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Swooning into December 2019!!

Wow… December 2019 Y’all!!!

Keep looking up Snoopy says!!!  Here in the mountains of North Carolina USA we are due some snow tonite or tomorrow!!!  Let’s see if that happens as it is 50 degrees F at this moment… that is the high for today though! lol

Jannessa sent me this photo the other day….

 She loves the placemats I surprised her with and decided to hang her new winter cardinal wall hanging over the table that coordinates so well… maybe I should look for some cardinal salt and pepper shakers too! lol  I love how her table finished up!

Molly our Poodle / shih tzu mix has been in rare form lately…

 Above… not wanting to miss any of our conversation she fell asleep in her travel crate while me and my honey were in a deep discussion about painting the bathroom…. Then a couple days later she found herself in the mirror from the bathroom as it was being painted.

 She can’t decide if she knows that reflection in the mirror!  She is very curious though!!!  And below in her fave relaxing spot between her daddy’s legs….

 In a group I am on with facebook creators… they asked us to share a selfie of ourselves… well here is mine!!!

This is one of my fave with the sun coming in just the right angle and 3 weeks post hair cut so all looks good…lol!

But Swoon quilting took the main of my week… along with a secret project I should be able to share next week in my post as it should be received by then…

 Above I finished the row of medallions….
Below I made deviled eggs… a delicacy we rarely have and both thought would be fun to enjoy for Thanksgiving…

 I didn’t take a photo of the food we decided to have but I can tell you it was delicious… a T Bone steak and baked potato and broccoli.  YUMMY!!!!!  Then back to Swoon time and time to roll the quilt on the frame…

 These are the final 3 swoon blocks to quilt!!!!  Look below you can see more clearly the top of the quilt!!!

 I send progress reports to Connie… and this was one…

 Soon I was outlining the bottom 1/3 of the swoon block first in the line …

 And today I will finish filling in those blue lines to fill in the outlined swoon block… do a mini medallion and make my way to swoon #2 for the same areas…

I am linking this Swoon-tastic progress to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday linky post HERE <<<  Come see what everyone else is up to ❤

Also linking with all my HQAL friends…
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy and Connie

It has been a GREAT week all together with much accomplished… but much left to do 🙂  So off I go to accomplish… Keep your head looking up and ahead… not down and looking back though… Snoopy Says So!!! lol

Forward Progress Happening Here :)

So happy to have some positive progress here this week to share at Kathy’s.. for Slow Stitching Sunday 🙂  And this is where you will find me today too!!!

Yep… I rolled the quilt on the frame again… now on row #7 of 15 rows total to do so ALMOST HALFWAY y’all!!!

I am sooo excited with this progress… here is a close up of the beginnings of row 7…

I am really enjoying the border and planning out the motifs for the charm blocks too… it is all quite fun for me 😀  Linking this post to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching come SEE!!!  HERE <<< and praying this is gifted by Christmas!!!

I can’t stitch all the time though… I am not as handy with thimbles as I could be so my fingernails break off frequently… thus I have also been working on some machined projects while increasing my use and ability to stitch with thimbles! lol

I completed this cool table topper…

If you are interested in my thoughts on the pattern I purchased and the overall construction of it in more detail look at my post from yesterday right HERE!

Earlier this week my kids met up in Tennessee and I got these photos sent to me…

 Above is James and his wife Heather with my son Mike… and below is Mike with my dd Brandi 🙂  So nice that they all keep in contact with each other!! 💗

Meanwhile I have been thinking of upcoming holidays and treated myself to an early Christmas present in the form of the new Quiltfolk magazine… focusing on middle and eastern Tennessee!!!

This is a completely ad FREE magazine that is 170 pages of vintage and historic quilts in pics.. plus a few newly constructed too… but the focus is on quilt history in each state.. this quarter it was focused in Tennessee … where I am from!!  They cost $22/each or $75/year subscription and there is no postage fees and it came well wrapped for safe transport via USPS… I hope to order more interesting ones in the future as I find them quite pleasing to enjoy on my back porch as the weather cools a bit.

Also on the Countdown to Christmas in my mind has been making some placemats for our dinner table… and I found a youtube tutorial I felt inspired by… here is the photo that inspired me…

And here is my fabric choices for MY placemats…

 Here I am actually doing it.. see the negative fussy cutting template I made at the top of this pic below??  A first for me … just made from cardstock though 🙂  I got 4 of these 6″ x 10″ hexi images from a fat quarter!!! PERFECT 😀

 Then I had the inner border on…

 Then the outer border and a good pressing was had!! lol

 Finally a look at my completed idea after re-auditioning bindings… not sure about the backing yet… should I go with plain fabric or make them multi seasonal with some print on the back that would also look nice with a black binding…

Well I made 2 of the 4 I need so far and now will ponder this quandary as I slow stitch this Sunday away 😀  These measure now 12″ x 17″ so that is a good size for us.. we use smaller sized lunch plates anyway 🙂

Are you making any crafts for your home for Christmas??

Finally… my honey has been making me a built in office in our bedroom… and he has painted the wall a soft gray color!!!

 Now here it is once all had dried well and I could move back in to this space 😀  I LOVE IT!!!

 I especially like the little shelves above… holding my overflow, a pic of my bestie and me from last summer’s visit and some decore items…

 We continue to ponder a move in the springtime… please keep us in your thoughts and prayers… anyone near Graham, NC?  This is in the center of the state … would love to get some pics from you if you live near this part of the world!!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I am up to… I would LOVE to hear from you as well!  Please leave a comment and have a blessed day my friend!  And don’t forget to follow the link I left for you to see what all hand work others are up to on this fine Sunday!!

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