Sunday, December 29, 2013


It was one of the things bothering me in the kitchen.  Our kitchen linens were old, overused, and had seen a better day.  Most of them were 19 years old (wedding gifts).  It was time to get some new ones.  The last few days after Christmas have found me taking care of that little detail.

The dish towels (pre-stamped from Moda Home) were easily embroidered.

The hot pads were made with this tutorial from The Purl Bee.  I ordered the thermal batting and had everything else on hand.  They made up quite quickly.

Something new for the New Year.


P.S.  I've been cutting some kits for an upcoming quilt featured in the next issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.  I also had enough fabric to cut a few more kits of the Nantucket quilt, the Holiday quilt, and the Nightingale quilt.  Also - a couple of bundles of Midwinter Red fabrics.  These are very limited. Once they are gone - they're gone.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones!  We hope all your trees are trimmed and your stockings are ready to be filled.

May Santa, or Kris Kringle, or Father Christmas, or Papa Noel find your house easily.

We hope your roast turkeys, turduckens, or plum puddings are perfectly cooked and your family is well fed.

After all the Jingle Bells quiet down and the shredded wrapping paper is neatly recycled - may you all relax with your family - and may your stitches be neat and your loops be even.

Merry Christmas Polly and Laurie

p.s. Thanks Polly for sending this picture today.  We couldn't get the Ravens game on here - but this is Polly's 2 oldest sons Jeff and John and Jeff's son Michael at the game this weekend.  We won't talk about the score…...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Joy of Giving

This is Mark Dunn, the president of United Notions and Moda Fabrics with the quilt we designed for  Semper Fi.  We were honored to do our part and so proud when Mr. Dunn backed us 100% in this endeavor.  Thank you Mr. Dunn for everything you do.

You can read more about Mark Dunn here, over at the Cutting Table Blog…….

Happy Holidays to everyone at Moda Fabrics!  We love working for the best darned fabric company in the business.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Last Minute

It was a quiet, snowy weekend.  Errands were all accomplished by Friday evening and then I hunkered in for the snowy weather.  All is well here and I hope all is well with you.  I did finish one project last week.  The Hawaiian quilt is done (how's that for being seasonally inappropriate?).
 The weather being what it was….. it was hard to get a good picture.  This was my best attempt - I draped it over my drafting table and put on all the lights in the house.  It's still not very bright.

Here is a close up of the quilting.  This one is scheduled to be delivered to the recipient today via UPS. Happy Holidays Mary - and I'm sorry it took so long.

Now that the roads are clear, I'm off to run some more errands - then I'm back home to finish up some Christmas Present making.

To help you all in your final holiday errands - we have a sale in our Etsy store.  Make sure to use the phrase LASTMINUTE in the coupon code box when you place your order.  Starting now and until Thursday December 19th at midnight - everything is 20% off.  We are really low on kits right now, but we will be adding another kit in a few weeks.

On Thursday, Bill and I will attend a local production of White Christmas! We are really looking forward to it.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

More Holiday Windows

Polly is on a plane to take her back to Florida, but she sent these last photos of more windows.


Oscar de la Renta

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Season's Greetings from New York City

Polly is spending the weekend in New York.  It's a great time to be there.  Christmas time in New York is enchanting.  Today she and her husband were at Rockefeller Center to see the tree and the ice skaters.  Another holiday must-see is the windows at Anthropologie.  The past few years they have had a forest or woodland theme and it looks like that theme is still there - but it's even more magical….

This hibernating bear is made with wool yarn wrapped wooden spools.  Thousands and thousands of them.

A wolf emerging from his den….

A fantasy flower with more spools…

A day spent looking at holiday windows in New York is a day well spent.

Let's hope we get more pictures tomorrow.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

1868 Quilt Kit Winner

The silver icicle tree is up.  We live in a small house and I am constantly fighting the "too much stuff - too much clutter" syndrome.  I think this will be the extent of the Christmas decorating.

I am down to 2 gifts I have to purchase and I know what they are and where I am getting them - so basically the shopping dragon has been slain.  Whee!

So……. RUTHTHEQUILTER!!!!!!! -  You are the winner of the 1868 quilt kit and Quilts and Rug book.

Email me HERE and I'll get it out to you before the holidays.

We got a photo of most of our strike-offs for our next collection yesterday.  They are still waiting on the last set of strike-offs at Moda.  Once the final collection has been decided on, then it's 6 weeks before I get the fabric in my hot little hands.  I have 4 patterns drawn up on graph paper waiting for it's arrival.  6 weeks!  I may design another dozen quilts in the meantime.

That's okay. I'm getting caught up on other things.

I organized my fabric scraps yesterday.  I'm so pleased with it I am thinking about doing a major reorganization of my stash.  I know. That way madness lies……..


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