A new quilt: Mon Fils Bien-Aimé

I hadn’t been blogging as much as I’d like leading up to Christmas because I had literally been spending every single spare minute working on finishing a quilt for my son. Now that Christmas is over I can let you in on the secret!

It was in the mid -20s and windy on Christmas Eve when I took these pictures. We were both bundled up, but it was so cold, we had to work fast!

As usual, I had a little help. Sammy gave his approval on the blue binding, and had a little play of tug-o-war before I sewed it on.


I needed to have it finished, wrapped and under the tree by the time I went to bed on Christmas Eve.

I wanted to make as many of my gifts home-made this year, and from materials I already had on hand as much as possible. I had a bit of nice grey fabric that would make a good backing for a small lap quilt, and a few 5″ charm packs of Petite Odile by French General. Because I was short on time, I simply sewed them together until the size was sufficient for the backing I had on hand.


I bound it with a piece of French General Woad Blue, also from my stash.

Each square is hand quilted with red thread in an orange peel design. This is what took so long. I literally quilted until my fingers bled! Yiikes! But I got it done in time! Yay! And bonus…now I’ve got some good calluses on my fingers for more quilting in the new year!


I named the lap quilt “Mon Fils Bien-Aimé”, which is a lovely old-fashioned way to say my beloved son in French.





The quilt is sweet and cozy and old-fashioned and just the right size to snuggle under in a comfortable chair with a good book no matter how old or young you are, even if you are a young man of 27. (Santa also brought him “The Hunger Games” to read, a new mug and a selection of hot chocolates to enjoy with the quilt, lol!)

I’m so glad he likes it!


Something Beautiful for Christmas

Close your eyes


Let it wash over you

Merry Christmas.



Hooking up with a 2013 NewFO Challenge!

Barbara over at Cat Patches has started a new linky party for 2012 whereby we are given permission to accumulate as many UFOs (unfinished objects) as we like! In fact, the entire goal of the linky party is to start something new at the beginning of each month, and then share what we’ve started at the end of each month. Sounds good to me, seeing as how I excel in starting things that I don’t finish, lol!

For this link-up we’re supposed to share what we would like to get started in 2013. Well, I’m a bit too spontaneous to plan that far ahead, but I do have a couple of ideas…

I have strips left over from the Island Chain quilt that I made last year. In fact, I have enough left over to make an entire 2nd quilt! Which I am going to start right away in January. Why right away? Because we have sold our pool table. Which just happens to be my horizontal design wall. Which is critical to sewing the pieces in the proper order. And the new owners will be taking it away soon. See the logic?







I also want to make several quilts for my charity project, Because You Matter, and I’d like to get a good start on two in January, that I hope will go to pre-teens or teens.

The first quilt will be a Reverse Star and the blocks are coming to me through the gererosity of the quilters over at Quilting for Kids. It will be purple & gold, perfect for a girl.

The second will be a Converging Corners quilt with the block I requested from my We Be Learning Bee group as my November block. This one is shades of green & orange and will be perfect for a boy.








And…there’s more!  Eee gads!  I’m feeling really inspired to do some knitting! I’ve been knitting slippers out of heavy sock wool for Christmas gifts:





…and now I’d like to try some socks using some of the beautiful fingering weight sock yarn that I’ve been drooling over (and yes, surreptiously buying). And I also want to knit myself a sweater, but I haven’t picked out a pattern yet.

So there you go! If you plan on starting something in January, please do share! Inquiring minds want to know!