Sunday, December 29, 2013

Project Life Week 52

December 22 - December 28


356:365 The elf got into the bows last night. 
Sunday: The elf got into the bows overnight. 
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357:365 Working on daddy's Christmas gift. 
Monday: Working on Daddy's Christmas gift. 
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358:365 Great way to spend Christmas Eve day! 
Tuesday: Great way to spend Christmas Eve day! 
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359:365 Santa even remembered treats for the furry kids. 
Wednesday: Santa even remembered treats for the furry kids too. 
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360:365 Christmas with Grandma today. And we all got Bruins gear #bostonbruins 
Thursday: Christmas with Grandma today. And we all got Bruins gear. 
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361:365 Birthday girl is getting glammed up. 
Friday: Birthday girl is getting glammed up. 
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362:365 Not that I NEED fabric, but found Hushabye & Central Park on sale at LQS. 
Saturday: Not that I need fabric, but found Hushabye and Central Park on sale at LQS. 
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Handmade Holidays - Round 2

After finishing up the gifts for Megan's school I still had a few days before Christmas... just enough time to finish up a few handmade gifts for friends and family.

First up was the Houston Modern Quilt Guild holiday party and our annual ornament exchange. I ended up two partners this year, and I knew EXACTLY what I was going to make for both!

House Ornament made for HMQG Swap
Gabby loved the houses I made last year (and had one in her mosaic), so there was never any other choice for her. 

  Bird made for HMQG ornament swap
Debbie loves birds, and has a bird-themed Christmas tree... another easy decision on what to make.


A couple of days before Christmas I had a delightful dinner out with a few friends. And you can't do Christmas dinner without gifts, so I made up a few grocery bags with the adorable vegetable fabric I had leftover from the backing of my Double Disappearing Nine Patch quilt. I really wish I had a tiny bit more of this fabric to make one of these for me!

Grocery Bags


And finally, a little something for Megan. I whipped this pillow case up Christmas Eve for Megan to open before heading off to bed.

Christmas Cowgirl Pillowcase... and with that gifts are done! #handmadeholidays


But I didn't just give handmade gifts this year... I also received some really wonderful, and thoughtful, handmade gifts.

New additions to my tree thanks to my super-talented #HMQG friends... Sewing Machine by @smazoochie Reindeer by @gabriela_cast Mitten by Rebekah and Doxie by @fatchickquilts 
Sewing Machine by Beth, Reindeer by Gabby, Mitten by Rebekah, and Doxie by Liz. And no pictures yet, but I also received a voile scarf and an awesome cross-stitch kit.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Double Disappearing Nine Patch

For my last quilt as part of the Grace circle of do. Good Stitches, I had the group make Double Disappearing Nine Patches. I didn't have a quilt or pattern to reference, in fact my own blocks were the test-run to work out the fabric requirements, so I really had no idea what this would look like once it was all put together.

dGS Double Disappearing Nine Patch

But I figured almost anything would look good with a white background and bright solid colors, so I went for it. And I didn't always think it was going to turn out like I imagined... but I pressed on and finished it up.

And you know what... I love it! (so much so that I want to make one for me!)

dGS Double Disappearing Nine Patch

And how fun is that backing?!? I love those little vegetables!

dGS Double Disappearing Nine Patch

Quilt Details
Quilt Top Fabric: white and solids from various manufacturers
Backing Fabric: Ikea plus a little strip of Beetle Boy by Clothworks
Binding Fabric: Kona Cotton
Pattern: Double Disappearing Nine Patch
December ALYoF goal posted here.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Project Life Week 51

December 15 - December 21

349:365 Put a new spool on my machine tonight. That makes 5,580 yards of thread this year (plus longarm thread). 
Sunday: New spool of thread tonight... that makes 5,580 yards of thread this year (plus longarm thread). 
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350:365 The book Megan donated to her school's library as part of the Birthday Book Club. There's a book plate with her name in it & she's the first to check it out. 
Monday: The book Megan donated to her school's library as part of the Birthday Book Club. 
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351:365 Six more bags done! Only three more to go. Someone please remind me to start holiday sewing earlier next year! #handmadeholidays 
Tuesday: Six more holiday gifts done! 
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352:365 The Christmas lights at my building cheer me up after a long (& crazy) day. 
Wednesday: The Christmas lights at my building cheer me up after a long day. 
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353:365 @kakiofhoneyhill Thank You!! The mug (and candy) is fabulous!! 
Thursday: Thanks to the kindness of Instagram friends I now have Dallas added to my collection 
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 354:365 My little reindeer. 
Friday: My little reindeer
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355:365 Ornament exchange at #HMQG holiday party. 
Saturday: Ornament exchange at the Houston Modern Quilt Guild holiday party. 
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Handmade Holidays

Somehow I seem to have lost a week or two between Thanksgiving and now. All those great holiday plans... go see Christmas lights, bake cookies, send cards... yep, none of that has happened so far this year.

I told Megan I would make a holiday gift for her teacher. Silly me thought Kindergarten = 1 teacher = 1 gift. Oh no! The grand total came in at 11 handmade gifts... Kinder, art, music, PE, computer, librarian, councilor, principal, and 3 ladies that run the afterschool program. But with a plan, a few late nights, and a lot of episodes of Chuck on Netflix, I got them all done.

Made productive use of a sick day home with Megan... #dividedbasket for teacher Christmas gift.
Saggy Baggy Elephant divided basket for Kinder teacher

  Six more bags done! Only three more to go. Someone please remind me to start holiday sewing earlier next year! #handmadeholidays

First box pouch done! Now to assembly line 6 more (and come up with 3 more school gifts). #handmadeholidays
7 box pouches for all the 'specials' teachers

  After sewing 7 box pouches in 2 evenings I just couldn't make any more... so the after-school teachers are getting hippo coin pouches.  #handmadeholidays
And 3 hippo coin pouches for the afterschool ladies


Feels good to have these done! Now just a few more things to make and I'll be able to give my machine a little holiday break.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Project Life Week 50

December 8 - December 14

342:365 This weekend I baked, sewed & shopped. I'm ready to put my feet up with a glass of wine. 
Sunday: I baked, sewed and shopped... ready to put my feet up with a glass of wine. 
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343:365 Wonderfully sweet woman at Starbucks suggested she ring my drink & each YAH mug separately so I could earn a star for each ☕️ 
Monday: Wonderfully sweet woman at Starbucks suggested she ring my drink and each YAH mug separately so I could earn a star for each. 
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344:365 Day 2 of this one home & on the sofa.
Tuesday: Day 2 of this one home and on the sofa. 
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345:365 Because when you have a crazy-long to-do list the only reasonable thing to do is start a new quilt. 
Wednesday: Because when you have a crazy-long to-do list the only reasonable thing to do is start a new quilt.
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346:365 School held a kids shopping village... we sent money & Megan could buy gifts for the family. She is so proud of the gifts she picked out. And yes, there's one to herself there too. 
Thursday: School held a kids shopping village this week... Megan is so proud of the gifts she pick out for us (and yes, there's one to herself there too.) 
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347:365 D.C. added to my collection. Thanks for the swap @cbmauro !! #starbucks #youarehere #urhere 
Friday: D.C. added to my collection. 
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348:365 Bought Megan her first Chucks 
Saturday: Bought Megan her first pair of Chucks. 
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