Christmas Blessings

I wanted to share some blessings I have received this week.  First is this cute little tower of notepads, given to me by my dear friend, Betty.


It was so pretty, I hated to take it apart and start using it…but I did!

Next is this beautiful Christmas arrangement from another friend, Ramona.  The flowers and greenery are real.


I am really enjoying it this Christmas season.

Next up is a real cutie! We did a “Dirty Santa” ornament exchange at our guild party.  The first ornament I opened was this little reindeer.  I loved it.  Of course, it got stolen away from me, and by the time my next ornament was stolen, he was already out of play, so I couldn’t steal him back.  I ended up with a beautiful Jim Shore ornament, but I still did covet that little reindeer ornament.

The lady that made him works out at our hospital, in the office.  I dropped by there yesterday, to pay what was left on my MRI bill, and she was there and said “I have something for you.  It’s in my car.  I ‘ll be right back.”  And she came back with this.




What a complete surprise! It made me get all teary eyed.  I love giving surprises, but doesn’t it make you all warm & fuzzy when someone thinks of you, too?  Especially something so unexpected.  Edited to add: The pattern for these is Jingle Bell Jollies, by Twice as Nice Designs.

I started some much needed vacation time yesterday.  I hope to get caught up around this house, and get caught up on some quilt work.  I’ve gotten started on the 2nd of the memorial quilts for the Martinez family, and I’m almost finished quilting my friend Anita’s quilt.

Right now, I better go eat the buffalo wings I made for lunch, before they get cold!  Enjoy your Saturday!

longarm quilting · machine quilting · quilt top · quilting · quilts · stash busting

Sunday Reporting and a shout out to Anita!

My stash hasn’t changed much.  2/3 of a yd out for binding.  Oh! I had to come back and add a yard I forgot about! I have gifted a yard to someone, they just don’t know it yet! So 1 & 2/3 yds out of my stash this week.

  • Incoming Yardage to date: 84
  • Outgoing Yardage to date:  118 & 1/12 yds.
  • Total Stash Busted to date: 34 & 1/12  yds.
Today’s post is mostly for my dear, sweet friend…Anita.  We became best friends in high school.  Life has kept us apart from each other, physically, for about 12 years now.  But the quilt I have on the machine now is Anita’s.  This is a very special project for me! Twenty-seven years ago, would you have thought we would be working on a quilt together? 🙂  A little sneak peek for you, so you can tell me if you think I’m on the right track.
Now do tell me if you don’t like it! I’ll pick it out and start over! Really!
Working on this today got me thinking about this.
This was my wedding gift (my first marriage) from Anita, her mother and grandmother.  Her grandmother made it.  I have forgotten a lot of things over the years, but I remember that the card that accompanied it said they hoped I loved it as much as they loved me.  The marriage lasted a whole five years.  I had to choose some things to leave behind.  This was not one of them.  🙂