Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Starts Early!

Christmas started early for me!  I received an email the other day from Snoodles at Lily Pad Quilting to say that I was the winner of their giveaway! I'm still blushing and am so humbled by this quilt blog community that is so very generous.  What did I win?  A  a Go! Baby Accuquilt fabric cutter and three dies of my choice to use with the cutter, sponsored by Accuquilt


And to go along with the cutter is a layer cake of gorgeous fabric called "Chemistry" sponsored by Green Fairy Quilts. I peeked through the layer cake fabrics online...luscious shades of pinks and browns...reminds me of the colors of  cherries and chocolates...sounds like good chemistry to me!



I have been intrigued by these fabric cutters for awhile so can't wait to try it out.  Huge thanks to the host of the giveaway, Snoodles at Lily Pad Quilting and to the sponsors, Accuquilt and Green Fairy Quilts.   I am a lucky lady! 

Did I mention I love Christmas!  I love every kind of Santa you can imagine,  I love Christmas trees (pine or fabric!),  I love listening to Christmas music from sun-up `till sun down,  and I love the general feeling of well-being that comes this month. Family, friends, and fabric continue to make me smile on a daily basis, but the month of December is even more special.


To celebrate the season, you'll notice that I have a new blog banner, thanks to a precious and special blog guru who is amazing!  Don't you just love the way my title, The Cuddle Quilter, is wrapped in a ribbon? Again, I am a lucky lady. This creative genius knows me so well...as you can see, my love of Santas is very obvious, from the vintage old-world Santa who is peeking through the banner, to the quilted skinny Santas that adorn the sidebars.  Thank you, Ms. Creative Genious!


The skinny Santa is one of my entries in the SewCalGal's 2011 Christmas Quilt Show.  Make sure you visit the show.  The quilts are stunning!   And try to pop over to the show to vote for your favorite quilt on Saturday and Sunday.


So, it`s December 1st and what do I have to show for it?  I have a Christmas table runner and wall hanging that I just finished.   The project was a result of the Sew Happy Christmas Sew Along that was hosted by Lesley Boost at Sew Happy Me.



Although the Christmas-themed embroidery blocks were designed to use as a banner for a mantel, since I don't have a mantel, I decided to use them in a different way to make two projects!  I used a richly colored burgundy fabric as sashing, and used the same fabric for the binding.


I even managed to do some hand quilting on my Christmas Schnibbles quilt this week.  Remember this small quilt, called Bennington, from the book "Schnibbles Times Two" by Carrie Nelson at Miss Rosie's Quilt Company? I love to do my hand quilting in the early morning when the sun is just coming up, drinking my flavored coffee, and watching a romantic comedy on DVD while the rest of the house is asleep! 




But what I am really excited about today is that I have started "Ornamentally Fun", a table runner from the book, "My Runners" by Disa Designs.  I'm using some greens, reds, and roses from the line of Nancy Halvorsen fabrics.  Here is just a tease showing one end of the runner.
Pretty modern for me!

I will be sandwiching the runner and using my sewing machine to do a blanket stitch using matching thread.  I can't wait to get it ready and then put the pedal to the metal! Will keep you posted


December 1 is also the start of Madame Samm's December tutorials.  We are going to learn so much!  And there will be days when the house is quiet, the gifts are wrapped, the cookies are baked, and we'll want to treat ourselves with an hour in the sewing room.  Click on the Comfort and Joy link on my sidebar and you'll find yourself in a wonderful place!


And another wonderful thing just happened: The Fabric Cupboard posted a picture of my Courageous Quilt on their blog. An exciting day for this quilter. 
  
It's a great day for quilting!
Cheers and Hugs,
Lesley




10 comments:

  1. Lesley congrats on your great win, which dies did you pick? You have really been busy and I love all your Christmas projects! What an adorable banner too! Going over the The Fabric Cupboard.

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  2. How lucky are you? Have a lovely time playing with your new toy.
    Love all the Christmas sewing and your runner looks very interesting.
    You have been having fun with your banner. It looks great!

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  3. Can't wait till you receive it...so much fun! Love your projects....see you at Sew We Quilt!

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  4. How wonderful that you won - you will love it I'm sure.

    You've been busy and your latest project looks great. Can't wait to see more of it.

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  5. Wow tons of excitement for you! I like the Ornamentally Fun runner. It will be lovely when finished. I have some of the green fabric you used. It is very pretty. And your redwork is, of course, lovely.

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  6. Wow!! Congrats. I think you will have a great time with the go. I love your guilt that you have in the hoop. And Christmas tree is too cute. You do excellent work!!

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  7. What a fun post! Congratulations on winning the Go Cutter and fabric! Great looking stitchery quilts and new project. I may have to use your Schnibbles as an inspiration and make one with some of my Christmas fabric. Happy Holidays!

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  8. Wow, Lesley! And just when do you have time to sleep?

    There sure is a lot happening in your creative life at the moment and your excitement is V-E-R-Y infectious.

    Love your new header and blog design. Indeed "SHE" is a very talented lady.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. Thanks for showing your lovely projects. Very nice quilting.
    You will love your GO!
    SallyKingemail@gmail.com

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  10. Lesley, your embroidery work is awesome! I especially love your Christmas Schnibbles quilt! I can't wait to see that finished. I love that fabric collection. And your modern table runner looks so fun! Will be watching for that to be completed too. Congrats as well on your Courageous Quilt feature!

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