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Oh La La! October 26, 2010

Filed under: October 2010,Quilting,Sewing,Virtual Quilting Bees — The Threaded Nest @ 8:32 am
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Oh La La ~ I am so loving the French General Fabrics in red, white, and linen!

Ohio Star block one …

and block 2 made for Jaleh — Not Your Grandma’s Quilting Bee.

I am totally inspired to make a mini holiday quilt like this one HERE

from the Lumiere de Noel holiday fabric line from French General

and maybe even a Christmas throw quilt to match!

Sigh…so many lovely fabrics

yet “sew” little time to use them all ;D

Happy sewing,

Colette

 

 

 

I’m Ready… October 23, 2010

Filed under: October 2010,Swaps — The Threaded Nest @ 10:51 am

…ready for Christmas that is!

Look at what the postmistress brought me this morning!

R. ripped open each package and we “oohed” and “awed” over each little package ~

jolly good fun!

I received this fab.u.lous Savvy Seasons Swap package from Anna (thejoycottage)

that included a lovely embroidered mini quilt (there are even tiny little things in each window!)

appliqued/embroidered table runner

mug rug (which definitely needs this Emma Bridgewater cup to match)

and some of my favorite Happy Zombie Happy Holidays fabric!

I am one lucky swapper 😀

So is it too soon to start decorating for Christmas???

Cheers,

Colette

 

 

February! October 21, 2010

Filed under: October 2010,Sewing,Swaps — The Threaded Nest @ 8:21 am

I finally got to try my hand at a little raw edge applique comforstitching style (tutorial HERE)!

and I looooovve her!

Too bad she’s not for me =0(

But she is going to a really good home…

to my secret Scrappy { Hoops } Swap partner!

Looks like she’ll be put into a lovely bright red hoop 😀

This “February” embroidery pattern is from Sarah Jane Studios and can be purchased (HERE).

My only words of caution…

you MUST use a fusible stabilizer on the back of the linen

BEFORE you begin your free motion drawing with the sewing machine!!!

Happy stitching,

Colette

 

Its here!!! October 20, 2010

Filed under: Accuquilt Go! Cutter,October 2010 — The Threaded Nest @ 12:08 pm

I feel just like Gollum from the Lord of the Rings…

“My pressciousss”!!!

I have been drooling over this baby for months

(and unsuccessfully entering contests all over blogland trying to win one)

and now its FINALLY mine!

Oh Happy Day!

Happy cutting,

Colette

 

Its all about the furry friends! October 19, 2010

Filed under: October 2010,Swaps — The Threaded Nest @ 9:56 am

I’m so SO so excited…

Wagatha’s was sweet enough to give me a little treat to send along with my Savvy {Seasons} Swap package

for the furry friends in my swap partner’s life ;D!

After receiving my lovely Union Jacks package (HERE) from Trudi

(that thoughtfully included some goodies for my little girl)

it got me thinking that it would be fun to send along something special for my partner’s pampered poochies.

I immediately thought of having my Hubby grab some Wagatha’s Organic Dog Biscuits

not only because they are a fantastic local company

but because they make the best and yummiest dog biscuits ever!!!

Just ask my Hubby ;D

He freaks people out by eating them, ha ha,

he’s not really a freak (OK well maybe a little)

the biscuits are actually human food grade.

So I just wanted to give a shout out to Neil over at Wagatha’s:

“Thanks ~ you are the sweetest~ and I know her furry friends will flip for the Cranberry Cheddar biscuits!”

Hop on over to wagatha’s.com (HERE) to check out all of their yummy biscuits 😀

Happy shopping,

Colette

 

 

Holy Union Jacks Batman! October 16, 2010

Filed under: October 2010,Swaps — The Threaded Nest @ 12:03 pm

Holy Union Jacks Batman!

And its all authentic from the UK 😀

All of these goodies were sent from Trudi (Trudi-quiltingprolifically) for the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap.

Really, she couldn’t have made another mug rug as perfectly suited to me (and my love of all things British) as this one!

And she is such a doll to send along a wee little mug rug and some sweets for R.!

Oh happy mornings!

Happy tea drinking and cookie eating ;D

Colette

 

Packages! October 13, 2010

Filed under: October 2010,Quilting,Sewing,Swaps — The Threaded Nest @ 2:30 pm

Just finished my second project for the {Savvy} Seasons Swap!A sweet little “packages” mug rug

inspired by this “Bundles of Joy” quilt (HERE)

And I even gave hand quilting a try…

and of course I love it 😀

Not bad for a first time???

Off to work on project #3!

Happy quilting,

Colette