Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I will be on vacation from now until January 3rd. I hope that everyone has a very Merry christmas!


What I have been working on

This is the left side of the top. The houses are from Tonye Belinda Philips pattern. The car pattern is from the book Dogs and cats by Lynette Anderson. Can you see the dog sitting in side?
Another house
and another
and another
grrrrrr, blogger! tip your head and look at this one. See the dog? It is from the book Cats and dogs. I have all of the houses appliqued on this top and the next step is the trees, then the fun stuff... embellishments.
here is what it looks like so far. It will be a pillow cover for a body pillow that will sit on a couch for my grand kids. So far I am loving it.


I have nothing

So here is my dog Cleo at my son's house. We stayed the night there on Saturday before heading out in the storm to the airport.
And this is Daisy, my son and DIL's baby.

I have tried to get in the spirit of making something quilty and just can't do it. Quilters block came at the wrong time of year!


My baby is home!

Well ,she is 24 but home for a few days. No matter how old she gets she will always be my baby.
And this monster tractor is a stomper. It is what my son has been driving nights for a month. It is designed so that those wheels stomp the rice stubble into the ground so it rots over the winter when the fields are flooded. Cuts down on the amount of acres that are burned.

And here are rice fields full of Ducks and Swans and Geese. I love the noise they make. I love it when the sky is full of them and they are honking like crazy. One of my favorite things in the whole world.

more Geese, Swans and Ducks @ 40mph


next step

I got the berries all sewn down and now will work on the vines on the border. Pinned down and ready to sew.


My Christmas tree is up

I have a love of Patience Brewster and her quirky xmas stuff. Only wish I could have been able to afford more of it. So here is my little set up. Now to get wrapping.
Went over to my DIL's this weekend where it was Santa's bakeshop. Each year for Xmas she and her mom and sister make a gazillion cookies. The air was sweet and the cookies were oh so yummy.

fudge, yummmmm


The next step

These are all sewn down, and I am ready to figure out how I want a border.


The book

This is the book where I found the berry quilt
here is the quilt
And here is the image from the book.


a new start

18 inch square all laid out for the sewing to begin
pieces laid out but not sewn down yet
decided I like the yo yo's the other way better
Here they are all laid out and ready to sew. More images later..