Monday, December 15, 2008

A little "celebration"

I'm counting the days to vacation this year - I'm off work from Dec 23rd to Jan 5th - wahooooo! I can hardly wait! Our company shuts down every year between Christmas and New Year's and with so many people taking additional vacation tacked on, work slows down a bit from now until the end of the year. I finally get time to do all those things I put off like cleaning up my email etc.
I was really busy last week getting ready for my Christmas luncheon last Saturday. Cooking, cleaning, making little table gifts, ironing tablecloths, putting the last of the Christmas decorations out - whew! I had the ladies from my quilting group over (9 of us) and some members of another quilting group we've got to know - 13 people in all. Everything turned out really well. I had DH take the doggies over to "grandpa's house" so we could have a nice peaceful time without the dogs barking, jumping on people, etc. The lunch buffet turned out well, we had a gift exchange, show & tell and just a generally great time.

One of the ladies from another group we've met rescued some old quilt blocks she found at an antique store that was going out of business. She made them into a quilt top and didn't it turned out lovely? The blocks were paper-pieced in the 1930's and the papers were cut from old newspapers and magazines from that time. Our friend has rescued several old quilts and quilt blocks she's found - isn't it nice to think that someone's hard work didn't go to waste. You wish that the original quilter who made the blocks could know that someone finally finished them into a real quilt. I always wonder if some day my UFO's will end up in a store or garage sale - scary thought!

This photo below is of a scrap quilt made from nine-patch blocks that our "sister group" exchanged. My group is doing the same thing -we've been exchanging nine-patch blocks every month for a year but we each still don't have enough to make into a quilt. It takes a lot of these little blocks to make something but isn't it lovely when it's done? I love scrappy quilts!


Just yesterday I finished up this little project below.

It's for a dear coworker of mine whose birthday was last week. She's a committed quilter and crafter like me and we've been friends for many years. I saw this sold as a kit and just had to make it for her. If you notice, it has a tape measure around the cake and the candles are made to look like spools of thread. Perfect for a quilter! She's coming over this week and we're both taking the day off to have a sew day at my house. It should be fun. She's also going to help me make her famous caramel recipe - I've tried it 3 times on my own and just can't get it right. Making candies can be tricky - I can cook most things but for some reason this just has me stymied. And I just LOVE good caramels! I'll let you know how they turn out this time - I'm feeling that finally this is going to be successful.

I don't have much stitchy news today. I haven't had time to stitch in over a week - I'm having withdrawal I think. I want to get back to my PS angel ornaments. You know, it was nice having my quilting friends over who were all amazed at all the cross-stitch I have up in my house. It makes a difference when visitors know how much work it is and can appreciate it. Have a great day friends!

13 comments:

  1. First off, have a wonderful vacation!
    OMgosh I love, love, love all 3 quilts. I am such a huge fan of grandmothers flower garden and the simple nine patch. How I wish that I fell upon those lovely flower garden blocks.
    I would love to know the name of the birthday cake pattern??? I am wondering if it is only sold as a kit.
    Happy Holiday~

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  2. Wow! The Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt is fabulous!
    I keep telling myself I am going to start making hexagons but would the initial enthusiasm wear off only for it to turn up in a charity shop fifty years later?
    I'm glas this quilt was finished and how amazing that there were snippets of old newspapers of that time to look at.
    What a treasure!

    Margaret

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  3. What a wonderful blog you have I love seeing your quilt pictures and those of your groups and I love your stitching, - I think the deor of your room looks so nice with that very pretty tree.

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  4. Enjoy your vacation! That quilt is awesomely finished! So pretty! Your friend will love it, I'm sure!

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  5. The quilts are awesome! How wonderful to finish them.
    The birthday gift you made is beautiful too!

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  6. I am drooling over those quilts!! Wow, they are gorgeous, each one of them. Lucky friend to get such a neat quilt, too! Your PS wreath is adorable! Great job. Love that exchange ornie, too. I've been meaning to do that for my friend. I love seeing it stitched up. Love the decor in your pics, too! Merry Christmas!

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  7. Hi Jeanne,

    I'm Wendy from Belgium. I found your blog while surfing on the internet. You make really nice things and I also know the problem of people who are not hobbyist. I love to do hobby's, I'm doing cross stitching, patchwork, cardmaking, scrapbooking, bearmaking etc.... too many things I want to do and too less time to do it. But I enjoy every moment of it.

    Greetings from Belgium,
    Wendy

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  8. Gorgeous! Gorgeous quilts!! You have a lovely home too!

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  9. Oh my goodness, Jeanne, what wonderful creations! I love the idea of your friend rescuing abandoned quilt pieces and finishing them up as they deserve. It makes me feel all warm & fuzzy. And that 9-inch squares quilt is incredible. When I think of my dream quilt, it's something like that. The quilt you made for your friend is so adorable - how clever!

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  10. That sounds like a lovely afternoon. I'm off as of 3PM Friday and I'm itching to get outta work! Have a great break!

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  11. Those are some awesome quilts! Wow! Love the birthday cake one.

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  12. All of those quilts are amazing! I like them all so much. The second one is pretty neat, I can see my scraps becoming that quilt :) Scrap quilts are the best!

    I like the birthday quilt, so cute :)

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  13. Just catching up on some blogs. I love the nine-patch quilt. Is there a pattern somewhere?? I have just started quilting not that long ago. So far I have a table runner done. I am working on a baby quilt and I have a few other projects started. I love your blog btw!!

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