Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Tablerunner

It's still part of the 12 days of Christmas, right? Look what came in the post!!

It's the tablerunner that my swap partner, Jan, made for me as part of the Modern Christmas Tablerunner! Isn't it marvelous?! Look at it close up . .  .

Isn't that penguin fabric in the center so great?! I just love love love it! There is just a bit of Christmasy fabric here and there (an odd tree fabric and such, which I also love), but it is mostly  non-holiday fabric used to effect a holiday style when used with holiday table wear and poinsettias and such . . .  but it looks like I can use it year-round if I use it with regular non-holiday table wear because the fabric is mostly non-holiday. Yay!! I just love it and think it is amazing! The quilting on it is gorgeous! This is the second year that I have participated in the modern tablerunner swap and I have been so graced with amazingly talented and generous swap partners! I am so lucky!

And look at the great ornament I received too:

So great!! The pups went right to the tree and checked it out and both approved!

Now that all gifts have been given I can start reporting on my holiday sewing activities, so stay tuned for future crafty updates!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Elves busy at work!

Happy holiday season everyone!

The household has finally emerged from 3 solid weeks of battling the plague, just in time to finish up last-minute sewing and quilting projects, tackle holiday cards, and ship off gifts to the four corners of the globe. Phew! I've been doing a ton of sewing lately, but most of it has to stay under wraps until the gifts are unwrapped! 

I'm not good at keeping secrets, however, so I did let Karen open her gift early. Here's the pieced border scrap quilt which I've been working on recently: 


It's 65x65 (I'm not one for standard-size quilts if it's not meant for a bed), so it's a perfect snuggle nap quilt. I contemplated (briefly) quilting concentric squares in the white, but my little machine has such a small neck I couldn't bear the thought of wrestling with the quilt that much almost broke me! So, I stuck with the straight line approach. Not too exciting, but it's much easier to manage with my machine! 

Other projects will have to wait for their reveal until after the holidays!

Okay, back to the salt mines; more holiday cards to send off!