Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish everyone a
Happy Thanksgiving

I finished my one cooking chore last night - Pumpkin Tiramisu. Today we are going to my in-laws for a late afternoon dinner.

Thank you to everyone who stops by to read my blog. I hope you have a wonderful day today and a great weekend!

Sweet P

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What I Want For Christmas

I was cruising around the Janome web site the other day and say this little beauty:
It's a Janome Gold Plus Trim and Stitch. What makes it so special? Besides being a portable machine it also has a Light Serging System. I think for my sewing purposes this would be a great new machine. I do minimal garment and home dec sewing, but may do more if I had a serger and I'm not thrilled with having to own to separate machine.

Has anyone test drove this machine or own one? Any comments? How about the price? I can't find a published price anywhere. I do plan on calling my local Janome dealer, but would like any input anyone has.


Sweet P

Monday, November 23, 2009

Scarf Along and Christmas Tree

Today was a sewing day for me and I got several projects worked on for Christmas. I worked on Joy's Scarf Along and finished one scarf. I'm happy with this one and can't wait to finish the other seven.

Here's a close-up of the fun trim I found for them. I love it!
I had enough scraps leftover from the Scarf Along fabrics to make this Christmas tree with the pattern from Pleasant Home. I'm going to give this to Mr. E for his bedroom door. It will match the Quilted Nap Sack I'm going to make for him from the same fabrics.
In case you're counting, that's three projects from these Christmas fabrics. And, I still have enough scraps leftover for at least one more project. Not bad for 13 half-yard pieces of fabric, huh?

Are you getting ready for Christmas?

Sweet P

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Quick Christmas Swap and Sneak Peek

I participated in Jenny's Quick Christmas Fabric, Buttons and Trim swap. My envelope of goodies arrived yesterday from Darcey in British Colombia. This was Darcey's first swap and she did a great job on gathering the goodies. She included blue Christmas fabric (my new fave color this season), red, white and green ribbon, snowman and snowflake buttons, a scissor fob (that is now attached to my yarn snips) and a key chain for the 2010 Olympics in Whistler, BC. Thanks for a great package Darcey. I hope you start a blog soon.
I'm finishing up my SSCS giftie. Here's a sneak peek at one of goodies I'll be sending to my surprise partner. I love these fabrics and what I'm making. I'll be making one of them for me too.
Mr. E stayed over last night. He's getting over a nasty double ear infection and mommy and daddy needed a good night's sleep. As usual, he slept well for me and mommy and daddy slept well at home. This morning mommy and I got our hair cut and then we went to Applebee's for lunch. Mr. E enjoyed applesauce and crackers. They've gone home now and I'm relaxing with a cup of tea and a few magazines before I stitch some more.

What are you up to today?

Sweet P

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Joy's Scarf Along - I Couldn't Resist

I've decided to join Joy's Scarf Along. This summer I bought 13 half yards cuts of Peppermint Cottage by Diana Knott. I have a pattern picked out for some of the fabric, but there was enough of the fabric to cut the pieces out for the Scarf Along. Why not create Christmas-themed scarves for Christmas presents? I think it's a wonderful idea.

Here are close-ups of the fabrics

I can't wait to start sewing the scarves. This will be a lot of fun.

Anyone else joining along?

Sweet P

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Don't You Just Love a Bargain?

What do you get when you take this . . .
Add this . . .
And follow this link?

You get this . . .
I have been thinking about buying a yarn ball winder, but thought I would do a Google search to see if you can wind your own center pull ball of yarn. I found the link, wound the ball and I'm happy to report that the money I saved from not buying a yarn ball winder will go to buy more yarn! I started using this ball of yarn and love the way it's working with my project.

What's been one of your favorite bargain discoveries?

Sweet P

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Quilt Show Shopping and Friends

Today my DIL, Mr. E and I went to A Quilter's Gathering in Nashua, NH. The main purpose of the trip was to visit some quilting friends and show off Mr. E. OK, we did want to see some awesome quilts (which we did see) and do some shopping (which I'm happy to show off).

My first purchase was this $3 Christmas panel. It has cookie recipes, ornaments and gift tags on it. Wonderful items to dress up Christmas presents this year.
At the same vendor I couldn't resist this gorgeous Christmas fabric and a panel to make a Christmas book.
The Spa Therapy Bags pattern looks like a fun pattern to make a shoulder pack and matching eye pad. The four items on the left came in a little bag called Embroiderer's MRES. The blue thread looks hand dyed, the stuff on the Orvis card seems to be a chenille thread, the purple thread is a heavy thread and there are lavender heart buttons. What a cool idea!
My friend's brought me gifts too. One friend gave each of us a set of FQs and a panel. I got Funky Monkey's. Perfect for a quilt for Mr. E.
Another friend gave me a goodie bag with a winter memo pad, magnet and pen, ant fabric, Tim Tams and two pieces of wonderful chocolate.
Thanks Judi, Maggie and Pat for a wonderful afternoon! I hope we can get together again soon.

Sweet P