Winter’s Tale

On one of my shopping trips to Las Colchas, a display quilt caught my eye. It was made from the fabric collection of Elizabeth Grubaugh, which I found to be so “active” and different. One of the fabrics is called Bear’s Holiday…my favorite. Another print, that has very cute rabbits, is called Marshmallow Morning. Then there is the Deer Santa print. The animal prints just tell a story. The quilt is called A Winter’s Tail, but I think it should be called a Winter’s Tale. It is a holiday quilt, but it does not look like the typical seasonal quilt. I bought the fabric and pattern on impulse, and I’m glad I did.
I managed to get everything cut today. I also pieced thirteen of the blocks. I hope to finish piecing the other blocks tomorrow. Then I can assemble the quilt when I return from Rockport.

A Bear’s Holiday

I love the color combinations.

Block #47 ~ Buda Thanksgiving

We celebrated Thanksgiving in Buda, Texas, with my son and his family. My granddaughter was so proud of setting the table and making the place cards. She was also very excited about the delicious cheesecake that she and her mother prepared.
We sat by the fire pit on the deck. My son always prepares tender meat and poultry on his Egg barbecue pit.
I just sat back and enjoyed listening to my granddaughter tell jokes from her joke book.
It was a great day.

Block #47 ~ Buda Thanksgiving
Background: Multi-colored stripes.
Backing: Multi-colored circles.
Technique: Applique
Embellishment: Bead, embroidery

Block #46~ Friday, November 16

My grandson woke up all excited about Friday being Christmas tree decorating day. While we waited for everyone to return from school and work, the two of us painted rocks. He was so focused as he painted his snowman rock. He wanted it to be part of the decorations for the house. His dad bought an easel stand for the snowman to be displayed in the Sun Room.

This snowman rock painted by my grandson is the inspiration for my journal entry this week.
Decorating the house with my grandson was Snow Much Fun!

Block #46~ Friday, November 16
Snow Much Fun!
Background: Peppermint-striped fabric. Backing: Green and red snowflakes
Technique: Applique
Embellishment: Beads

Clown Cars

I dropped off the owl quilt top with my friend Jeana. She said she can have it quilted in time for Christmas. Yay!
She is working on the log cabin quilt I made in October. Jeana also said she could quilt the small Christmas top that I am starting, if I can get it to her by next Wednesday, when I pick up my other quilts. In the corner of her studio, there were six tubs that each contained quilts she had already finished.  There were also about 5 tubs with quilts that she plans to complete before Christmas. Jeana is absolutely the best!
I plan to get started on the Christmas quilt top today. Hopefully, I can get a bunch done before I leave for Rockport.
When my Meemaw friends and I went to the Houston International Quilt Show, we were given fabric name tags in the shape of cars. They gave me their name tags so that I could make something out of them. I made some clown car mug rugs to take on our trip.

 

Meemaw Clown Car

The Meemaw Clown Car will be on the road this week. We are heading out to Rockport to see the Whooping Cranes and other birds. We have booked an excursion on the Whooping Crane and Coastal Bird Tours . One of the Meemaws asked if I would paint a rock for us to leave behind at her brother’s coastal house.

After painting one rock to leave behind, I thought it might be fun to paint a rock for each one of us to keep.

I hope the weather cooperates with us so that we can go on the boat tour. I won’t mind if it is cold; I just hope it is not raining.

Owl Quilt

A few weeks ago, I was shopping at the Austin Sewing Machines and Quilting Shop in Round Rock. I purchased a  Black Cat Creations pattern, Snapshot, designed by Minay Sirois. The shop had changed the pattern a bit, by using a smaller panel for the focus. The panel was a snow owl, which is my granddaughter’s favorite owl. I thought it was cute, so I purchased the fabric, along with the pattern.
I cut and pieced the quilt top today. Now, I am wondering if the owl is cute or maybe it is a bit scary. The eyelashes on the owl are questionable. Too late to change now. I will be using an orange Minky fabric for the backing, since my granddaughter is very fond of Minky.

The studio is now closed for the holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Note to Self: Start Earlier

I thought I had given myself plenty of time to make the seasonal crafts I like to gift on Thanksgiving. The time away from my studio led to a mad rush upon my return home. I like to help my family start their Christmas by giving them something seasonal on Thanksgiving Day. In the past two days, I made three sets of place mats, two hot pads, one sock snowman, and eight pillow covers. Now, I need to cut and piece an owl quilt that hopefully can be quilted in time for Christmas.

I made the mistake of putting the zipper on the top of the pillow!👀


My work table was a mess!

Nancy gave me these vintage panels. One has a red backing and the other has a green backing.

This is one of the hot plates I made out of coiled rope, covered by fabric. I used the remaining fabric from the place mats that I made. I didn’t take photos of the place mats or other hot plates.

One of the favorite activities I used to do with my students during December, was reading The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs. We would also view the video…the music is beautiful. The story is wordless. The students made snowmen out of socks. Then they drew pictures to tell their own wordless story. When I was with my grandson, we viewed the video. I made him a sock snowman to capture this very special evening.

FMQ

Free-motion quilting is something that I still find very difficult. I can FMQ small things, but anything larger than a place mat is beyond me. I  have made sandwich blocks for practice, and I try to practice at least 3 days out of the week. Lori Kennedy at Inbox Jaunt, provides great FMQ tutorials on her blog. Recently, I started viewing tutorials on how to use FMQ rulers.
Today, I visited the Austin Sewing and Quilt Shop. I purchased my Juki sewing machine at this shop, so I went to ask about the FM ruler foot for the Juki. The shop will be having lessons on using the ruler foot in January. I do not know enough about the effectiveness of using a ruler for quilting. Before I go through the expense involved in using a ruler for FMQ, I was wondering if anyone could share their thoughts and experience.
I spent the morning watching Hallmark Christmas movies and painting more seasonal rocks.

 

B-rrr!

It has been a beautiful, cold, November morning. I will be away from my studio for a few days. In the meantime, my Grinch project is in the works. I received some great ideas from friends on how to use the Grinch blocks I made. I finally decided to make a double-sided pillow, as suggested by Sandy, at Gray Barn Designs.

I am not happy with the hearts I have made so far, so I will try again later.
Yesterday, I went to drop off a quilt top with my friend, Jeana,for quilting. I find our visits to be very inspirational and educational. Jeana is the one who encouraged me to enter a quilt in the GSAQG Quilt Show two years ago. Because of her, I was able to win Honorable Mention in the first-time quilt category for a quilt I made in honor of my mother.

Jeana surprised me with this crystal sewing machine yesterday. She is such a sweet friend.
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