Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Nativity Sets

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Last Sunday was Epiphany Sunday commemorating the arrival of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem and we had a display at church of about 150 personal Nativity sets of varying size and design loaned by members. Here are only a few:

Mine is ceramic made by me. I poured the slip, cleaned up the figures and did the detailed painting and antiquing over 50 years ago. It was one of the larger sets, but not the largest. After seeing all of the others, I decided mine needs a stable.


This one was unique in that it is all one piece.


This one is made of horse shoe nails.

HSNailNativityThis one was hand carved from Olive Wood in the Holy Land.

OliveWoodNatSome were teeny-tiny – the smallest being made of pewter and set in a jewelry box.TinyNativitiesAll in all a very beautiful display which drew visitors from as far away as the KC area!

Focus Friday – Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Merry Christmas to You!


Catching Up

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

I’m not doing so well, am I?  With classes ended for this semester you’d think I’d have more time, but it’s not happening. It seems like there are so many things vying for the available minutes; meetings and appointments, shopping, wrapping, decorating, entertaining, plus all of those daily tasks that are never really done. Same for you, I’m sure!

I grab minutes when I can to try and finish the heron quilt. It’s deadline is in January and I have the next project bouncing around in my head. I laid it out after yesterday’s session to examine it from the back and found a few spots needing more quilting, plus the majority of the sky left to do, but the end is within sight finally!

I thought Focus Friday might help me focus more on this blog, and it has to some extent but I don’t want it to dominate and turn my blog into a sales venue, as it has been doing. I will try to do better. I did meet last week’s deadline on Facebook, but it didn’t make it over here to blog land. This week’s Focus Friday quilt is “Strip Trip”. I love this quilt. Not only is it pretty, it is so easy. There are only six different fabrics and they are cut into large units of color that get sewn together into a large block and then sliced into strips to be re-arranged and sewn together for the top. A great way to use the bright large contemporary prints, or even in solids for a more “modern” look.


Strip Trip – INNOVATIONS #06447 approximately 56 X 71” Pattern: $9.00
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

The Cover Sample quilt is for sale, machine quilted, $1500.00. Email me for details.

Focus Friday – Circling Pines

Friday, December 4th, 2015

It’s December already, so time to start thinking about Christmas! It’s too late to make it for this year, but the Circling Pines pattern would make a great Christmas gift for your favorite quilter, or get a jump on next year and get started on one for yourself!


Circling Pines – approximately 87 X 87” Pattern: $9.00
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

Cover Sample quilt is for sale, machine quilted, $2250.00 . Email me for details.

Focus Friday – So Much Thread

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Focus Friday for this week is “So Much Thread”, an easy introduction to picture piecing pattern that would be perfect for your sewing studio. Or your friend’s sewing studio! Quilters can never have too much thread!

It’s not too late to crank out some Christmas gifts with this quick and easy design, it’s all straight seams. Just choose three stripey effect fabrics for the thread, two shades of tan for the spools and a smidge of black, plus a background Presented with two different orientations it will be easy to choose the one that fits your space.


So Much Thread – approximately 46 X 25” or 28 X 41” Pattern: $9.00
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

Both Cover Sample quilts are for sale, machine quilted, they are $300.00 each. Email me for details.

Christmas UFO

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Merry belated Christmas and a Happy New Year! Where has this year gone?! My good intentions to do a better job of posting here certainly didn’t materialize. Better luck next year? I don’t make resolutions, just strive to do as much as I can!

I was looking through some old UFO’s in search of a certain one that I didn’t find –  but I did find a couple of Christmas ones that are over twenty years old! I decided it’s high time I did something about that and finished the smaller of the two,Christmasufo1

and actually used it this year..


Topeka Art Guild Holiday Show

Friday, December 5th, 2014

I’ve been working on a few small items to enter in the Topeka Art Guild’s annual Holiday sale. This year they asked that nothing be over $100, so I didn’t do the usual piecing, but rather machine quilted commercially printed fabrics.

“Parrot”, 12 x 12″ has already sold! It is framed without glass because I think it is important to let the tactile qualities of the work be a focal point, and this one has lots of quilting and texture.


There are also two musical jewelry boxes with quilted inserts under glass for practicality. The first one is from the same fabric as the parrot.  They both play “These are a Few Of My Favorite Things”.


Two related abandoned farm scenes in matching frames round out my offerings this year; “Farm For Sale” and “Old Blue Car”. Only $30 each!


I will be working the reception this evening for First Friday and I hope to get a good crowd and lots of sales because there are some really wonderful pieces there this year. Do come, if you are in the area!

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

2012 has been a wonderful year for me, and I hope for you as well. Best wishes for a very special 2013 for everyone!

Christmas was a blur from the great Grandson tearing into his gifts



to the delicious dinner topped off by this made from scratch cheesecake made by my Grandson. Everyone agreed he can be the official cheesecake baker as it was every bit a good as it looked!


With Christmas out of the way and all of the evidence cleaned up, I was able to get started on the newest art quilt. It is always so exciting to start something new. Here is the progress after about three days of sewing.


This is going to be pretty good sized, what you see here is about 8 x 12″.  I’ve spent a couple of hours online looking for some more of that McKenna Ryan fabric that makes good fur, but it is too old and unavailable. No problem, I’ll just use something different, and it will be even more interesting! We are expecting more snow today so I will be happy to stay inside and sew.

You can scroll back to see the photo that I am working from, of our dogs in the snow, taken a few years ago .  WordPress has made improvements (?) and I just lost my entire post during the uploading photos stage. I should learn to “save” more often…..

What’s Next?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Like everyone else, I have been busy getting ready for Christmas. Shopping, wrapping, decorating. planning as well as trying to do all the usual. With “Who, Me?” finished there has been no sewing, but the next piece is in the planning stages and will soon be ready to go. I have chosen the photo of my dogs in the snow from a few years ago,


plotted the sewing lines and all that is left to do is to project it to the finished size and transfer it to freezer paper. But if I do that I will not be able to resist starting the sewing and right now there is too much on my plate to let myself go there!

Blooming Amaryllis

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

This gorgeous Minerva Amaryllis was a Christmas gift. It has been blooming for at least two weeks! This is the second stem and they have both had four blooms. Wow!

This red one is over two feet tall and I have had it for at least three years, maybe four, now. It only has three blooms per stalk, but they are huge, each eight inches across!

It’s lovely to have things blooming when it is so cold and dead outside. Perfect weather to stay inside and quilt. The harrier must be at least half done now, with just some foreground and the sky left to do. I’m finding that I can’t quilt for 6-8 hours like I used to do, 5-6 hours is about all I can take!