Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Christmas Projects

I should be doing so many other things...not sewing yet another quilt top.

But look how gosh darn cute this quilt is!

I bought this kit almost 10 years ago for my mother-in-law. When I was in Texas earlier this month she re-gifted it to me. I needed a project for Breakfast Club and this was the winner. 

Here's the pattern. It gets a major thumbs up from me. It's a fat quarter pattern, 10 fat quarters of three colors for 30 total fat quarters. I am planning to add simple borders since I have fabric that will work perfectly.

I finished my last Bucilla kit of the 2017 year. Now I will concentrate on finishing up a few Christmas projects and begin decorating the house. 

My cat is so enamored with all Christmas ornaments that I won't be putting my tree up until a week or before Christmas. He tried to snatch these ornaments as I was taking photos of them.

These are companion ornaments to a stocking kit, Candy Express. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Quick Trip to Texas

My winter is going too fast! I'm supposed to get lots of quilting and sewing done in the winter. I'm not getting nearly enough sewing done...yet. I have trips away from home every month through March. My first trip of the season was to Texas to see family, attend my husband's Texas Air National Guard reunion and luckily I managed a day at the Houston Quilt show. 

The first booth I hit was Sew Batiks, a company out of California. They manufacture a large line of wide-backing batiks which I have ordered over the years. I fell right away for this kit so it came home with me.

They also manufacture many rayon batiks. The navy blue piece on the right is from their booth. It is a border print. The other two pieces are from a booth, Fabrilish. Love that name. The hot pink is a rayon batik but the sea green piece is a bamboo fiber. 

I've seen this blouse pattern for years but finally saw a lady wearing the green top and thought it was great so I had to get the pattern. Only two side seams and the top is complete. One of my winter trips is to Hawaii and I want to make the pink top for it.

The Houston Quilt Show is a pretty good place to shop for wools so I tracked down pieces to make some Santa dolls. Many years ago I would make a new Santa doll every Christmas. I think that lasted three years. I'm am still hopeful I will get some made before this Christmas.

I am sooooo excited about my Bloom quilt. I got all the flowers outline stitched and have started on the background quilting.  

I have been making Bucilla stocking kits since 1995. I have completed 54 stockings. Every year when  Bucilla comes out with new designs, I wish for a pilot Santa. It finally happened! I just got my new kit and this will be the first Bucilla project for 2018.

There is so much more to share but it is time to get back to stitching.