Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Elvis lives!

Well, he lives on this quilt I am working on anyway. 
I have several yards of different panels, and am trying to figure out how to frame the block, I have several ideas, and will post some ideas later. I also got a really good deal on a closeout fleece with-yes- Elvis all over it for the back.  This is going to be a gift for my second oldest son who will be 18 just before Christmas.  It was supposed to be his gift last year, but we all know how that goes, LOL.
I have been busy baking for the holidays, here are some of the results:
pumpkin raisin cookies

cinnamon sugar cookies

I took the day off from baking today, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing!  My stand mixer died a couple of months ago, and using a hand mixer hurts my arm after a while.  It's a running joke in my family though that I kill hand mixers every year, my record was 3 in one holiday season!  I have a tendency to overuse them!  My stand mixer lasted a good 3-4 years though, I'll get another one before next Christmas. 
Last week, I went shopping with my mom at the local Goodwill (I love that store), I try to go about once a week, and like with the quilt top, I got lucky with thread:

About 60 spools of superior thread, all but one unopened, for 39 cents each.  Plus, I have my student discount.  I was so happy, my machine loves, loves, loves this thread!  They are more of country colors, like rust, brown, etc, but the majority of them will blend with the scrappy quilts I make.  Sometimes, I just get lucky.  I will miss that store when I move over the summer.  I'll have to haunt thrift stores in South Dakota after I get there. 
I have been busy making some gifts for the holidays, and trying to get more stuff done to sell eventually, but we have created a monster:
My son's girlfriend, who never really sewed before she met us, is now hooked!  I took a nap (I was up kind of early this morning), came out to do some sewing, and there she was, sewing away. I think we
have another lifelong sewer in the works.  Now, if I could just get my daughter interested...   
 Happy quilting,
Marianne              

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