This and That

What do you title a blog post about two grandmother blocks, a cup of snow heads and a tree-climbing dog?  “This and That” seems to work!

I have two blocks from Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week Blog to share.  The block from last week is called Jack’s Delight.

22-Jacks-DelightI’m not really delighted with it – I think I chose fabrics that are way too busy – but I shared it on the Flickr Grandmother’s Choice site and got a lot of positive feedback.

I am much happier with the block from this week, called Girl’s Joy:

23-Girls-JoyI’m still working on the Postcard Cuties For Winter quilt and have another snowman block done – actually a cup of snow heads:

Postcard-cuties-block-10Two more blocks to go – I may be finished with this by next Christmas!

And finally – my tree-climbing dog Molly!  She found herself interested in something on the other side of the fence so…

Molly-climbs-a-treeup she went!  What does she think she is, a cat?  No, she’s all dog and she could easily jump over that fence but she knows she’s not supposed to.  However, nobody ever told her she shouldn’t climb the tree to get over.  But then she seems to have second thoughts…

Molly-up-a-treeShe’s on the Wall of Good Dog!

So that is “This and That” here at Cookie’s Creek!  Have a great day y’all!

Christmas Quilts

I would like to share with you some of the Christmas quilts I have displayed around the house.

My very first quilt was was a Christmas Irish Chain Lap Quilt – created in 2002.

I have Reindeer in my kitchen:

With a matching table runner:

Before I became a quilt addict I loved to do counted cross stitch.  The cross stitch on this wall hanging was stitched on a road trip to Arizona years ago:

Last year I paper pieced this tree skirt for the small grandchild-friendly tree we have in the living room.  What’s wrong with this quilt?  I haven’t quilted it yet!  It’s on the to-do list but I still wanted to use it.

You might notice on the tree above a couple of counted cross stitch ornaments – soft, unbreakable and grandchild-friendly.

This is a much larger tree skirt and is under the big tree in the dining room window.  Beautiful fabric but a very difficult pattern made this a love/hate project. I had never done a Y-seams or applique when I made this tree skirt.

I love this table topper quilt below.  It is very scrappy and many of the blue fabrics can be seen in the Orca Bay Blue String Blocks.  I love all the buttons too (although you have to watch where you set down your wine glass ;-)).

Last, but not least, is this hand applique Christmas Tree wall hanging made last year:

It is such fun to decorate the house with the memories each of these quilts brings to me each year.  I hope you are enjoying all the blessings of this season and are making new wonderful memories!

Civil War Week 49!

This is week 49 of Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Block of the Week commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.  The block this week is called Yankee Puzzle.  As you can see, I’ve been getting in the Christmas spirit!

Civil War BOW Week 49 - Yankee Puzzle

Here is a closer look:

My stash of Neesha fabric that I’m using for this project is dwindling but I think I will make it.  May need to get creative in these last few weeks!  Be sure to check out the Civil War Flickr site where other Barbara Brackman fans and devotees share their renditions of the blocks each week.

Here in North Texas the weather outside is frightful!  It is terribly dreary but we are getting RAIN which we need so badly.  There is a “silver lining” in those clouds.  This gives me a great chance to get out all those Christmas quilts and photograph them for a future blog. Stayed tuned!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Roadwork Santas

I am packing for a vacation – yippee!  Whenever I travel, whether it is a road trip, a plane trip or a cruise :) I like to take along something to stitch. For the past couple of years I have been working on Redwork Santas.  The only time I work on them is when I travel. They have become known as my Roadwork Santas.

My travel kit includes the background fabric with the Santa already traced, an embroidery hoop, a small pin cushion with extra needles, the perle cotton thread and a needle threader which includes a built-in thread cutter.  I stow the entire kit-and-caboodle in a gallon Ziploc bag.  It weighs almost nothing and does not include scissors so I can take it on the plane.

I like working on the Roadwork Santas while traveling because they are not complicated, I don’t have to keep referring a pattern, there is one color thread and while some precision is important, I can actually sew on these while bouncing down the road in a large red pickup truck (as the passenger, of course).

Here are Santas I have completed while on the road:

I purchased the patterns years ago, but through the power of the internet, found that they are still available at Gooseberry Hill. The designer is Kathy Pace. I have the patterns for 12 of her Santa Vignettes.

With retirement right around the corner, I hope to be traveling more.  And as I do, I’ll be sure to take the Roadwork Santas with me.  Someday I think they will make a very nice Christmas quilt!

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