Sunday, December 17, 2017

Wrapping It Up

Hello Everyone,
If you've been following my blog, you know I love to watch football.  Yesterday, I set my wrapping station up on the table in front of the fire and TV, and wrapped until I was done.
I found the perfect gift tags at Home Goods.  You know me and my love affair with plaid!  In their excitement of opening gifts, do you think I can have the little kids save their tags so I can use them again next year?  It's not that I'm cheap, I just LOVE these tags!

After I finished wrapping, I sat down and enjoyed looking at the fruits of my labor.  We will load all of this up in our red sleigh next weekend and head to the city for Christmas.  Mazey may have to ride on top of the car, better yet, we'll put a red nose on her, and she can help guide the car out of the mountains.

We have really been enjoying living in the mountains.  Life is just different up here, and we are adjusting well.  I'm not a shopper, which is a good thing, because there are very few places to shop up here in the pines.  Like so many others, I shopped on Amazon for the little and big kids.  We do not have mail service directly to the cabin, so we go to the Post Office almost on a daily basis. Let me tell you, the Post Office is the gathering place for the community.
If you get a yellow slip of paper in your box, you go to the main lobby with a cast of thousands, (actually maybe 10 people), and give the clerk your PO Box number, and within a few minutes, they return with your packages.  I am so impressed with the ladies at the Post Office.  Many of them have memorized box numbers and don't have to ask for your number.  Some of the ladies will memorize up to five PO Box numbers that people in line tell them, and they go in the back and return with a cart full of packages. They don't even write them down.  I have trouble memorizing my own number......let alone four or five others!
Those in line will open doors and graciously help others out to their cars if it's a big package day.  I have seen such kindness when I'm in line.  This helpful, heartwarming spirit is year-round, not just during the Holidays, here in our little community.  I'm so happy to call this little piece of heaven my home. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
I'm so caught up in preparing for Christmas that I forgot to post pictures from last Tuesday's class at In Between Stitches.
Mary started a new medallion quilt.  This is going to be amazing!

Nancy isn't going to loose her mittens!  They are just adorable with so much detail in each one.

Patty whipped up some really cute placements during class from this Early To Rise panel.

Barbara G. is finishing up her Kim Diehl table topper.  She has used only scraps left over from other Kim Diehl projects.  What a great way to put them to work!

Lynette is ready to add her borders to Walk in the Park. I really like the addition of the quarter-square-triangles in the five, center blocks.

Kristi is moving right along with the Moda Blockheads program.

Barbara B. made great headway with her umbrellas.  She is going to be ready for those April Showers.

Suzanne took a quilting with rulers class at In Between Stitches and applied the techniques to this adorable quilt.

The Baptist Fan is the perfect, all over design for this quilt.

Pat is making pocket pillows for her granddaughters.  A book fits right into the pocket when you're done reading for the day....or night.

More seasonal hexie table toppers are getting completed for Christmas.

Rows together! Yay for Kristi.

Isn't this one sweet!  Tiny, tiny little blocks are going to be set with a beautiful stripe fabric.  Perfect.

Janie is working on her Homemade Holiday pattern. This was a kit at In Between Stitches.


I'll be working on more Christmas projects and preparations this week.  We get to stay at the cabin for the entire week!  No classes, no workshop, no nothing except total focus on Christmas.....and a few long Winter naps thrown in for good measure!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Ravenswood Victorian Yuletide Event

Hello Everyone,
I was so honored to be asked by the docents of Ravenswood Historic Estate to put my quilts on display during their Victorian Yuletide Christmas.   A beautiful, crisp morning in the vineyard greeted us as we arrived early to stage the quilts.  The first quilt I placed was my very first design, The House on Edgewood Lane.

Second up was Country Charmer.  It fit right into this country setting.

Spoken For is very shy, and preferred to be in the corner.

This quilt is called Christmas Windows by Brandywine Design.  I love putting it out every Christmas.

Mr. Joe marveled at the wood in the doors above Heritage.  So beautiful!

Madrigal was singing a song along with the Victrola.

Every bathroom needs to have a Grammy Square quilt to cover up the commode!

The master bedroom was decorated with For the Love of Baskets, and Emilie Elizabeth.

Lil' Orphan Scrappy had a bedroom all to herself.

The living room was so cozy.

Toyland Tree has it's own bed too.

The shoes under the bed was an amusing touch.

I spy a Party in the Garden quilt!

The house is charmed and charming.  It sat vacant and run down for years!  During that time, not one stained glass window was broken before the restoration took place.

The cottage is so inviting.

Mr. Joe and I walked through the Ravenswood grounds once the quilts were all settled in for the day.

This is the main house on the property.  I can only imagine the events held at this house throughout the decades.

This road leads to one of the old buildings from the original winery.

Not a cloud in the sky.

 The leaves aren't giving up their hold on the vines just yet.
I hope you all have a wonderful week preparing for Christmas.  I so enjoy the days leading up to the Holidays.....except for the shopping!  I'm headed out to finish that off today.  I love to wrap the presents, do some baking, send out cards, and listen to Christmas carols.  It's the most wonderful time of the year!  I feel a song coming on.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Paradise Pines Pillows

Hello Everyone,
The four pillows are done!  Or I could say, "The pillows are coming, the pillows are coming!"  

The majority of the fabrics are Forever Green by Holly Taylor for Moda.  I incorporated just two other fabrics which aren't in the line.
 At this point they were just pillow flimsys without a pillow form.  (Except for one of them).

I love the rich browns.

I went around the cabin and scavenged some other pillow forms for this shot.

First, I made just one pillow to test out all of the measurements. When I was completely happy with my scribbled figures, I went ahead and made 96 Y-squares and sewed them together in strips.  Once this was done, the pillows were a snap.  The Y-squares were a bit time consuming, but they "make" the pillow.

I have a wonderful room for quilting.  Does it look this tidy now?  Absolutely! (If you believe that, I have some swamp land to sell you!)  I love being in my little bit of heaven, but I'm away from the cozy fire, the Christmas Tree, TV, and Mr. that order.  It's a good thing he doesn't read my blog!

So, I moved my sewing machine to the table in front of the fire, and quilt my day away right here.  Excuse the graininess of the picture, still working on getting a good shot with subtle lighting.  I actually get a lot done when I'm out in the middle of the room making a mess of everything!

 We had a good week here in our beloved mountains.  We discovered a new winery last weekend, Ayrael Vieux, in Murphys.  It is going to be our go-to picnic place when we are out and about.

Our dear friends came for a visit on Monday to Wednesday.  Mike is between cancer treatments, and a few days in the mountains is just what the doctor ordered.  Mike has been Santa to our kids and grand kids for years.  We have a rich history of friendship spanning forty years beginning when our kids were in preschool together.
Mike also played Santa at the In Between Stitches Preview Party a few years ago.

A short walk in Calaveras Big Trees restores the soul.  We are at this park so often, we should just move there and take up residence.  We have always gone hiking with Mike and Kathy.  Now our hikes are a bit shorter, but just as satisfying.

How would you like to decorate this tree for Christmas?

We are headed back to the city with a sleigh, I mean car full of quilts for the Victorian Yuletide Christmas at Ravenswood.  It should be a fun event.
Enjoy your weekend to the fullest!