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Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 - The Year in Review

 I thought it would be fun to look back on my stitching and quilting accomplishments in 2009.


A special thank you to my faithful friend and quilt model, Emma!

Thank you all for coming along on my stitching and quilting journey of 2009. The friendships I've made through blogging, needlework and quilting are one of my cherished memories of 2009. 
I'm looking forward to continuing that journey in 2010. My fondest hope is that you all will be taking that journey with me.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Delayed

Our family Christmas celebration was postponed until today due to the major snow/sleet/ice/rain storm that hit our area and lasted for four, very long, days.

That didn't stop Emma and Owen from enjoying their Christmas morning.

Emma needed no help... she got her Nylabone out of the packaging faster than I was able to open Owen's.

Owen just checking to make sure that there were no more presents to be opened. The wrapping paper and ribbons were big hits too!

The family gathered at my brother's cabin to celebrate Christmas today.

My brother Dave and his lovely wife Candace.

My niece Carrie and her husband Jason.

Carrie, Jason and their sons, Eli and Lucas.

My niece Alison and her husband Steve.

Alison, Steve and their daughters, Isabelle and Morgan.

My Mom, Dorothy.

Do you think Alison and Steve like their new snow shoes?


Thanks for another wonderful family Christmas at Pine Lodge!

I put the finishing stitches into my final piece for 2009. I wanted to stitch something festive, but not necessarily Christmas.

The Good Huswife
36 ct. R&R Antique Cotton
NPI & Belle Soie

Until next time... when I'll share my stitching plans for 2010.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quilts, Quilts....Everywhere

I like to try to tidy up any loose ends as the end of the year draws near. I received several quilts back from my long-arm quilter, Pat, and all that was left to do was to sew on the bindings. Those quilts sat on one of my dining room chairs for close to a month. Finally, this past weekend, I decided it was time to get the binding on those quilts. I sat on the living couch, a pup nestled close by, and tuned in my audiobook - The Outlander. Let the sewing begin.

Worn and Loved II c.1865
Designed by Carolyn Goins
Featuring Fabrics from the Worn and Loved II Collection
by Jeanne Horton (Country Sampler)
Quilted by Pat Butikofer


Jelly Bellies
Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.
Quilted by Pat Butikofer

Jo Morton's Stripy Quilt
Quilted by Pat Butikofer
  I love Jo Morton fabrics and have quite a collection of her fabrics in my quilting stash. I wanted to feature the blue fabric in a quilt top. I wasn't successful in finding the perfect pattern to showcase the fabric, so I decided to create a stripy quilt using  nine-patch blocks between the blue feature fabric. I'm very pleased with the outcome.
I've also finished the piecing on my Gettysburg quilt top. I love the way the border is constructed in this small 41" x 51" quilt top.

Civil War Battle Series #10
Clothesline Quilts

The final quilt top of 2009 is my Red Zinger. I still need to add borders to this quilt top, but I'm having trouble deciding how I want to handle the border treatment. 

Red Zinger
Karen Griska -
Quilter's Home - Sept/Oct 2008

Emma was very put-out that she was not included in the photo taking of the quilts. She was a bit too frisky when it came time to set-up the shots and was banned to the bedroom with her brother Owen. I'm making it up to her by including a snap of the Christmas ornament I had made for Emma.

The Emma with Santa egg was created by Cathy Santarsiero of The Christmas Corgi.  Don't you think that Cathy has captured Emma's likeness to perfection?

Before you go thinking that I've given up stitching in favor of quilting.... I wanted to share a snap of what I've been stitching on this past week. I went searching through my WIP closet and brought out Sheepish Designs - Alpha sampler. I'm stitching all three samplers as one long sampler with some minor changes. 

I'll close this post with a snap of the lovely cube that was finished by Deb, Artistic Needle.

Oops I have to include one more snap. Someone (Tanya) complained about the lack of snow in my Holiday snaps... here you go Tanya.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Corgi Cottage all Decked Out for Christmas


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!