Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to Me!

Wow, what a Christmas I've had already and Santa hasn't even come yet! 

First, I was a winner in Kelly's (from Charming Chatter - a favorite blog) Christmas giveaway.  Kelly was giving away A LOT of of wonderful fabric.  I would have been happy to win anything in the giveaway.  The box came in the mail early this week - I swear it weighed 10 pounds.  I won this wonderful assortment of Buttercream  & Figs by Fig Tree.  This is the only Fig Tree line I had none of.  I'm still in shock at the amount of fabric Kelly sent to me...




The bag included scraps, FQs and yardage.  Believe me, it was mostly FQs and yardage.  Kelly, thanks again for this very generous gift.  I am truly grateful.  I've said it many times -- quilters are just the nicest people.

Then, on Tuesday, we had our PMQG "Holiday Quilting Angel" pollyanna.  In October, we all filled out a sheet with a few ideas of what we might like and everyone picked one.  Knowing who we were making our gifts for and having an idea of what colors/designers/items they might like really helped.  I had a ball making my gifts for my friend Monica.

On her list was a zipper pouch and a pincushion.  My blog friend Lynn from Alamosa Quilter had mentioned a pouch made from the Cash and Carry pattern by Atkinson Designs. I hopped right on over to eBay where I found a pattern with free shipping.  Score!  What intrigued me was when Lynn said the instructions for putting in zippers in this pattern is super simple.  I am almost embarrassed to say this but I've never put in a zipper before and I will admit I was scared.  Not any more!  She was right, this method is easy peasy!  I was so proud of my little pouch...

I used my Joel Dewberry  Aviary left overs.  I'll be making more of these pouches!

Then Cluck Cluck Sew had a tutorial for this cute pincushion.  I'll be making more of these too!  I cut into my Prince Charming collection for this...

I also included a few other fun items for Monica, I think she liked them!

When I opened my bag from Tamsin, well, I got a little choked up.  First, I opened this very cute thread/scrap catcher for my sewing table (with that cute little magnet inside)...

And, this looks familiar doesn't it?
I laughed when I opened it because Tamsin must have seen the same tutorial I did!  I love, love, love mine.  It coordinates with the thread catcher, and the Circa 1934 fabrics is one of my current favorite fabric lines! And, I previously had no cute pin cushions - just a couple of those standard tomatoes.  Now, I'm very fashionable!

If that wasn't enough (and it was!), I opened these three amazing hot pads....would you look at these...


These photos do not do them justice.  First of all, the Christmas tree is too cute.  And the brown hot pads, well, they are just stunning (and they include my other current favorite fabric line, Hope Valley).  I'm still trying to figure out how she made these.  Tamsin, you made my day.  I will cherish all of these beautiful gifts!

3 comments:

Lynn said...

Your zipper pouch looks awesome! I'm so glad you found the pattern as easy as I did. I had never put in a zipper either before I bought this pattern.

Karen said...

What a wonderful start to Christmas you have had. Congratulations on the win!

Becky M said...

wow, that was a lot of fabric you won! Very generous. Loved that pouch and I'm so happy you braved the zipper!! All your hotpads are fantastic too. Hope you are enjoying your long weekend.