Snowballs and Border Decisions

Thank you to everyone that stopped by on the Holiday Favorites Blog Hop yesterday! Check yesterday’s post for the schedule as it continues today.

I’m still working on my snowballs.

I’m loving this so far!

I’m also starting to think about borders for my Dutch Hexies. Here are a few things I pulled.

What do you think?

Have a great day!

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Holiday Favorites Blog Hop!

Welcome to my little corner of the blogging universe! I’m so glad you are here! It is my turn to share some of my holiday favorites with all of you.

I love going through my quilts and pulling out new ones to decorate with, especially at Christmas. Here are some that I am using this season. As you walk in the front door, you will see this quilt. No, I didn’t make this! We bought it when we visited Hawaii.

It’s hard to get a straight shot where it’s hanging.

This is my family room where we spend most of our time at home. The quilt on the couch was purchased in an antique shop. It’s in good, sturdy condition. Yes, we use it to snuggle up while watching TV! The string quilt isn’t exactly Christmas, but it’s a gift I made myself from my dad’s shirts. It will always be out.

The vintage 9 patch under the tree was given to me by a precious friend. I use it every year as a tree skirt.

This is the other end of my family room.

The quilt on the rack in the corner, is an antique top that I hand quilted. The small bow tie on the table was also a vintage top that I hand quilted.

Here is another vintage quilt that I purchased. I love how worn and soft it is. I need a vintage hanger for that vintage baby dress, but I love having it out on display.

A few years ago, I moved the dining table to the family room and turned the dining room into a play room for the grandkids. This quilt was made during Lori’s Palmateer Pointe Quilt Along.

Here is my guest room. Another very old quilt on the bed, and another quilt along quilt on the doll bed.

The red and green in these blocks make me think of Christmas! I do take this fragile beauty off when we actually need the bed for guests.

And now it is time to share a favorite story with you regarding this horribly pieced, rather ugly Christmas quilt. You may think it is a poor photo causing this hot mess to look crooked. Actually, it is the miracle of photography making it look this good. I think it is a good 2″ longer on one side. These rows run downhill at such a slant, it is a wonder they haven’t slid right off the quilt. I remember the frustration and hormonal cloud during the piecing. I whacked things off to make them fit. I added pieces where things looked too short. I just wanted a finish, you know? For years I called this my PMS quilt. Anyway, my kids loved it and every year, this bit of humility hung in my bathroom during the Christmas season. No closeups on this one. I wouldn’t do that to you.

A few years ago, Daughter #3 told me how much she loved this and I gave it to her. A few days later, I received this text from Daughter #1.

Unbelievable, the worst quilt I ever made, was apparently the family favorite! Daughter #1 got her own Christmas quilt that year.

And that is my favorite Christmas quilt story. It still makes me smile.

Have a wonderful day and please checkout the other blogs participating on the schedule below!

Dec 9- Humble Quilts, Lori,

Dec 10 KatyQuilts ,

Dec 11 Beth

Dec 12 Diane-

Dec 13 -Timeless Reflections. Kyle.

Dec 14 Kelly

Dec 15 Juliann –

Dec 16 Knitty Quilter -

Dec 17 Lizzy

Dec 18 Barb,

Dec 19 Judy

Dec 20- Kevin,

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DWMonday ~ Churn Dash UFO

Last year, Barb from Fun with Barb, hosted a churn dash swap. I ended up with all of these beautiful blocks! Since this years swap has begun, it is high time I figured out what to do with these!

I think I have 66 or so blocks. It would be easy enough to make a few more if I need to.

But the question is, how to set them?

They are 6 inch blocks in Civil War repro fabrics. Looks like I need to spend some time playing at the design wall.

Have a great day!

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Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Dutch Hexies

Are you sick of this yet? I was so excited to reach this point!

Then I needed to mark seams for more background pieces. No EPP here.

I’ve been adding background pieces around the whole thing.

