This past year has been one of the most stressful of my life. And yet, I have so very much to be thankful for.

I got to spend several months with my precious grandsons in Arizona.

Beautiful Daughter #2 came home safely from Iraq.

I got Oscar!

Daughter #3 married the love of her life.

I have smiled until my face hurt at the antics of these two little boys.

My dad met Jesus face to face. He’s finally free from pain. I sat up with him all night before he left us. It was the sweetest time and I’m so thankful for being able to spend those hours alone with him.

Two days later, my sweet father in law joined him. I’m pretty sure they had a nice visit over pie.

I have traveled more miles this year than ever before, mostly to Wisconsin to help my parents, but also to Missouri and Arizona. I’ve enjoyed having my kids home for visits. I’ve had adventures with this guy.

There have been glorious moments and heartbreaking moments. Through it all, I can say with all certainty, that God is good.

I am thankful.

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Christmas Quilt Progress

The top went together pretty quickly. Now it’s on the frame.

I love the accuracy of my Accuquilt dies! Most of my intersections came out really well and I didn’t pin anything.

My binding is ready so I best get to quilting!

Don’t forget that you can find all the Accuquilt Black Friday deals here.

Have a great day!

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Remember when…..

…..I was working on the last Humble Quilts mystery, Palmateer Point? I had made all my four patches from a charm pack and I hated how it looked.

I ditched the four patches and ended up making this.

But you may wonder what became of those four patches? I gave them away to Barbara from A Joyful Journey. And she turned them into this!

Isn’t it lovely? Making these blocks and seeing what someone else would do with them was more fun than using them myself!

Daughter #2 is still here, though her BF flew home last Thursday. It has been a joy to have her home for an extended period of time! Daughters #1 and #2. And I had a girls night out last Friday.

Saturday morning, Daughter #3 showed up. We had fun hanging out and putting up Christmas decorations. Sadly, I didn’t take any photos except for this one. Little E, who is very stingy with kisses, decided to kiss all the angel ornaments on the tree!

Have a great day!

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Christmas Quilt with Accuquilt Nested Dieso

Since I was cutting out a quilt with my nested dies, I thought I would show you all how they work. When you purchase a set, you get one set of nested dies with blades to cut multiple sizes. And one set of blanks.

You remove the piece with the blade that is the size you want to cut and swap it out with one of the same size in the set of blanks. Like this:

I have a set of triangle dies that work the same way. I used them to cut pieces for Daughter #1’s Christmas quilt. Here was my first arrangement. It seemed pretty busy.

I liked this one better and added the greens along the sides as a border.

It’s still very busy, but I’m going with it!

You can check out all the latest deals from Accuquilt here. The Black Friday deals have already started! And they have really great deals this time. The GO! Big cutter is only $399! And all GO! dies are 20% off. Don’t forget there are free patterns as well right here.

Have a great day!

Linking up with Cooking Up Quilts , Love Laugh Quilt , Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

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Another QOV

Here is the next in this month’s batch of a QOV Quilts. I believe this top was made by Nadine.

I used a pantograph called EZ Lacy Loops.

And the next one is on the frame!

Daughter #2 is still here, but since she has a full load of online classes, she has homework to do. Mr. Wonderful has been in China this week so that means I’ve been able to sneak in some quilting time.

Have a great day!

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Eagle QOV

I met one of our newer members of the Stitching Sisters QOV group at our last meeting. Candy’s very first quilt was a QOV and she presented it to a vet! She had another top ready for me to quilt. Here it is:

I used a panto called Eagle’s Landing.

Nice work, Candy!

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday ~ Snowball QOV

I think this might be my favorite QOV that I have made.

I started out with a layer cake that I bought with a gift certificate from Mr. Wonderful. I added some fabric from friends Zenia and Ila, and this panel from Barb V.

The backing was also from Ila. It was so perfect for this top!

Thanks to my friends for adding their bits and pieces to this quilt! I was so happy that I could go to the Stitching Sisters Sew Day last Saturday. These ladies are just the best! Here are some pics from our presentations on Veteran’s Day.

All of these veterans have received QOVs from our group.

I presented my quilt to Bud, a Navy vet that served during WW2. He worked on troop transport ships in the Atlantic.

Here’s a pic of some of our group.

It was such a wonderful time. I love this organization and my Stitching Sisters!

Have a great day!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts , Busy Hands Quilts , Confessions of a Fabric Addict , What a Hoot Quilts

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