Winterizing In and Out!

Here in North Texas we have been hit by a huge ice storm!  This is what it looks like outside the house:

ice-stormThe white stuff looks pretty but it is solid ice!  There was no snowman building with this stuff!  But inside the house we have snowmen!!

Postcard-Cuties-CompleteI finally finished Postcard Cuties for Winter (by Bunny Hill Designs).  I think it turned out pretty darn cute!

This is the third day we’ve been iced in!  I’ve got the Christmas tree up, the house looks very festive, I finished a book and started another one and I’ve been binding a quilt which needs to be mailed this week! The only thing I haven’t been able to do is bake Christmas cookies – I do not have a speck of white sugar in the house – not even a tablespoon!  It seems tragic to be iced in without the smell of freshly baked cookies, don’t you think?

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

No, it’s not snowing here in North Texas but there are a bunch of snowmen (and ladies) in my quilt studio! And maybe a snowflake or two!

I finished the last Postcard Cuties For Winter block!  This snow-lady is so cute with a ribbon in her hair and matching purse:

Postcard-Cuties-Block-12I’ve got all the blocks put together and have started the scalloped applique on the border.

Postcard-Cuties-Blocks-1-thThese blocks have been so much fun!

I’ve also finished the last block in the Carol Doak Mystery Block of the Month!  Now use your imagination – it sort of looks like a snowflake, right?

Square-Up---March-BlockThe last clue will have instructions on how to put all the blocks together.  But half the fun is guessing the final layout.  Here’s my best guess:

Mystery-GuessNow it’s back to work on the Case of the Secret Garden Mystery Quilt.  I’ve only got 16 (out of 72) units stitched from Clue 3 and Clue 4 came out Monday.  I’m a bit behind!  But heck, I’ve had to dig out from under all this snow in my quilt studio!  😉

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!

Happy Belated National Polka Dot Day

Yesterday was National Polka Dot Day – a very important national holiday that deserves special recognition – even if it is a day late! 🙂

In honor of National Polka Dot Day this week’s Grandmother’s Choice block is dedicated to the continuing admiration of the Polka Dot!

Parasols and PR

Parasols and PR

Along with my Polka Dotty Parasol I’ve also completed one more Postcard Cuties for Winter block this week:

Postcard-Cuties-Block-9I’ve got 3 more to go!  You know, this whole quilt is only 36″ square – these really are tiny little guys!

This afternoon I’m quilting a wall hanging and a table runner as well as working on binding for the Desert Sky quilt.  Pictures to be posted soon!

Have a great day, y’all!

Multi-tasking into the New Year

For the last few days I’ve been working on a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I feel like a ping pong ball bouncing from one thing to the next!  Along with all the wonderful time spent with family and friends, putting all the Christmas decorations away and hitting the gym a few times since Christmas to work off all those treats, I’ve also worked on various quilt projects.

Post Card Cuties for Winter (by Bunny Hill Designs) – two more blocks are complete and one ready for hand work.  Here are the two completed cuties:

Post-Card-Cuties-Block--7

Post Card Cutie Block 7

Post Card Cutie Block 8

Post Card Cutie Block 8

Grandmother’s Choice – Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice blog continues to be a very favorite.  Each Saturday morning the first thing I do is check her blog to see what the next block will be and to read a bit more about the history of women’s rights. And I love the bright, springy, happy fabric I’m using: Good Fortune by Kate Spain.Here is this week’s block called Cheyenne:

18. Cheyenne

And last but not least – Carol Doak’s Mystery Block of the Month.  Carol has already given us the January block called Arrow Star:

Arrow Star

The Carol Doak Mystery Block of the Month is available for free through her Yahoo Group.

Resolutions! I have two New Year’s resolutions related to quilting.  One is to practice free motion quilting weekly.  I’ve taken the class, have practice material and I have all the right tools but I never seem to find the time to practice.  The second resolution is to only buy new fabric if it has a specific project.  No more buying because I think it is simply beautiful.  If it is that pretty, I’d better have a well thought out plan to use it!  I’d like to make really good use of all the gorgeous stash I have in boxes, bins and bags throughout my studio!

So do you have any quilting New Year’s resolutions?  If so, please share!

And Happy New Year, y’all!

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