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!|
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,