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Tree Skirt 2017

When I asked my Hubby to help me draw a wedge template to make a Christmas tree skirt, he said, “So…you are in a Christmas spirit this year?”

Hmmm…guilty as charged.  The Christmas tree hasn’t been put up and decorated with all the shiny baubles in the last few years.

But the grandbabies are coming on Christmas day this year!

YESSSSSS!!!!!!

I need the Christmas magic around my house this year.  The tree, the baubles, the trimmings, the lights…it is coming out to transform my home into a place of holiday cheer.

I need a tree skirt.  A glittery tree skirt.

Tree Skirt 2017

There are metallic fabrics that have been living in my stash for many a year.

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

These fabrics are creating a wonderful skirt to dress up the Christmas tree!

Tree Skirt 2017

Shiny red and green rayon thread is machine quilted on some of the wedges of the skirt.

Tree Skirt 2017

And gold metallic thread on the other wedges.

I had some trouble with that metallic thread, but encouragement from a few friends, and perseverance pays off!

Tree Skirt 2017

I rarely make bias binding, so I referenced one of my favorite patchwork books to refresh my memory on the best way to make it.

Tree Skirt 2017

This neutral fabric with metallic dots wasn’t my first choice for binding, but it was the only fabric in my stash that I had enough of.

Tree Skirt 2017

The binding turned out to be a nice accent.

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

The free motion quilting gave the skirt great texture!

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

There will be cookies this year, too!

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A Quick Project

Remember the quick and easy project that I began when the power was out (click here)?

I found a free pattern online called Sugar Town.

Alyssa's Quilt

I am not a sweet pink, baby blue girlie type of gal, but I have a little girl in mind who I think will love this quilt.

I have had fun taking time out to sew this up.

I changed the original pattern just a bit.  I added setting triangles and corners to my version.

Alyssa's Quilt

The quilt top is as big as the garage door.  Ha, ha!

 

Bucks in the Garden

Sunday was a very pleasant and relaxing winter day for Hubby and me.

Hubby enjoyed working on his model projects, and I spent the day working on sewing projects.

And we both enjoyed the view right outside our window.

Deer

Deer

Look carefully; there are two bucks snacking on oak leaves.

Deer

Deer

Power Outage? Sew What!

I had an entire afternoon off from the day job, so I planned to spend it working on a new project.  No deadlines, not doing housework, no have to do because…; just for the fun of it.

We were in the midst of our first blizzard of the season.  A cozy afternoon with a pot of tea and in my favorite space of the house would be heaven on earth.

But when I came home, the power was out.

Sew what!  Light the lamps and the woodstove, and all is well!

Power Outage

It was out for twelve hours!

November OMG 2017 Goal

Number 2 was drawn by Patchwork Times for the November UFO goal.

My number 2 is to do something with the Brazilian embroidery piece that I finished back in the year 2012.

Brazilian Embroidery

I have decided to make it into a pillow.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and check out the other goals for November!

October OMG 2017 Goal Update

My goal for October was to work on my Aunt Bea’s Parlor embroidery project.

I wanted to finish the embroidery, and get the blocks squared up and the corner triangles added.

All but the last block are finished in the photo below.  All are sewn together, except the last row.

Aunt Bea's Parlor

I am liking this!

Aunt Bea's Parlor

I even have the first round of borders sewn…a bonus for me, as I didn’t expect to get this far this month.

Aunt Bea's Parlor

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.

Update:

Thanks to Slow Sunday Stitching yesterday, I finished embroidering the 20th (and last) block!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 20

I also sewed the last row to the rest of the blocks, and put the top border on.

Aunt Bea's Parlor

I’m pretty happy with the progress of this project!

Aunt Bea's Parlor

Slow Sunday Stitching

I am pleased to say that Block 19 from the Aunt Bea’s Parlor project is completed!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 19

I’ll be working on Block 20…the last block!

Woo Hoo!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 20

I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching

Thanks to Kathy, I have been motivated to get these blocks embroidered.  If you click on the link, you can check out the projects that others are working on! 

Maybe you’ll be motivated to work on a project that has been sitting around just waiting for some slow stitching, too!