Friday, January 9, 2015

Knitting and Christmas UFOs

Happy New Year to all of you.  I know the turn of the calendar to a new year is the time that many of us take inventory in the sewing room, get organized, and promise we're going to finish our UFOs.  I seem to have lost my quilting mojo lately, so I haven't done any of that and almost no sewing.  I'm not sure if mojo is the right term, but since Thanksgiving all I've wanted to do is knit.  I still have a lot of quilting ideas, but right now I'm enjoying sitting in my comfy chair with the fireplace going while I knit.  The weather here is bitterly cold with below zero F wind chills.  Here is what I've done since Thanksgiving:  my scarf hanger with the scarves I've knit.  You can see more of these and my other knitting and crochet over on my crochet blog Easy Crochet Pattern.  

Here is a poncho I knit from the same pattern as the cowl in the center of the above photo.  I just used chunky yarn and size 13 needles.

I also have a bag with single socks in various stages.  Here is the pair I just finished.  The first sock was finished so long ago that I couldn't remember the pattern that I used, so I just picked one and made the second sock.  I love wearing hand knit socks but just don't enjoy making them as much as I do other things.

I've spent some time in the sewing room today looking at parts of Christmas projects that didn't get finished (or even worked on) during the last year.  This Santa wall hanging has been in and out of my hand quilting hoop for about 3 years now.  He was a pattern from a magazine.

I have a lot of parts for quilts done and ideas for others.  There are some Christmas pinwheels in one of the bags.  The half square triangle little quilt just needs a border and some quilting.  I love the center of the Soupcon block that I did as part of a quilt along on Karen's Faeries and Fibres blog.  I started it during the time we were moving, so it isn't finished.  The hexagons were some that I tried from Mickey Depre's book, Pieced Hexagons.  

I keep something about the size of this table topper in front of the fireplace.  Tiki, our cat, likes to lay on a quilt in front of the fire in the evenings.  Maybe I can do a little machine quilting on this one to finish it by next year.  

This is the center of Holly and Mistletoe from the book When the Cold Wind Blows.  I have the blocks done and am almost finished with this center applique'.  Maybe if I leave this and the Santa on my design wall they will be finished by next Christmas.

Since I saw this Candy Cane Bouquet applique done over on Debra's Quiltingartist blog, I've wanted to make one.  I had the magazine  (Primitive Quilts and Projects Winter 2013) and pulled the vase fabric but didn't get it started.  

Lori at Humble Quilts showed this Pomegranate Quilt (Yuletide Threads Need'l Love) in her post about her Christmas Quilts.  I saw this quilt on her blog over a year ago and wrote her asking what the pattern was.  After she told me I ordered the book, and I've traced the templates.  I still have this one on my list.  

I've pulled all of my Christmas fabric out of the drawer and have put it all in a basket along with these unfinished Christmas blocks.  I kind of operate under the "out of sight - out of  mind" way of quilting.  I'm hoping that if I see these things often enough that I might start working on them during the year.

Do you have Christmas projects that you didn't get finished?  Do you have a plan for having them finished by Christmas 2015?

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas 2014 Wrap Up

Here is a look at our Christmas 2014.  I love decorating for Christmas, and since this is our first Christmas in this house I had a lot of fun trying to find a place for our decorations.

The table is set for Christmas dinner ahead of everyone arriving to open presents.  I love getting my Christmas dishes out to use from Thanksgiving through the Christmas season.  

The Christmas glasses were my Moms and bring back a lot of happy memories.

I made the table runner a couple of years ago as part of a blog hop over at Madame Samm's Sew We Quilt blog.  The pattern is Holiday Lane from Jill Findley and is available under her "Free Stuff" section on her web site.

Here's a closer look.  I added some things to my version of the table runner.

This is my Dollar Tree/Wal-Mart centerpiece.  I wanted something small enough so that it wouldn't cover up too much of the table runner.  I found the bottle brush trees and candy stripe trees at Wal-Mart.  The silver tray, ornaments and candle are from Dollar Tree.  My brother-in-law, Melvin, keeps me supplied with pine cones from the farm.  

I'm going to join up with Tablescape Thursday over at     I'm not sure I've ever done that before, but (1) I love her blog, and (2) I looked a lot of places for these small stockings so that I could use them for silverware and a candy cane at our Christmas table.  I was really looking for the cable knit ones that Pottery Barn had a couple of years ago.  I saw the knockoff version that someone found at Dollar Tree on Pinterest, but I couldn't find it this year.  The ones I found were on the top shelf at Walgreens.

