Saturday, December 29, 2012

Quilty finishes for 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, it's a great time to look back to see some of my quilt finishes.  

Tank's owly quilt

Tina & Tilman's "42 Mocha Berry Shadows & Thanks for all the Fish!"

Thirty Shuffle for Henry & Barb

Comfort Quilts for CKQG 
- the tops come to me pieced, with batting & backing and I do the quilting - 
someone else does the binding - I love it!



More quilts headed for Comfort Quilts for CKQG - these tops are ones that my BF does, and I do the quilting.  I have about a dozen more to quilt!  My favourite method for this was putting the quilts side-by-side - the last batch we sent for binding had 4 quilts on one back - not even cut apart - sure cuts down on loading time!  I didn't even keep track of how many of these I've done :(  Oh well.

This quilt is going to a JDRF fundraiser - the back is so fun - popsickles!

Patriotic Blazing Star for Doug & Lara
 

And there is a pile of tops I've finished, ever so patiently waiting their turn on the frame :) So lots to look forward to already for 2013!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Blazing Star

I finally worked up the courage to put this one on the frame and quilt it!  Definitely have thanks to the amazing quilters at MQR forum for tons of inspiration.  The top has been completed for almost a year.  The recipients are here for the holidays so I'm very glad to be able to send it home with them!

This is a Blazing Star (Lone Star, Texas Star, lots of names for this pattern!), made with fabrics from Henry Glass & Co 'Buggy Barn Basics' line.  The batting is Pellon Legacy Natural.  Quilting threads were Superior Threads 'Lava' (Red Hot) on top and 'Magna Glide' (Blueberry) bobbins.  First time for both threads - love them!  Didn't even take out the backlash spring from the bobbin case and they worked wonderfully.

My quilt hangers and helpers braved the snow to hold up the quilt in the sunshine.

I did a different design in each of the star points, wandering feathers surrounded by radiating lines in the corners, swirls in the border.










Friday, December 7, 2012

Advent(ure) 6-7

Day six treasure touched my heart - a beautiful piece of lacework.  Along with the lace, a booklet from the facility where the lace has been made for so many years - what happened to it during the war, what they're doing today.  And the story of the little girl gazing into the night sky, sprinkled with the gold dust of the stars.  

"Once upon a time there was a little girl whose father & mother had died, and she was so poor that she no longer had a room to live in, nor a bed to sleep in, and at last she had nothing else but the clothes she was wearing and a little piece of bread in her hand that some charitable soul had given her.  She was good and pious, however.  And as she was thus forsaken by all the world, she went forth into the country, trusting in dear God.

Then a poor man met her, who said "Ah, give me something to eat, I am so hungry."  She handed him her entire piece of bread, saying, "May God bless it for you," and went on her way.

Then came a child who moaned and said, "My head is so cold.  Give me something to cover it with." So she took off her cap and gave it to the child.  And when she had walked a little farther, she met another child who had no jacket and was freezing.  So she gave her jacket to that child, and a little farther on one begged for a dress, and she gave her dress away as well.  

At length she made her way into a forest and it was already dark.  Then there came yet another child, and asked for a shift, and the pious girl thought to herself, "It is a dark night and no one can see you.  You can very well give your shift away," and she took it off, and gave it away as well.  

And thus she stood there, with nothing left at all, when suddenly some stars fell down from heaven, and they were nothing else but hard shining talers, and although she had just given her shift away, she was now wearing a new one which was of the very finest linen.  Then she gathered together the money into it, and was rich all the days of her life."

(Talers - silver coins issued by various German states from the 15th to the 19th centuries.)

Day 7 - Lindt chocolate!  YUMMMMM :)


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Advent(ure) Christmas

What a surprise arrived today!

My middlest has a very amazing cross-country friend.  She and her parents arranged for a package for us that arrived in the mail today.  Who doesn't love packages in the mail!


This one arrive with lots or protective packing!  Packs of air, bubble wrap, packing puffs.


And under all that protection - a never-ending supply of packages.  And there are numbers on each of the packages.

And a wonderful card - we have received an Advent Calendar.  I've never had one before!!  Every day we get to enjoy the Christmas spirit and open another treasure.  Of authentic German gifts from a wonderful couple - we sure hope we get to meet them one day :)
Aren't they pretty!  There's also a package in there for our middlest.

This is a 'Smoking Mannikin' - with an assortment of scented smokers.

#1 - Will have to have family here to share these!

#2 - Isn't this the sweetest!  A teensy tin, holds perfectly teeny red Christmas candles.

#3 - More to share! Traditional German baking in a beautiful oval tin.

#4 - Chocolate.  Pralines.  Who could want anything more!

#5 - a perfectly delightful holiday table runner

And now we're caught up - tomorrow we have another adventure :)

What a delightful, thoughtful, totally unexpected gift.  Talk about making our day - we'll get to smile every day!

Project 48 Quilt Finish

Project 48 Quilt We've had so much rain and wind it has been a challenge to find a good time for photos.  This is the finish of my ...