Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Elf on the Shelf Left Along with a Marker...

Naughty Chippy has found a marker.  But it's the story behind the photo that's funny to us.

On picture day at school Owen was dressed up in a nice dress shirt, "his handsome shirt" as he calls it. The pictures were fabulous. I sent the check and order form to school. The problem was that I sent it to school on the same day as retake day. Owen soon figured out that he could get out of class if he had his photos retaken. He raised his hand and had his photo retaken. He knew it was retake day. This is the shirt he chose, along with grey stretchy shorts! When he... came home he told me how he smiled for the new pictures. "What new pictures?" I asked. He said he wanted pictures with his braces. You can tell by the smile that he loves his braces... Chippy is not the most ornery one in this photo. Imagine the laughs we had when Owen got home with the new pictures. Of course we kept them. It was a memory we wanted to keep for a lifetime.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Elf on the Shelf Captured by Barbie

Chippy is in a little pickle this time.  Looks like Barbie has him captured in a glass.  Guess she has something she wants to talk about...

Applique Quilt on the Frame

On the frame today is a customer's beautiful applique quilt.  THIS is the quilt I told myself I must complete before starting the Bonnie Hunter mystery.  I got a big chunk done.  Whohoo!  It's almost mystery time for me. :)  You can read all about the mystery quilt, En Provence here.

 
I need to consider making something like this for my "to go bag".  It's a gorgeous quilt.  The customer wanted an all over pattern.  I quilted it with Circle Lord's Jesters giant board (another one of my popular board requests.)







Sunday, December 4, 2016

Elf on the Shelf Measures Up

Chippy found himself in a measuring cup this week.  (This makes for a good place to hide for days when Mommy needs to get out of the house in time in the morning and we don't have time to look for the silly little elf...)

 
I don't need a fancy set of measuring cups.  These remind me of the life I had before I married my awesome husband, his grandma, and my mom.  When I am baking I definitely need more than one of the same size.  Mix n match measuring cups -- it's all good!  :)


Slow Sunday Stitching -- Block 9 COMPLETE!

I finally have the big block 9 complete.  Here it is in all its glory:

 
I think it's beautiful!

I've been working from Cheryl Wall's book Welcome Home.  I really like the quilt designs in the book.  The instructions are illustrated nicely.  They are easy to follow.  The only thing I don't like about the book is that the instructions are cut, sew, cut, sew...  I sat one day and just wrote out all the cutting instructions on pages and pages of notebook paper to help streamline the process when it comes to stitching the blocks.  Other than that, I LOVE the book!

 
I'm linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.  It's another gorgeous day outside here in Ohio.  The Cleveland Indians didn't win the World Series, BUT second place isn't that bad.  Have a great week, everybody!


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cousin Eddie the Elf

My sewing skills are up to par, but when I need a quick scene for Chippy our Elf, I threw together this Cousin Eddie costume (From the scene from Christmas Vacation).  I made a bath robe, bomber hat, and mini coke can to accessorize the little camper.  Can you just hear Chippy saying, "Shi**er's full!" as he empties the waste from the camper?


The Nested Churn Dash QA table topper makes a nice little place to camp!

RSC16 -- D9P Blocks Complete!

This week I HAD to finish the disappearing 9-patch blocks for my local quilt guild.  Our annual Christmas party is on Tuesday, December 6.  There are two blocks for each person in the swap (plus my tester block is shown.)  The blocks I receive should be greys with red centers.  Can't wait for the party!  It's always fun.  I truly care for ALL of the members in our guild.


I'm linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the RSC16 (Rainbow Scrap Challenge).  I need to be realistic and see what goals I will set for next year.  I hope to finish a few of the other RSC's I have started in past years!  Only a few blocks to go on several of them.  2017 should be a year of quilt tops and finishes for me when it comes to RSC!  I do have one exciting new project for RSC, but it appears to be a simple one. :)  Happy holidays, y'all!

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