Swooning about the final row AND a Surprise!!!

Happy Christmas Week Y’all!

It has been a busy week around here… how about you?  Stay focused on my post today… at the end there is a SURPRISE!!!
First I must tell ya I have spent all week hoping this present would get there and it finally did yesterday!!!  I shared this pic last week…

 Now I can share these photos too!!!

And inside I added a specially bought label for this bag for my darling daughter… and as you can see in the photo to the left… I put feet on the bottom.. she loved it ALL!!!

I finally finished the machine quilting with a walking foot on the wall hanging…

 I sewed the binding to the front and spent a good bit of the week hand stitching it down to the back using a ladder stitch.  Then washed it and dried it and….  Tah Dah!!!!

 Here is a view of what you can’t see because of the tree…

 And a look at the sentiment on the bottom …

I really enjoyed making this and this is probably what I look forward to most in next years indoor decorations 😀  It makes me think of the generosity of my friend Jannessa who gifted this fabric to me then supported me as I did my least favorite quilting … that by machine and guided me in learning some patience with that way of quilting too ❤
My son sent me this photo of him and his girlfriend at a family event they went to…
Here are some mug rugs I made… 1 for Jannessa and 1 for her granddaughter Addi 🙂

 Our new business cards came in…

 I picked up a couple books I had ordered through the library system…

 I got a nice sized baby quilt for future use…

 And a layer cake I plan to use for a quilt for me and my honey in 2020…

The actual layer cake is on the left… I ordered from Hancock’s Paducah off eBay and they mailed it flat… LOVE THAT!  To the right is all the fabrics in this layer cake… LOOKS LIKE hardly NO REPEATS!!!

Here are the 2 blocks I will make into a quilt for us I think…

 Here is a Christmas funny for ya…

I also worked hard all week at making progress on the Swoon quilt and finally got this to show!  The final row is all that is showing now!!!!

 I finished the left border and made my way into the first swoon top…

 Y’all this is SEW EXCITING for me… unfortunately my bestie who this is for is working a crazy schedule at the moment… so she is unsure when we can meet!  So I will finish but the above photo is the last one that will be taken until we meet for her to get it!  Saving the best row for last too !!!

I am linking this hand quilting glory to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday HERE <<

And to my HQAL sisters too this week !!
Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy and Connie

Finally for the Christmas SURPRISE!!!  I am offering a giveaway!!!!  

A great book of quilt patterns “Romantic Quilts”… a pattern by Poor House Designs that is complete… a fat quarter of polka dots fabric by Tula Pink and Free Spirit fabrics…. and a blue water soluble marker (my favorite kind) for marking your quilt ~ useful for machine or hand quilting !!!

Leave a comment…
Share your favorite topic of all my December posts… I have been busy this month so there is LOTS to choose from!!!  Leave your response in the comments below INCLUDING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!!!!  I need a way to contact the winner!!!  This has been a problem for me in the past so that is a requirement of this giveaway… no email address in your reply then no entry.  I will draw the winner Wednesday morning for my Christmas day delight!!!

So scan my December posts and leave me a comment on this post for an entry to WIN 🙂
This giveaway closes on Christmas Day, December 25, 2019 at noon EST – 
USA only for this giveaway due to weight of the giveaway items all together 🙂

 ~ Merry Christmas!!! 


17 thoughts on “Swooning about the final row AND a Surprise!!!

  1. Gretchen Weaver

    My favorite thing is the fact you're so close to finishing swoon! I love the feeling of accomplishment when I take a quilt out of the frame, then finish the binding and knowing the quilt is absolute finished!You don't need to enter me in the drawing. The book looks interesting but I already have so many books and other things. I'm happy to leave the give away for someone else. Have a Merry Christmas and, of course, happy stitching!


  2. Karen - Quilts...etc.

    because I am like you in the hand quilting department I always love to see your progress on Swoon and I think you do that in most of your post so I really enjoy seeing that. The bag for your daughter turned out so good and I'm sure she loves it. I love the three Wise women!! k at pddoc.com would love to be included in your give away – I don't have that book. The book you got- table toppers- from the library I have the kindle copy on my IPad – love it


  3. Little Penpen

    SWOON.. . you are so close! I have enjoyed following your quilting journey with this one. The bag you made for you daughter is beautiful. Your little wall hanging is adorable. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Merry Christmas!!


  4. Kathy S.

    I really like your blocks on point in the middle of your narrow table runner for your bar. The fabric collection you used for it is festive! Shahann at yahoo dot com.


  5. Jill

    So many fun topics that you've blogged this past month that it is difficult to choose only one. Overall, it has to be Swoon progress! It is amazing all that you accomplish, dear friend. Your giveaway is wonderful, however, I was the lucky recipient of your handy pouch giveaway. By odd chance should my name be drawn, please pass it on. Peace and joy to you all!


  6. Sarah in NF CT

    So what I love most about your posts is following your hand quilting progress. I hope one day to have time and space to hand quilt on a frame, but that isn't my reality right now. I love that you can look out your window as you stitch and that you have natural light. It's very exciting that you are almost finished with Swoon. I can be reached at srahsgiftnship(at)gmail(dot)com


  7. Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things

    Since I absoulutely love the Carolina Lily pattern I really loved that you shared the Idaho lily, a pattern I had never come across. I also enjoy all the vintage sewing machines you share on your blog. BTW, your swoon quilt is just going to be gorgeous and what a luck daughter to get such a neat bag! There is so much work that goes into making a bag!


  8. Deborah

    What is your favourite blue marker? I can't see it clearly in the picture to get the name. Have a Merry Christmas. ( I am not in the US so can't participate in your giveaway but it looks wonderful and will be a great treat for someone)


  9. Kim

    Oh, I love everything you have shown us today. Love the bag. Love the happy flowery fabric. As for the giveaway, because I live all the way down here and you might have to sell your vintage sewing machines to pay for the postage, don't put me into the 'draw'. =)


  10. paterd

    I am so glad you told us what marking pens you use because I was looking for a different pen as the brand I was using just wasn't working like I thought they should. I love the pens you recommended.



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