Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, fellow bloggers!

2008 had many challenges and joys for our family. Our granddaughter was born on Dec. 27. Abigail weighed 8 lb. 3 oz and is a healthy baby. We have seen pictures of her, but won't be able to go to Florida to see her in person until DH recovers from his neck surgery which just took place on Monday. He is still in the hospital and may come home tomorrow - we're hoping.
Two grandchildren born in one year! Wow! What a blessing for our family!

The day after Christmas I decided to see if I could find any bargains. The pictured tin welcome sign is one of the bargains I found. I also bought some Christmas fabric! Big surprise there, huh?
Abyquilt has posted a stitchery pattern and I decided to make some Christmas ornaments for family members for this year, 2009! I am tracing 6 on my light box. The felted wool heart will be appliqued in the middle. (this wool is from the jacket I bought for 50 cents at a resale shop)

When I got home with the Christmas fabric (which I bought to make pillowcases), I got to thinking that I might as well go ahead and make the pillowcases up right away and be done with it. So, I made 8 "adult" pillowcases (on the right) and 4 "child" pillowcases (on the left). I like to give Christmas pillowcases to family members when they come for Christmas. I put them on their beds and when they go home they can take them.

I can't believe I did that! But, I have a lot on my "TO DO" list for 2009 and I need to keep ahead of the game, so to speak!

Below are the latest blocks I have finished for the Noah's Ark BOM by Lynette Anderson . I'm enjoying these a lot!


  1. Looking forward to see what you will make out of your christmas heart.

  2. Looks like you got some great bargains. :) Love your mousies too and your tumbling block quilt down there. :)

  3. Good for you for being ahead of the game already. Pillow cases are such wonderful gifts. I should make a few this year.

  4. I do hope your husband responds quickly and returns home soon. He's had quite a run of late. Congratulations on the birth of your new grandaughter. You are indeed blessed. The Noah's Ark blocks are so sweet, Lynette is a fabulous designer. There are definitely bargaons out there to be had. You have done well with these. Abyquilt's heart is a wonderful design and will be much reproduced I think.

    A great start to the new year!

    Cheerio...Ann :)

  5. I think that is a lovely tradition of the pillowcases. I know your family must think so too. Congratulations on your new granddaughter. Maybe you will be needed until the Spring? Spending the winter in Florida could be sooooooooo nice.

  6. Hope that your honey recovers nicely so you can pay a visit to that brand new grandbaby!
    Love that heart in the stitchery, using felted wool sounds perfect.
    I see you've done Lynette's stitcheries...I signed up, printed the patterns, traced them onto fabric, and that's as far as I made it. But I will shoot for doing the stitching this year, just a little behind, that's all. I may do mine in all redwork, that was my plan, until I see how wonderful yours I'm going to have to think that over...I want them in both...

  7. I love Lynette Anderson fabrics! Our local quilt shop made us the prettiest quilt using all her red and white fabrics. It's stunning.
    Thanks for signing up for my winter blah giveaway...come back soon!

  8. Thank you for visiting my new blog. I plan to add more this weekend since we are in for a heavy snow.

    I also loved your blog. You have some neat things you have made.

  9. Congratulations Ruth on your new grand daughter, how exciting for you all. Your pillow cases are lovely, the red christmas fabric is beautiful,
    I wish your husband a speedy recovery so you can get to see the baby.

    Love Leanne xx