Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Family's Christmas

I took  this week off to spend Christmas time with my family.  Here's a few photos of our celebration.

Gavin putting lights on the tree.

Levi and Trent outside with a Snowman.

Levi working on the train for under the tree.

Trent visiting Santa for the first time.

Our tree all decked out.

Trent opening a gift.
Merry Christmas everyone!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dreaming of a White Christmas...

Frosty Table Runner

Yes, we're dreaming, here.  No white Christmas in sight.  It's been warm enough to play outside this week.  And though we had a small cold front come through last night, it wasn't that cold!  Not that I like to be cold - I don't!  It just seems more  Christmas-y when it snows a little bit.  Maybe you are having a little snow in your corner of the world.  Just a little.  Smile.

So, I worked on my Frosty Table Runner this week.  The whole center section came together yesterday.  Everything went smoothly.  Frosty is fusible appliqued with a tiny zig-zag stitch around the edges.  The evergreen trees are paper pieced.  The tree trunks are made out of a metallic etched leaf print - very pretty!  The block background fabric looks like falling snow.  I'm going to add a thin red border, and then another blue border to finish it off.

Here's the Frosty Quilted Trivet.  It is made from the same Snowman block as the table runner.

In other news, be sure to mark your calendars for January 11, 2012.  I will be a guest blogger at the Quilting Gallery on that day.  I'm so excited!  I will be having a giveaway of one of my patterns, too.  If you have not been to the Quilting Gallery, you should visit.  It's a great site.  They have contests, giveaways, and links to endless quilting bloggers.  My favorite feature is the way they have the quilting bloggers set up.  You can look up bloggers by country or state, to find other quilters near you, or meet someone from across the globe.

Until next time....please visit the Curlicue Creations shop, and have a super day!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Twelve Days of Christmas


Twelve Days of Christmas

Frosty Tablerunner

On the first day of Christmas, my truelove gave to me a Frosty Tablerunner!  I designed this cutie using the Frosty Quilted Trivet snowman design.  I added a zippy looking evergreen tree to each side of Frosty, and voila!  Another project for me.  Just what I needed.  It looks like fun, I will squeeze it in somewhere.

Button Dolly and her new best friend.

I know everyone fell in love with button dolly and her bright red hair.  But she was a little lonely, even with all the kind e-mails she's been receiving.  I had to pick up a friend for her this week.  Button dolly's best friend, blue button dolly is equally as cute!  Her arms and legs are made of stacks of blue, white, brown and black buttons, with a couple of little wooden spools, too.  These gals need some names.  Ideas, anyone?

Americana Bandanna Quilted Trivet

I've also been working on a new pattern for the Americana Bandanna Quilted Trivet.  It should be in the Curlicue Creations shop sometime later this week. 

Checkerboard Cat Block

The Checkerboard Cat Quilt Block Pattern is in the shop now.  It is the first in a series of Cats in Baskets block patterns.  Each basket features a different traditional quilt block.  It's a sampler of sorts.  There will be twelve blocks in all.  At only $3.00 per pattern, this is a fun and affordable way to make a paper-pieced cat quilt.  Meow!

Until next time....Have a super day!  Keep quilting, and please let me know what you're up to.  I love those comments and meeting you all!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas is Coming!

Olde St. Nick
Block #313, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 4

How many more days until Christmas?  I don't want to know!  I'm not ready!  Will Santa make it to my house  this year?  Not to mention the birthdays.  How did I manage to have two children with birthdays right around Christmas?  What was I thinking?  Anyway, if you're like me, you are now realizing that there's no way you're going to finish all those good intention handmade gifts you planned on sending to everyone.  :)  Christmas cards?  Christmas cookies?  I'm lucky to have the tree up and decorated.  It is beautiful though...sigh!  I made this Olde St. Nick block months ago, while testing for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 4.  I want to put those blocks together into a "Storybook" quilt.  I can see it in my head, but when will I get to that one?  

Mountain Bears Quilted Trivet

I did finish the Mountain Bears Quilted Trivet and put it into the Curlicue Creations shop this week.  This would make a nice last minute gift for that bear lover in your life.  It measures approximately 11" x 15, and features primitive curlicue quilting, and cute bear silhouettes.


The back of the trivet also features the bear silhouette fabric.

This trivet makes your Christmas cookies look extra yummy!

One more shot of the trivet hanging out in the garden with the angels.

Checkerboard Cat Block
(12" x 12")

I also started working on patterns for my Cats in Baskets series.  The first one will be the Checkerboard Cat.  Each basket in this series features a different traditional quilt block, making it a sampler of sorts.  There will be 12 blocks in all.  They all feature precise paper piecing for gorgeous results!

Until next time....Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!  Be sure to visit the Curlicue Creations shop!  And as always, have a super day!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Frosty Quilted Trivet

Yes, it's holiday time again!  I've been busy trimming the tree, decking the house  in sparkly lights, and listening to Christmas Carols.  Levi, my 7 year old, heard a line about mistletoe in a song, and thought it was "missile toe".  That reminded me of when my now 12 year old, Gavin was little and thought Feliz Navidad was "sneeze, sloppy dog".  These could make some inventive quilt blocks!

Pine Tree Quilt Block Pattern

Here's a pic of the Pine Tree Quilt Block Pattern.  It makes a 9" paper pieced block.  It's available in the Curlicue Creations shop right now!

Mountain Bears Quilted Trivet

I'm also busy working on the Mountain Bears Quilted Trivet.  See the cute  bear silhouettes in the hearts? This should be available for sale in the shop soon!

New fabric scraps!

Yesterday I scored these great new scraps (most are just about  fat quarter sized) and also a twin size roll of batting for $5.00!  I just love thrift shop hunting!  What can I make with these?  Hmmmm.....sloppy dogs and missile toes?

Until next time...Have a super day!