I thank you all for your comments the past few days, loved reading about your Christmas movie favorites.
This morning I changed the header on my Blog to feature my ‘New Hope’ fabric bundle, probably should have done it earlier.
I used the random number generator to select the winner . . . and the winner for the F8 Bundle of ‘New Hope’ and my new book with Martingale ‘Jo’s Floral Album’ is . . .
Jena from North Dakota!
The package will ship today, hope you have it before Christmas! This give away has been a fun addition to the Christmas Season. Be sure and watch your favorite Christmas movie with a loved one, find time to relax and enjoy.
Hugs and Merry Christmas to all . . .
Jo who still has her fingers crossed for a White Christmas, they do not happen very often in SE Nebraska, but when they do it is magical.
Our most favorite day of the week . . . Wednesday!!!!
I’m beginning to think someone slips in an extra Wednesday some weeks, they sure roll around fast. LOL
First the question of the week: Do we make any Christmas presents, hummm, short answer for me is no. I guess I’ve reached the age of have everything I need or want, which means same for my friends/family. Sometimes picking up the tab at lunch is a good gift, or buying gas on a road trip, sharing a favorite recipe, taking the time for coffee and a visit is precious. There are many ways to show friends and family we love them, doesn’t always have to be wrapped or in a gift bag. This is my life, no judgement, maybe yours is different?
Of course if there are children or grand-children involved it all changes! I’m talking about my life.
I want to share that during the Christmas Season, my most favorite movie is ‘The Miracle on 34th Street’, for me must be the 1947 versions in black and white, staring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and Natalie Wood. Yes ‘I Believe’. And we have it on DVD so I can see it in B&W.
First I’ll share my clipping and pressing, I press and clip because I have most of my quilts custom quilted, so I like to be able to provide a ‘ditch’ for quilting, then the machine quilter can add nice curves, feathers, etc. I always have a reason for what I do.
Block 41, clipping and pressing
Now my block version:
Enjoy making your version!
Please DO NOT forget to check our friends Blogs for their version of this block (and their giveaways):
And . . . do not forget to check the permanent page, it is updated weekly to include the new block and the links, and . . . the most recent version of David’s Directory for the FB Group that includes links to everything BlockHeads related.
This week we have an added gift, maybe I should say a chance at a gift, and hopefully it ‘may’ arrive on your door step before Christmas. I’m also fine if a gift arrives after Christmas because the load of mail and packages is amazing, aren’t we lucky we have great mail delivery people and of course the big brown truck brings good stuff, and I can’t forget to mention FedEx!
A give away – you have to “leave a comment to enter”, the prize is my new book with Martingale “Jo’s Floral Album’, PLUS a F8 Bundle (you know that means Fat Eighth) of New Hope which ships to your local/favorite quilt shop in January! This line is perfect to begin the appliqué blocks featured in my new book. Will pick a winner on Monday December 18th,and e-mail them for their mailing address – NO P.O. Boxes please!
Hopefully the prize will be delivered before Christmas, if not, you will receive it after Christmas, after all it is the busiest time of the year!
Here is my less than professional picture, I’m sewing with these fabrics so it appears to be a bit of a mess, the winner will receive a beautifully folded F8 bundle!
Jo’s Floral Album book and New Hope fabrics
And a quick tip, there are full color pictures of each block in the book, these block pictures measure about 7 1/2″, add a bit more background plus seam allowance and you will have an option for a 9″ block for a small, one block medallion (add borders of your choice), or a smaller version of the featured quilt! The book also has a pull out section with full size patterns for the 12″ finished blocks, ready for your favorite method of appliqué. My favorite method is the ‘back-basting prep method for needleturn appliqué’. No messing around to position loose pieces and parts. Ready to go! Thank You Martingale! User friendly is very important.
Whew that is a lot this week.
Wishes that your home is decorated and ready for Christmas, shopping done, baking done, now time for a coffee with a good friend, or a glass of wine with a loved one.
Until next Wednesday . . . enjoy the Christmas Season, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Woo Hoo – once again our most favorite day of the week . . . . Wednesday!
First the question for this week: Do you decorate with quilts for the Holidays? Are they color-themed, or do they include Holiday motifs.
Remember it is old fashioned Jo answering this question – yes to the color-themed . . . and sometimes not exactly color-themed, but still the quilts seem to work during the Christmas Season. The quilts I use can be made by me or antique quilts I’ve purchased over the years, both are included in our home Christmas decor.
I do not include Holidays motifs in the quilts I make. Think of it as ‘something for everyone’, yes I’m old fashioned, love antique quilts or newer made quilts with vintage appeal. This has been my goal for well over 30 years, making quilts with vintage appeal, I don’t see me changing now. LOL
Greetings – it is our favorite day of the week, hump day! Oh yes, you get the next BlockHeads block day too. Life is very good, isn’t it.
The question this week: Have you started your Christmas Preparations? Baking? Shopping? Make a gift-wish list for yourself? Hummm, I have different goals, mostly because we were not blessed with children, we go to family members homes for the Holidays where we see nieces and nephews and are watching their families grow, and grow up.
Russ and I are still in our ‘starter home’, we have lived here all but about the first 3 or 4 months of our 46 years of marriage. It is ‘home’, I cannot imagine living in any other house or any place else. This is our corner, here in Nebraska City, Nebraska (50 miles from either Lincoln or Omaha) and . . . we have great neighbors!
I hope everyone enjoyed a Blessed Thanksgiving with family and or friends. I love this time of year, we take the time to see loved ones, whether they be family or friends. I see a personal New Years resolution, and not wait for said Holidays.
Greetings! It is Wednesday, our favorite day of the week, and this week it happens to be the day before Thanksgiving, I know you may not check out our blocks this morning while getting ready for Thursday with family and/or friends. The block will be waiting when you have time to go sew! Family first, always.
I’m grateful and thankful for many blessings in my life. Life certainly isn’t perfect, but it is my kind of perfect. We will spend the day with Russ’s side of the family at our nieces home, it will be just perfect because we are together.
This weeks question – – – favorite family tradition? Actually none, just being together whether it is Russ’s side of our family or my side of our family. It doesn’t matter to me, just being together is what counts. Time will stand still for a while, deadlines will be put on the back burner, we will put our families first, just perfect.
This week is the ‘Peace and Plenty’ block by our friend Betsy Chutchian. I’m happy it is her week as the block name is what Thanksgiving is for us.