Happy New Year!


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that you got some quilting time in?!

There was not too much time for quilting  at our house…we were busy decorating gingerbread houses ( which some people took seriously, and others not so much :D)

and baking cookies, and delivering cards to neighbors, and all that other fun kind of stuff we enjoy doing around Christmas. I did manage to make a few last minute presents ( a microwavable  bowl cozy  for hubby) and a pillowcase for our oldest sonPenn State pillowcase ( done in his college fabric and colors!) so that was great, but I did not manage to finish up my Christmas Tree quilt or my Advent calendar ( and I got so close on that one~just the binding left to go!).

Oh well, I guess there is always NEXT year! ( The tree quilt and the advent calendar were both free patterns that you can find here and here).

Between Christmas and New Year I did get a little bit of crafty time in and managed to make this sweet little wall quilt for my aunt who is stuck in the hospital and who is missing her little dog like crazy.

All the blocks came out of Lori Holt’s Spelling Bee book which I had had for a while, but had not had a chance to use yet. Lori gives such wonderfully clear instructions that these blocks came together very quickly and were so much fun to do. I will definitely be making more blocks out of this book soon! Hey, maybe I need to make a “Farmhouse Quilts” quilt?!

This month in the Facebook group I will be inviting members to participate in another fun challenge! We haven’t done a challenge for a while because we were busy with the Quilt As You Go tutorials, but I thought January would be a perfect month to start a new project. If you would like to join in, you are always welcome! My challenges are for fun only, and everyone can participate if they want to. This month’s project is not hard and will allow you to use up lots of scraps, and that is always a good thing in my book!

Well, this will be a short and sweet post because my sewing room is calling my name….not to start ( or even finish) a project, but to CLEAN IT UP….it is a disgrace right now and if I go in I’m not even sure if I’ll be able to find my way out…maybe I better leave a trail of breadcrumbs ( hmmm, Caramel M&M’s sound even better :D).

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope it will be a creative and fulfilling one!


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12 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. I want to say happy 2018 to you! Christmas decorations are still up at my house. They all look so pretty and I was a bit later than usual doing the decorating, so I hate to put them away. Hubby says this weekend, so I’ll get with it then.

    I’m doing my best today to join 2018 – got the new calendar marked with all the birthdays! Working a revision of my business website/blog to reflect the major changes I am making this year is a top priority, and I do want to do some rearranging in my work area. My word for 2018 is FOCUS since 2017 I accomplished much less sewing than anticipated because I never could figure out what to work on. Lots of starts, not many finishes!

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    1. I will, but please give me a few days to spruce it up – lol! I am not really computer savvy, and Word Press is pretty easy, but… I had a jump on a new theme last week and was moving along nicely I thought, suddenly I got a long list of errors about changing the headline, couldn’t log in and trying to follow how to fix it just got me in deeper! Thank goodness I have smart children. My youngest son is CEO of the IT department at a college and I understand why – within 10 minutes of asking for help (pride made me determined to not bother him earlier) he told me it wasn’t my fault, that the theme I had chosen (and I can’t even remember which one it was) was broken. Leave it to me to pick probably the one out of how many thousand themes that would have me spending hours trying to fix something I didn’t cause. Anyway, I’ll get back to you in a couple days.

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  2. You have been very busy. Love your ginger bread houses. We have taken down our Xmas decorations and now its time to tidy my Mum’s room as I will shortly have to pick her up from my sister’s (its our turn to have her). I may have to save the January Challenge for another time, we will see. Love reading your blog and I adore all your projects, see you on fb. xx

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  3. I love reading your blogs. I think the little quilt for your aunt is darling. I think I mentioned how I missed my fur babies when I was in the hospital. One of my cats talked a lot so hubby would put him on the phone and I’d “talk” to him. It always cheered me up and I’m sure your Aunt will love the quilt. I’m looking forward to a great 2018 with Farmhouse Quilts, making challenges and seeing everyone’s finished work. Wishing you and your family an amazing New Year.

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  4. That is so sweet Joyce that you got to talk with your kitty! I do think they miss their owners just as much as you miss them when you are apart. I wish you a very happy New Year too and I look forward to seeing more fun projects from you!


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