Merry Christmas, Y’all!

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Christmas Quilts from long ago and very recent.  Each quilt is full of wonderful Christmas memories

My very first quilt ever was a Christmas quilt:

My-First-QuiltThis fun quilt has all kinds of scrap fabrics, including some from my first quilt and even some bluebonnet fabric.  It sits on my dining room table at Christmas!

Dining-Table-TopperI have these fun reindeer in my kitchen.  As my grandson Mikey ate breakfast this morning, he had fun pointing out all the different accessories on each reindeer.

Reindeer-in-the-KitchenWe made Christmas cookies with all the grandchildren yesterday.  Here Mikey and I (covered in flour) are making wonderful memories and tasty cookies:

Christmas-Cookies-with-MikeThis was one of my first hand applique projects.  I had just taken a hand applique class with my step-daughter Joy and I found this pattern at the Houston quilt show.  This was probably 5 or 6 years ago…

Hand-Applique-Tree-Wall-HanI loved doing these snowmen a couple of years ago.  Lots of hand applique, embroidery and button embellishments!

Postcard-Cuties-CompleteMy most recent Christmas quilt – Mad About Plaid Christmas.  I have two very good friends who also made quilts this fall using this pattern.  Each quilt came out very different.  Goes to show, it’s all about fabric selection!

Mad-About-Plaid-Christmas-QIf you’d like to see a bunch more Christmas quilts – Bonnie Hunter is having a Happy Holiday Linky Party – check it out!

Wishing you a happy, memorable, wonderful Christmas!

Post Vacation Catching Up

Last week we rented a beach house in Galveston with our kids, grandkids and dogs. We enjoyed sand, surf, grilling, kite flying, sand castle building, seashell hunting and each other!   A wonderful time was had by all!

This week I’ve been recuperating 🙂 and catching up on all the blocks of the week, blocks of the month, etc. that I’ve fallen behind on.  So… on with the show!

First up, Barbara Brackmans Threads of Memory Block of the Month.  The pattern can be found on Barbara’s Civil War Quilts Blog.  This is the 5th month and the block is called Madison Star commemorating Delia Webster who was active in the underground railroad.  Here is my Madison Star.

Threads-of-Memory-5---MadisI have four weeks of Austen Family Album blocks to share.  This is another Barbara Brackman BOW and the patterns can be found on her Austen Family Album blog.  Each week information about Jane Austen, her family and England during her era are presented.  This is block 6 in the series and is called Empire Star:

Block-6---Empire-StarWeek 7  is called Philadelphia Block:

Block-7---Philadelphia-BlocHere is week 8 – Eliza’s Star.

Block-8---Eliza's-StarAnd the most recent, block 9, is London Roads:

Block-9---London-RoadsAll month, before, during and after our beachy vacation I’ve been working on the Le Jardin hand applique block.  These are NOT quickies!

Block-2And, finally, last but not least, the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble Block of the month (or actually Blocks of the month – as there is almost always more than one block).  I did not realize until I took the photo that these are sailboats!  I probably would have made the light blue less flowery, but I like them anyway!  Crazy flowery sailboats with a flowery sea and sky with puppy dog masts :-).

JuneHopefully I will get back to you with more blogs this month – last month was crazy so you only got one update all month.  Stay tuned and have a great summer!

“Paper” Dolls for Maggie

My sweet granddaughter Maggie just had her 4th birthday!  What a fun age – for her and for her MeMa!  She had an early morning party with donuts and pj’s:

Maggie-blows-out-her-candleWhen I was four I loved paper dolls so when I saw Today’s Paper Dolls fabric at the Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop, I had to get them to make for Maggie’s 4th birthday!

They were very easy to make.  You fuse the dolls and a gingham backing to Double Sided Peltex.  The clothes are fused to felt using Steam A Seam 2.  That way the clothes will stick to the doll and you don’t need tabs.

Here are the dolls in the skivvies:

paper-dolls-1The dark haired doll looks just like Maggie and the little boy looks just like my grandson Mikey!  There are lots of clothes and accessories like hats, shoes and backpacks.  Here they are just some of their outfits:


paper-dolls-3paper-dolls-4Maggie (and her momma) liked them a lot when they were opened at the party!

Maggie-opening-paper-dollsI haven’t had this much fun with paper dolls in a long time!

Thankful For…

I hope y’all are having a great Thanksgiving.  I have so much to be thankful for – family, friends and faith.  I’m thankful that yesterday we had a beautiful day at the zoo with the grandkids!  Mikey, Maggie and Oscar enjoyed playing in a stagecoach:





I’m thankful for them and for tiny Olivia too!

I’m thankful the animals were beautiful and active.  I think the hippo was stretching out his jaws getting ready for the traditional Thanksgiving feeding frenzy:









I’m thankful that I finished block 3 of the Christmas Postcard Cuties For Winter:

Now, to give you an idea of the teeny tiny size of those Snowman ornament heads:

Each is smaller than a dime!  Here are the first three blocks together:

I think I may need to outline each of the white snowmen on the cream background with a thin black stem stitch… what do you think?

I’m thankful my dear sister-in-law is cooking today and I’m thankful for Football!  I’m hoping I’ll be thankful tomorrow for a TCU win over the dreaded Texas Longhorns!  Go Frogs!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

It Was a Grandmother’s Weekend

My two grandsons had birthdays this weekend!  Oscar turned 2 and Mikey turned 4.  So Birthday Parties were on the agenda.

Oscar’s party was early Saturday morning and it was a pirate pajama party. Isn’t he cute?

I think Oscar likes his birthday donuts!

Mikey’s 4th birthday party was Sunday.  Thanks to the Moms for coordinating so we could attend both parties!  Mikey’s mom made the most amazing Scooby Doo Haunted Halloween Birthday Cake:

It was a big hit as you can see by the aftermath.  Those boys look like they are about to pop!

Even with all the parties, the Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week was easy to fit in.  No applique and no hand piecing this week.  The block is called Brick Pavement: March on Washington.

The fabric I am using is Good Fortune by Kate Spain, Moda.  Such bright fun fabric!  Be sure to check out the Grandmother’s Choice Flikr web site – many different and gorgeous interpretations of the same block!

Our thoughts and prayers are with those on the East Coast right now dealing with Hurricane Sandy.  Stay safe, y’all!

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