I know you all know what I mean, right? Getting ready for loved ones and grandbabies coming to visit.... putting up the tree and decorations.... Christmas parties and pot-luck luncheons with friends and guilds.... shopping for the perfect gifts.... putting the last stitch in this year's newest Christmas quilt... the list is endless.
It's a lot like babysitting the grandbabies - I love it, and it's always fun, but I'm always glad when it's over too :) Frankly, at my stage of life, fun can be exhausting!
Of course, quilters cannot live by family and responsibilities alone, but by every stitch they can sneak in when no one is looking! Am I right? And I seem to remember that I did promise you the 9th Hootie recently, didn't I?
Well, wait no more......
Introducing Rainbow Hootie
and boy, does he have ATTITUDE!!!!
|If the sun ever comes out, I'll get some better pics!|
I'm almost finished sewing all the feathers down, and next I will assemble the "limb" sashing strips and the tree trunk on the left. I'm having second thoughts about the brown - it makes the whole quilt look dark I think. I hate to say it, but I just may have to go shopping!!!! Eeeek!!!!
I have no idea right now how I will quilt it, but I just can't wait to finish it now that I'm this close! Everyone doing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at SoScrappy this year is trying to finish up our projects for the end of the year, and this will be my second finish if I can pull it off.
And speaking of finishes, did you notice my Partridge in a Pear Tree table-topper in the blog header???
Oh, I really love how this turned out!
It dresses up the fireplace area nicely, and adds a pop of color :)
I think the partridge turned out really nice! The striped batik worked perfectly for his wing. I re-designed the black striping around his face from the original pattern design (you can see the original pattern picture here if you are interested).
And the pears cut "broderie perse"-style also worked perfectly. I used this fabric....
Ironed light fusible on the back, and then cut out the pears and fused them to the background. Then I just did a simple straight stitch around all the edges.
I even used some of the leaves from the fabric (the ones with gold in them), as well as the ones I cut from my own green scraps.
Don't you just love that red print for the border??? To me, it looks like bright red Christmas bulbs :)
I'm very happy with it and look forward to many years of enjoying it during the holiday season!
And now to take care of a little business ....
I really want to thank everyone who came over to visit during the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day :) So many lovely comments! And I have some new followers too - Yay!!! Welcome aboard :)
And so, without further ado.....
♥ The WINNER of the 100 Blocks Volume 4 issue from my Giveaway Day with Sew Mama Sew is - Cathy who blogs over at A Quilting Chick!!! You should pop over and visit her blog - she is making Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery quilt and I just LOVE her colors and fabrics!!!!
♥ and - I realized I have never officially announced the WINNER of the Sew Sweet Simplicity Giveaway (my bad!) Congratulations to - Kathy E! Kathy blogs over at Sparkles, Sprinkles and Everyday Crap - cute name huh?!? She's a fairly new quilter and has challenged herself to make the SSS blocks - and doing a great job of it too! Kathy has already received her pattern package from Jacquelynne Steves :)
Now don't despair if you didn't win - there will be several more prize packages to come in this fun BOM before it's over! Be sure to go to Jacquelynne's blog to sign up for the free patterns if you haven't already HERE!
And I know you want to grab a copy of the Christmas Edition of her E-magazine! I just received mine the other day in my email inbox - wow!!! Such lovely inspiration!!!! You don't want to miss out on that either, so while you're there, sign up for the FREE e-magazine too HERE :)
And for those of you who act fast, Jacquelynne is giving away a FREE PATTERN right now on her blog HERE for this oh-so-cute and classic Red and White quilt...
|Photo courtesy of Jacquelynne Steves Facebook|
Now I'm going to watch some football with My Guy
and play with my Patchwork of the Crosses blocks for a while.
Today is Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy's Quilts after all :)
Also linking up with the Tuesday Linky Party at
Wishing everyone a lovely Sunday!!!!
Hugs & Blessings!