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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Give Thanks and Be Merry! (and NTT)

Happy almost Thanksgiving, y'all!  Wild Thing and I have been cooking up a storm over here today, prepping for tomorrow's dinner;  he's a great helper in the kitchen.  It will be just the three of us this year (we stay home every other year), and I'm looking forward to a quiet holiday with dinner, football, and Christmas decorating.  Along with holiday preparations, more secret sewing has been keeping me busy these days.

I'm posting a few hours early today, because frankly, with everything going on, I'm afraid if I wait until this evening, I'll forget!

At last week's party, I shared my set of three appliqué Christmas towels.  I actually had an extra towel, and made this little cutie to go with them.  As much as I love them (and I really do), I can say with certainty, that tracing and cutting out all of those shapes in any sort of mass quantity would not be my cup of tea.  It is so tedious!  No doubt that I'm just a quilter at heart!

I have also been busy teaching.  Last weekend, I had the fantastic opportunity to teach a couple of classes and present a trunk show for the Uncommon Threads Guild retreat, right here in the Memphis area.  Traveling is awesome, but it's nice to stay close to home too.  I taught my Carrelage pattern, and there were so many amazing color combinations chosen- even a couple with darker backgrounds, which really gives the quilt a different feel.

I also taught Intro to Improvisation, which is always a blast.  It's a joy to help quilters learn how fun it is to let go a little bit and just sew with reckless abandon, and it's always rewarding to see baskets of scraps turned into such beauty.

I would love to teach your guild, and I still have some dates available in 2017.  Send me an email for more information!

I know everyone's getting ready for Thanksgiving (here in the US, anyway!), so without further ado, here are a few bits of eye candy from last week's party.

This gorgeous Fair Isle quilt top is by Celine at Espritpatch.

Deb at Frugal Little Bungalow shared this sweet orange peel quilt.

and finally, this wall hanging is by Lori at Crossquilt.  Lori is in my guild, and I had the pleasure of seeing this in person at our meeting on Sunday.  Before the meeting, I was actually disappointed to see it in her bag, which I know doesn't make sense, so let me explain.  Our guild does a Christmas gift swap every year, where we play the Dirty Santa/Scrooge game (the game goes by many names, but it's the game where you can steal gifts from each other).  There are some drool-worthy handmade goodies swapped every year- ornaments, pillows, wall hangings, etc.  I was fervently hoping that this might make it into this year's game, and my hopes were dashed when she brought it to the meeting.  I knew that if she was showing it to all of us, it wasn't meant to be.  Drat.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow, enjoying the time with family and friends, and counting all of your blessings.  I plan to be doing just that.

It's almost time to link up your quilty goodness from this week, but before that happens, I wanted to let you know another bit of news.  We all know that Friday is Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.  If you need a special bit of fabric to sew a perfect gift, or even to give as a gift, be on the lookout for my monthly sponsor post on Friday morning, with amazing sales and coupons from my sponsoring shops.  I can't reveal the deals before then, but let me just tell you- you won't want to miss out!  Now, let's party!

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  1. my picture of my stars didn't show up :( I'll put it up again and you can delete the one that didn't show

    1. it wouldn't let me try a second time- it still goes to the right link

    2. worked that time - thanks - it looks like you have been very busy!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you Kelly. Hope you have a great time. And thanks for featuring my quilt top!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Great pics of your workshops :)

  4. Sending happy Thanksgiving wishes to you too. The quilts are all so beautiful. I always love reading your blog.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving. That's an awesome Christmas wall hanging.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Kelly! Have a wonderful, love-filled day!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Kelly! I would love to join your glass ... but I'm too far. I can imagine how much fun you have there! x Teje

  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Kelly!! Have a wonderful time with your loved ones!

  9. Thanks for the love! That mini will be adorning my wall this Christmas season but I'm glad you loved it as well.

  10. Kelly, have a great Thanksgiving day.!

  11. It sounds like you have been busy with fun activities! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  12. Hey Kelly! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Love the tea towels!! Have a blessed day!!

  13. Happy Thanksgiving! Love the tea towels and the scrappy improv blocks!

  14. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The tea towel is so festive. Hope you've had time to get back in the sewing room.


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