Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas Crafts and Projects 2014

December 22nd 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! I have to confess that ever since I got on Facebook and Instagram I have been a bad blogger, no excuses, it’s true! I have also been trying to get my pattern business going (see Quilt Market posts, here, here and here) but the hullabaloo around the Holidays plus Christmas Crafting have totally derailed my efforts!

I did however, want to share a little of what’s been going on over here. Before any Christmas Crafting started I had to make a festive Pin cushion. I used Cherry Christmas from Aneela Hoey.

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Made some homemade tags with Diana, we had so much fun!

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Packed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

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Started making use of all my saved scraps by working on this Rag Wreath on Sunday afternoons while visiting family.

Rag wreath

I also ventured out and tried these Quilted Trees. Both are part of the Across the Pond sew along with the Patchsmith.

quilted trees

Saw the Fair Isle quilt pattern by Freshly Pieced and I couldn’t resist. I got the fabric from Pink Door Fabrics she even helped me figure out the best colors!  I discovered this little shop on Instagram.

fair Isle pattern

While I was in Jury Duty, I did a little Charlie Brown embroidery recognize this tree?

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And was thinking up another quilt project…

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I tried out a little fast craft using an inexpensive frame and buttons.

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Varied the design for the kids church craft. 10 minutes flat. No LIE!!

kids church craft

I made this great vintage table runner using A.E. Nathan fabric collection called Ole Saint Nick for Miriam. Enjoy!

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I really love doing #30lists , it’s my end of day treat. I know it’s crazy but it makes me focus and slow down.

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Put up our Christmas tree.

christmas tree

Made these little pillow covers for the cutest little guy, Liam.

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 Made some yummy sachets

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 using Balsam Fir from Maine. You can get some here.

balsam fir

Hardly did anything with my 6th pattern. Bad girl.

cherry Christmas pieces cherry christmas log cabin

I finally got to take out my Vintage Holiday quilt (Pattern by Camille Roskelley for Thimbleblossoms) which I finished just after Christmas last year. Check out more about that quilt in progress here and here.

vintage modern quilt

I had to take some time to appreciate December in Florida; neat clouds in the sky and the Christmas Palm.

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So it’s been a busy month! Lastly, I played with a little thread to wish you

Aurifil tree by me

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, peace and joy and a Happy New Year!!

Quilt Market 2014: The experience part 3

December 2nd 2014

Besides being a great way to learn more about the quilting world as a business, Quilt Market also proved to be a little vacation away from the kids for my husband and myself. And while it could have been more romantic…. it was nice to turn off the “children channel” in the brain.  I’ll try to keep it simple with pictures.

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We thought the George R. Brown Convention Center looked like a ship, maybe he was a captain or had a nautical background? Turns out he was an engineer as my husband read.

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We walked the city streets of Houston.

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We found the tunnels too late.

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Good food and wine was definitely a highlight and reason to return. (wink, wink)

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And what’s a vacation without a museum?

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I was really moved by the Red and White Quilt displays

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and inspired by these minis.

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This was my favorite!
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More quilts I loved. Scrappy Houses Quilt.
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Scrappy Houses detail. Each house was a gift by someone in a group.

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One Winter’s Day Award winner was 7 years in the making. Read more about it  here.

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Detail of Winter’s Day.
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Directions for quilt below. Kinda takes the stress out of it, right?

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The museum really served as a great place for my hubby to get educated and informed about the art, craft and history of quilitng.

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Here we are appreciating the likes of Daysail by Bonnie and Camille practically a household name while my family has been in “Quilt Training”  the last few years. 😀

We saw some really cool sewing machines like this embroidery machine.

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I tried out all the long arm quilters, my favorite was APQS and my new BFF Connie who I talked to every morning with more questions and needing more practice. Thanks Connie!!

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Standing in line for the Fabric Spree (for over 3 hours) was like being in line to see the Beatles reunion concert!

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I got my souvenirs!!

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And let’s not forget the celebrities! Read more details about each one on this post and more about quilt market booths here.

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Then on our way home I spot Sanibel Island, off the west coast of Florida, another great vacation destination.

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Stay tuned for some great Christmas crafts I’m working on. Tis the season!