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Friday, December 16, 2016


First of all, I want to thank all of you that voted for my adorable grandson in the baby contest.  Please keep voting if you'd care to (scroll down to my previous post for further info).  

In my search to find something (anything!) that might be post-worthy today, I suddenly remembered that I don't think I shared this particular piece with you.  

This is a family tree picture that I created for the 'Crazy Quilt Gatherings' Autumn 2016 issue and was conceived during one of Kathy Shaw's online crazy quilt classes.  I don't normally work from a pattern per se, but tend to just wing it (which can get me into some 'interesting' situations).  Anyway, the class module required that I design a block, including all the stitches I planned to do.  The design languished in my files until Pam Kellogg issued a challenge to come up with something genealogy-related for the magazine.  This is what I created.  

For those who I know will ask...
my paternal grandparents on the lower left,
maternal grandparents on lower right,
moi in the middle and my parents on either side,
my husband and sons on the top.

If you're interested in learning more about this piece, you can purchase a copy of the magazine HERE.  

Now, on to what appear to be becoming a practically daily dose of mumblings....

- There's a sweet cross stitched cardinal pattern HERE   and a wonderful Christmas reindeer pattern HERE.  

- If you crochet and would like to whip up a quick gift, how about a set of THESE?  And if you would like to add an angel (or several) to your tree, THIS pattern is really cute.  Or maybe you would prefer a beaded angel using THIS pattern?

- Knitters might really like THIS Christmas tree.

- There's a handy printable HERE that gives you knitting and crocheting abbreviations and HERE is one that unravels the mysteries of all those different numbers you find on the ball band labels of yarn.  

- If you want to calculate the amount of yarn you need for a crocheting project go HERE for a handy chart.

- Mary Ann gave me the head's up about a 'One Year of Stitches' challenge that's happening HERE.  I rather like this one - it's easily portable and not hugely time-consuming.  

- Crocheters might find THIS little fellow something they might want to make.  Or maybe one of THESE?  It might be a little late to make one of THESE for this Christmas but fun to think about for next year!  And for all around cuteness have a peek at THIS

- I found THIS to be quite intriguing.  If you have a collection of small doilies you don't know what to do with, perhaps you might like to attempt making something similar.

- HERE's another little something that falls under the awwwww category (if you want the pattern, don't be put off by the screen that pops up asking for registration, just wait a second or two and it will come up).  

Today your quote is from Harlan Miller....."Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don't quite know how to put our love into words"


  1. Oh, that's lovely!

  2. I really love this piece Mary Anne and it is a great heirloom piece! Hope you have a lovely weekend! Christine x

  3. What a unique and wonderful heirloom you created with family photos and CQ.
    Thanks for the links they all look good.

  4. That is an amazing gift idea for a special anniversary. Thanks. Also I love that cross stitch cardinal...beautiful.

    Now I know what to do with all the mini dollies I have. I bought them many years ago when White Rose went out of business. Do you remember White Rose? I spent many an hour browsing their craft department:)

  5. Your Family Tree CQ is very unique and beautiful. I believe you really exceeded the CQ challenge. You always share the best links of fun projects. Thank you. Merry Christmas Dear...XO

  6. Lovely heirloom you have created.
    Lots of great links. I will be checking them out more closely.

  7. Wow! That is gorgeous - what a treasure!

  8. I agree, Mary Ann, beautiful work!

  9. Beautiful! I usually have some sort of a plan but it morphs into winging it! Your planning made perfection!

  10. Your family tree is awesome, it's beautiful.
    Now rats, where did I put my small doily collection? I knew it would come in handy one day!
    Hope you're smiling as I'd better run quickly before you throw a big tree at me and it might have books in it!!! :)
    Happy Christmas
    Wren xx

  11. What a beautiful embellished family tree, Mary Anne. You never cease to amaze me what you whip up. Winging it is so much better. It makes you explore many paths you would have otherwise missed. Besides...think of all the fun you miss. =)


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