Tuesday, December 26, 2006

It's a Wonderful Life!!

I wasn't planning on posting again until after the New Year but I got a Christmas present from my DS, Alex, that just couldn't wait!!! I'm sure you have all seen the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. It is one of my all time favorite movies. With that in mind, it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you a new family member,

GEORGE BAILEY a/k/a Bailey. This isn't a great picture of Bailey but it's tough to get a shot of him when he isn't on the run!

And to keep him company, his sister, HOLLY! I wanted to name her Zuzu. But I was outvoted.

Holly is a typical girl. She loves to look at herself in the mirror!

I have been whining for some time now about getting a cat. I mean, what's a quilter without a cat or two or three??? :) We had a wonderful cocker spaniel, Sanderson, who was with us for fifteen years. After he died, we decided we didn't want another dog because what dog could top our Sanderson?? I have always loved cats but my husband had never had a cat and he was a little skittish about the whole idea.
At Thanksgiving, we were at my "little" brother, Mike's house and his family recently got 2 kittens to replace their cat, Gus, who had recently died. That's when the "whining campaign" began in earnest.
My son, Alex, arrived home from college on Saturday with these two cuties! The vet clinic where he got them did not want them separated so he took them both. They are almost 4 months old. My husband has already taken about 1000 pictures of them. Needless to say, he is now in love. This has to be the best Christmas present I have received in years!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Merry Christmas and God Bless Us, Everyone!

This is my little Christmas baby ornament which has been on my desk for December. Every time I look at her, I smile. :) This is my last posting til after the New Year. I need to CHILL as my son would say.

I just want to take this chance to wish all my blogger gals and their families a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! No matter how you celebrate the season or who you celebrate it with, I hope that your day is full of peace, love and joy. I think that all of you are ready based on all the preparations and decorations I have seen on your blogs.

After our tree misadventures, things have settled down a little.
My son will be arriving home on Saturday from college. My mom is coming in from Florida and we are having about 20 people for Christmas Eve dinner. So I will be pretty busy the next few days with food shopping, last minute gift grabbing and wrapping, etc.
Next week, my DH and I are headed to NYC to look at the windows at Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Barney's. I'll take some pics to share. We are then meeting our good friends from NJ, Southside Susie and Radical Ron, for some post Christmas cheer.

BTW, HGTV had a special called Holiday Windows 2006 which showed the windows and how they come together. It was good! Any whooo, May your day be MERRY AND BRIGHT!! and until next year, Quilt til you wilt!~~

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Super Secret Challenge Quilt

I can finally unveil the super secret challenge quilt. This challenge was put together by an incredibly talented quilter named Barbara in our guild. She comes up with our annual challenge every year. Last year was "Ode to String" and my String quilt in reproduction fabrics with a "touch of orange" came out of that challenge. I posted a picture of that quilt in June.
This challenge was called "A Painter's Palette" and was offered to 8 members of the guild with no idea what the challenge was other than it was a wall hanging and it would be due in December. Each person who took the challenge was given an envelope and in it was a picture of one of Monet's impressionist paintings.

The challenge was NOT to reproduce the painting in fabric but to capture the essence of the painting in your quilt. Any color used in the quilt had to be found in the painting. The difficult part for me was once I saw the painting, I had a hard time coming up with an idea. The challenge was given out in June and come October, the flames were at my fanny to get started. I found a super pattern called "Frames" by Maple Island Quilts. Since this was to be my "masterpiece", I thought it was perfect.

I used the Stitch and Flip technique to make the flowers. I made about 15 different flowers and then spent about 2 weeks auditioning the flowers on the quilt. I'd add some, step back, subtract some, move them around. Too much yellow, not enough red. I almost drove myself to madness!!! All the fabric, other than the flower frame, was hand dyed by me at a workshop our guild held a couple of summers ago. My original idea was to bead the flowers but when I went to the drawer with all the beads. I found this embellishment kit I had bought at a show and the boa yarn was in it. I put the yarn along the edge of the flowers and the beading idea went right out the window.

I really loved this challenge because I had to come out of my comfort zone. It was also nice to be working on something really bright and springy at Christmas. It was a nice break from the holiday hustle bustle.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

O Christmas Tree, Part Two

As you know, the Grinch stopped by our house the other night and tipped over our Christmas tree. My DH and I spent over an hour trying to get the tree to stand upright. ( this tree had spine problems!!) We decided to donate the tree to our birds who are now using it as a Christmas clubhouse.

Here is the replacement! This is my DH, Bob! Or as he is known in these parts, Mr. Christmas!!

