Blessings to you and your family! See ya next year!
Here they are before baking...
And here they are after baking...
And here they are after cooling!!!
Take care, and don't eat too many!
It's got crystals, glass ornaments and country ornaments on it now...
This is my favorite Santa Ornament! He's too heavy for the tree, so we put him on the mantle too, for safe keeping.
This is another older Christmas quilt done in the mid 90’s. it has appliqué attached with fusible webbing. I put it away each year very carefully because I didn't even stitch the pieces down! What was I thinking?!? One of these years I will go to hang it and the pieces will fall off I am sure. The heavy fusible glue is so stiff it can't be sewn through or I would have fixed it years ago.
The detail is very tiny...the blocks are about 6"x 8". That's a lot if tiny pieces! I remember I held the candle flames with tweezers to place them on the fabric...they are about 2mm tall.
Baby It's Cold Outside! I'm still singing..
Take care, stay warm and have a great day!
This is now what my iPad looks like when I click on someone's new post on my blogger dashboard. It used to take me right to the web version of the blog...now, when I click on these links shown below, it brings up the post with much smaller pictures that I can not zoom in on the pictures to see good! I want my old version back! Has this happened to anyone else and do you know how to change this view? There is a button to click on at the bottom of the page to see the web version, but it's a pain! Does anyone have some help for this new blogger??
On another note, I did some baking today. First, that yummy toffee with crackers and chocolate! Here they are before the chocolate and Oreo Sprinkles...
And here they are after....mmmm good!
And then I tried a new Nutella cookie I saw on Pinterest...it turned out really good! We'll see if they last til company comes on Saturday...we might need to make more of these! They were a bit less trouble than Chocolate Crackles, which are one of our faves for Christmas, but the recipe didn't make as many cookies. We might need the Crackles after all! Tomorrow will be sugar cookie day...our Very Favorite!
In the sewing room, I got 9 blocks of Pennies From Heaven ready to stitch.
I rarely seem to follow a pattern all the way, so I think I will be rearranging the quilt a bit. Nothing against Gretchen Gibbons...that's just how I do things! For now my plan is to do these 9 blocks shown below ... I have the wool on cotton that looks like wool. I hope the brown fabric looks like wool too. I was going for a rug hooked look. It's a really nice looking brown fabric. I used up many of my textured red and green wools...looks like I need a shopping trip!
Cheryl from So Many Quilts, So Little Time blog got me inspired and asked if i would like to work along with her on these blocks. Mine have a Christmas feel and hers are bright and pretty like the book cover!
I have a special Thank You to Michelle from The Raspberry Rabbits! She sent me this darling pin cushion and bunny scissors after I complimented her scissors...what a sweetheart! We both collect bunnies and we've become good blogging buddies! She has a pretty cute blog...check it out and enjoy her talents!
Start off with browning some ground beef. I used prepared frozen meatballs today, browned and chopped into tiny pieces. Then add an onion, chopped, and a few carrots, chopped. When the veggies are a bit soft, add some salt and pepper to taste. Go easy on the salt as the cheese and broth cubes, added later, are salty too. Add a few teaspoons of Italian Spices. I purchase mine pre-mixed. Next, add about 4-6 cups of water and chicken broth cubes and bring to a soft boil. Then add the Velveeta. I use half of a block. Turn the heat down to medium so the cheese does not burn. Add 1.5 cups of milk while the cheese melts. Sometimes I like to add potatoes to soups. You can add chopped potatoes when you add the water and boil a little longer, or if you are in a rush like I usually am, you can add leftover mashed potatoes or frozen potatoes of some sort. Hash browns work great because they are so small. Otherwise, chop up what you have after microwaving a few minutes. This makes the soup much thicker and fills the big boys up! This Cheeseburger Soup is so good alone, or with a sandwich on the side! Give it a try!!
I have been working on my hexies recently. I think I am in love with the starch method of prepping them! Yes, it takes time on the front side with the little iron before you stitch, but I like the trade off of where my time is spent. The picture above shows how nice it looks after it's sewn and the picture below shows how easy it is to hold while stitching...soft and bendable rather than stiff and hard to hold! I like it!
I highly suggest you try this also!
One of my works in progress, well actually just begun, is Pennies From Heaven. I worked on my Christmas version a bit this week at the wool club in the local store, Creekside Quilting. It was a small group of us, but we had a great time. I am looking forward to the monthly gathering to keep me working on wool projects!
I may change thread colors...it bothers me that I can see the thread on some pieces, but not all of them. Maybe I will use a light and a dark...we'll see after I stitch a bit more. These wool pieces are being sewn onto a nice thick cotton that I hope looks like wool.
I've finished the little smocked dress for my niece, but still need to finish the little shirt. I am making it button at the legs so it will be like little bloomer panties under her dress as well as a shirt. She could also wear it with some pants and tuck it in with a cute belt! Using measurements from her Mama, I made this to fit. It looks sooooo tiny and brings back so many memories of smocking for my girls.
With these updates, I will head down to my sewing room to finish that little shirt and quilt her quilt also! Sure would be nice if I could get it done today!!
Before I sign off, I just wanted to mention the families involved in the terrible incident Friday. What a tragedy...my thoughts and prayers are with those touched by this. Kiss your babies and grand babies near and far and be sure your loved ones know you love them!
God Bless and Take Care,
I have a pattern I designed for keeping my projects organized which I have used and loved using for years!Hallbrook Designs or use the link to the left if you wish. I have made several different sizes...large, medium and small. You can see one of them in use here while riding in the car. When you go on a trip or to a quilting group to stitch and don't have a table, it works really good because the binder sides are stiff and allow you to have a little flat space to use as a table while sitting in a straight chair. Then when it's time to go home or get out of the car, all you do is zip it shut! They have been used ALOT! But now, I have so many different projects going, I have piles of projects laying here and there to stitch on now and then. I need to make a few more binders to keep projects in, but there just isn't time for me right now!
Even my own junk is a new treasure for me!! I needed a bandaid this morning and went in search of the right size...couldn't find a safety kit with any bandaids left so gathered a few to throw away. As I was getting the last health goodies we have not used out of the cases, I realized these cases could be used and used WELL! Look at this great divider in this big case!
And here it is in action!
It has a perfect slot for my glasses, thimble and thread and two larger sections for unused pieces and the block I am stitching on! I'm excited!
The labels are coming of easy peaty on this one! I think I have a new treasure!
I can keep all my floss colors for the project I am working on in the caddy, ready to find easily! Instead of getting snagged in a basket or lost under the end table. I also have a habit of forgetting to write down the colors I am using for a Punchneedle project, then spend quite a bit of time trying to figure out what exact colors I used for the pattern. With my floss all packed away neatly in this box, I have an easy way to know exactly what colors I used!
Life's getting easier with these little (junky) treasures! I could show you a few more, but you get the idea...
What do you use to keep organized??Have a great day and take care,
Now it feels like Christmas!