Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas projects

Now that Christmas is gone, and the general havoc of having your children and grandchildren in the house for several days is done, AND clean up and put-away has happened, I feel that I can take the time to share some of the things I made as Christmas presents. :) We loved having our family here and wouldn't change it for the world, but the days are certainly VERY busy while they are all here (5 grandchildren from ages 8 months to 8 years).
Below shows 4 of the 8 placemats that I made for my daughter's mother-in-law. Natalie had asked me to make them for her, so of course, I said I would. The pattern is Crazy Patch Placemats from Merry's Stitchins. It uses 8 fat quarters and is a stack-and-whack. I think they make up very nicely.
Next is jelly roll race quilt I made for my other daughter Sarah. She had sewn up some new pillow covers for her living room and repainted the room, so I thought a pretty lap quilt to match would be a good idea. I used from a variety of Moda jelly rolls to get the colors I wanted to use, plus some Kona solids, including the backing and binding fabric.

On this quilt, I stitched in the ditch on every other row with decorative stitching and then FMQed every other pair of rows, some with stars and hearts, some with stippling.

I even got kind of clever and stitched their names in a corner (I don't know if they've noticed that yet--I didn't point it out to them.)

Another project I did was Points and Poinsettias (my 3rd of this pattern). I don't know who wrote the pattern--sorry about that. This one is for my sister-in-law in AZ. We will take it to her when we head down there to visit them. 

Here's a close-up of some of the quilting and the beadwork.

My last project was this snowman panel from JoAnn's a few (?) years ago.
I actually had 2 of them and made one for me and one for Natalie.
Now each of the girls have a Halloween and a Christmas wall hanging.
Think I'll work my way through several holidays for them. :)
Now I'm working on the quilt pattern "Dancing Colors" by Denise Russell of Pieced Brain. It was featured in the Moda Bake Shop not too horribly long ago. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it. I'm even using the same Sandy Gervais designed fabric that Denise used. I love Sandy Gervais' designs.
Happy 2016, everyone, and may it be full of stitches and laughter! (I'm hosting a Sew Day for our quilt group this Tuesday--we will have plenty of laughter and stitching!)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Peanut Butter and Coconut

Thanks to Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for her inspiration and the coordination of this blog hop!
I've already seen a lot of cookies--and other goodies--that I want to make!
I made 2 recipes that I want to share with you today.
The first is my all-time favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. I saw it on facebook a few years ago so I don't know who to credit but here it is:
Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg
That's it--no flour!
I couldn't believe they would hold together, but they do! Just pure peanut butter goodness!
Mix all ingredients together in mixing bowl.
Add chocolate chips, if you wish (I always do). Doesn't chocolate always go with peanut butter?
Roll into balls--or use cookie scoop--put on cookie sheet, and flatten with fork dipped in sugar.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Let cool if you are able...

It's very hard not to nibble, but they look pretty on a Christmas tree plate!

The next recipe is one I just tried this year: German Chocolate Macaroons. I think this is from Rachael Ray, but I tore it out of the magazine and don't have the name on the page--oops!
German Chocolate Macaroons
7 oz sweetened coconut flakes (I used shredded)
2/3 cup condensed milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
pinch of salt
In large bowl, gently mix all ingredients until blended.

 Drop tablespoons onto parchment-lined baking sheet or scoop balls into mini muffin cups, like I did.

Bake at 325 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes.
Serve when cooled.

Everyone loved these!
I hope you enjoy my recipes and the rest of those who are sharing today!
Be sure to visit today's bloggers:
December 3
Carol at Just Sew Quilter (you are here!)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Get Ready to Drool!

