Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Quilt . . . Almost Done

I've been working like crazy on this quilt trying to get it done on time.  I'm going to be late.  There is always something going on that seems to prevent me from getting to it and there are times I just need a break from it.

I've been machine quilting it and I'm about half-way done.  I need to finish 8 blocks and the outer poinsettia border.  It really is lovely.
Once I get the binding on, I'll post some pictures.  I know I'll be done next week, but the pictures may not get posted.  I still have Christmas cards to make.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Christmas Quilt

I'm working on a quilt for my mother for her birthday in December.  It is a special year because she will be turning 70. I wanted to give her something special and living far away, it is a hard to make it a special day in person.  She is down-sizing planning to sell her house and move to another state in the next few years.  I decided to make her a quilt.  My mother knows I'm making a lot of quilts for Christmas this year, perhaps she speculates that she will be receiving one.  What cracked me up in one conversation was she asked if I had started my Christmas cards yet.  Nope.  While I need to be sewing 40-60 hours a week to be done by Thanksgiving, I haven't figured in time for the stamping that needs to happen.  Somehow, I didn't budget in enough time for Scouting either.
The poinsettia and gold material is quite elegant in person.  There is a sheen to it with the gold thread that outlines the leaves/flowers and the print of the gold material.  It really is lovely.
My regular quilt shop had Christmas in June and a sale of 30% off Christmas fabric.  I took advantage of that sale.  I wasn't happy with one of the materials I had picked out but color-wise, it worked.  I had pieced any of these blocks together when I purchased the fabric, I just took a sample with me to make my purchase.
The fabric sat in the bag and after I pieced together half of the quilt (3 of these blocks are duplicated, I have 4 more to sew) and then I put them together to get a visual of what the top would look like.  It was not a pretty sight.
I looked for material at my quilt shop again and saw nothing that I thought would work.  I went to a shop closer to my home and found material for the backing that had the shine that would flatter the gold and poinsettia material.  I found material for my border and sashing and now I can't wait to finish this.  It will be beautiful!!  
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I count myself very fortunate that I have a high tolerance of pain. I have to admit, I have wondered if that is a bad thing.  I had surgery on Tuesday.  I was told that my pain would probably be around a 5 or 6, if it reached a 7 or higher, they would give me pain medicine.  I don't even think it was a 1.  I got home around 6:00, my aunt called within minutes.  We talked for a while and then my son drove me to a meeting.  The funny part is when I talked with my aunt she mentioned she was going to send flowers but I didn't sound bad at all.  I told her to hang up and call me back and I'd do better at not sounding so good.  She laughed, as did I when I came home from my son's doctor appointment and saw flowers by the door.

My biggest pain from the procedure was from the IV they put in.  It left a nasty bruise on my arm (2" x 1-7/8").  Ouch!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Block 9 - Pocahontas

I've been so busy on another quilt that I put off working on this block.  I think I may have procrastinated on it because I wasn't looking forward to the doubling the triangle to get the 4 diamonds.  I should have pressed my seams open for it to lay better.  I managed to get it done in time for the Saturday Sampler.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

OWH World Card Making Day Blog Hop

I just experienced one of those needed do-over moments.  I made the card below first, recalling measurements but not the direction the card was supposed to be going.  I had to adjust the Old Olive CS, because that measurement seemed small.  I went to link up to the sketch and discovered my error.  I was going to go with it because it is late, I'm tired and there are dishes to do.  I couldn't do it.  I tried but I couldn't post it today of all days.  The above card is my do-over.  I like it.  I'm going to do the dishes and go to bed.  We've got 4 girls sleeping over but I will sleep through their laughs and chatter.  Enjoy!
I used Sketch 175 to make this card. 

Stamps:  Gently Falling, Chalk Talk
CS:  Pear Pizzazz, VV, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cajun Craze
Misc.:  Brads, Woodgrain EF

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Christmas Card Swap

Every year I participate in the Christmas Card Swap on VC Rocks.  There weren't as many players this year, but I'm still glad I was able to be a part of it.
Anita Watson made the card above using Calm Christmas and Dictionary stamp sets.
Catie Palmer  used Naughty & Nice and That Rotary stamp sets
Elizabeth Kratzer used Ornament Keepsakes.  Nice to see the Holiday Framelits used.
Ellen Boyle used Lovely as a Tree and Greetings of the Season
Jane Hignite used the Four 4 You stamp set
Leanna Kerr use Joyful Christmas
Sherry Davis used Best of Brides and Babies and More Merry Messages
The above card is unknown.
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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Christmas Card

I need a do-over on this card.  I like it but I'm not too hot on my paper choice.  Perhaps if I switched the sides on the DP it would look better.  I like the fold and that the tag is secured behind the snowflake, which keeps is closed.   I like the Frosted Finishes embellishment.  I'm having trouble with thinking of it as a Christmas card because of the color and I'm not fond of the DP on the left.