Then I’ll need to have a think about where to go next. Watching The Crown has kept me going on this. I still have these hexies I could use; there are 9 of each.

And I have one of each print in this pile. They measure about 7 by 12 inches.

Here is the selvedge.

I wish I had something for a good strong border. I’m sure I’ll figure out something, I just hope I figure it out soon!

Happy Sunday!

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Dollhouse Chronicles ~ A New House!

I know, I know, I said only one dollhouse, maybe two, and here is number three. Sometimes my collections get out of hand. Anyway, I found this one on Facebook Marketplace for $4 and my dear SIL picked it up for me.

This one is pretty small. The scale is 1:24.

My first quandary is the paint scheme. I kind of like the natural wood, but there are some glue spots that likely won’t take stain. Paint might be a better option.

My original thought was that this would be a perfect Laura Ingalls house. The inside is what I always imagined the LittleHouse in the Big Woods would have looked like. Painting the exterior would move this into a different time period.

I won’t be working on this any time soon, so I have time to think on it. Have a great day!

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Giveaway Winner and an Announcement

Thank you to each and every person who left such sweet comments for my recent blogiversary! I have drawn a winner for the giveaway. But first I have an important announcement!

I’m taking part in a blog hop with 11 other bloggers starting Monday! This is the brain child of Lori at Humble Quilts . We will each be sharing a bit about using quilts in our holiday decorating as well as a favorite thing about Christmas for each of us. Here is the schedule:

Dec 9- Humble Quilts, Lori,

Dec 10 KatyQuilts ,

Dec 11 Beth

Dec 12 Diane-

Dec 13 -Timeless Reflections. Kyle.

Dec 14 Kelly

Dec 15 Juliann –

Dec 16 Knitty Quilter -

Dec 17 Lizzy

Dec 18 Barb,

Dec 19 Judy

Dec 20- Kevin,

And now, drumroll please…….the winner of the giveaway is……

I’m very excited to have drawn Terri’s name! She left such a sweet comment, but most of all, she is a wonderful, giving person. Terri is one of the founders of the Stitching Sisters QOV group! She is also a Blue Star mom and was such an encouragement to me when my daughter was deployed. She is an amazing quilter and though I don’t see her often, I’m proud to call her my friend. Send me your mailing address, Terri!

Have a great day!

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I’ve been waiting for this!

Okay, not this quilt. I finished this a couple years ago for Daughter #1. But that quilting? It’s a pantograph from Urban Elementz.

I buy all my pantographs from them. Their service and selection can’t be beat. And twice a year, they have a sale that can’t be beat! And it’s time!

Yes, I’ve been working on my wishlist for the last week, knowing this would be happening soon. I still have to narrow things down, I have 77 items on my list. Ummmmm….can’t afford all that! Not even on sale! 😂. I buy pantos twice a year during this sale.

One of the things I like about Urban Elementz is that for an additional $2 charge, you can order pantographs in a custom size. I love this! Here is an example:

This panto is called, Malachite. It is one of my favorites. The default size is 10.75 inches wide, shown on the left. I had it resized to 16 inches since I have a bigger longarm now. That is shown on the right. This quilts up very fast and it still looks great!

They now also carry fabric, including these Dream Big panels.

I also wanted to remind you that several of the Accuquilt sales end today. They’ve had such great sales, I was tempted to put in a second order!

Cut Time, Quilt More

And as always, Fat Quarter Shop has Flash sales every day.

Full disclosure, I am an affiliate for these three companies. So far, for only these three, although I have been asked by others. I will only act as an affiliate for companies I use and love myself. When you purchase through my links, I receive a small kickback from them. You do not pay any extra. It helps offset the costs of the blog.

And I do not usually have as many posts about them as I have had the last two weeks. This is just the time of year when they all have the best sales. So I feel obligated to help (enable) you all to find the best deals. 😂

Have a great day!

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