It's almost time for the Virtual Cookie Exchange! Starting December 1 through the rest of the week, several bloggers (including me) will be sharing pictures and recipes of cookies we have made. I'm eager to see what everyone is baking. :)
The picture below shows 3 of the completed placemats. There are 8 total and they are all done!
I used Superior Fastastico #5005 thread so there is a sheen and a variation in color, but it's hard to see with all the prints I used. That's ok. I like it anyway. There are all finished and ready to be gifted.
Many thanks to Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for putting the cookie exchange together!
Here is the blog order, in case I don't get it on tomorrow...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Last Day of Christmas is in My Heart

Well, I was too busy to get Wednesday's schedule on but I will get the last day.
I have enjoyed seeing everyone's contributions--and getting a few free patterns is an extra bonus!
Here are Thursday's hoppers:
Thursday, November 19
Thanks again to Marian of Seams to Be Sew for coordinating this hop. It has been fun!
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas is in My Heart Day 4

Hope a bunch of you are following this blog hop!
Here are today's sites to visit:
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Monday, November 16, 2015

More Christmas is in My Heart Sharing

Hasn't this blog hop been great so far?!
Don't forget to visit today's sharing on these blogs:
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas is in My Heart--My Turn

It's my turn for this wonderful hop--
thank you, Marian of Seams to Be Sew ( ,
 for putting this all together!
I saw many lovely creations yesterday and read some inspirational thoughts.
The first Christmas item I have to show is a panel I did to hang in our church sanctuary during the Advent and Christmas season. I thought about cutting it apart but against it and left it in one piece.
Maybe you can see that I FMQed the panel. All the brown is quilted to look like stones, and the lighter areas are stippled. I outlined the word "Rejoice" and the angels. I'm sorry that I didn't save the selvage to tell you what the panel is called or the designer, but I purchased the panel at The Quilter Corner in Morton, IL.

The next thing is this table runner. It was a kit I bought in Washington, IL, at Peddler's Way, called "Monochromatic" by Sue Michaels.
I love the gray and red--could not pass up this kit!
 I FMQed the entire runner with paisley-like figures.

You can see them better here. Boy, does that use a lot of thread!! All the quilting on such a small piece used 1 1/2 bobbins on my Tiara II. I was amazed.

Don't you think it looks nice with a few of my nativities sitting on it?

Next, I have made a table runner using the "Triangle Frenzy Swirl" pattern by Bunnie Cleland. I have made several of these, and so have the members of my quilt club, Cerro Gordo Quilters. This Christmas one uses a border design that is symmetrical so you have triangles that look the same, regardless of which side they are cut from. I use my walking foot for these and quilt along the lines of the border fabric.
I think this nativity looks nice on this runner.

 I am working on a Christmas gift and will show you what I have done. These are placemats from the pattern "Crazy Patchwork Placemats" by Merry's Stitchins (  in Jessup, IA (one of my favorite quilt shops).
A set of 8 placemats is made with 8 fat quarters and the stack and whack method. I had made one set but couldn't find my pattern to make this one. So, I just redrew the parts and thought through the way to cut them apart, restack, and sew together. In the photo are 3 finished placemat tops and on the right is the stack of parts for the other 5 placemats. I was despairing because I had no hearts in any of my projects (except my own) but then I noticed that the green fabric in these placemats has aqua hearts in it! Covered!
Last, I will show you something that is on my list of gifts to make: this Happy Snowman panel by Debra Jordan Bryan from JoAnn Fabrics. One of my daughters will like having this. 
So, even though it's not time for decorations, I was listening to Christmas music while typing this, and I have many other  gifts on my list to make. In the meantime, we will be decorating the church after Thanksgiving and beginning to really get into the meaning of the Christmas season. I will pull out more nativities to display (I have a large collection, many of which I leave out all year long), and decorate my own home too. Every time I pull out a nativity or look at one on a shelf, I have a reminder of what this is all about. Just like the picture at the top of my blog page (which I did last year), I think about that family and of Jesus and of what he has done to change so many of our lives. We are truly blessed.
There are others displaying their creations today:

Please be sure to visit them, and if you leave me a comment, I will enjoy reading it.
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