Posts in category "Christmas"

Do you recall the most famous quilter of all?

Many of us have heard of Paul Bunyan or Johnny Appleseed,  they are legends in the States. Equally famous are Dolly Pitcher and Betsy Ross. Santa Claus is known all over the world even if the names he is referred by change from country to country. Even animals are well know for their loyalty and... Read more »

DIY Mini Quilt Ornament tutorial

Did you see the post about the funky tea cup ornament? I wasn’t so sure if funky was what something wanted on a Christmas Tree. Maybe Christmas trees are more traditional? I decided to hedge my bet and make another ornament plus, I think I might be addicted. Making ornaments is really fun. Are you... Read more »

12 Delicious Facts about Hot Chocolate

I love coffee and I love tea plus I love hot chocolate, particularly this time of year. I used to teach Spanish and went to school in Guadalajara, Mexico and Barcelona, Spain. Those two countries have incredible hot chocolate. This led me to musing about this beverage and seeking out facts. Of course I will... Read more »

Easy Minimal Christmas Decorating

I live in a condo, happily so. We get our snow removed, our leaves removed and our grass cut. For us, it works as we are not big gardeners and don’t mind living with three other units in the building. And at Christmas time, it makes decorating easy. See how we accomplish easy minimal Christmas... Read more »

DIY Funky Christmas Tea Cup Ornament Tutorial

My guild has an ornament exchange coming up and I have been over thinking what to make. I wanted to sew something modern in both fabric, color and composition. I poked around on Pinterest but the answer came to me as I was putting out my Christmas china. This year I only put out the... Read more »

Presents that make quilters happy

I adore these little cleaning cloths. I have them all in place and when I am using them, I see the quilt pattern, perfect.
The gift giving holidays are officially over but who knows, your favorite quilter might have a birthday in 2014. Wouldn’t you like to know the presents that make quilters happy? I thought so! I polled my readers and here is what they said knocked their socks off this year.  A small sewing machine – just... Read more »

Sewing a little girl's Christmas dress

I loved writing the title of this post, Sewing a little girl’s Christmas dress. It makes me smile and a total feeling of pleasure. I love little girls, I was one and I raised two. I got to sew clothes for them but it seemed like I was so darn product oriented then as my... Read more »

Matching Pajamas on Christmas morning

Can't you see it, the fantasy Christmas morning? Eveyone, even the dog, in matching pajamas. All I have to do is get everyone here, convince them to wear the pj's and oh, buy a dog.
Don’t you have any fantasies? Ideas in your head that you would really like to see come to fruition? That magical vacation? A meal where everyone discusses something meaningful in an intelligent and civilized way? (I don’t know dear, what do you think the implications of the Magna Carta were on our society today?) Ah... Read more »

12 wishes for Quilters

12 days of Christmas is not my favorite Christmas song, maybe I’ve heard it too many times but it has undertones of 100 bottles of beer on the wall on an elementary school bus to me. But wishing and giving 12 distinct gifts to show appreciation? I am in favor of that and who better... Read more »

10 Fun Facts about Gingerbread

What is the essence of gingerbread?   It's ginger, or really the root of the ginger plant. To learn even more about this pugent spice, <a href= target="_blank">click right here</a>
I adore ginger in almost any form. I’ve eaten it to avoid seasickness, I guzzle ginger ale and for a good ginger cookie I will travel many miles. As you can imagine, December is a ginger lover’s delight with all the gingerbread treats that abound.I like gingerbread so much that when I taught I even... Read more »
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