Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Only 363 Days Till Christmas !!!

Never too soon to be thinking about next year.  I'm warning all of you. Because of the upcoming move, I did not decorate this year.  It nearly killed me!!! I thought I'd have to check myself into Betty Ford for Christmas-aholics.  My room will be the one with the wreath on the door :)  I felt like a football player who made it to the Super Bowl only to get stuck warming the bench!!!  Christmas is the Super Bowl of all holidays and I wanted to play coach!!!  We'd be driving around town running our errands and when I'd see a really nicely decorated house or a Christmas tree in the front window, I'd let out a pathetic little sigh. My husband would laugh and say "next year sweetie, next year."  Don't "sweetie" me...Get me a tree :)   We went to the local nursery where they had these awesome Christmas displays set up by themes...I wanted to bring a sleeping bag and stay there until New Year's Day.   

So next year we will be in a different house who knows exactly where.  Being a military wife, even a newly retired military wife, is like being part gypsy.  I'll be making another house feel like home but I look forward to the new decorating possibilities.  I plan on starting the Christmas Bowl 2012 on Halloween.  I'll be the lady wearing a Mrs. Santa costume handing out candy canes :) Sure let the future new neighbors think a lunatic moved into the neighborhood.  They are bound to learn soon enough :)  I ordered two sets of the Hoffman metallic fat quarters from Keepsake Quilting.  Could not decide between the gold pack or the colorful pack so I got both :)  I didn't order them early enough so it was my own fault I couldn't put them into this year's quilts.  They were sold out and back ordered.  Other Christmas-aholics got them :)  But I have them now and visions of Christmas quilts and stockings are dancing in my head.   

Next on my list of things to do:  Petition XM radio for a year long Christmas Station :) 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Buggy Barn Crazy Quilt done in metallic Christmas prints

It's the same as the Halloween Crazy Quilt but it's longer and slightly wider. Yep longer...that means the bottom of the quilt is currently catching dust bunnies under the bed :)  Been saving up those pretty Christmas metallic fabrics for a couple of years now. This project used almost all of them up. What didn't get used in this quilt went into the other Christmas quilt I posted a couple of days ago.


Another insane long term project started!!

Using up leftover sock yarn for this one.  It's called the Beekeeper's Quilt and it's basically hexagon two sided pockets you stuff with a poly-fil and turn into a blanket. 
Here is the picture on the cover of the pattern.  Way cool.  Saw it and thought I had to make one of these.

And this is what I've done so far. The first hexagon.  If I get bored with doing these or I don't think I'll live long enough to make it bed size, I'll make it for the cat or dog :) I'm not really planning on buying yarn specifically for this project.  Just want to use up left over yarn from socks I make....yeah this could take a while. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Shannon's Socks

Blocked and steamed last night and was just waiting for them to dry today so I could wrap them up.
Yarn:  Red Heart Heart and Sole
Color: Ivory

On  the 25 days of December I made these for thee  (In my head I'm singing the 12 Days of Christmas....but I'm a fiber artist not a poet so bear with me :))

5 counted cross stitch jewelry boxes
4 wine bottle butlers
2 pair of socks
2 quilts
2 cornhole bags
1 Christmas stocking
1 doll dress
1 quilted box
1 birthday shawl
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And did you notice I called myself a fiber artist?  I prefer that to "crafty".  To me crafty is Popsicle sticks and a glue gun. 

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2011

Finished Panel #1 of the Fisherman Knit Afghan

Changed the length from 60" to 72" and I will probably add another panel to make it wider as well as longer.  This is a faux cable stitch.  No cable needles needed so it goes very quickly.  The alternating seed stitch panels will probably be a real snore to make....zzzzz. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Wine Butler

Hostess gifts are done. :) Pattern The Wine Butler by The Quilt Company http://www.thequiltcompany.com/

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pork Chili


Will be too busy making Christmas cookies and baking for the next couple of days......this is your dinner until Saturday :)


Christmas Poem

Christmas Magic 

Are we too grownup to feel a thrill
As we light the Christmas tree?
Are we immune to cookies,
Christmas cards and Christmas glee?

