28 December, 2016

Goals for 2017

For 2017, I do have some thoughts and plans. First will be the finishing of several UFO quilts. Do you also tend to finish quilts for other people before your own? Some of mine have been just quilt tops for several years, lol. In the plans is also to venture into more intricate quilting designs. Having been quilting for only about 3 years, my "go-to" is usually the large meandering. This is an excellent design that works for many quilts, but I really need to learn some more designs. Closely related to this will be my first attempt at a wholecloth quilt with some fabrics won recently. Wish me luck! Another plan is to continue attempting to make better blog photos. While they have gotten better, some still do not look as good as I'd like. Any helpful photography tips are always appreciated. Improving on writing blog posts will be a goal as well. As a closing thought, my word for 2017 is going to be patience. Everything cannot happen/be done instantly, right? Sending thanks to Yvonne of Quilting JETgirl for hosting a link party for our plans for 2017. Be sure to visit her blog and even join in the link party. Image: geralt | Pixabay.com

~Linking-up with Quilting JETgirl's 2017 Planning Party~

27 December, 2016

Top Posts of 2016

'Thought it would be a great time to calculate and post this blog's Top Posts of 2016. Each post included received from between 10 and 12 comments. The number came-out to be 6 posts, as some tied in count. Pictured above are the Top 2 posts: Gwennie Inspired QAL: center & first row, and OK, so what is this item? Gwennie received 12 comments, and OK received 11 comments.
Next, in # 3 and #4 places, are Stars In A Time Warp: completed quilt top with 11 comments, and We are 50 something...today! receiving 10 comments.
Claiming the # 5 and #6 places are Gwennie Inspired QAL: round 4 with 10 comments, and Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge gaining 10 comments as well. This makes a total of 6 posts. QAL's gained the most comments, with 3. Giveaway/Contests, Birthday, and Gifts each gained 1 comment. You can look under those labels on the left sidebar Categories to read those posts. Thank you all for another awesome year of blogging!

~Linking-up with: Meadow Mist Designs' Best of 2016 Link Party~

25 December, 2016

Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas to you all. Hoping your day is happy and spent with those you love. Pictured above is our Christmas tree for 2016. Yeah, it does not change much from year to year, except the gifts and the ornaments, lol. The children love those sparkling lights so much. Hoping you all have a safe and happy holiday. Prim winter holiday blessings.

22 December, 2016

Christmas gift for twin sister

Good morning friends. How is holiday decorating/preparing going? Ours is finally almost completed. My twin sister loves cats, so the wall hanging quilt pictured above is perfect for her. It is a pattern by Caroline Kearney, called This Flower Is For You, and is from a purchased book. The designer states that she loves the interplay of black and white, and that it inspired this pattern. Mine finished at 26 1/2" X 23", and features all-over meandering machine quilting. The appliques are also machine stitched. On the back are two corner pockets all ready for a wooden dowel (included) to hang the quilt on the wall. To see the back, with it's pieced backing, follow the link below my signature.

~Linking-up with Kelly at: My Quilt Infatuation: Needle & Thread Thursday~

~Linking-up with Sarah at: Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?~

18 December, 2016

Mason® jars decorated

Hoping you all are enjoying these last remaining days of autumn. Winter will be here soon. Pictured above are two Mason® jars that I decorated. One is more autumn while the other is winter. The autumn one is filled with fake berries, while the winter one is filled with fake snow flakes. The instructions for these is from: Jill at: Create Craft Love.com. She did the autumn leaf one, and I decided to do the winter snowflake one. The jars were free, as they came from our own kitchen. Recall my post about finding them back in 2013. They appear to be a bit old. These are so cute, but decided to not give one to my daughter until granddaughter is a bit older (the glass could break if dropped). Many thanks to Jill for this tutorial. Today, we could obtain some real snow for that winter snowflake jar. Although the Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice does not begin until the 21st, we are getting a wintery mix currently. Prim autumn/winter blessings.

14 December, 2016

Christmas Ornaments pillows

Hello you all. Pictured above is a cute Christmas pillow that I made for my daughter & her family. This is so modern and chic- they are bound to love it. The free pattern is from: Kathy of: K T Green Designs. Mine came-out to be 15" square. The candy cane binding really makes it pop, doesn't it? Yes, it was supposed to be cut on the bias, but didn't have enough fabric to do that. So, overall, the pillow seems to be a success.

~Linking-up with Kelly at: My Quilt Infatuation: Needle & Thread Thursday~

Here is the pillow for my sister and her family. It is the same Christmas Ornaments pattern by K T Green designs, but with an NCAA spin. They love Alabama football, so their pillow features Alabama collegiate print fabrics. 'Think they will like it?

08 December, 2016

Winner: Homespun Holidays Giveaway 2016

Good morning all. Thank you for all who entered my annual Homespun Holidays Giveaway. Random Number Generator© selected #2. Our winner is:

Diane of: Lavender Dreams

'Will get the gifts in the mail asap, Diane. It truly makes me happy to make gifts for people, and this giveaway is something that I look forward to every year. Hoping that you all are enjoying the week, and all ready for the upcoming holidays. Prim blessings.

04 December, 2016

Holiday Mantels Link Party

Here is our holidays mantelscape for 2016. This mantel, the whole room, was refinished recently with new paint and ceiling. The fireplace/mantel is original to our 1947 house.
*Link-up open thru 25th December, 2016*