Friday, December 31, 2010

So Long 2010

Just a few highlights from 2010!
Our sweet, sweet niece was born! Sydney is the answer to years of prayers!! We love her so much! It is a joy to watch her parents love this girl!

I became an drug of choice...embroidery!

My first embroidery! I have worked hard with my stitching and hope to do more in 2011. Anybody want an embroidered pillowcase??

I worked with my Mother-in-law to make this quilt for baby Sydney. Such a special project for me.

I finished this quilt last summer. Probably one of my favorites. Kelsey took it with her for her second year of college. I plan on making her another one this summer. I think it's a nice way for her to have a little bit of home while she is, to make sure "boyfriend" stays far far away from it!!!!

I wish everyone a safe, healthy Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Flickr Stitch Along

I have enjoyed being part of the Flickr group "New Embroidery with Vintage Patterns" The group has been hosting Stitch Alongs with themed vintage patterns. I did Stitch Along 1 and the Christmas one. The theme for #4 is Saturday/Baking/Cooking. My embroidery pattern is from French Knots. I decided to make my embroidery into a little bag to use to carry my current embroidery project in. I like to have something to hand stitch on in the evenings and I keep my projects in zip-lock bags. I think this bag is much sweeter!

I used Monica's (Happy Zombie) Poochie Bag tutorial for my bag. A wonderful pattern!! I so appreciate people who share their talents with others!! I didnt do so well with my straps and had to take an ice-cream and warm brownie break.

Close up of the sweet duckie. You know she baked that cake.

My new Poochie Bag hanging on our Christmas tree that is still out in our front yard.

Poochie Bag (i love saying that) filled with my next embroidery project. A perfect fit!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Stitching in the Snow

I wanted to show the pillowcase that I have been stitching in the evenings. I finished it up yesterday while watching it snow!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

White Christmas

We had a very nice, peaceful Christmas! Cade was happy...even though he did not believe in Santa this year:( Andy looks stunned and it is a VERY good thing that he doesnt read my blog! Yikes!

AND...We had a White Christmas in Georgia! We get very little snow here anyway but to get snow on Christmas was just a wonderful gift for everyone! Especially for the cousins up from Florida! These are some pictures taken at my Mother-in-laws house.

The snow was so pretty and really made this Christmas special. I really love these days after Christmas and before school starts back. The hustle and bustle is over and I can really relax and enjoy my family!

I may even get some handwork in! I gave my redwork pillowcases to my Mother-in-law for Christmas. I loved them so much but in the back of my mind while making them I kept thinking about how pretty they would look in her bedroom. I also thought about how giving she is and how much she brags about any of my sewing! SHE is a wonderful seamstress so I feel honored to give her my work! She loved the cases and they looked perfect in her bedroom! I don't miss them...I am so glad that I gave them to her! She went on and on about how pretty they were and then she said " I really appreciate the time that you spent making me a gift" That gave me such a good feeling!

Enjoy your time and stay warm!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

I wanted to show the potholders that I made up for Christmas gifts. I kinda cheated by using some of my string blocks that I made earlier this month. I chose to use a white binding to tie in with the white string down the middle of the blocks.
I would like to wish all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all make wonderful memories and enjoy this special time with family and friends!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Getting Close

We finally met Kelseys "boyfriend" last night. We went to Calloway Gardens Fantasy in Lights.

We had a nice time and Andy behaved! We love going to see the Lights at Calloway. We have been going since Cade was about 2 or 3. We always ride the Jolly Trolly but I must say that there were a few years that we went that I would have liked to have thrown my teens off of it! We were a much better behaved bunch this year. I took pics but they turned out dark and blurry! Which really makes me sad, I wanted ya'll to see how skinny "boyfriend" is!

We are finally out of school! I made cookies today and Kelsey is taking some with her to go meet "boyfriends" family! Wish her luck. I am making some potholders as gifts and wanted to send his mom a set but Kelsey would not let me! She said "No! I dont even know if his Mom cooks!" I told her that even if she's not a cook she could use potholders to take stuff out of the microwave! Sigh! I guess my sister will get 2 sets! I will posts some pics of the finished ones later.

Merry Christmas Everyone!


