Christmas Cheer

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This quilt is a favorite Christmas piece we enjoy putting up every Christmas in our home.  Made by a friend whom I cherish, and given in the love of Jesus from my sewing buddy and Sister in Christ, Mary, who lives here in Great Falls.  A lovely gift, one that will definitely become an heirloom in the McNeil home.    She …

Once Upon A Christmas Quilt

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This is where it started… uhhh … last year. Does that matter?  Nope. This is a lovely Christmas quilting book I have enjoyed reading… again, this year! And I love the quilt TOP I’ve finished. BTW I love the BROWN patches of color in it.  It’s hard to find the ‘right’ browns.  But they really help other colors be vibrant, …

Christmas Crafting

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Today I went to a Christmas ornament making party!  It was alot of fun, and we also had a most yummy Christmas cookie exchange!    Here’s a bit of a glance of our ‘works in progress!’  Glitter.  All kinds! Beautiful ribbons, beads and tissue papers… and more. We made ornaments from little cardboard houses, yarn cones, and styrofoam shapes.  That …

A Beaded Garland and Blog Love!

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Ah. Yes!  A Beaded Garland!  And I’m thinking these adorable little garlands are the perfect compliment to the little antique, decorated, beaded and wrapped thread spool ornaments I’ve SEW enjoyed making (and still am!) #32… and counting!  The little antique spool ornaments will go out a bit early as my December BLOG LOVE to:   LYNN G.-Nebraska, DARCEY P.-Canada  JAN B.-Oregon MERRY CHRISTMAS! …

Christmas Placemats

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I’ve really enjoyed making these placemats!  What I really love the most about making them, is writing the words of the Christmas carols, and bible verses that run through my head this time of year! You might think this is curved piecing, but it is NOT!  I simply free-cut with my rotary cut, a soft, undulating line on a piece …

A Sneak Peek

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Ahhh uhhhmmm… the bead frenzy has hit in full force! And not just for making the  cute little antique thread spools.   I bet you can all guess what I’m doing next… with a whole lotta beads… and cute little felted wool balls… A beading needle… and LOTS of patience… and a bit of a stiff neck, actually!  Time for a …

Stuffed Ornaments

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Basic.  And… very simple.  And simply hand made!  Christmas ornaments! I love the handmade look!   I began with a circle, which I traced from my miniature handy-dandy color-wheel which is always within reach of my cutting and sewing worktable, next to my machine.  Of course, you can choose any circle shape you want.  A cup, or a very small plate …

Thread Spools!

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Such a cool idea. Nothing like playing ‘dress-up’ with thread spools! I first saw these charming little darlings shown here, posted by Kelli Nina Perkins.  And so began a journey in patience, for first I had to bid on these adorable little antique spools, which I found on ebay. and when they arrived, the Friday after Thanksgiving, I was very …

Christmas Runner

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Hi there! Hope your weekend, and/or Thanksgiving celebration has been lovely!  Ours was very nice, very quiet!  No shopping in the ‘Streets of Laredo’ for this girl!  LOL!  Instead, I had about enough gumption to go through some of my Christmas fabric scraps.  Not even a hint of a desire to even go to the quilt store!  Just staying at …