Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 Baby ~ OMG New Year's Finish

Ringing in the New Year with a spectacular finish for the up-coming New Baby!

Baby on the way shortly, all in her own time ~

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for One MonthlyGoal and a Great 12th Finish for the Year.

Looking forward to another year of challenges.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Memories by Cranston Print Works

The Christmas Memories Panel was designed to be a fabric book of mini poems celebrating Christmas.

The poems really speak for themselves. I need not add words. Although, I do want to add fabrics to create a loving Christmas Treasure Quilt to read each year with my wee-ones. 

I've trimmed all of the books panels at 9 1/2" x 13" rectangles and gathering ides how to piece them together. Possibly 2 1/2" scrappy red and white squares? What are your ideas?

In the meantime, enjoy the memories! 

And be sure to visit Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter and Link up your progress and finishing at her Wednesday Wait Loss.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Last Supper by Cranton Print Works Co.

I found this 36" x  44" inch panel by Cranton Print Works Company in one of my "Juntiquing" adventures and knew I just had to own it.  . . . Well, actually..... I found three and purchased them all for $2.95 for one with some mix-match remnants and  2.95 for both of the other two. Great score!

The first one I am quilting just as the panel itself for a prayer blanket/ snuggle blanket for my sweet mother-in-law. She was the very reason I Had to have these!

It will be quilted with straight lined quilting and I am using a soft polka-dot snuggle flannel for the backing and a lovely blue polka dot binding from QuiltBlocks of Fabric Editions, Inc.

You can find many more panels Cranton's Choice Fabrics and learn more about the employee owned company here.

Linking up with Midweek Makers and The Inquiring Quilt's Wednesday Wait Loss

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop 2017

I want to thank Carol S. at Just Let Me Quilt for hosting a Wonderful Virtual  Cookie Exchange again this year! As a collective, we will all be sharing cookie and candy recipes, Christmas traditions and Christmas Quilts. There are even several chances to win a great prize in give-aways! Be sure to follow along in the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog hopping Fun! 

One of my all-time ever favorite cookies are so simple. Only a couple of ingredients! And they taste like pure divinity to me! Some call them Pecan Balls, Italian Wedding Cookies, Snowball Cookies (cover in confectioner's sugar) or Danish Wedding Cookies (add cinnamon). 

I call them Wedding Cookies.

1/2 cup (1 stick) softened unsalted butter
2 tblspn granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/4 tspn. salt
Confectioner's sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 275⁰ F
Cream together butter, sugar and flour with mixer.
Fold in pecans and salt. Stir until combined. 
Mixture will be crumbly but stick when pressed into a ball.
Roll dough into balls and place on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 275⁰ F for around 45 minutes.
Let cool completely on baking sheet prior to lifting to airtight container. 
Dust with confectioner's sugar.
May be kept up to one week in container.

                      You can find the original recipe and variations here: Wedding Cookies

My family is a mix-mash of his and hers children and we have no formal family traditions together. Our children were quite grown when I met my husband, so he and I collect an ornament for every Christmas we've shared together. We are on the great search for 2017! When our family comes together we celebrate Joy and Time Shared. What a blessing!

A lot of time is spent traveling back and forth across the country to see family and to where our work leads us, so we enjoy the opportunities to see New to Us "Junktique" (that's my word for those catch-all shops) and Antique shops. I have many vintage quilt sightings and lots of other eye pleasing sights.

One Quilt in particular I found at the Antique Market is this Adorable Cookie Cutter Gingerbread Quilt! I love it so much! This is definitely on my To Make And Do List! 

Currently one of My Favorite Sewing Notions in my sewing corner are these very useful Bobbinis - used to keep your loaded bobbin with the thread spool.

You can order them at Amazon Or Follow my blog and leave me a comment on how you follow to have a chance at winning some! Winner will be chosen after the Blog Hop! Good Luck!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Make Way for Baby! One Monthly Goal!

If I haven't mentioned publicly Yet, I must get some baby quilts made. Grand baby is coming any day! I've had several stacks of fabrics just waiting for me so I've started cutting!

                                   My first is this adorable Woodland Creatures print.

I made a mistake sewing in sashing last night but decided NOT to rip it back and out and go with it. I like what is happening, so is it really a mistake? There are a couple of places to fill in then I will sew these all up with a border. I am still deciding on that border, but this one I want done!

The second quilt I've started slicing up has adorable baby foxes. So snuggly flannel!

I am pretty sure I will be going with this layout and stacking more HST. The contrast between colors do not seem strong enough but I think it will be a great snuggle quilt for Mom-to-be.

I'm linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts and One Monthly Goal to get the Woodland Creature totally complete with binding and label by the end of December and to have a lovely Pink/Yellow/White top stitched together by the end of December. 

Wish me much sewing happiness and success!

Linking up with The Inquiring Quilter's Wednesday Wait Loss