Are we too adult to "Ooh" and "Aah"
At the Christmas candle's glow?
Are we blasé about our gifts;
Do we shun the mistletoe?

Are we too mature for carols,
For merry or for jolly?
Do the decorations leave us cold,
The ornaments and holly?

Fat chance! We'll never grow too old
To love the Christmas magic.
A year without a Christmas
Would be boring, even tragic.

So bring it on! The candy canes,
The feasting and good cheer;
O Christmas, lovely Christmas,
You're the highlight of the year!

By Joanna Fuchs

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The last....or I hope the last...Christmas Present Finished

I made a friend's husband cornhole bags for his birthday in Marine Corps colors a couple of months ago.  He won't use them....says they are too nice so he has them displayed next to his other Marine Corps paraphernalia.  What the hell?  Use them.  So aggravating....it's like when I make someone a quilt and they won't use it.  I can always make you another one, use it, wear it out :)  So I made him another set for Christmas in Christmas colors and maybe now he'll use these or the Marine Corps colored ones. In case you ever have the need to make these things, here is a link on how to make "regulation" cornhole bags...you know in case there is a cornhole emergency :)  http://www.cornholehowto.com/sew-up-some-bags/how-to-sew/

Friday, December 16, 2011

Shannon's Christmas Quilt Whirly Gig Kit Quilt

 Damn I'm spitting out Christmas presents like they were coming out of a Pez dispenser :)  Finished another one :) No J.R. it's not for you :) Sorry....but I think 2012 will be your year.  :)   

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Jane :)

 Another Tanta Shawl.....I really need to move on to another pattern....but I've got two more in the works.  This one is with Grassy Wool Yarn by Scarlet Fleece Hand painted Fiber and Luxury Yarn. The color is pink chocolate.  It's bamboo yarn and superwash merino. 


Another box done, one more to go.
Then I need to finish a pair of socks and a shawl.......yeah probably not going to happen before Christmas. Really wish I had a plan B right now.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

#4 Done

 Okay I'm getting a little bored with this pattern now....might have to do something else with #5 and #6. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Another giftie done :)

I have a dear friend who is always asking me when she is going to get a quilt from me :)  I will no doubt get to her but until I do, this oak jewelry box with the "quilt" insert will have to do as a Christmas present.

I try to get to the friends who "need" a quilt as opposed to those that just "want" a quilt. Need comes first.  There is a hierarchy to my quilt giving.  Friends whose children are Wounded Warriors go to the head of the line. Seriously sick friends come next.  Then occasionally I can crank one out for a hurricane (Irene), tornado (Missouri),  tsunami victim (Japan) or church fund raiser.  Then there are the friends who are going through a tough time for one reason or another. They need an unexpected package to show up at their door step to cheer them up.

Next comes birthday quilts and wedding quilts for family as they pop up.  My policy on wedding quilts....you only get one.  You do not get a second or third if the marriages don't work out so on your way out the door GRAB THE QUILT!!!!      :)

The crew at my local post office know I'm usually mailing something quilty :)  The mail lady prefers I seal up the box after she sees the quilt. Mailman Don knows he doesn't have to ask me if the contents are perishable, liquid, explosive or perishable. He just asks if it's a quilt.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Crunch Time

Pattern:  Live Life by Shepherd's Bush Printworks by Tina Richards Herman 2011

The jewelry box is by Cottage Garden
Color Distressed Cream

When I bought the first jewelry box at the Counted Cross Stitch Shop, it cost $20.00 (not including the pattern) but the exact same jewelry box cost $10.00 at the Hallmark store. I've got four more to make in about two weeks so I can get them out in the mail. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ten Minute Table Runner

I can't find the pattern that I used but it is very similar to the one found on this blog.

The next time I make it I would put batting in it to give it a little more body.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Using up the left over cranberries from Thanksgiving.  Forgot to buy orange juice so we could nto make the Cranberry Whiskey Slushies....oh well there is always Christmas :)