Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Still Busy

 It's such a busy season...I have so much to do, so many places to be, and lists still to be made (just to make sure I don't forget anything)! Sometimes in the midst of all the "busy"ness we just need to slow down and think. Ponder. Reflect.  Even sew something not on the list.  I sat down the other night with a "million" things to do and instead sewed block 7 of the FatQuarterShop Designer Mystery Block of the Month (designed by Pam Buda). What a fun block...I think it's the cutest mitten I've ever seen!


Another batch of "Snap Happy" bags is finished; these are all the same size, but I boxed the corners of the one on the right thanks to Mary's suggestion. I really like the look the boxed corner gives the bag. These are the middle-sized bags--I'm definitely going to box all the corners of the larger sized ones when I make them.


I have only one gift left to make...an apron that won't take too long once I choose the fabrics...but if you still need simple gift ideas...here are my favorites from recent blog posts:  Kim's Quick and Easy Tissue Holder Tutorial, Skip to my Lou's Oven Mitt Pattern/Tutorial, and Cookie Dough Gifts from Our Best Bites.  Of course, if you have a quilty friend...it's never too late to give fabric...how about making up a kit or giving a little bundle of fat quarters or fat eighths you cut from your stash.


Make sure you do something for you this season, too!  I have a little tradition...every year I buy myself a couple of books from my wishlist to read when the busy days finally settle down. I've just glanced at these but can't wait to sit down and read them both cover to cover. Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun is amazing with so much history and inspiration all in one book!  And Country Inn looks like a wonderful book as well--there are pieced and applique' quilts and small projects along with a beautiful cross-stitch alphabet.  There are also lots of yummy recipes and a couple of hexagon projects!

Whether you're still busy or have arrived at the "finally able to slow down" part of your week...I wish you a wonderful day!

24 comments:

Jeanie said...

That IS the cutest mitten pattern that I have ever seen! Love the pattern....love the fabrics!

Michele said...

The books sound like such a treat after these busy days! Enjoy!

a little bit biased said...

Oh I love that Central Park fabric. It looks great on your little bags. Enjoy the season!

Amber

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That mitten is so cute - I have to get mine made. And what a great idea from Mary to box the corners of the snap happy bags!

Betty said...

Great idea to box those corners! They are all so cute! I made the oven mitt from Skip to my Lou's pattern and it was so quick that I plan to make a few more before Christmas.

Darlene said...

My mitten is waiting for me! :-)

Lots of cuteness. Happy Holidays, Sherri.

Sue said...

Sherri,
Now I understand your comment on Twitter a little better. That IS the CUTEST mitten I've ever seen! I love that!!

And I have those two books and they are absolutely wonderful. Good for you for treating yourself to something so nice :)

Merry Christmas!

Carrie P. said...

Oh, that mitten block is the cutest. I just love those fabrics.
Maybe things will slow down a bit so you can read some of your new books.

Mama Pea said...

Sherri, I really like the boxed corners a lot. I also love that mitten block! I am two months behind on the Fat Quarter Shop BOM, so I haven't made that one yet. Now, I can't wait to do it! I am hoping to catch up on some sewing over the Christmas holidays. I did a little shopping for myself the other day, too, and treated myself to a new ruler, some glue baste, and some of that cellophane tape to hold your thread on the spool. Can't wait to clean, organize and try some of this new stuff.

Nedra said...

I think that is the cutest mitten pattern I have ever seen, too. And good idea to box the corners of the snap bags. I will give that a try.

Wendy said...

Thank you for the post ... I missed Mary's about the boxed corners and I really like the look. Wish I would have seen it before I finished my three snap bags this afternoon... but next time :) Enjoy your moments where you can! Merry Christmas!!

mctzeng said...

That mitten is so cute! I love it.

Simone de Klerk said...

Every time I receive one of those Mystery Blocks, I can hardly imagine the next one will be better. But this one is so very cute again!
Have a wonderful day!

Carol said...

I love the mitten block...I did mine yesterday too...so much fun! Your snap bags are great...love the boxed corners. Busy, busy girl!

Kathie said...

love that mitten block!
your little snap bags are adorable.
I should figure out how to make a few of those too!
I bought the country inn book too the other one is on my list
I hope you will give us another review after you read it and let us know what you think. Thanks
Merry Christmas
Kathie

MARY PERNULA said...

Love your blog!, I do not have the Country Inn book yet, it is on my list, the other one you have purchased is one of my new favorites...........you will love the history in it. Your mitten quilt is very pretty, and festive for this time of year. I will stop by again for a visit. Merry Christmas, MARY

Terriaw said...

I have a feeling you will be busy sewing until Christmas Eve dinner is served! Love all the great gifts you have been cranking out these days. Hope you have some "down" time to relax and do something for YOU! Merry Christmas, Sherri!

Angie said...

That is the most adorable mitten block!! I LOVE love love it!!

Micki said...

What a cute block! It is just wonderful!
Micki

sunny said...

Love your mitten! I hope you get to slow down soon.

il mondo di Iris said...

Merry Christmas.
Angela

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Merry Christmas, Sherri!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Love your block - and the bags. Enjoy those books - such a great idea! Wishing you and your famiy a very Merry Christmas Sherri!

Thelma said...

That mitten block is my latest favorite, I say that each month! I'm so glad we're participating in that BOM, we are going to have one adorable quilt when we're done. I sure hope I get to keep mine, my daughter is liking the looks of those blocks too!

Country Inn is a wonderful book to get lost in, I also have a stack of pattens and books just waiting for my attention..all I need is some time and a cup of coffee!