Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Another glorious Quiltmama Christmas

Ladies - we wrapped up another quilting year in spectacular fashion.  Thanks to LA for her wonderful hospitality! It was so nice to sit in your lovely family room and spend time together. Watching your boys and their legos and seeing Kieran's face with his truck - that's Christmas right  there - that wonder! Enjoy it - you will miss it when they get older. The food was fabulous and the laughs were abundant. And each year we outdo ourselves with the gifts....let's get to the pictures:

LA had Dolores - and wrapped the gift in lovely Birdcage fabric!

It was a basket of wonders - slippers, threads, a quilting book, Sparkletini and other goodies.

Dolores had Cousuelo - and she gave her a magic box! It was filled with a complete quilt - with some assembly required! It was a string quilt - all the pieces cut and labeled and counted along with the foundation pieces and the directions, the backing and the binding already made! Truly magic!

She is overcome!

Maureen gave Cathy a delectable box of colorful threads....which will come in handy as Mare still has quilt tops!

Cathy had moi.....this is awesome....

 An Irish Wallhanging - beautiful!! I just love it. It will hang in my sewing room and make me smile whenever I see it.

I had Lori - and made her a hand-stitched hexagon summer wallhanging where she can pin retired beach tags.

Lori had Lois - and made her two beautiful Christmas pillows. I believe the Santa pattern is from California!

So festive!

And Lois is lucky to receive the famous (dreaded) Quiltmama Christmas star - hers to keep for one year. She will add something to the banner to represent her and pass it along to another lucky recipient next year. Yay!

Lois had Mare - and made her a lovely table runner....

along with an apron and beautiful strawberry placemats!

Mare had Leigh Anne (after thinking she had Dolores) and made this awesome snowman wallhanging....

and a table runner using LA's scraps from her girls' quilts. So pretty!!

Ladies....a wonderful time was had by all. Pam and Peggy - you were missed! Thanks to LA (and Gerry) for their warm hospitality. It always goes by too quickly. We have some upcoming events to think about. Sewing for the firemen - LA will get back to us with the date - either Wednesday the 8th or the 15th - or both. Please check your calendars for the spring Lancaster trip and let me know - March 28-30 or April 4-6.

Mare already has Dolores for next year - and has her gift completed - as long as she remembers where she puts it.....

Prayers and best wishes as we start this new year - for Mare as she drives her daughter across the US to start her next chapter in San Francisco - God go with you. For Lois - who is having cataract surgery soon - we're here for you and George, whatever you need. For all of us - whatever challenges we may face this year, knowing that we have each other, makes the journey easier, the road smoother and our hearts happy. Peace....

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas

Hello, ladies. Feliz Navidad! Is everyone ready for the holiday? Gifts wrapped, groceries bought? I hope everyone has a wonderful time - no matter who you spend it with or where. Leigh Anne has again graciously offered to host our Quiltmama Christmas extravaganza! It will be on Monday, December 30th. We also have an opportunity to sew some things for Gerry's firehouse and earn some sewing dough! That will be in early January. We can get details at the gig. Please let LA know what you will bring - either in a comment here or an email. Thanks....

Please keep Leigh Anne and her extended family in your prayers...her grandmother passed away yesterday.

Take care....wishing you all peace.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A snow finish...

From Cathy.....virtual show & tell......it is terrific!!! Thanks for sharing....
How about the Country Store closing.....that's just amazing. It's always crowded. I wonder what happened. So glad we got to stop in just a few weeks ago......

Monday, December 9, 2013

Winter Wonderland!

Good morning ladies! It looks beautiful outside doesn't it? Now it needs to melt pronto! Wasn't yesterday something? Did you happen to turn on the Eagles game? They couldn't see anything for a while. Gerry, Maria and Jules McCabe were there. He sent me an awesome picture on my phone - which I have to wait for one of the kids to get up to get it on the computer! Since we couldn't go anywhere yesterday, we decorated and put up the tree.  Hope you all had a nice weekend. Cathy has offered to host bee this Wednesday. See you there......peace.

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Sorry....things are a bit crazy. The Thanksgiving relaxation is over! Oy! I feel like the Christmas rush started when the leftovers were put away!! Hope you all had a nice turkey day. Pam headed to Disneyworld on Monday and Mare is headed down today. Wishing you both a magical time! Good luck to all the college students heading into finals. Have you started your shopping? I sewed like a crazy woman over the weekend - making a queen size t-shirt quilt. My shoulders were aching by Sunday evening - it has a lot of hockey jerseys. The mom bought flannel for the back. When it's finished, it's going to feel like that lead apron they put on you at the dentist during an x-ray!! I went to Bryn Mawr Hospital's thrift shop this week looking for ugly Christmas sweaters for Erin - boy, they are hard to find. They had a couple - we'd already tried Goodwill and nothing. Well...gotta bolt. Have a nice day....saw this on Pinterest and it made me laugh. I think this every time I leave the house!!!