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2014 in review

Hi everyone!

Survived preps and enjoyed holidays, I hope?

Back in your sewing room?

I hope Santa brought you everything you wished for and you were surrounded with love of family and friends. And if we are honest – those two are two of the same thing, right? 🙂

As for me – most definitely they are the same thing and I count my blessings every day. Needless to say holiday preparations were busy and crazy, topped with a “lovely” event of our tree falling down this year…yeah, and right after we finished putting on the last ornament and the top and went to dining room to have dinner…A first for us, but hey, it is all good at the end – few broken ornaments but none that are important memories, and after few “repairs” – voila:

IMG_4959With the most important part here of course:

IMG_4960Our little granddaughter Juliana is growing so fast, already crawling under the tree and loved tearing that wrapping paper of course… Oh and trying to “eat” some ornaments if possible! 🙂

So now that we all unwrapped presents and recycled the wrapping paper (anyone uses fabric for wrapping?? I always wanted to…), lets move on to the second part of holiday traditions – reflecting on past year, making those resolutions we won’t keep (or will??), trying to be better in some ways…

How are you on all those things? Love them, hate them, make them…or not?

Well…I still do it, and yes, I still don’t stick to those resolutions as much as I want to, I still vow to be better every year…. This one is no different, except I am not quite done with making them! Ha ha!

Do you make a list of things to do/try/accomplish in New Year? Do you pick a WORD to be the word of the year, a word to live by? I would LOVE to know!!

The only thing I did finish so far – I cleaned my sewing room – YEAH!

IMG_4975It is all ready to go with exception of Grand Quilter that needs to be put back on the frame… (I also moved my sewing room from smaller to bigger room recently) – let’s see how long with this last?? I should probably print this lovely panoramic image and tape it on the wall, to remind myself how it SHOULD look like? He he…

Speaking of reflections and reviews – how about this BLOG of ours? Want to see what statistics say?

We get this Annual report so I decided to share it with you – take few minutes to look it over and let’s chat about what you like, what you don’t like, what would you change, have more or have less??

Looking forward to a great discussion and wishing you a healthy, happy and creative New Year, full of joy,


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Where has the time gone?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I was quite surprised this morning when I looked at the date of my last post. Almost a month has gone by–where has the time gone? Anybody else running around like a chicken with no head trying to get everything done for the holidays? Yikes!

What have you been up to in the sewing room (if you’ve had time to get in there!)? I have made a few adult bibs for  elderly patients in a nursing home.  I copied the outline of the institutional one that is given out, and then make them with hand towels from the dollar store and novelty fabrics around the upper body and neck. They have been quite popular-I did pumpkins in October, wacky turkeys for November, and birds in Santa hats for this month. Those have been sent off so the patients can enjoy them for a bit before the Santa’s are out.

Also working on placemats for nieces’ apartments. They have finally grown beyond the stage where they didn’t want “homemade” stuff from auntie, and are often mentioning quilted things that they would like for their own homes. Holiday things are always mentioned so that’s what the placemats are. I may have to give IOU’s for the later holidays coming up after the new year. (Quick gift idea-when each of them was in college, I made pillowcases of the month for them which were a huge hit with them and the room mates. They would get them mailed in a package around the first of each month so there was the double fun of receiving a bit of snail mail. There are tons of free easy pillowcase patterns around on the internet, if you think this would work for someone on your list. Plus it pushes off the due date for your completion of the sewing project!)

Have you ever had the experience of giving a quilted item that you spent hours making falling flat on its face when the recipient opens the present? Or perhaps you got lots of enthusiastic thank you’s at the time of opening, but then you never see the quilt again or, worse yet,  see it being used as a dog bed or in the trunk of the car? Does that turn you off from making and giving quilts? There is a “hot” thread about this topic on one of the quilting boards that I read frequently. Apparently many quilters have decided not to give away quilts anymore because of lack of appreciation. Fortunately this hasn’t happened to me yet. Perhaps some of the charity quilts I’ve made have not been beloved, but I don’t have to know about that. How about you? What are your feelings or experiences with this?

HO! HO! HO! Off to teach a class today, and then shop for gift cards. After that it’s on to the baking! Making my list and checking it a million times!


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