Sunday, December 26, 2010

Gone skiing

When we were at Thistle last weekend we noticed our waiter had a moustache tattoo on his finger. We commented on it and he said they all had them so when someone asked for the manager they could put their moustache on and say "yes I am the manager". No I did not run out and get the tattoo, although I have been thinking about getting a different one, but my husband got a great book of temporary moustache tattoos for Christmas and I am the manager around here. 

We had a wonderful day yesterday and are heading to Bend tomorrow until the New Year. I am taking the time to be with family and think over some things for the New Year.

Thank you for visiting my blog it's been a fun year. I wish you all Joy, Abundance, and Love in the New Year.  

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Gift

This is the amazing quilt that was my gift from the swap. Rachel from 2nd Avenue Studio was the creator. If you remember the rules of the swap we filled a sandwich bag with our own fabric then the person making your gift was allowed to add one fabric. Rachel added "white" three different whites that I can see, yes she cheated but yay. All of the colored fabric in the quilt was from my bag and she arranged them with minimal cutting. I love how she laid it out and how the quilting moves through the quilt. She also happened to have some of the same fabric I had and added it to finish the binding. I love it! Rachel had checked out my blog and knew I had a daughter so it was meant for her and she has been carrying it all over the house.

guild xams swap

guild xams swap

Did I mention she made it in 3 days and she has a long arm quilter! My husband said "Why don't you get a long arm quilter?" Wouldn't that be a great gift under the tree or next to the tree!

 Thank you again Rachel it's amazing!!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Give and Get Swap Update

I am back from a fun overnight for my husband's Birthday. Wine tasting in the Willamette Valley and delicious food at Thistle, which had this amazing thistle wallpaper and really good food. Now I am home to finishing up bags for the Green Grocery Bag Challenge and getting those last minute gifts taken care of. 

As promised I have an update from our last PMQG meeting which included a potluck and the Give and Get swap. I was excited about the exchange and was hoping my recipient would like her gift. After checking out her blog I decided to make her a quilted circular knitting needle holder as she is a big knitter as well as a quilter. 

The tie I was planning on making didn't work out but I love my last minute fix. I used 1/4" elastic and sewed a square where the ends connected.

The whole piece measures 15 1/2 X 9 1/2" each section is a little mini quilt.

Inside are three pockets for needles and a little pocket for scissors.
Please be kind on my free-motion quilting, I am very rusty but the stretch sateen would have shown too much if I tried to rip it out.

Stay tuned for the amazing gift I received. I have to do it justice with a good photo.

p.s. if you want to see more from our swap check it out here we have quite a creative group.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hello from the land of Holiday

It's been a crazy two weeks with a lot of activity and I finally feel like I will be slowing's starting NOW! Will that work if I just proclaim it forcefully? 
We are just home from a fun neighborhood party and I am ready for bed but I had to say hi and say I will be back Monday. I have the results from our Portland Modern Quilters Guild to share (wait till you see what I was given) and more on the Green Grocery Bag Challenge. It's my husband's birthday tomorrow so we are going to Oregon wine country for an overnight. I will be doing nothing but relaxing before coming home to the kids, crafting, and Christmas break fun.

Have a good weekend!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Creative Space....

My space is consumed by Christmas right now so I thought I'd share some of my favorite Holiday decorations around our house. I am not done yet but I am getting there.

This Santa is one of our family's oldest ornaments.

More of my Sonny Angel collection.

I love the Rankin and Bass characters.


Rudolf's nose glows.

This was my Mothers stocking when she was a girl.
Happy Holidays!

p.s. Thanks again to kootoyoo.. for starting My Creative Space.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Give and Get Gift Swap

Do you remember my pincushion from October's swap at the Portland Modern Quilters Guild meeting? That same night we were given sandwich bags to fill with our favorite fabrics and bring back in November. This is what I came up with...

We returned in November bags in hand, also including name and contact info, all of the bags were dropped in a larger bag and we all reached in and picked one. The assignment was to take it home and over the next month create something, adding only one fabric and any needed notions, to be returned in December. It's such a fun way to all get holiday gifts with our favorite fabrics. Here is the bag I chose...

The fabrics are great so I was excited to make something with them but what?! My fabric donor kindly added her blog address on her tag (I wish I had thought of that) and I discovered she is a knitter which gave me my idea. I have started my project now and so far so good. I'll post the finished piece next week along with whatever I get from my own fabric.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Washed Ticker Tape

The Ticker Tape is done and it's the first time I have washed a quilt before sending it off. With the method of quilting on this I wanted to see how the edges frayed with washing and I love how it turned out.

I turned my surprise circle on the back into my first label. Next time around it will be a little slicker but I like it! I used some stamps from Valentines day and a Sharpie.

I don't know what's happening around your house but we have been decorating all weekend photos soon.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Green Grocery Bag Challenge!

Another post so soon?! This is a busy blogging week but there is a lot going on. I couldn't pass up on the Green Grocery Bag Challenge and today is a spread the word day. The Challenge was started by Sew, Mama, Sew! to recognize the work of Teresa Van Hatten The Green Bag Lady. I hate to send you away but you can get the full scoop here on the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog. The idea is to help stop all of the grocery bag waste in our world by making fabric grocery bags to wrap your gifts in this year. This also leads to the reduction of wrapping paper waste which equals 4 million tons a season. I have to admit buying wrapping paper is something I love to do every year and already I have found myself walking by the aisle craning my neck at the cute patterns. Now I realize where my fabric obsession has its roots wrapping paper was the gateway drug! Does this sound familiar to anyone? So instead of new rolls of paper this year I will be picking out some favorite patterns from my stash, maybe treating myself to a few new ones, and wrapping gifts in fabric bags please join me! There are so many great bag patterns on line to help from easy to a more complex. I am working out a few ideas of my own I'll post early next week.

This great roll up bag tutorial is by Needle and Spatula

 If you are not a sewer The Green Bag Lady is giving away 25 bags to get people started and you can enter here or you can just wrap your gifts in squares of fabric that can be reused year after year.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Creative Space...

I am going to start doing a Thursday post My Creative Space. This is the brainchild of Kirsty at Kootoyoo, check out her blog she is quite creative, it's for people to share what is going on in their spaces. While this is my first week participating it is the last week of the year for the group but it will start up again in January, I will try to keep it going as much as I can until Christmas hits.
 So this is what was happening today..

Finished the binding last night

I like how the circles turned out

The quilt is in the dryer right now! Can't wait to see how it looks washed.

  My studio is a mess so it's time for the post quilt cleanup but this time it's a post Halloween clean up as well, yes it's messy!