Stamps:  Festive Flurry, Christmas Messages
Ink:  Island Indigo
CS:  Winter Frost DP, WW, Island Indigo
Misc.:  Deco Labels and Festive Furry Framelits, Frosted Finishes embellishments, dimensionals, glue dots.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Block 8 - Hampton Roads

This is not my favorite square.  It was easy to cut the pieces for the square, rather fast in fact.  The shop substituted one of the fabrics and it really would have looked better with the original fabric they had chosen.  The blue that is a shade darker on the "star" (upper right/lower left) is the same design as their original choice but it is a lighter shade of blue.  I think it needs to be darker because of the blue diagonal line going through and simply for contrast within the star. I'm going to ask when I go if I can buy a kit for this block and then I'll substitute it with my own fabric (if I have any of the original fabric they chose).  I need to check my stash before I go buying it.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

'Pudding' Your Shoulder to the Wheel

Today was one of those Sundays when the those that are somehow tied to Primary (i.e., teachers, nursery leaders, cub scouts, activity days, etc.) got a little something to thank them for all they do.  I try to do something every month.  Some months my "gift" is spendy and some months it isn't.  This is one of those months that ran pretty cheap for me.  I already had the cellophane bags, cardstock and ribbon so I only needed to buy the pudding and spoons.  The pudding was on sale = BONUS!!  I put together 36 bags for $8.

We have a song in our hymn book called Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel.  I found this to be a fun play on that.  The idea came from Pinterest with a tag ready made that you could print, which I didn't use.  I wanted it to look a little more snazzy.  I typed the quote and printed it on Crumb Cake cardstock and whisper white for the circle portion of the tag.  I used the Two Tags die, scallop punch, and 1-3/8 circle punch to make the tag.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Gift Cards Galore

I had the opportunity to host a swap for VC Rocks this summer.  My swap was gift card holders.  I was excited to get some ideas hosting this swap.  I'm known to buy a gift card and toss it inside the card, put it in the envelope, seal it and call it good.  This top holder is one of my favorites from the swap.  

Anita Watson started with a base of a full-sized card (4-1/4x5-1/2).  In the center upper half of the right side on top, she used a circle punch, cutting half of a circle.  She then folded the top part of the card in half.  You can see that there is a flap in the picture where the Calypso Coral CS is.  This is where the gift card is held.  The 1/2 circle punch makes for easy access to the gift card.

Beverly Williams made this gift card holder.  The Summer Sun CS slides out and holds the gift card.
Sue-Lynn Bock showed a creative way to use the petal punch!
Diane Villegas has a fun angle on gift card giving.  This is a 4 x 10-1/8" rectangle.  She scored diagonally from one corner to the other, folding it on that line and then folding it in half.  Pretty nifty.
Elizabeth Kratzer made this little paper purse with 6x6 DSP from France Martin on Youtube.  So cute!
Elsie Goosey  I have to tell you I got to peak at another one of Elsie's swaps by accident.  It looked to be a business card holder.  I wish I took a picture because I would have CASEd that for sure.  I tried to pass it off for this swap, but no go.  I had to send it on to the right hostess.
Jamie Adcock created this gift card holder.  It is one of my favorite paper collections - Bella Rose.  I was sad when that retired.  Another great thing about swaps is to see embellishments you may not have purchased yet.  
There is something about Leanna Kerr's holder that strikes me as vintage.  I love this ribbon.  I've held off on buying ribbon because I have so much.  I always wonder how I can have so much and yet it isn't right for the project I'm working on.
Loni Holt created this with a gift card box tutorial by Katie Adams, The Crafty Blog Stalker on YouTube.  I used an elastic to hold it closed so I could snap a picture.  Of the 3 I took, the one with the rubber band was the best.  
I LOVE this masculine gift card holder by Shannon Miramontes.  
This was the first swap I received in the mail.  I was explaining to one of my daughters why I was glad to be hosting this swap.  I opened the envelope to find a sparkly punched heart on a straw.  I'm not a coffee drinker, but I have been known to give a gift card to Starbucks.  How perfect is this?!
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