Thursday, December 31, 2009

Completed Projects 2009 - Part 2

These are the last 12 items that I made in 2009.
Well, it has been fun to see my progress.
I have greatly improved my skills since the beginning of the year.
 Thanks to all of you who have inspired me to do new projects and learn new skills.
It really has been a great year.

December 23rd was the 1 year anniversary of my blog.
Yeah!!! It has been a lot of fun.
 I just love blogging about my quilting and sewing projects.
 I have met so many wonderful people in blogland,
 and have made some wonderful friends. I have been truly blessed.
I am going to have a giveaway soon to celebrate.
But I want to make something to give away.
So, I will try to make something nice on the weekend since I am off work.
So keep checking.

Happy New Year everyone!!!!

Hugs Ariane

Completed projects 2009 - Part 1

These are the first 36 projects I finised in 2009.
I am so glad I am looking back.
I still have more finised projects to show you.
This does not include any of my UFOs.
I have quite a few of those. 
I worked hard this year.
One of my goals for 2010 is to get some of those UFOs done.
I will come back later, when I get home from work
and show you the rest of my finished projects.

1. Tote bag, 2. Jacob's Ladder quilt, 3. Chicken pillow cover, 4. Mini Tote 9-patch bag blue side, 5. Tumbling block quilt, 6. Front of tote bag, 7. Crayon Roll, 8. DSCF0902, 9. DSCF0910, 10. Skirt and appliqued top - pink, 11. A Skirt and Appliqued T-shirt, 12. DSCF0997, 13. Puss in the Corner quilt, 14. The puppy quilt, 15. Front of bag for Bag Swap, 16. little coin purse and pin cushion, 17. Cupcake purse - close up, 18. DSCF1108, 19. DSCF1142-a, 20. Cotton Blossom Purse SMS giveaway, 21. Let's drive baby quilt, 22. My Spring Blooms mini quilt, 23. Whirleygig Quilt, 24. DSCF1533, 25. DSCF1537, 26. DSCF1541, 27. Cottage Mini Quilt, 28. DSCF1784, 29. DSCF1786, 30. DSCF1995, 31. DSCF1937, 32. DSCF1982, 33. Three Stitcher's Angel projects done, 34. Good Ol'Summertime Mini Quilt Swap, 35. Log cabin Beatrix Potter quilt, 36. Charming Bed Pocket 1

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My trip back home and more Advent Swap gifts!!!

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. I had a wonderful christmas with my family in Northern Ontario. There was a lot of singing, food and celebrating. I have a huge family. So it is always a big celebration at Christmas when we all get together. We do not exchange gifts because it would be too costly to buy for everyone. I have 42 people in my immediate family. All my brothers and sisters gave my parents a gift and then we just celebrated together and enjoyed each others families. That is what Christmas is all about. The kids got to play games with their cousins and go sliding down the big hill behind my parents place. It was a lot of fun.

The drive to my parents was pretty good. The drive back was another story. We drove 13 hours in a blizzard. Normally, it only takes 9 hours for us to drive home. It was a very stressful drive home to say the least. I was glad we arrived safely. Many times we had to stop in the middle of the road because we could not see where we were. It was a total whiteout.

I also opened the last of my Advent Swap gifts. I just love all the gifts I received. Jeannette made me so many nice handmade gifts. I am so lucky. My main gifts was a wonderful handmade bag. I love all the tiny little pieces on the front of the bag. I love it. It is in my favorite color too. I have already used it to go out. My Mother-in-law tried to claim it, but I would not let her. Thank you so much Jeannette. This was a wonderful swap. Thank you also to Fiona for organizing this swap. It was so much fun.

I wish you all a very happy New Year. I will try to do a post of all my projects from 2009.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I made a Star Quilt!!

It has been a very busy last couple of days. I have been working. I have been trying to get my Christmas gifts done. We celebrated Christmas today with my inlaws. I made a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We are going away to Northern Ontario tomorrow to see my family. It is an 9 hour drive. I hope the weather is good.

I made a lap quilt for my mother-in-law. I used the same star block as the table runners. I did not  have much time, so I thought I would stick with something I was comfortable with. I used some Kansas Troubles and Buggy Barn fabrics. I really love this quilt. I did some simple quilting. I finished it at 10am this morning. My inlaws got to our house at 12:30pm. So I got it done just in time. I hope you like it. She loved it.

Well, I am going to be gone until the 29th. So I wish you all a wonderful Christmas.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Santa Mini Christmas quilt finished and great mail!!!

I finished another gift today. It is a Santa Mini Quilt.
I used the free pattern Christmas Eve from Kaaren at The Painted Quilt.
It was the First Friday Freebie for December.
She used it on a stocking but I decided to just make a mini quilt with it.
I love the way it turned out. It is going to make a lovely gift.

