December 20, 2010

Congratulations, Sue B!

The random number generator picked Sue B, who wrote: 

I would love a chance to when this amazing quilt pattern. I just love the old fashion feel of it with the bubbly lights GORGEOUS!

Posted by: Sue B. | December 19, 2010 at 04:17 PM

Sue - please contact me with your mailing address and I will send your pattern to you next week after the Christmas rush.

Thanks for playing along and Happy Holidays to all!

December 17, 2010

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Crabapple Carrie had an interesting blog post the other day about liking a quilt kit so much that she bought the same one twice.   Now I confess - I have bought the same pattern and often the same piece of fabric twice, but never two of the same kit.   Carrie must have really liked that quilt!

I went to a quilt expo with my friend last month and saw a sample of this beautiful Crabapple Hill design called Merry Little Christmas.   Seeing the embroidered and pieced quilt in person was amazing - the photo on the pattern just does not do this design justice.   I absolutely had to have the pattern!

When I got home and went to put my new pattern away, I discovered I liked that quilt so much, I bought the same pattern twice - doh!   So how about a giveaway?   You could start this in the new year and have it done in time to display next Christmas.  Leave me a comment before 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21 and I will announce one lucky winner on Tuesday morning.

Edited to add:   I would love to hear if any of you have ever followed in my footsteps - buying the same book, magazine or piece of fabric twice.   :)

Deck the Halls

Presents It's the most wonderful time of the year - and one of the busiest, too!   I'm sure everyone is busy making holiday plans and preparing for The Big Day.   The Stashmaster House is no exception.  It is a big time-saver to have the help of my 3 (not so) little ones.  We've been decorating, baking and Mom's been shopping and wrapping.  Our larger tree has no room underneath for presents, so I always place the presents around this small tree in our dining room.  The tree is not normally so *blah* looking - this is a new addition to our decor this year.  It's got pretty fiber optic lights, but we haven't quite gotten the decorations on the tree yet.

Ornie Every year I take the kids and let them each pick out an ornament.   I usually end up with one or two new ones for myself.  Some of my favorites are made by Swirly Designs - I discovered them in a magazine a couple of years ago and I'm totally hooked.   Each Valentine's Day, Halloween/Fall and Christmas, they make a limited number of beautiful handmade polymer clay ornaments.  I think they sold out of most of their Christmas offerings in one day this year, and they were all gone by Day 6.  This adorable striped tree is my addition for this year - the ornaments are so beautifully made and sparkly!   They come packed in a well-protected box that you can use to store them.   Add yourself to their mailing list or sign up as a fan on their Facebook page so you don't miss out on their next collection of ornaments!

Blissgeese And I have still been able to sneak in a little bit of sewing here and there.  The current project on my design wall is Carrie's pattern Due South, made using Bonnie & Camille's beautiful Bliss fabrics.   It makes me happy to work on this quilt!   Oh and I forgot to mention what a pleasure it is to make flying geese now that there are awesome tools that make accuracy a breeze, like my friend Monique's Fit to Be Geese ruler!

I hope you are having fun decorating, baking and hopefully sewing, too!