Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas and exchange update

Well as usual it has been awhile since I have blogged. I have been busy getting ready for Christmas. I always seem to be working right up to the last moment! My DH and our youngest son and myself drove down to Chattanooga, TN to spend Christmas with our DD and her hubby and our two oldest grandchildren.

Here is some of the fun on Christmas morning. I had made the two grand-kids capes. Jacob is into spiderman, so of course I made a spider-man cape and pillow for him and Emily loves princess', so I made a princess cape and pillow for her.

Here is a princess tie blanket I made for Emily's birthday, which is in January.

These are the capes and pillows.

This is what we woke up to on Christmas morning in Tennessee. I couldn't believe I drove 1000 miles for this. I could have stayed in Minnesota:)

Our car just before we left Chattanooga for Atlanta. The drive was just terrible for most of the trip because of the snow. We did make it safely to Atlanta, actually Newnan, Georgia where DD number 2 lives. We ended up with 4 of our six children in Georgia for part of Christmas, which was very nice. We had a great time except of course for the weather.

When I arrived home from down south my Friends Stitching through the Seasons exchange was waiting for me from Michele. She stitched me this BBD piece which I have been wanting to do for myself. It was made into a very cute pillow. The back ground fabric is two fat quarters that Michele sent with the exchange. Thanks Michele for another great exchange.

Michele also included all these goodies: 3 skeins of Belle Soie (my favorite), a scissors, two pieces of linen, two patterns, some marking pins and mints plus it was in a really cute basket. I think I will be using the basket for the ornaments I plan to stitch through the year. I have really enjoyed this exchange group. I received four wonderful exchanges from Michele.

I decided to stitch ornaments for my children so here are the six I stitched from the 2007 JCS ornament magazine. The designs is from Sisters and Best Friends called "All Flakes Welcome". I think they turned out pretty good. Now my goal is to stitch ornaments every year for the children, check back next year and see if I accomplish this goal:)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a healthy and happy 2011.

Happy Stitching!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lots of Finishes...

I have been quite busy with stitching and finishing over the last three weeks. Here are some of my results:

This is the Fair and Square I received from Kathy A, in it's finished form. Turned out cute.

Here is the back view.

Then I stitched this Bent Creek stocking for my grandson Silas. I my plan is to make each grandchild a stocking, this one is number 3.

I have also decided to stitch an ornament for each grandchild and I have used this pattern for their first Christmas. I also stitched this ornament for my youngest child, so the first one I stitched was 22 years ago. This is such a cute first Christmas ornament.

Here is that first ornament stitched back in 1988.

Here are the two ornaments stitched for my grandson Jacob and granddaughter Emily. They live in Tennessee.

This ornament is from the 2010 JCS ornament magazine. This design is by Ladybug Lane Designs called "Joy". I stitched it on 32 count lime green with Belle Soie Kiwi.

Here is the 2010 Snowman by Lizzie Kate. I knew I wanted to do this one and finish it as a stand up box.
A view of the side.

This is LHN's Winter Wonderland. I stitched this one up about a month or so ago. I made the pouch with some fabric from the Minnesota Quilt shop hop.

Here is the inside of the pouch. I added some pockets and a place for needles.

I have been making a lot of pin pillows. The to one is Miss Mary Mac's Pins and Needles by M Designs. I believe the bottom one is from Notforgotten Farm Samplers called Alphabet Pin Keep.

I also stitched this about a month ago. It is Erica Michael's design "Button, Button". It was stitched on 32 count antique white with Belle Soie Kiwi. I made this into a bag for my buttons.

A view of the inside of the bag with some of the antique buttons I have collected.

I decorated my little Christmas tree. These are all of my LHN ornaments and some ornaments I have gotten from other blog stitchers plus a few others I have stitched. My tree is quite full I may need a bigger tree next year.

I still have a few more finishes to post but that is it for now.

Have a great weekend and Happy Stitching:)