December 29, 2011

This and That

Is it me, or has this year passed by at the speed of light?  Although I've never had a panic attic, I thought I might be having my first one a few weeks ago when I heard Christmas music on the radio.  I've been absent here for a little while, but I hope you're all enjoying the holiday season. 

A few weeks ago, I received a sweet little package from Stephanie (Loft Creations).  She made a key leash for me, and an adorable pincushion with kitty fabric.  And polka dots!  She sent me a package of polka dot charm squares from her stash a while back, and now I'm compelled to buy every polka dot fabric on the planet.  Thanks so much, Stephanie, for the pincushion and  key leash, and for sharing the number for the polka dot intervention hotline.  Not that I intend to use it. 

If you'd like to make your own key leash, Stephanie has a great tutorial for it here.  If you're not familiar with Stephanie's work, she's a very talented pattern designer, so stop by and check out all her beautiful designs.  You can find them online in her Etsy store or at Connecting Threads

And then another package came in the mail from Mary at Quilt Hollow.

She made a tiny little quilt using Blessings fabric left over from the "Blessings from the Hollow" quilt she made for my book, Scrap-Basket Sensations.  Blessings from the Hollow lives with Mary now, and every time we chat, I whine about not having it because it was one of my favorite quilts.  She knows I'm just teasing.  Mostly.  :-)   I love the fabric collection, and I recently ordered a fat quarter bundle while I could still find it.  Thank you so much, Mary!  It's such a special gift.  It lives in my office at work now where I can enjoy it all day long. 

I shared pictures earlier of a few batik Courthouse Steps blocks I was working on for the Northwest Florida Paralegal Association's charity auction.  I forgot to share pictures of the finished quilt.  Here is is with its new owner.

She seemed very excited to win the quilt, and I'm very happy the quilt went to a good home. :-) 

Happy New Year to everyone!