Some Finishes

It was a busy day, but a relaxing day. Two projects were taken to completion, and I baked a cheesecake. The cheesecake was done in four stages, and so it took quite a bit of time, but it gave me time to do other things while I waited for this part or that part. I'll try to remember to take a picture of it when we cut into it tomorrow. The red cranberries against the white cream cheese make such a festive dessert.

Here's what I did in the sewing room today:

The little housewarming "quiltlet" is all ready to go now. It still needs a hanging tab. I'll use the ring tab off tonight's catfood can for that.

I had those four hot fix nailheads in my nailhead stash, and so I used those at the corners of the stitchery. We'll be taking this to our friends in Bend this coming weekend.

Then I finished top-stitching my little Quilter's Helper,

and added the borders.

And that one is going to the quilts-to-be-quilted pile. The pile is growing. This one probably won't get quilted until January or February.

Next up, I'm going to start working on the next Irish door. I think this one is the 9th of the 12 I want to make.

I've pulled some fabrics, and I'm ready to get started next time I sew. That will no doubt have to wait, however, because tomorrow is a big cooking and family day.

This being Tuesday, it's time to link up to:

Val's Quilting Studio

Today's theme is Christmas quilts, appropriately enough. I haven't made a lot of Christmas quilts, but I do have a few. One of my favorites is this "Winter Wonderland" quilt. I fell in love with this pattern from Crabapple Hill Studios when I saw it made up as a redwork project. I had little hope I'd be persistent enough to stick with all that embroidery. Nevertheless, I kept seeing it in quilt shops, and finally, I had to buy it. It marked my return to embroidery because I learned to love embroidery again while I was working on it. You can see close-ups of the embroidery and the quilting at this blog post from November of 2011 when I entered it in the online Christmas Quilt Show at Sewcalgal.

I doubt I'll be blogging tomorrow or Christmas Day either, and so I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, happy celebrations, and safe travels. But I can't go without sharing this that I saw on Facebook today.

Fleas Navidog!

It makes sense to me that the cat is positioned where the King of Kings would ordinarily be.

12 comments from clever and witty friends:

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Great post! Of course, I love the kitty quilt.

Betty said...

Your Quilter's Helper is sew cute!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Junebug613 said...

I love the Quilter's Helper! Mmmmmm Cheesecake! I hope you and your family have a safe, fun and Merry Christmas!!

Christine M said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Barbara. Hugs, Christine xx

Christine M said...

I forgot to say. I love your nativity photo!

Kate said...

Congrats on both finishes! Your Kitty turned out beautifully, but of course it would with Smitty as the model.

Love the doggy picture.

Have a very Merry Christmas.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Happy Holidays, Barbara, to you and the men and the women-folk and the kitties; may the memories you make last a lifetime. Hope you get some snow !~!

Barb H said...

Thanks for posting all your creations. I especially love the blue and white embroidered quilt! And the dogs are perfect, adoring the Baby Feline Wonder! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

gpc said...

Love the Home quilt! I can't wait to see the Irish doors come together, I love the idea, and each picture intrigues me more. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. :)

quiltzyx said...

Hooray for finishes! And thanks for showing us Winter Wonderland again -- I love seeing it!

Happy Christmas wishes to you & your whole family too!

Brown Family said...

Great finishes. Fleas Navidog! is very cute!

Sheila said...

Beautiful projects! Cute Quilter's Helper : )