Quilt Top by Me, Hand Quilted by my Mother, Doll crocheted by my Mother

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve and things that occupied my time these past few months are all done. While most of my projects were completed there were a few left undone, but no fear as there is always tomorrow.  The world didn't end, so I have some extra time to work on those projects and start new one.
I found this lovely pair of carolers at a yard sale, I had to have them as they took me back to my childhood.  My Nanny lived with us and one of my favorite memories with her was to take her wax figures and attach them to a foam board. Each year the carolers, Santa's sleigh and reindeer were carefully unpacked and set up on their base, they were then lifted to the mantle where they welcomed holiday visitors.  Nan also had a wonderful Santa face that was made of a paper mache product, it was the most beautiful Santa face I have seen and it was hung above the mantle as well.. but over the years he has been lost.. and to date I have not found anything close to that wonderful decoration.
But back to Holiday finishes at the Coleman House
Our niece welcomed a little girl in November and this is the quilt I made for Miss Maddy,  Ariel chose the colors and bunny designs... so cute, and so is Miss Maddy.
in December
Peanut Brittle DONE and delivered
A family favorite
Getting ready to stuff the mugs

 Holiday Mugs filled, wrapped and delivered.  Mel comes in to help make the mugs, she also delivers some to her co workers at the nursing home

Gingerbread houses decorated and delivered
Mel and Kyle helped me with some of the houses. This is one I decorated for Jen and her crew.. you can tell by the Coke gummies on the roof, they are Jen's favorite. 
A train and station for hubby

a wedding bouquet for a friend of Mel who got married this month, I made all the flowers, cake topper and with Mel's help her cake, Mel also made cupcakes
She had a small wedding at Century Care Center, where the couple met.  Mel made sure they at least had some of the things a bride dreams about. Great Job Mel 
Quilts I finished for Century Care Center
Have a Heart quilt

Roses, Live, Love, Laugh quilt

Celtic Knots quilt

Holidays quilt

JBW Designs French Country Fashion

Family Quilt

Bird House #1

Bird House #2

Cupcake  theme
The following Redwork quilts were a rework.  One of the WOCS members made a quilt top for her grand daughter who had outgrown the design, Nancy donated the unfinished top and I took it apart and re worked it into 4 small lap quilts for the children charities we serve

a baby quilt from the same member which I finished

and a blue work quilt top that I finished.

this was the stack of mid year quilts that went out in the Holiday delivery with the December finishes.  Mel does the deliveries and she was having many medical problems so I decided that because it was so late in the year that we would wait and send these in December

 the van, loaded with all the quilts, tote bags, pillows and other items made by The World of Charity Stitching Group

Arriving at Century Care Center

Mel with her cart loaded, ready to deliver to the residents to make their holiday a little brighter.

The three boys waiting to go to their forever homes
 That all for this year, see you all in 2013
Don't forget to start the new year with a new project..
I think for my CCS project I will start another Dolly Mama while I am watching the Rose Parade
Happy New Year

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Stockings

Quilting Lines is hosting a Christmas Stockings Hangout where bloggers are showing off their Christmas Laundry...  Stop over at Quilting Lines blog to see all the beautiful stocking that have been beautifully stitched, sewn or quilted. I will be getting inspiration for the stockings I will make next year for the grand kids.  Here are some of my past stockings that were made and stuffed..  One year I did Embroidery on quilted fabric, the below photos show mostly the felt stocking, there are a lot and YES I sewed or stitched each and every one of them.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Quilter's Christmas Party Blog

Today is the BIG Day
Welcome to my Quilter's Christmas Party Blog
There are two BIG parties going on today 
some of my favorite Holiday Wall Hangings
Physical Party in San Diego
Representatives of Operation Homefront and others affiliated with this program will also be at this party to share insights on their programs. They'll be door prizes just for coming to the party too!
  Oh how I wish I could join SewCalGal at the San Diego party. Since I can not be there to share in their fun, I will do the second best and join the virtual Christmas Party.
We are suppose to share what we are working on this holiday season, This is one of my busy times for my Charity Group, The World of Charity Stitching Group.  I am one of the quilters for this wonderful group. 
Below are just some of the quilts that will be taken to nursing homes, Ronald McDonald House and a abused women and children's shelter in the next few weeks.  Along with these beautiful quilts will be Holiday Cards with stitched designs, tote bags filled with toys for the children or personal care items for the elderly. There is also a Santa's size bag filled to the brim with beautiful pillows, these are used to bring comfort to a senior while in therapy or to hold a child's arm as they receive treatment. Making and delivering these lovely quilts are one of my favorite Christmas Traditions.   
Operation Homefront
You will also notice on SewCalGal's blog there is a link to Operation Operation Homefront.
Like many Holiday Parties, both the Virtual Christmas Party and the Physical Party in San Diego will have a charity drive that will benefit various Operation Operation Homefront related projects:
1) Collecting items to go into Baby Gift Baskets that are given to women that deliver babies while their husbands are off fighting in a war,
2) Toys for a special Christmas Party for children of soldiers off fighting, and
3) Cash Donations to help with housing needs for Wounded Soldiers and other programs that help Military Families with special needs.
I have supported our military by making quilts for our veterans. You will notice in the photos a patriotic quilts that will go to a veteran at the nursing home.  We live in a military area with numerous bases. My husband is retired Air Force, he retired to this area where he could still work as a civilian Avionic Technician on the training planes 
If you want to help support our military and their families you can follow the Operation Homefront link, any donation would be appreciated.
So on with my works in progress, all are quilted and just waiting to have the binding tacked down and they can be delivered in time for Christmas. 

Hope you like the quilts
These are just some of the lovely quilts that will be delivered this year.
Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Quilter's Christmas Party at SewCalGal's

Quilter's Christmas Party and donation drive to benefit Operation Homefront is one week away.. mark your calender for December 9 and head on over to SewCalGal's site to participate. Lots of tips, tutorials and sharing and you can win prizes too.  SewCalGal has been burning the midnight oil getting things ready for this big event... She has Lots of wonderful prizes donated by companies that quilter's know.  Plus if you donate $1.00 to Operation Homefront you will be enter into the raffle drawing, If you donate $10.00 or more you have a Golden Ticket and a chance to win one of two fantastic baskets filled with all kinds of quilting goodies... So ladies go ahead and get your entries in and tell you husbands, boyfriends,Children,Parents or your friends to enter and if they are the lucky winner think what a great gift for you they would have for you stocking...

OK  HUBBY and Family did you get my hint???? 
to make it easy here is the link to make your donation and when you do, put SewCalGal in the comment sections so they can let SewCalGal know to put a ticket in for the raffle...