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Happy New Year!

I started 2010 out by spending my morning working on a Pay It Forward project.  Last month, Sammi Brown, surprised me with a most generous gift.  She would not accept any compensation and stated it was her way of paying it forward.  So today, I happily worked on paying it forward in honor of Sammi.  Sammi and I have never met in person. We have become acquainted through the online quilting community. I was so touched by her generosity toward me and have thought and thought about what I could do for her in return.  Maybe knit her a scarf?  Send her gift card? Then it dawned on me that it would probably tickle her pink if I simply passed her good deed on in some way.  I made these pillowcases for pediatric cancer patients being treated in Amarillo.  They will be collected and delivered by my local quilt guild.  Sammi, these are also for you.  Thank you, my friend. 🙂

I used Vicki Welsh’s awesome pillowcase tutorial.  Her instructions are just great and make it so easy and fun to whip some of these out.  I said a few prayers for the recipients while making them, as well.

I ended 2009 with one final finish.  Yesterday evening, I put the last stitches in the label of my Gracie’s Star.  Yay!  Yes, there is a small booboo on the label, but I really don’t care. I love this quilt.

And, I have a couple of “almost finishes” for 2009.  A baby size “Gracie’s Star”, but in Cowboy fabrics for a baby boy.  I have the binding attached, but still need to do the hand-stitching to the back, and the two labels I made for it are ready to be stitched on, and it will be finished.  I must hurry, as the baby is due to arrive this month!  It was commissioned by my friend, Wendy.

And, I got my chicken quilt quilted, and binding attached, ready for the hand-stitching, as well.  It is not the prettiest quilt, but it has all my chicken fabrics in it, and will be cozy and snuggly.  I like it.

Chickens on the front.

Hens & roosters on the back.  And, I still have enough of this fabric left to back one more large quilt, and then some.

I used Jodi Beamish’s Fancy This quilting panto because this part looks like a chick to me.

I also finished this angel ornament, made with my embroidery machine. That was kind of a fun project.  Took quite a bit of time, though. Not to mention thread…lol.

That’s all for now! I hope your 2010 is off to a great start! I must go get the blackeyed peas and cornbread ready for supper.