Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christmas already?

Heres the Winter Wonderland in my front yard. This all fell in the night and I took this pic early this morning about 9 am on Nov 27. We got about 5 inches and it is our first snow of the season.

front yard looking towards the road. Later in the afternoon.
The puppies found a spot of warm sun and they were playing with each other there
They have Grampa Cherokee's rubber ball and are fighting over who gets to bite it.
The annual decorating of the fireplace Mantel. Each year has been a little different. This year I went with very simple, just the creche , candles and angels. I do have a fake garland with white lights that I have used in years past but it was such a huge pain to put it up there and make it STAY without falling off!
And our lovely tree decorated with many little home made things the kids have made over the years. Those stockings are 12 years old, I made them all when my teenagers were just little toddlers. We each picked our fabric we wanted. Justin my son has the navy with golden moon and stars. Hubby is green with golden cherubs. Daughter Melodie has white with red poinsettias and I have the black with pink roses and poinsettias. The red one in the center is for whoever is guest at our house for the year.
Ok thats it for today! I am SWAMPED with customer jobs for christmas gifts. I will update again in a couple days or weeks, whichever.
HUGS and Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

November 18 already!?

Heres the sections of the project I started working on a couple weeks ago. I had to make 2 large peices like this for every part of the bear's body! so LOTS!
Heres the start of the CQ bear! Everything pinned, cut out and ready to sew. Reviewing my instructions. Looks easy enough! Note the ears were the first to be done heheh.
Bear's head, with ears pinned on. Checking my centering and pleats in ears :)
The arms needed more stitching, they looked "bald" so before I attached the limbs to the body part I did more stitches , cuddled by the man of the house (Cherokee) listening to the fire cracking in the hearth. Perfect Sunday for me!
the other warm, more stitches.
close up of the head, with ears attached. Everything is done on the head!
Heres the head, and the tummy with legs already attached. Next are the arms and lastly the head.
Here is my CQ bear All finished! I am not going to stuff it, since it is being shipped overseas. The recipient will be able to stuff it and stitch the back closed and enjoy my gift!

Sparky has a new home! With my best friend Lynn~
two boys and a girl in the middle. they were playing actually and I caught them in the act heh
THEY ALL WANT BELLY RUBS!!!!! I only have 2 hands, and 5 puppies! hehehe what a predicament.

Less than 40 days til Christmas! Sheesh. Am I ready for this? HECK NO!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

another weekend sewin!

Hello Everyone~

This past weekend (nov 1-4) I drove my 3 hours to Lynns house and we had a great weekend sewing, playing with puppies and eating/drinking the forbidden chocolate and soda! We didnt get as much done as we usually do, because there was 5 lovely little puppies who wanted loves and cuddles and playtime outside the kennel. Lewiston is still warmer this late in the year, where up my location we are getting frost pretty thick in the mornings. So plenty of outside time during quilting breaks!

Heres some pics for you!
Hmmm now my settings are not allowing me to type in between pics. Im not going to deal with that right now.

The quilt is one I started in 2004, contracting to swap embroidery work for fat quarters with a friend. Took her about 6 months , she designed alot on her own using my requests. All the double x blocks were made in a red/cream swap from WASIQ in 2005. Then I needed to put a few extra of mine in, and trim everything to fit. And organize the settings of redwork. That was all of 2006 hahah
Its redwork of Marvel Cartoon Figures, popular things of Seattle, and Wild Life of the Northwest. It is a christmas gift for my brother in law Mike. And I FINALLY made it into a top and need to quilt it before the rush of christmas, because I will have to mail it to him.

The big dog is Lynns dog Coacoa. Shes 10 or 11 years old or close to that. She is half shar pei and half chow. And has arthritis really bad in her hips. So she spends alot of time laying down nowdays. BUT this weekend was sunny, warm and I brought puppies! So she was very interested in them, and hopped along in tiny steps to sorta play. And this dog does NOT like other dogs for ANY REASON! hahah. She adored one puppy in particular (brown with white stripe on head). Followed him around the yard , sniffed noses and when She lay down, he snuggled. Inserting her nose whenever another puppy was fighting with "her baby" SO Cute!

recent progress

Heres Mom with her new birthday present I made for her. See that smile! She kept taking it off the walker and gazing at all the many details. Now she tells me her best friend wants to buy one from me! Oh my gosh what have I done?? hahahah!
the finished top for the boy in hawaii. He is sure to love this lap quilt when he gets it! So fun and bright! its really out of my comfort zone but I had fun putting it together.
Heres the americana one I made for his Mom. The blocks were made by members of a group and I pieced one block (star on top right) and then put it together into a top. Sure hope she likes it!