Sunday, December 27, 2009

Projects Finished in 2009

Irish Chain for DRH
Baby G Disappearing 9-Patch
Flamingo/Plaid whole cloth practice quilt
Ducky Baby Quilt, quilted
Char's Photo Quilt and pillows, quilted
Colorful Wonky Stars and Log Cabins
My blocks for J&L Wedding Quilt
Waterfall wallhanging, quilted
Hannah's Parasol Quilt, quilted
Cowboy Quilt and bag
9-Patch Cranberry/Blue Table Topper
June S.T.U.D. mini - Anything Goes
Noah's Star Quilt, quilted
J&S Wedding Table Runner
July S.T.U.D. mini - Summer Lovin'
Bee Pieceful block for Quiltlady50
Mod Sampler
August S.T.U.D. mini - Buildings
Fun Find church doll bed quilt, mattress & pillow
August S.T.U.D. mini - Anything Goes
Sewing shop Patty Young fabric challenge - baby outfit
September Bee Pieceful block
Patchwork zip bag
Sept. S.T.U.D. mini - Anything Goes
Black and white dress for Baby G
Placemats for sister birthday swap
Church bazaar items
Halloween B'day table runner
October Bee Pieceful blocks
October S.T.U.D. mini - Woodland World
Teeny Tiny quilt swap
November S.T.U.D. mini - Anything Goes
November Bee Pieceful blocks
J&L quilt - done
Teeny Tiny mini angel quilt
Zip bags for Christmas gifts
Corduroy pants and jumper for baby
Placemats and runner for guild project

We Had a Nice Christmas

S-i-l Matt, daughter Anne, Grace, daughter Laura, f-i-l Harold, and s-i-l Brett.

We had a great time at Christmas, especially being entertained by a darling 8-month-old who is so cute, smart, happy and friendly, we can't think of a better baby! The only thing I would've changed is having had to cut short our day by wanting to get everyone on the road early due to lots of snow and iffy roads. Thanks to my great family for a wonderful day!

Monday, December 21, 2009

One Last Look

... at the quilt my younger sister and I made for our second brother and his wife for their wedding, which was about 1 1/2 years ago. But they didn't tell anyone about it right away! We finally got together with them on Sunday, and with our other brother and his lady, too. We missed the 5th sibling and her husband - they live too far away! Only one of the kids made it - he's the youngest cousin, still in college. All the others are grown and gone from home except the far away family's youngest daughter. Anyway, we had a great meal (potato soup, oven turkey sandwiches, apple coleslaw, pie, cobbler, poteca, coffee and wine) and a fun afternoon together.

Me (#1), Dave, Kathy, Greg (#2), Jim, Melanie (#5), Jerry (#4), Lucy

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Little More Sewing

Made these coasters for stocking stuffers from charm squares sent by mini swap partner in the Netherlands. Aren't they cute?

AND I made this darling red and green zip bag to attach to a camera case for Christmas. It has two sides, green for new batteries and red for used batteries. Pretty clever, if I do say so myself! It holds about 4-6 batteries in each side. Don't you think this will solve the eternal problem of wondering which batteries are still good? YAY.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Small Sewing Projects

I made these three placemats and table runner to send for my sister's quilt guild charity project. She put the binding on the lower right placemat since I had to box them up and mail them off before it was finished. I used a few scraps from a flickr bee partner, but most of the scraps were from a quilt my daughter L made for 4H about 9 years ago.

This little mini was sent to me by a flickr swap partner in the Netherlands. Isn't it cute? I haven't had enough time with working and getting ready for Christmas to finish up my return swap, the other swap or my bee blocks yet this month! But I can't wait to work on them again soon! Have a great weekend!

Fun with Baby

Last Saturday we got to spend the evening and babysit for G. She is pulling up now so giving her mommy and daddy a challenge every day. Hard to believe I once had enough energy to raise babies - just one evening was quite an event!
Getting ready for company on this Sunday and next weekend - cleaning, cooking, wrapping, and hopefully sewing on several ongoing projects if I have time. Hope your holiday celebrations are fun and happy!

Monday, December 14, 2009


Not that it's very interesting, but in the interest of putting up a new post:

ABC's of Me

Accent: midwest, but NOT Chicago
Breakfast or no breakfast: every day: cereal, o.j., coffee w/ sugar and lots of Coffeemate
Chore I don’t care for: vacuumingDog or Cat: neither. too much trouble
Essential Electronics: computer, sewing machines, cell phoneFavorite Cologne: noneGold or Silver: either one is fine
Handbag I carry most often: rather large, dark green with brown handles
Insomnia: neverJob Title: Asst. Exec. DirectorKids: two daughters, 29 and 27; two sons-in-law, one granddaughter, 6 mo.Living Arrangements: small town bi-level; don't know how we used to fit two kids and their junk in here with us and our hobbies
Most Admirable Trait: loyal to a fault
Naughtiest Childhood Behavior: threw grass clippings on elderly neighbor's porch because we thought she was too crabby
Overnight hospital stays: just for having my two babies
Phobias: flying, touching pictures of bugs
Quote: To thine own self be true; thou canst not then be false to any man. Shakespeare
Reason to smile: astounding beauty of the world
Siblings: two brothers, two sisters, all younger
Time I wake up: 5:15 weekdays, 6 or 7 weekends
Unusual Talent or Skill: sewing, which is unfortunately becoming a more unusual skill in this world
Vegetable I Refuse to Eat: hominy
Worst Habit: postponing vacuuming
X-rays: just dental
Yummy Stuff: squash, potatoes, noodles, bread of almost any kind, Bridge Mix, crab salad, tuna salad, peanut butterZoo Animal I Like Most: giraffe