This tree came prelit with 1000 lights. We added an additional 400 for good measure. It was pretty easy to set up and is 9 1/2 feet tall. We will finish decorating this one and the decorating will be done.

Now, on to present wrapping, Christmas card writing, cookie baking, more shopping, and of course, quilting and knitting!!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Grinch Was at My House Last Night

As many of you gals know, my DH and I have been working diligently to get all our Christmas decorating done. We were working on the last tree, which is a real tree and about 10 feet tall. Well, last night as we slept, the Grinch stopped by our house and KNOCKED OVER our beautiful Christmas tree. It is now lying in my den with broken ornaments all around. We didn't have time this morning to try and set it upright again so it will remain on the floor til we get home from work tonight to try and set it upright. BAH HUMBUG!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

I made the switch to BETA

After trying to post to Beta blogs and being denied, I made the switch. Seems to be ok. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Since I switched, I thought I'd try to load a pic and see how it works. seww, here's another Christmas tree!

This little feather tree is in our bathroom. I bought all the little ornaments at a gift shop which went out of business. Again, boo! hoo! I hate when little novelty shops aren't able to make it! You never find things like this at Walmart!

And my little Irish snowman was a gift from my DH last year! I actually have two of them. They are so cute.


As promised, here are pictures of some of the smaller Christmas trees we have decorated throughout our house. This first tree is set up in my sewing room. All the ornaments are sewing or quilt related. The garland is made up of little spools wrapped in red plaid. You might recognize my little mascot on the tree, Ms. Quilt Til you Wilt. I also have a series of Hallmark ornaments on the tree and each ornament has a thimble. You can see Thimble Santa and the Thimble Mouse. I really love the sewing machine ornament. It reminds me of the Singer treadle machine I learned to sew on.

This second tree is in our bedroom. It's a new addition this year. We bought the tree from a store which was going out of business. It was used as a display. It's perfect for showing off all of our Margaret Furlong ornaments. I'm not sure what they are made from but each ornament resembles a shell angel and each year the angel was holding something different. This one is holding a floral garland. They stopped making these ornaments about 3 years ago. We were really sad!! :( Of course, we have Santa counting down the days until Christmas and our trio of snowpeople.

Last night, my DH began putting ornaments on our real tree. We cut it down on Saturday. We forgot to bring the tape measure so we just "eyeballed" it for size. Of course, when we got it home, it was too tall. (We should have known when the tree was longer than the car!) But a little off the top and bottom and we made it fit. It's about 10 1/2 feet tall. There is barely enough room for the angel!! We spent Sunday putting on 1200 lights and the garland. We will finish the ornaments tonight and I will post pics of the three full size trees tomorrow.

Well, I have a couple more but Blogger says NO! So I will try to post them later.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Breaking News!!! Mystery Quilt is DONE!!


As many of you may remember, this was a UFO that was started 4 years ago and became the infamous Mystery Quilt from Hell. I would pull it out, try to remember where I left off, do a little more and shove it in the closet again. I worked on this consistently this fall as a PIG for my guild's PIG roast but didn't finish it in time. WELL, it is done with label! I was going to give it to my SIL but DH really likes it so it will live at our house after all. Sure feels good to have this monkey off my back.

And I have been doing other things!! This is a little knitted skirt for my fairy goddaughter, Bridie, for Christmas. A skein of Chenille yarn and some fun fur at the bottom! She is going to love it. Made her a scarf to match!

And Finally, these are the wool christmas ornaments that I cut and brought to work on in Houston. Now complete and ready for my tree. I had the idea of making a bunch of them as gifts but didn't like working with the tiny pieces. They are cute and will be a nice addition to my tree.

The last picture is a close up of the snowman.

I am still working on my super secret guild challenge quilt. It is now in the quilting stage and will be ready for the presentation on Tuesday for our guild's Christmas party. I will post a picture on Wednesday.

I have been visiting everyone and loving the pictures of your Christmas projects and decorations. You gals are sewwwww inspiring!! Our house is just about done. We are decorating the tree in our living room today and cutting the tree for our den to be decorated tomorrow. We will have a total of EIGHT trees in our house when we are done ranging in size from a foot to 8 1/2 feet!! It takes about 2 weeks to get all the decorating done and we leave most of it up til 3 Kings Day in January. I want to be able to say it's for the kids, but we only have one, who is 20, and there are no grandkids yet. It's really for my DH. He has an EXTREME love of all things Christmas. (Please don't tell all the guys in the office !) He is really a kid at heart which is what I love about him. I'll post a couple of pictures of our trees next week.

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