Monday, November 15, 2010

It's a Start . . . .

Thanks so much for all your words of encouragement over my discouragement.....

I've finished the star blocks for Mocha Trail and am thrilled that you all think these blocks are winners.

Nicole, at Sister's Choice, who is also working on this pattern, mentioned she made a star block then the alternate 9 patches block, to even things out. Great idea, something I probably should have done.

Oh well, here they are.....

I don't think my humility block is going to make the cut.

So now it's on to these.

I just need 11 more. And I'm sure you're all correct, once I get these blocks in the mix, things will improve.

I tend to have an unrealistic expectation that my current project will surpass my last project. I've had a pretty good run, my last 7 projects are some of my all time favorites, but we'll see, maybe once the blocks are all done and the is quilt assembled, this project will really come to life for me. I'm not quitting until it's done, like it or not!!

I won a giveaway!

A book, Fresh Vintage Sewing by Joann Figueroa, some lovely fall fabric, and pumpkin coasters.
I have a couple of Fig Tree patterns but this is my first book, I've really enjoyed reading it.

Those fall fabrics sure will make a great table runner.

But look at these coasters...

I just love them! I have them setting out in my living room, they'll be out until Thanksgiving is over, and nobody better even think about sitting anything on them!!

Thanks so much Brandie, I love it all.!!

The time I'm able to spend in my sewing room just took a hit, it's official, I've started decorating for Christmas!!

Saturday we got all the Snow Village houses out of the attic. My daughter is coming home for Thanksgiving and since she's home for such a short time, we like to have a few Christmas decorations ready to light up on Thanksgiving evening. We have our own little lighting ceremony once it gets dark, we turn out the lights, light up the villages, and eat dessert.

If I can't be sewing, my next favorite pastime would be decorating. Getting each one of these houses out of their boxes and setting them up out all over the house is like Christmas morning to me.


  1. Thelma, Congratulations on winning the giveaway. I have often thought that the Fig Tree pattern books look wonderful and I has a little bit of Fig Tree fabric in my stash and now that everything is organized on my shelves the little stack of 4 Fig Tree fq's and one 2 yards cut, all from different lines is looking pretty sad. I've been thinking I should do something about that, LOL. Ah once again I digress. The pumpkin coasters are really great and I can't wait to see what you select from the book as a project. AS for your Mocha Trail blocks, I really think they will ALL be wonderful in the finished layout, but if the poor 'humility' block doesn't make the cut, why not add a couple of borders to perk it up to use for a small (or large) table topper or runner. I know I have several 'Orphan blocks' and if all else fails. I just put a small border, them do an easy finish on them and have them stacked and ready to use as hot pads. I seldon 'toss' a block unless it is to wonky to use in anything. Just a thought. Hugs...

  2. Star blocks look very nice. I think you will love it when it's done, honest. I really think it's going to be a beauty! Congrats on your win! That's an awesome prize.

  3. Congrats on the win.

    You'll probably find that once you've done the alteranative blocks the quilt will come to life. At the moment it all looks a bit samey ( is that a word?) The red in the nine patch blocks will liven the quilt up, I'm sure of it.

    Love and hugs Gina xxx

  4. Love your blocks so far...I'm sure it will turn out beautifully!
    Enjoy setting up the Christmas village!

  5. I think this quilt will be stunning. I was just thinking myself that it's time to do some holiday decorating planning - the grandkids are here for Thanksgiving, and what are the things they can do. I need to get on that.

  6. Your blocks are ALL lovely - bear in mind that you need a few supporting cast members for the super stars. :-)

  7. Thelma you're too funny about a washable cotton coaster!
    Loving the blocks and can't wait to see the final quilt.
    It looks as if you have a small city of Christmas houses. Can't wait to see those set up.

  8. Congratulations on your giveaway win. And your blocks are lookin great!

  9. Actually, I, too, love all of these blocks. Can you enlighten me as to what is a "Humility" block???? Can't wait to see the finished product!

  10. Your Mocha Trails reminds me of chocolate covered cherries, and I'm sure you will like it better when you get those alternate blocks in place.

    Those pumpkin coasters are adorable!

  11. Sorry I didn't get a chance to comment on your earlier post, but - wow - I love every single one of your star blocks. They look awesome!

  12. Please show us the houses when you get them set up. We have a few of the Dept 56 houses but not a lot of room to show them off. You are so creative, I can't wait to see what you'll do next!

    Karen L.

  13. I really like your stars. If you don't like it when you have finished, you can send it to me. It would have a good home here. ;-)

    I always love to put up our Christmas village. I even made a wall hanging to hang behind it. Tomorrow I will be putting it in the Christmas Quilt Show.

  14. Wow. I think your additional blocks will really make a difference and the quilt will be wonderful. I really like it. Just saw Nicole's, and hers is shaping up beautifully too. I often get discouraged midstream, but am often quite surprised at the final outcome when it's all finished.

  15. Thelma those blocks are wonderful...can't wait to see you start laying it out's going to be awesome! Looking forward to your Christmas village!

  16. Please share photos of your home as you are decorating! It's fun to get inspiration from other "decorators." Have a fabulous day!


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