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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.

7 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Randi – WOW! You’ve done a lot! I love the pillow cases, and I’m sure Sammi will be so thrilled. That is really neat. Pay it forward is a great thing. Love it.

    The chicken quilt is great – and the panto is perfect!

    Happy New Year!


  2. Randi..You sure have been busy! Those pillowcases are wonderful! And your quilts are awesome! Love the chicken quilt! I bought some fabric with hens knitting that I am going to do for my older sister. You have made me want to get started!


  3. Randi –

    Your pillowcases are fantastic … and exactly the way to “pay it forward”. You made my eyes leak with your generosity.

    I love love love your chicken quilt …and agree with you about the panto looking like chicks.

    The Gracie’s Star quilts are wonderful and I really like that you are embroidering all your labels. They look so professional and are highly readable!

    Lastly, your angel ornament is a beauty. Your choice of thread makes it look like you have used satin fabric!

    Thank you, Randi, for adding a prayer to each of the pillowcases. Now that’s paying it forward !!



  4. Happy New Year Randi!!!!!
    Love the web page you do and the friends I have told enjoy reading and seeing your work!!!How is the cut finger? I was looking for a picture of it,I know it hurt and bleed like crazy.
    I loved the pillow cases and the people reciving them will be cheered up and love them as well.hope you have a good year sewing and quilting.

    Talk later,bye.


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