I put a piece of greenery with lights most anywhere.  This is my Mom's corner china cabinet that I was able to keep when we moved.  The Gingerbread men and heart bunting was made by Roswitha that blogs at    The Sweets sack was made by Hanne from

The wooden box filled with greenery and candles (and more pinecones) sits on the island.  My husband made the wooden box for me.  I saw it over at Far Above Rubies blog (another blog I love to read)  a few years ago and showed him a photo and asked if he could make one for me.  I use it every year at Christmas.

I found this black and white polka dot pitcher in the bakery section at the Blue Gate Restaurant in Shipshewana, IN.  I have so many happy memories from that town.  I keep the pitcher out all year and fill it with different things.  Here is some greenery and holly with candy canes.....and more pinecones.

I baked lots of cookies.

And, this year I made Spiced Pecans.  Here is a pan taken fresh from the oven to cool.

This is the "grazing station" with the cheese ball I made, veggies, crackers and dip on one end of the island.

This wreath was made by a distant cousin years ago.  

I made this ceramic tree back in the 70s.

Here are some of my Christmas quilts.  My Charming Christmas Presents (the top quilt) wall hanging tutorial can be found here.  It's also linked on my sidebar.

My Dear Jane signature quilt is on the bed.  These quilt blocks came from a swap on one of the lists several years ago.  This was the first Christmas swap.  I don't know if it still continues.  The pillow on the left of the bed and on the chair were made by Roswitha.  My childhood friend cross stitched the other pillow for me years ago.

I made the pillow in the center of the bed from Jill Findley's Holiday Lane table runner by taking just a couple of houses from the pattern.

My Mom made almost all of the ornaments that are on our family tree.  I crocheted the tree skirt and the afghan on the back of the chair.  You can see my helper Tiki taking a rest underneath the tree.

The blue tree in one of the bedrooms.

The red and white tree on the back porch.  We had to anchor it with bricks and bungee cord.  I'll figure out something different for next year and do  more decorating out there.

We do our outside decorating the day after Thanksgiving while eating turkey leftovers.  

The family decorated around the outside of the entire house.  

This is what really makes Christmas special.

I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas and are enjoying the holiday week.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Gift Card Holders

If you are getting ready to put your gift cards on the tree and discover that you've forgotten to pick up something to put those cards in, these are really quick to make.  Here is one of the Christmas Gift Card Holders that I made.  

Follow this link to get the PDF pattern:

They can also be used to put a motel key in to help keep track of it in your purse or pocket.

The holders are 4 inches wide and 7 inches top to bottom at the widest points.  So I cut two pieces of coordinating fabric about 13 inches wide and about 15 inches long.  Using Wonder Under or your favorite fusible, fuse the two pieces wrong sides together.

Cut into 4 inch strips.  Using the template, cut out the holder.  

Before sewing, cut the slit in the bottom part so the top part can tuck in.  The slit is about 3/8" away from the "V" in the bottom of the holder and is about 2 inches long.  These look like mini envelopes.

Press the bottom (with the slit) up as shown.  Sew as directed and press the top flap down.  

You have something decorative to hold any kind of card that you want to keep track of.  

I made quite a few for a little something to tuck inside of Christmas cards.

I know it's almost Christmas.  I honestly don't know where this month has gone.  I have photos to show you of my trees and some of my other decorations.  I sometimes feel that I'm still decorating until it's time to put it all away until next year.  

Hope you are finding some time to stitch.  I have been on a knitting kick since I got back from the quilt retreat right before Thanksgiving.  I've knit several scarves and am participating in a Ravelry knit along.  

I hope you are finding some time to do some stitching today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some Extra Quilts

Here are just a few more photos I found of quilts that I saw but weren't shown at the show and tell.

This is Lynn's Phebe quilt in process.  

Kathy showed me these quilts that she had in her room.  Besides being a quilter, Kathy does awesome counted needlepoint designs.  She designs her own patterns that can be seen at  She also blogs at

I believe the logs were 1/2 inch finished on her log cabin quilt.

I love looking at the fabrics in scrappy quilts.

This is Cindi showing her little quilt top.  I love the setting.

Hope you are finding some time to stitch.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Monday, December 15, 2014

My Show and Tell

This was my show and tell at the Friday night retreat.  A couple of the girls asked me to show my Road 66 quilt top.  The pattern is from Di Ford's Primarily Quilts book.  We have a lot of Di Ford fans in our group.  

Orca Bay - Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt from 2011.

My Rotherfield Greys quilt another pattern from Primarily Quilts.  

My Dear Jane.  I have worked on this on and off for years (about 10 or 12), and it is now quilted and bound.  

My crown is a little crooked, but that's me.  It has become tradition that when you show your finished Dear Jane at the retreat, you wear the tiara while you are at the microphone.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

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