Our son and his family came for Thanksgiving. So much fun! Andrew, who is "about to turn 5" in his words, was ready for bed when he discovered he had forgotten his sleeping companion. He came running in to me and said, "Grandma, where do you keep your stuffed animals?" After all, everybody keeps stuffed animals, right? :) And what Grandma doesn't? I happened to have 2 teddy bears in the closet, in case of emergencies!
The winner of my giveaway on the Black Tie Boogie Blog Hop is Carolyn from Sew. Darn. Quilt. I've e-mailed her and will be sending out her two charm packs next week. Congratulations Carolyn!
Today's the day I get to show you the projects I made for this hop - and I have to say this has been one of my very favorites! I love this idea that Madame Samm came up with and the great way Vickie has handled the organization chores for us.
It's been simply gorgeous here on the lake this year so it was hard for me to stay in and sew....just look at this beautiful scene I'm blessed to see outside my window.
I started out a bit slow even though I had several things in mind when I first heard about this hop. I was in Missouri visiting my sister when I ran across a panel in a quilt shop there that I knew couldn't be passed up. It was for this cute apron:
My friend Sandy agreed to model it for me but I promised not to show her face. :) This one is for my sister because she has, and loves, 22 chickens!
With this panel came another smaller rooster off by itself on the panel and since "waste not, want not" I made it into a simple pouch with a velcro closure for all my hand embroidery/quilting/applique needles.
You can see it here peeking out of my grandmother's sewing basket.
I just thought this was a pretty picture with the sun shining in the patio door and right onto Mr. Rooster. :)
Then I dug back into my stash and UFOs and came up with these placemats. I had bought this fabric about 3 years ago at a shop in Greenwood, Arkansas but had put off cutting into it. I do love these!
I was visiting the local quilt shop one day and saw some more really cute chicken fabric and couldn't resist. Truth be told, I didn't try. :) I needed a simple machine cover that I could just toss over my sewing machine so this is a rectangle, quilted, with ric rac added.
But my favorite project of all is this quilt called Hip Chicks - it just makes me smile every time I see it. :) The hair and legs are ric rac and the beaks and wings are prairie points.
I have a new computer and I just learned today how to do this so you're getting an extra picture 'cause it made me smile! Going from a PC to a Mac definitely has a learning curve - a steep one!
Have you ever seen anything so cute? :)
If you've made it this far be sure to leave me a comment. I've got a couple of charm squares from Free Spirit that I bet someone would love to have. Just one comment will do and yes, I will ship internationally.
Here's the schedule for the rest of his hop - so many great stitchers to see and so many wonderful projects to crow over!