Friday, December 16, 2011

A Christmas Show and Tell !!!

    I want to first say THANK YOU to everyone who left encouraging words about my surgery. I am doing very well by the way. :):)  Every comment and prayer sent my way was greatly appreciated !! I really felt warm hugs surrounding me. :):)
                                                                               
    I have been working away on several Christmas presents for the last month. But, I have not been able to show my work because all my friends and family read my blog....it wouldn't due to spoil the surprise :):) One of the big presents I was diligently working on was a quilt for my dear friend Karen Valentine. Today we got together and exchanged presents. She also stayed the day with me and we talked and laughed. Remember, I'm not getting off the couch very well these days. It was wonderful to have her over and sit with me. Karen made me the cutest pots I have ever seen. They have snowmen on them. I ran out.. (ok, hobbled out).. with my hubby to get some pretty plants to put in them. I am eager to show them off :):).....thank you Karen ....I LOVE them!! Don't they look great with plants? Hopefully I won't kill the poor plants to soon :):)

Karen knows that I LOVE snowmen!!! Sorry my camera is taking yucky photo's, this poor camera is slowly dying on me....I think I know what Santa should bring me....:O) :O)

I really love the checker board on this one, and the snowman is just to cute :):)

I am so mad at my camera..... it is not doing these beautiful pots justice!!!! (Sorry Karen)  I have always been a fan of red, white, and blue... and the snowflakes are very sweet.

She also brought me this adorable bag filled with the wooden spools! Which as a sewing person....I'm addicted to.!! One can never have to many :):) I love all my presents Karen, thanks again...and I really enjoyed you sitting and chatting with me for the day.

Here is the quilt I made for her. The quilt measures about 76x76.

Of course, those who read my blog know I like to piece my backs :):)

Here are a couple of close ups of my quilting.

I don't have a long arm. I did this on my Bernina.

And finally my dear friend Karen. I got the feeling she really liked her new quilt.....she held in her lap the rest of the day. :):) giggle... She was making sure it went home with her !!! I like bright color myself...but as this quilt started to come together....I started really liking it and wondering if I should just keep it. As quilters we put soooo much time, heart, and energy into our craft....its hard to let them go at the end. But, I start thinking about the person I'm making the quilt for and I realize I need to give them a piece of me. So, it was with great joy on my part to give this quilt to my dear friend. Love you SWEETIE !! Your friendship means the WORLD to me.  

Well, that's it for me today... until next time!!









                                                                                               
                                                                             

12 comments:

quiltmania said...

Wonderful job on the quilting, of course the piecing was great too.

gracie said...

Well done. Glad you are feeling better.

kheli said...

Soooo glad you are on the mend!
The quilt is beautiful! Your quilting is too.

Merry Christmas!

cucki said...

so happy that you are feeling better..great job on the quilt :)it is so beautiful..
hugs cucki xx

Katy Cameron said...

Aww, I think you both received wonderful pressies, and love the quilting you did

Lesley said...

Sandie, so nice to hear that you are recovering and being able to share such special times with friends. The snowmen pots are beautiful...she is a talented lady! And I love how you filled them immediately with festive plants! The quilt is so lovely...the colors so warm, and the quilting so perfect...a wonderful cuddle quilt to give a friend! I didn't realize you were such a master at machine quilting! Wish you could teach me! Or lived close enough to quilt mine!
Cheers!

Sue Pickwell said...

Lovely quilt, Karen looks delighted. Glad to hear you are recovering, soon be back to normal! The pots are lovely as well Karen makes such nice things, I need to get back to my painting again. Have a great weekend.
Sue

Amy said...

A fun exchange! Sure like that quilt and those snowmen are super cute!

Karen Valentine said...

Hi sweetie!!! Can I just say again... I LOVE my quilt!!! In fact I am cuddling with right at this moment! I'm glad you like the posts, but I think I definitely got the best gift!!! You are so talented. Have a great night and I'll call you this week. :)
xo,
Karen

Kim C said...

So happy to hear you getting about a bit now.. What a great time you two had, I enjoyed reading your post. Wonderful painting by your friend! And a beautiful quilt for her. True friendship is a Treasure! Happy Holidays to You and your Family! Kim C

Lisa said...

Your quilting inspires me. What can I say but WOW! What a great gift! Very cute snowman pots as well. Looks like a fun time.

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Wonderful quilt sweetie and I'm sure Karen loves it. What a delightful gift. Glad you are on the mend and I send warm and loving thoughts your way. Hugs and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love Marilou

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