Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

I hope everyone who reads my blog is ready for Christmas.....I attended my first Christmas party last night at my moms. See the Christmas tree pictured below. A very small tree with lots of presents below. We enjoyed a wonderful turkey dinner with all the good food that goes with it. Then opened presents and had my sisters home made ice cream cake.

Here is a picture of "the boys" who had a fun time opening their presents. Andrew has reindeer antlers on and had fun running around.
These hangers are what I made for part of my Christmas presents for family and friends. What fun to make and easy too. Just buy some (or make your own) quilted fabric. Trace around a plastic hanger...make a pattern. Sew the two halves of the cover down the hole where the hanger goes through.....then add a binding to the bottom and you are done. You could make lots for yourself and have a closet that is full of these hangers.
The last picture is a close up of the hangers. Jo Anns has a real good choice in pre-quilted fabric...use your coupon as it isn't cheap.
Have a Merry Christmas, spend time with the one's you love and don't forget the reason for Christmas. Christ's birth so very long ago.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Manteca Quilters Guild Christmas Party

Last Thursday night the Manteca Quilters held their annual Christmas Party at the Manteca Senior Center. Good company and good food go together and we had plenty of both. Here is a picture of my table.

Look at this cool gourd snowman table centerpiece made by Sandy Newcome. She grew the gourds and then dried them and made the snowman. Each table had a different snowman and they were raffled off at the end of the evening.....I'm not lucky....I didn't win one.
Here is the crazy quilted ornament that I made for our annual exchange. Nadine picked it....yea!
Carol picked this wool Santa ornament....isn't he cute.
Here is the ornaments that I received......from Pat K....too much work....all that cross stitching.
Look what you can do with all those corks that you take out of wine....make a Christmas horse ornament.
Lucky Eddie won the big gourd Santa that Sandy raffled off for charity.....someone is lucky.
Another lucky quilter.....Peggi won this purse from Yoni. Yoni gave chances out to all the people who helped her at the program she gave this year.

A fun night was had by all. Now we all need to get busy and sell tickets to our opertunity quilt and finish all those unfinished quilts for the quilt show in March.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I'm back.....

I've been very busy here at work so I've had no time to do anything here is a quilt post. These pictures were taken a week ago at Tuesday night sewing group. Sue brought in this beautiful fall quilt that's going to her sister back east. She used the X-block to make this quilt. Not a whole lot of contrast....but it works.

Here is a close up of the fabric and block that was used.
At the free sew Dianah brought her R Lily mystery quilt so we could give our opinion on border choices. A beautiful quilt.
A close up of the block.....sorry I didn't get a picture of the fabric she layed out for her borders.
Same mystery....different fabric and sewer......made by Liz W.
Close up of Liz's block....looks way different then Dianah's. She using the green print fabric for her stopper.
Hopefully we'll get to see the finished quilts in the quilt show in March.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

More from the Free Sew

Where has the week is Thursday and I'm downloading more pictures from the Free Sew. Yoni and Nadine came to cut out Hospice gowns.....two tables together makes the job so much easier.

Diane made pillow cases from Christmas flannel fabric she got on sale last spring.....what a good idea. Look at this cool pillow case.
Dianah's making Christmas presents.....look at that cool bra fabric.
Sharon was sewing wheel chair bags.....look at all she's sewing.
Linda was sewing these Christmas stockings for dogs.......they are cute.
Sharon and Linda are trying to untangle a roll of velcro.......doesn't look like sticks to itself.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Saturday Free Sew

We all had fun on Saturday's Free Sew......close to 15 sewers came and sewed and finished or started projects. Below Betsy is sewing on blocks for a colorful throw.And here is the finished throw......beautiful.
Joan's panel throw....she just added a border and quilted it....she got two done on Saturday.
Lu-Anne busy sewing and trying to get as much done as she can on a X block quilt for someone special.
Here is a close up of the blocks she made.
Linda busy sewing and getting lots done.
Sandy busy sewing a back for a quilt together.
More pictures tomorrow.....we sewed till 5:00 pm....trying to get lots done. What a good lunch we had two kinds of soup....and leftover turkey and ham and buns and pies....we ate good.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

More Quilt Show

There were a few BQ quilts at the show.......I really like the quilt is the largest BQ I've seen and made with different Asian fabrics.Another BQ made with flower prints......very nice.
I have the book this is based on.....One Block...kind of like the old stack and wack. Very interesting quilt. I have some fabric I'd like to try and make this quilt with.
Took this class many years ago from Carolee......really need to put it together.
I really love the colors in this orange.
This quilt tells a story. Very well done.
I have all the pieces for one of these quilts all the colors in this one.
Everyone have a good Thanksgiving.......I'm going to my mom's tomorrow and will enjoy a good dinner there. I'm hosting the free sew on Saturday at the Manteca library.....stop by and sew with us.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Saturdays Quilt Show.....Tuleburg in Stockton

Tuleburg Quilt Guild really put on a good quilt show.....loved the vendors. Here are a few quilts that I liked and took pictures of. This beautiful blue quilt is for Lu-Anne.....she loves blue.Love this bright puzzle quilt seen
A beautiful trip around the world.
I really like this quilt made from flower fabric.
The quilter must have lots and lots of flower fabric.....see the detail below.
The rest of the pictures tomorrow.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tuesday Sewing Group

Last Tuesday was a busy night at our weekly sewing group. Dianah was taking out all the machine quilting that she'd done on a quilt. Her quilting machine was not sewing its fixed so she wants to redo this quilt. We all love to rip out stitches....don't we??

Sandy used the floor to lay out this the colors and the pattern.
A close up of Sandy's quilt.
Barbara worked on Christmas stockings....she's sewing on beads. They really turned out cool.
Look what Joan found at a garage sale in Modesto......said she got a good deal on other sewing stuff besides this old quilt top to finish.
I attended the Tuleburg Quilt Show on tomarrow.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Beautiful Quilts

Last week's Oakdale membership meeting show and tell was full of wonderful quilts. Inez made this BQ pattern quilt. I really love the way it turned out.Here is a close up of the fabric and the quilting.
Pam showed off this flannel quilt she made. Love the border fabric. This will be a warm quilt.
Pam's quilt....a close up. Sharon did the quilting and its a leaf pattern.
This is Star's quilt from the jelly roll workshop. Love the dark purple.
I need to get busy and sew binding on my two finished quilts. I want to go to the Tuleburg Quilt Show in Stockton on Saturday so I'm going to have to get going on those quilts. Sunday is my first Thanksgiving dinner at my mother-in-laws. Can't turkey and gravy and stuffing. Yum!