased it I opened it up, started reading the instructions, and decided it was too complicated to even think about.  Sometimes I will think about things, ponder them, and then attempt them later.  Last Saturday I decided that I usually hate the instructions in these patterns so why not just do it the way I think would be best.  Guess what?  It is going together better than I thought it would.  I was hoping to have it almost finished by this weekend, and I do have all the trees and bushes done, but I haven't started the gingerbread houses yet.  I'm going to try to post progress often from now until Christmas and hopefully after 18 years, this year we will have a finished skirt under our tree.  Every year I decorate the tree and my husband smiles and says, "so, do we have a finished skirt this year?"  Every year I have to answer with a sheepish "no."  So think good thoughts, hopefully this year will be the year!

I did finish five more pockets this week too.  YEAH!  There aren't many to go, but there aren't many days until we start opening them up.  Hard to believe that soon it will be December.   Tomorrow night is the FNSI, don't forget to sign up, I almost did!!! :)

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching!!  -Kristen

Friday, November 11, 2011

A couple 11's on 11-11-11

Wow, its good to be back.  It's almost been 11 days since my last post.  I had been having a lot of trouble commenting on other blogs and suddenly nothing was working with my computer.  I soon realized I had a horrible virus and after hours and hours on the phone I finally gave up and called someone to come over to help.  That person spent hours on our computer and it seems to be upgraded, updated, and virus free.  I am also backed up which I quickly learned is a very important thing to be doing.

That being said, I LOVE dates to remember, and today is a special one.  Every year our house gets excited for the day that has the three same numbers.  I have a friend who had a baby on 9-9-9, and have very fond memories of 10-10-10.  Today was a fun day too!

I've finished 11 more hexie flowers for the Vignette hexagon quilt.  I'm getting so excited, I'm almost to 100 flowers so the end is in sight.  I still have plenty of hexies basted and the weather is cold so they should be finished soon.

This is a fun project I found at allsorts.  The pattern is free and it is an advent calendar.  I still have to embroider the dates and put buttons on them.  I have 11 finished and hopefully there will be 25 pockets.  If not, we will do the 12 days of Christmas.

I also found this free download at allsorts.  As you can see, I'm really enjoying this new blog I found.

During this unexpected "time away" I realized something...I really enjoy this blog.  It is so nice receiving comments and emails about the things we love doing, and I truly missed interacting with everyone.  I'm back, and hopefully this computer will give us a couple more years of uninterrupted service.  Enjoy the last little bit of 11-11-11...and happy Veteran's Day to all those who have fought for our freedoms wherever in this world that may have taken them.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching!  --Kristen

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October Finishes

I thought I had finished more than I had this month, after all, there were 31 days in the month.

                    First there was the Fat Quarter Shop Designer BOM block...

                        and the five Christmas Stitchalong embroidery blocks...

I spent one weekend basting 600+ hexies...

which did produce another 10 flowers.

And finally a finished This and That Mystery Monday quilt.

I am linking for the first time with...

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching!  --Kristen