May the celebration of the birth of Jesus inspire us all to rejoice and to serve Him with humble hearts. May we always remember the "Reason for the Season". That our Heavenly Father loved us so much that He gave His beloved Son to this fallen world, to die for our sins so that we may live forever with Him. It's a gift that cannot be earned or worked for.
There are so many wonderful tutorials out there in blog land. If you have one that you enjoy, I'd love to hear about it.
But for today, grab your cuppa of coffee or hot tea and visit these interesting and informative blogs.
As always we love to read Karen's very creative Tool Time Tuesday. Check out her repurposed gift tags. I just might have to get one of those big round punches.
A while back Sew Prim Khris did a very cute tutorial on making a Needlecase. What a great gift idea for a hand quilter.
This is one of my all time favorite Travel-sized Tissue Cozy patterns. Last year I made a ton of these. Kim shared her easy tutorial on "an oft traveled road".
I have all the fabric ready and waiting for this pattern by Tea Rose Home. It is a Modern Square Garden quilt.
Who couldn't use another purse in your choice of color. Bola Chica offered a tutorial on a very cute Pleated Purse. You could certainly make one for every outfit. And who wouldn't love and use this adorableFriendship bag courtesy of "p.s. I Quilt"?
Have you got a little buddy to make a gift for? How about this TOO cuteSoftie doll from "60piggies".
And for all my tea loving friends, a Tea Wallet Tutorial (Is It Naptime Yet?). Perfect to stick in someone's stocking this year.
Sigh...... zippers............. Noodlehead shares a tutorial on a sweetLil Cutie Pouch. Make them by the dozens. For teachers and friends. And add a Notebook Cover from "My Patchwork".
And how about this adorable Rudolph Bag from Clover and Violet.
You can also check out my tutorial for making pillowcases listed on my sidebar.
I've got dozens and dozens of these tutorials bookmarked on my computer. But my purpose today was to give you one post that you can bookmark and go back to visit whenever you need a quick little gift.
The Christmas tree is all decorated and ready for the new few weeks. We have company coming to stay with us right after Christmas, so we'll probably leave the decorations up while they are here. It always seems like there is so much going on, and not enough time to finish. I'm working on last minute Christmas projects that I hope to get in the mail this week.
I want to thank everyone who stopped by and left a comment on my SewMamaSew Giveaway. The winner is Renea (no blog). I've already contacted her and will put her prize in the mail tomorrow.
I was so looking forward to reading Davis Bunn's latest novel, The Patmos Deception. Bunn is, once again, a master story teller. I felt like I had traveled to Greece. The economic downfall, the political upheaval, the historical background, family, traditions, all laid the foundation to a very compelling story. The characters were intriguing and complex. Bunn's use of picture words has always been such an exciting adventure for me. I am there, I am watching, hearing the conversations, being a part of the story. Not many writers can draw me into their stories as Bunn can. If you have ever read any of Davis Bunn's books, you know he can take you to the precipice and leave you wanting for more. This book has suspense, a touch of romance, one man's faith blooming, and a look at life in modern day Greece.
I am a reviewer for Bethany House Publishing. I was sent a complementary copy of this book for my honest review. I would highly recommend this book.
Once again, I am happy to be participating in the SewMamaSew Givewaway Day. It's a huge Giveaway campaign to help find new (and old) blogs. What am I giving away this year?
6 Fat Quarter cuts from the latest collection from Island Batiks called Blue Bayou. Plus a tote bag pattern to make using these bright and cheerful fabrics.
What do you have to do to enter?? This year the giveaway will be for US readers only. Leave a comment on this post to be entered. And as always, because I ♥ my Followers, Followers (old and new) may leave a SECOND comment. You must have a way to be contacted. If the winner is a no-reply comment, it will not qualify and I will draw another winner. Giveaway will close on Friday December 12th. I'll notify the winner by email.
Thanks so much for stopping by. If you are new, I hope you will visit again. It's always fun to meet old friends and welcome new ones.
A couple of years ago I made these cute little snowmen for the children of some friends. They were fun and easy. There is a Hershey bar wrapped under the snowman. I still think this is one of the cutest little gifties for someone whether they are young and old :-)
You can find a link for the template HERE.
(p.s. be sure to turn the template to the Landscape position before printing)
Progress in the Quilt room has been moving, somewhat slowly, but it's getting there. I've had to move books, magazines, a ton a fabric and a variety of sewing accessories upstairs.
But here's where I'm at for the moment.
Sewing machine is currently situated in front of the window for the best light.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I love to read. I've moved many of the beloved novels here, so maybe one day I'll be able to have a comfy chair where I can do some reading or hand work. The closed cabinet door holds quilting projects bagged and ready to go.
So for now, this is where I will start. One day I'll get a design board set up instead of the flannel backed tablecloth. There are lots of possibilities with this space.
But for now, Happy Quilting!!
Don't forget to sign up for my giveaway, which ends this afternoon :-)
I appreciate everyone that reads my little blog. I know a lot of people have moved on to other social media as evidenced by Facebook and Instagram. I've never had a Facebook account but I do post on Instagram.
But again, I am grateful for everyone who takes the time to read Happy Cottage Quilter. I've been blogging for almost 6 years and it's been a delight to meet so many of you.
I meant to have this giveaway a week ago, but I've been moving my sewing area into a vacated bedroom, and truthfully I forgot. Soooooo................ better late than never :-)
For the giveaway, I'm giving a piece of Happy Thanksgiving fabric, by Michael Miller. The piece is 27'x 45'
The giveaway is open to the FOLLOWERS of this blog because I love you guys! I will include a matching thread.
As Thanksgiving is only a week away, this giveaway will be quick. I will close the giveaway at 5:00 pm EST on Friday November 21. If the winner can let me know their address by Saturday, I will pop it in the mail and hopefully you will receive it before the big holiday!
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Thank you again, for being a follower. I wish everyone a Happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.
It always feels good to accomplish goals. I've been able to complete a few Christmas presents in the last month or so. These little handbags are being made for my little nieces.
I used the gorgeous Island Batik fabrics that were sent to me. As an Ambassador for Island Batik I have had the privilege to use some of their upcoming fabric lines. You can actually read more about Island Batik fabrics on SewCalGal's blog post today.
I have a couple more in the works which I will share with you later.
...... to the great state of Texas was an unusual treat for me and my hubby.
I had never been to Texas before, and it's big! Believe me it's BIG!
We took our trailer, which made for easy overnight stays.
Unfortunately our hot water heater went out, but thankfully it was not cold in Texas ;-)
While we were there I was only able to visit one Quilt shop.
Samples to glean inspiration.
There were some very territorial quilts, which I thought were fun.
It was easier to get around then I thought it would be. Lots of minimum access highways, which made highway driving fast. It was easy to get off, make a u-turn and travel the side roads into so many shopping areas.
On our return trip, we were about 2 miles from home when the brakes on the trailer locked up. My hubby had to do some creative thinking to get our little beauty home. She is now sitting in our back yard, minus one wheel. I guess she will be getting some new shoes before the next trip.
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