Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone!  I made 2 resolutions this morning...one was to start exercising and the other was to finish all half-done projects before starting anything new.  I did do 2 miles on the treadmill and then went downstairs to my sewing room to just get things organized.   And already broke resolution #2.  I downloaded the Lucky Star BOM from Don't Call Me Betsy and made the sample block.  It was so much fun that I don't feel guilty........much.

In earlier posts, I mentioned the quilts I made for my kids and their partners, but failed to mention what I made for my wonderful husband who supports my fabric addiction...so here is his wool pillow.....based on Lisa Bongean's table runner pattern.  Now that we are empty-nesters, we went to get the tree as always...but not quite as much fun as when the kids were little.

My daughter recently bought herself a new sewing machine and for the first time ever, has been interested in sewing.  She made me and her mother-in-law a little tote bag which she filled with her homemade chai tea and a beautiful depression glass cup and saucer with antique silver spoon.  She is the antique lover in the family and also brought me a beautiful assortment of vintage linens from her travels.

My son Luke gave me a gift certificate to Pins and Needles, my favorite local quilt shop and I plan to put it to good use with my best bud, Pat, very soon.   This was part of her Christmas present from me.

And.....a few unexpected gifts...winnings from 3 giveaways:

From Corrie at Quilt Taffy, a Posy charm pack.

From FreeSpirits Fabrics, 6 one yard cuts of their new line, Pirouette.

And from Anna Griffin/Blend Fabrics, a FQ collection of the Tilly Collection.

 I am thrilled beyond belief with these winnings!   What a wonderful end to 2012!  And thanks to all who are gracious enough to visit and read my blog!!  xoxo


  1. Hi neighbor! I think I need to get to know you better to see if some of your giveaway luck rubs off! I LOVE winning fabric and it looks like you just hit the jackpot. I hope you have a fun, quilt-y kind of 2013.

  2. Happy New Year! Love the pillow you made for your husband, and what thoughtful quilty gifts from your family.

    Visiting from Stitchin' by the Lake.

  3. I love the idea of making and filling a bag for a very personal gift, and I enjoyed visiting your blog via Stitchin' by the Lake.

  4. Hi neighbour...hopped over from Stithcn'by the Lake.
    You have some wonderful projects here. I love the wool pillow and so nice that your daughter is showing interest in sewing. It makes it fun.

  5. I love your pillow! (nice to meet you, I come to you through Stitchin By The Lake -- hi neighbor!)

  6. I'm dying to make that wool pillow - looked at it recently and just loved that truck. :) blessings, marlene

  7. Just hopping over from Marlene's! Love your blog...enjoyed reading your posts. I am in Louisiana...don't use much wool...but I can dream! Hoping you have a full and wonderous 2013!

  8. Hi,
    I'm visiting from Portugal.
    Love your block and the pillow.
    Happy New Year!

  9. I have that wool pillow on my list but the truck will have to be black...which isn't as much fun as red!!!

  10. Happy New Year, Joyce!

    I love your pillow with the wool applique. Beautifully done!

    Oh, my! What lovely wins and gifts. Your daughter scored some pretty vintage beauties. There's just something about vintage that calls to me... lol

    Can't wait to see what you will make with those fantastic wins. Happy stitching!

  11. I love that pillow you made your husband. Where do you buy your wool?

  12. I love that pillow. Would love to make it for my husband. Where do I find the pattern? Thanks!