Thursday, January 16, 2014

First post of the New Year...FINALLY!

I think I am finally "over" the holidays...the tree came down yesterday and we have finally put the Polar Vortex behind us.

We had a great holiday season...I actually had all 6 siblings together at one time for a few hours at my parents' house.  I was so overcome with ho-ho-ho that I forgot to organize a picture.  You have to realize that along with these siblings come nieces and nephews from 12 months to 24 years of age.  That's a whole lot of craziness contained in a single moment of time.

I spent 10-11 days in Alabama and really enjoyed the mild temperatures...maybe that made all the below zero temperatures and wind chills even harder to deal with during the Polar Vortex. 

We received a fresh layer of snow today...sigh. 

Look at this quilt stand that my Dad designed and made for me in his wood shop for Christmas!  Isn't it fabulous?  

Now here it is with a quilt on it...a quilt that his mother (my Grandmother) made for his sister (my favorite Aunt).  He wanted to make it big enough to see almost the WHOLE quilt.

I just love the antique glass door knobs that he used on it.  I am hoping that it will just fit at the foot of my bed, although that is not a very good place to show it off.  

Unfortunately, my second-floor bedroom doesn't get a lot of traffic. Right now it is in the living room while I play with it.  I may need to rethink its location...

I could only fit a small project in the car for the holidays, so I took a music block and the center medallion for my parents' anniversary quilt to hand applique when time permitted.  After Christmas I put some stitches in, and since coming home I added the last two little bits...a fat squirrel and a bluebird carrying a banner.

They will benefit from the finishing embroidery...there are a lot of details missing.  ALL the hand applique has been finished on the center medallion (and the next music block!), so my portable project will now be all the embroidery embellishments.

Now that the holidays are over, the big push to finish the hand quilting of the first music quilt is ON, baby!  That is my home is just too big to take anywhere.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year...I hope to catch up with blog reading and answering emails soon!


  1. Glad you had a long family holiday time. Enjoy those stitches.

  2. Happy New Year to you Teresa, I'm so pleased you had a nice time with your family. Your quilt stand is just gorgeous, I love it!

  3. I saw the knobs before the zoomed in picture. Such a nice Christmas gift? Treasure your parents while they are alive. Missing my daddy.

  4. nice stand that your dad made for you. It is hard to get siblings all together at the same time when you are grown and scattered same for me.

  5. Now that's a gift to love!! Dad did good!!

  6. Hand made gifts are the best, lucky you!

  7. What a beautiful gift from your Dad! I love the squirrel - the nose fabric is perfect :0) I look forward to seeing the whole thing.

  8. Looks like your Dad knows exactly what you will like! Growing up we had those same doorknobs in our house. I always loved them. Beautiful full-of-memories quilt on that stand, too.

    I am so impressed with your applique. Each one is more beautiful than the one before. Can't wait to see your gilding of the lily with embroidery!

  9. Your quilt rack is such a fantastic gift! Perfect for a quilter... and such a unique design! I just love it! Glad you are back to hand quilting again:)

  10. What a beautiful quilt stand. That will become an heirloom in your family for sure. Your dad is very talented and thoughtful.

  11. Wow! What an amazing and thoughtful gift! It's gorgeous!
    I followed a Pin to your stash management posts. Thank you for those, you are an inspiration. I have requested the book you mentioned from the library. I will need it. I have recently reclaimed my sewing room from a boomerang child and have found myself not quilting and sewing because the thought of getting all that mess organized is overwhelming!
    I signed up for email notifications for your post!


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