I also recieved the package I won from Sinta at the Pink Pincushion.
I had totally forgot about this package.
 So when the mail man delivered it, I had no idea what I was receiving.
Then, I saw her name on it and remembered I won her giveaway.
I ripped it open as fast as I could.
I love, love, love it.
The book is amazing. It as some wonderful ideas in it.
I just love French General.
The pincushion is wonderful. It is my favorite.
I love the ribbon Sinta used. The little card wallet is wonderful too.
This fabric is so wonderful.
I sat for about an hour, reading through the book and having a coffee.
I needed that break. It came just at the right time.

Thanks Sinta!!!! I love it!!!

Tonight I have another project that I need to work on.
I have to get some laundry done too.
I am doing quite well, getting things done.
I am very happy with the handmade gifts I have made up to now.
Well, that is all for now. Take care!

Ariane :o)

Monday, December 14, 2009

A mini quilt done and an ornament!!!

I had a busy day today.
I worked, then went out of town with my husband
for three hours to pick up a guitar my husband traded.
We then picked up the kids from the inlaws, and came home at about 8 pm.
I brought my stitching with me on the ride
and managed to stitch the free pattern that was posted on Gail Pan Designs Blog.
I really love this little stitchery. Thanks Diane for suggesting it to me yesterday.
 Because I was looking for a stitching project to make.
I decided to give this as a gift. I quilted it by machine.
I think it turned out pretty cute.
And I got this little quilt done in one day.
Love it!!!

I also made a little ornament I designed myself.
It is my first prototype. It needs a bit of adjusting.
 But I still really like it.
 It is very simple, and did not take very long to make.
I plan to make a set of six little stitched ornaments with a different word on it.
 I think it is going to be a nice addition to my tree.
 I hope you like it.

It is almost 1:00 am. So I better go to bed.
I have to be up in 4 hours to work.

Ariane :o)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Another Star Table runner done!!

I just finished the second table runner for my kids teachers.
 I needed two teacher gifts and now that is done.


There is so much to do, and so little time.

I worked today, and last night. I am working day shift all weekend.
My next day off is Wednesday.
So, I am going to be sewing in the evenings.
I do get tired easily.
I sometimes struggle with balancing work and home stress.

So, I am going to have to pace myself.

I need to start another hand stitching project.
That always relaxes me.
I usually have one on the go. 
Maybe I will do one of those Christmas stitcheries
 from the the Gum Tree Designers.
I do love their projects.
I have their blog button in my sidebar if you have not visited there yet.

I hope you all have a great weekend.
It has been very cold and windy here.
We got 22 cm of snow on Wednesday, then rain, then it froze.
So everything is very icy.
So if you are out there walking around, be very carefull.

Ariane :o)

P.S. I thought I should show you both table runner together.
They are the same, but different. LOL!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Some of my Advent Swap Gifts!!

I want to give you a peak at gifts sent to me by Jeannette for our Advent Swap!!
I am very excited about it. I opened 10 gifts to date.
Look at all I got!!!! I love it!!
I am excited every day to open a new gifts.
My little girl and I do it together.
She is just as excited as me.

Thank you so much!!!!

I hope you all have a great day.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I am back!!! My computer is fixed!!!

Hi everyone! I am so glad to be back. My computer is finally fixed. We do need a new keyboard though. But we will get that after Christmas. Thank you so much to all of you who have left comments on my pictureless posts. Thanks for hanging in there. I have added all the pictures to those posts. So if you did not go over to my flickr account, I posted them.

I made a Christmas table runner as a teacher gift. My daughter claimed it for her teacher. I have started a second one. But I am not done that one yet.

I also made a skirt for my daughter. It is going to be part of her Christmas outfit. I wanted to make something out of the material I had. So she will be able to wear this one into the summer. I just have to finish the top to go with it and get matching tights. I plan to make a headband to go with the outfit too. I made it using the Pink Fig pattern, The Mish Mash skirt and top! I love this pattern. The instructions were great and it goes up to size 12. Very cute pattern. I will share another picture once the whole outfit is done.

I am so glad to be back online. Christmas is fast approching. Ahhhh! Well I hope you are all well.

Happy Stitching!

Hugs Ariane

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cotton Blossoms Tablerunner

    Cotton Blossoms Tablerunner

Hi everyone, I made a little table runner using some leftover charm squares from a Cotton Blossoms Charm pack. It is for a gift exchange at work. We decided to do a gift exchange at the last minute and we had put a price limit of $15. So I thought a simple table runner would be nice. The girl I made it for just moved into a new home. She does not have a lot of color except for brown and cream. So I think this will add a bit of color to a corner in her house. I hope she likes it.

Hugs Ariane