Monday, January 10, 2011

New Year, New Goals

Hope you all had a fabulous holiday!  We are well into January and it's my favorite time to sew.  The yard doesn't need my attention, I often don't have to travel outside the house, and with the holidays over, I can sit back and have great expectations in finishing a whole closet of projects!  LOL!
January is a time to accomplish, so without further ado, let me share with you what I've been doing the past few months.
This was a fast little stitching project I accomplished Thanksgiving day.  We had a small group for dinner, so we made the food low key, and spent a good deal of the day watching movies and stitching!  This is from Blackbird Designs Peppermint and Holly Book, and It's on 28 count platinum linen with colors suggested.

This snowman table runner was a project that a lady in my neighborhood put together.  I had planned on making it for a gift, but when I finished it, I decided I loved it so much that I wanted to keep it. (Naughty me, I know!)  This is from Buttermilk Basin, Winter Seasonal Runner.

I've spent the past 2 months sewing doll clothes!  This is a cute dress I just finished Saturday.  It is a pattern from LibertyJane.  I really love making doll clothes.  I'm sorry I didn't take a picture of everything I've sewn for "the girls" this month.   I will have an American Girl fashion show later.

This is a cute little snowman that my BFF Jolene gave me for Christmas.  One of the MANY wonderful things she gifted me with.  I think he is the cutest thing!

DD got a new American Girl for Christmas.  She is hugging Lanie the Girl of the year from 2010.  She already wants the new Girl of the Year for 2011, Kanani, and is saving up for it.  I decided that this phase will not last long, and I want to enjoy it as much as I can.

My antique toys I've been collecting.  It was a much better display at Christmas, as I had it on a small table with a Christmas tree.  I wanted to show you the cute doll that Jolene gave DD.  She also gave me the clown and elephant tin toys.  They are so cute added to my display.  My kids play with these all the time!

My mom made me this darling Abby bag for Christmas.  It can sit on the edge of the couch or by my sewing table.  This has been a fabulous gift!  I love using it.

This is a Dear Jane quilt that one of my friends made.  I've started this quilt this year along with my Mom and SIL.  We are trying to get 24 blocks done a month, and we will be making ours slightly bigger than this.

This is my humble start.  I love working on these blocks.  They are so different and fun, and I don't remember enjoying a quilt so much.  I look forward to more progress.

This is another quilt I am working on right now.  I seem to rotate between Dear Jane, this quilt and a stack of doll clothes!  I think working on more than one project is very efficient.   I sew as much as I can and then make trips to the ironing board with all three projects. 

I have a finish!  The Farmer's Wife by Carriage House Samplings.  This was a SAL with Andrea.  Unfortunately I was really bad about keeping in touch with her, so I hope she is progressing okay.  This is suppose to be filled in with white under the house, but I started doing that, and then decided to omit it.  I didn't think you could see the face very well, which BTW looks like a pig to me, and I don't know how to make it look any different.  I changed the dress color, and changed the squirrel to a rabbit.  I started this sampler about the time that my DD had her 9th birthday, and she was Alice in Wonderland if you remember.  Her bunny had to be put to sleep on her birthday, because he broke his back.  It was a very traumatic experience for us all, he was such a sweet little animal  Because I was working on this during her birthday, I decided to make it a "tribute sampler" to little Thumper.

Hope that this year brings many wonderful moments for all of you.  Thanks so much for your kind comments. They warm my heart!  Until next time...Happy sewing.