Sunday, December 19, 2010


Not much going on around here! I have been very busy at the library..and am starting to feel panicked about not being at home. Not having time to sew, not having time to shop, not having time to myself...blah blah blah! Most of you know that I am filling in for my son's schools librarian, who has cancer. I feel so mean and selfish for gripping about helping someone out!! I am glad that I can do it! I am honored that God has chosen to use me this way. and I really do love being with the students but I guess I am just grouchy!! Anyway, at school Friday, I was given several little gifts of appreciation!! and invited to the staff only luncheon! Now, I did not expect anything and they sure dont owe me anything! I was so touched though to be appreciated!

Some fool decided that our school system should go to school Monday and Tuesday of this week! Those kids were nuts on friday, they are going to be really wound up come Tuesday. We will have Polar Express Day. They all come in their pj's, have a class party and watch the movie The Polar Express. I will be in the library taking down all our Christmas themed stuff! Ready for the break.

Kelsey came home Saturday. She had the flu and final exams last week. I sure hope she doesnt bring the flu home to us.

Cade graduated to a new belt in Karate. He is a first degree Brown belt. In less than a year he will be a black belt! Here is a picture of him when the instructor set his push-ups and sit-ups to 100!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cold Weekend

We have had some very cold weather. I think the whole country has! We even got some snow flurries on Sunday! Sunday night, we went to a Christmas concert at our church. It was so much fun for us to come out of church after hearing that beautiful music to see snow falling!! That is probably as close to a "white Christmas" as we will get in Newnan Georgia!

As you can see, I will be spending my only 2 days at home this week cleaning house! Starting with my sewing room!

Cade thinks that THIS is the perfect way to spend a cold winter's day!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Quilting Pajama Party 2010

Today I went to my sewing class. It was lots of fun. We got to the shop at 7am, all in our pajamas. The quilt shop had made a very nice breakfast for us. Plus COFFEE!! We had our class and in between we played games (for quilty prizes) shopped, talked and ate! The quilt shop had made all of us these labels for our quilts and we all signed them. It says 2010 because they are going to do this again. I would love to attend this class again. They also gave us goody bags with bubble bath, a coaster, little sewing kit, bath scrunchy and lotion!

The project was an applique Sunbonnet Sue. Sue is in her pajamas with her fuzzy slippers and her hair in a towel. They had a little wall hanging with 4 Sue blocks, sashing and 2 borders. I wish I had taken a picture!! They had one with pink quilt with pastels and one quilt with Sue in animal striped p.j's. Here are the 2 that I made. These are fused on but not appliqued.

I did a little shopping. How cute is this Dog fabric? It is called "Hot Dogs" by Hoffman. It made me think of Jill and her sweet pups.

This was my first time using this applique pressing sheet. Have you seen these? I dont do much applique but I really enjoyed this! You could get all your pieces fused together then peel it of and apply to your background!

I"m very glad that I went to this class. Everyone was really sweet. I had to get up at 5am, shower and out the door! I still have on my pj's so I may have to take a nap!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Happy Anniversary to Us!

I married a very sweet man!!! and I need to suck my stomach in when having my picture taken!

Monday, December 6, 2010


Not long ago I commented to Jill that I have always wanted a set of Redwork Pillowcases for Christmas. To me, Redwork just looks like Christmas. I knew exactly which pattern that I wanted to use so I just decided to go for it! I LOVE them!! Why did I wait so long?
This pattern is from the book "Prairie Quilts" by Johanna Wilson

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Catching Up

This has been a busy week! I had to go to the library everyday except for Wednesday. I had to use Wednesday for my "running around" day. Andy was off from work so that made it alot more fun! In between Kroger, Walmart and the Post Office I let him take me to the Quilt Shop! I had to pay for a class that I'm taking and found a few things to buy!;) I'm thinking of using the green with the daisys as the border for my string quilt.The class that I am taking is this Sat. It starts at 730am. It is a Pajama Day Quilt class!! I am taking it with 2 ladies from church. The quilt shop is planning a class, a fashion show and lot's of surprises! You can stay all day and sew! Andy was scheduled for the Fire Dept. that day but when I told him that I really wanted to go but needed someone to watch Cade, he took the day off!! I am very thankful to him. I told him that this could be my Christmas gift from him.

The shop is asking for everyone to come and sew in their pajamas! I usually sew in my pajamas but I had to buy a new pair to wear out in public! The bottoms that I got have snowflakes on them but the top is just a plain top. I think some embroidery will fix the top up just fine! Lucky me! I have the best SNOW embroidery pattern around! I got this from big B and it is just darling!

I have already been to church and since it's so cold today, I think that I will enjoy one of these and do a little sewing!

Have a great day!